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Rome

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Rome

Rome means history. There's layers of the stuff - Etruscan tombs, Republican meeting rooms, Imperial temples, early Christian churches, medieval bell towers, Renaissance palaces and baroque basilicas. In this city a phenomenal concentration of history, legend and monuments coexists with an equally phenomenal concentration of people busily going about their everyday life.

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Highlights
It's hard to say what you'll find most breathtaking about the eternal city - the arrogant opulence of the Vatican, the timelessness of the Forum, the top speed of a Fiat Bambino or the bill for your caffe latte.
Geography/Environment
Rome is halfway down Italy's western coast, about 20km (12mi) inland. It's a vast city, but the historic center is quite small. Most of the major sights are within a reasonable distance of the central railway station, Stazione Termini. All the major monuments are west of the train station, but make sure you use a map. It can be enjoyable to get off the beaten track in Rome. The Palatine Hill and the Forum are the center of ancient Rome. Via del Corso runs north from the Forum to Piazza del Popolo, with the Spanish Steps and the Trevi Fountain just to its east. The Vatican is northwest of the Forum, across the River Tiber.
Activities
Rome's activities (apart from the mandatory sight-seeing) usually involve nothing more strenuous than eating, drinking and listening to good music. Conceivably you could work up a sweat running up and down the Spanish Steps; it's just that everyone will get excited thinking you're chasing a pickpocket. If you really want some exercise, you can rent bicycles near the Porta Pinciana in the Villa Borghese. Villa Doria Pamphili, 2km (1mi) south of the Vatican, is the largest park in Rome and a lovely spot for a stroll or a picnic. If you're with kids or just a child at heart, there are pony rides and Sunday Punch & Judy shows on Gianicolo Hill, a short walk south-east of the Holy City.
Climate and Weather
The climate in Rome is generally pleasant; warm and sunny in spring and autumn, although sunstroke and heat exhaustion can be a serious threat in mid-summer. November can bring rain and winters are generally mild, though cold spells can occur.

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Rome Reviews
Journey to Rome
by Camille Hutchison last updated on 01/16/2014
I have been to the Northern part of Italy many times, however, one of my best trips was when I took my journey to Rome. I traveled with a small tour group company that travels off the beaten path and explores areas that most people don’t go to. We...
Rome
by Cynthia Amin last updated on 10/05/2010
If you opt to fly over "the pond," London is the traditional starting-off point, so do make the most of it! We recommend Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, the Tate Museum or Westminster Abbey, followed by a hearty pub lunch in the Theatre District...
Rome, Venice, Italy
by Rosa Silipo last updated on 10/21/2008
I recently took an escorted tour of Italy with Perillo tours. Being Italian I wanted to go and see the major the highlights of Italy that I had never been able to see before. My tour started out in Rome and that is where we took a tour of the entire...
<p>Rome, Florence, and Venice are three very different cities to explore, but each have their own unique charm. Rome is a very large, explorable city which has much to offer. There is Ancient history, such as the Forum, and Colosseum to see and...