ADD TO LISTRome is known as ‘the eternal city’ with good reason. Its history spans more than 2,500 years as one of the founding cities of western civilization.
Having been the centre of the Roman Empire, which dominated Europe, North Africa and the Middle East from the 1st to the 4th century A.D., Rome then acquired a vital place in Christianity and is now the home of Roman Catholicism and the site of the Vatican City, an independent
city-state run by the Catholic church.
Central Rome, having escaped any major damage in WW2, remains essentially Renaissance and Baroque in character.
As a modern city, however, Rome, which has been the capital of unified Italy since 1870, is now one of the most visited tourist destinations in the European Union.
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What would be the best way of travelling from Rome to Paris in April? I don't really want to fly, and was considering a train.. Any suggestions or tips from personal experience? Cost is an issue, it can't be too expensive! Time however is not so it doesn't bother me how long a train journey would be.
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An extraordinary country! Good to visit, always!
When visiting Rome, I recommend staying at the Hotel San Carlo. The price is fairly cheap and it's located in the center of the city. The Spanish Steps are just a couple of steps away and the shopping is fabulous around there. The hotel is basically the center of all the attractions. Local restaurants are located along the small alleys and any will be fit for your satisfaction.
Rome is a place of beauty and history and when there you want to absorb it all before you leave. I would definitely recommend visiting the Colosseum and buying a ticket to go inside. However, I must warn you the line for the ticket will be very long around 1hr to 4 hrs. While at the site of the Colosseum, you should visit the Roman Forum, which is a great way to experience the way the Romans lived during their era. I would recommend you try to reserve the ticket before hand. The Vatican is also a great place to visit. The entrance into the chapel is free, however the museum will cost 16 euros. I would recommend visiting the Vatican City first, when done exploring the city you can enter the museum, which entrance is located in the back of the city. When done with the museum you will exit back to the front of the Vatican entrance where you can go into the Church. Another great place to visit would be the Pantheon. Entrance to the Pantheon is free and its a great place to experience the wonders of the Catholic religion during the Roman period. If you just want to relax and hang out with a couple of friends visit the Spanish Step, where you will find locals and tourist in the area just lounging around at night.
Do the Archeo bus tour. â¬20 for 2 day pass on open top tour bus & the archeo bus. Well worth it. Check opening times of Catacombs first as are closed from 12:30-15:30 or something like that & it takes almost an hour to get there
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