Rome Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia
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Rome Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia

Rome rises from the Lazio region in the central west of Italy cradled between the Apennine Mountains and the Tyrrhenian sea the city of Seven Hills he’s on to almost 3 million people [Music] according to legend Rome was founded by twin brothers Romulus and Remus 700 years before the birth of Jesus Christ and it was here on Palatine Hill that the foundations for the city were laid a city that will soon become caput Mundi the capital of the world [Music] below the birthplace of Rome lays the Roman Forum the Foro Romano filled with temples monuments and markets the forum was the center of public life in ancient Rome and the most celebrated meeting place in the world when the Roman Empire fell in the fifth century the forum was reduced to a cow pasture ah de elecciones but the eight columns of the temple of Saturn and the arch of septimius refused to crumble in the 17th century young Europeans travelers came to Rome searching for the roots of Western civilization this hunger for Rome’s antiquities led to their preservation and still the travelers came from all corners of the globe surviving earthquakes and centuries of Stone thieves the colossal remains the most enduring symbol of ancient Rome across four centuries tens of thousand Clady ators slaves and Christians died in a place of glory or martyrdom on the nearby arch of Constantine an inscription bears the words inspired by the divine the Pantheon was a place to worship all the gods from Juno the god of fertility to Mars the God of War step beneath the dome central oculus and stand in the same divine light that has bathed Emperor’s gladiators merchants and travelers for almost two millennia once a Stadium today Piazza Navona is one of Europe’s great squares the thundering crowds and chariots have long faded replaced by a trio of fountains Baroque architectures artists and the aroma of Rome’s best coffee no Roman holiday is complete without making a wish at the Trevi Fountain toss one coin into the Trevi and one day you will return to Rome toss two coins and you will fall in love with the Roman if you’re not looking for love relax on the steps with a gelato Rome is a city of elegant bridges to Ponte Santangelo was built by the Emperor Hadrian in the 2nd century as part of the grand entranceway to his mausoleum woman Rome may no longer be the capital of the world but it has long been the center of Christianity today modern pilgrims continue to cross the river guided by the bridges angel as they make their way to one of the world’s great squares Piazza San Pietro st. Peter’s Square and here stands the world’s largest Church st. Peter’s Basilica filled with masterpieces by Bernini Giotto and Raphael Saint Peter’s crowning glory is air dome designed by the brightest star of the Renaissance Michelangelo from the dome looked down upon the holy square where two colonnades reach out like open arms welcoming the faithful who gather in their thousands receive blessing from the Pope as the sun sets on rome head to the island sanctuary of isola tiberina let the russian workers of the river Tiber soothe your senses and enjoy traditional Roman recipes that have been perfected by generations of Italian grandmothers this is just an appetizer an aperitivo of what awaits in the Eternal City to really taste all of Rome’s treasures can take a lifetime but be worth it only takes a moment for Rome to forever conquer your heart [Music]


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