Travel guide - Rome
Open your eyes, wherever you look, Rome is an open air museum, a film set, a place of pilgrimage, the backdrop for Caesar, Augustus, Fellini and many others who have left their mark on this eternal city, this empire of the senses.
In Rome, past and present come together. In the streets, you'll come face to face with the former greatness of the Roman Empire. Ancient ruins like the Colosseum are part of the landscape. And during your stay in Rome, the forum, the Arch of Constantine and the Castello Sant'Angelo (Mausoleum of Hadrian) are all witnesses of the city’s long history.
The history of Rome is not just about the Roman Empire. Step back over the centuries as you visit the Pantheon, an ancient temple converted into a church. Admire the brilliance of the collections at the Farnese Palace and the Borghese Gallery.
The capital of Christianity, Rome has long grown baroque churches with flamboyant architecture. Discover the solemn fervour of the Vatican, because Rome is above all the seat of the Pope. At the Vatican, you can discover St. Peter's Basilica and the Sistine Chapel, whose ceiling Michelangelo painted, a masterpiece among masterpieces.
During your holiday in Rome, savour the Dolce Vita at the Trevi Fountain or in front of the Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi, magnified by the genius of Bernini. Take a break during your stay in Rome and knock back a "ristretto" coffee, before attacking the Spanish Steps, and rest for a minute on the stairs of the Triniata Dei Monti.
Far from being a city of the past, Rome steps boldly forward. And amid the Roman cacophany, stroll among the stalls at the teeming market of Campo dei'Fiori, taste a thousand Italian flavours, or let yourself be lulled by the rhythm of festive Romaeuropa, one of the many festivals that will bring culture to life in Rome.
Whatever the reason for your stay in Rome, you're bound to find something you were not looking for there.
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