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Rome is the capital city of Italy. It is located on the Tiber river, in the central part of the country near the Mediterranean Sea. The Vatican City, located in an enclave within Rome, is the seat of the Pope of the Roman Catholic Church. Inhabited for over 3000 years - the city was the seat of the Roman Kingdom, Roman Republic and the Roman Empire.

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» Caelian Hill

Caelian Hill, Rome

Caelian Hill is the most south-eastern hill of the of the famous 'Seven Hills of Rome,' which are located east of the river Tiber and form the geographical heart of Rome, within the walls of the ancient city. The other hills are Aventine Hill, Capitoline Hill, Esquiline Hill, Quirinal Hill, Viminal Hill and Palatine Hill, where Romulus founded the city and where the main archaeological remains can still be seen today. The hills were initially not grouped in any way and only started to interact with each other when denizens began playing religious games …

» Campo de' Fiori

Campo de' Fiori, Rome

Whereas most of us know the term 'piazza' roughly equates to a public square, we may not immediately think the same thing when we see 'campo' - especially if we know that means 'field' in Italian. But Rome's Campo de' Fiori - literally, 'field of flowers' - is a square in the historic center of the city. The name refers to a time when this was actually a field of flowers, but it also hints at one of the main attractions of the Campo de' Fiori - the outdoor market …

» Capitoline Hill & Museums

Capitoline Hill & Museums, Rome

One of the seven hills of Rome, the Capitoline was the first capitol of the Roman world. It was from this hill that we derive the word "capitol". Presently, this hill is the site of the oldest public museum collection in the world. Founded by Pope Sixtus IV in 1471, the Capitoline Museums house famous pieces of art such as the Dying Gaul, Capitoline Venus, the colossal bronze sculpture of Marcus Aurelius, the Capitoline She-Wolf, Bernini's Medusa, and the statue remains of Constantine …

» Capri

Capri, Rome

The "Pearl of the Mediterranean," Capri is located on the south side of the Gulf of Naples, just off the coast of the Sorrentine Peninsula. A popular day trip destination from Naples, Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast, it has long been a draw for the rich and famous and continues to exude that same appeal with luxurious hotels and boutique shops. Visitors can retrace the steps of emperors and film stars on this charming island with its unique coastline dotted with hidden caves and secluded beaches …

» Capuchin Crypt

Capuchin Crypt , Rome

The Capuchin Crypt was once thought of as one of Rome's more offbeat attractions, but it has become increasingly popular and is now on many a must-see list. Underneath the church of Santa Maria della Concezione dei Cappuccini, there is a series of six small chapels that serve as the burial chambers for Capuchin friars. These are no ordinary graves, however. There were more friars to be buried in the crypt's sacred soil - brought directly from Jerusalem - than there was space, so older graves were dug …

» Case Romane del Celio

Case Romane del Celio

It's awe-inspiring to walk through the ruins of ancient Roman temples and amphitheaters, but to bring history to a human level you've got see where those ancient people lived. You can do that at the Case Romane del Celio. Underneath the Basilica of Santi Givanni e Paolo, the Case Romane del Celio is a network of ancient Roman houses. There are homes from different periods - one from the 2nd century, another from the 3rd century - and for different levels of society. There are beautiful frescoed walls and a small museum displaying some of the artifacts …

» Castel Sant'Angelo National Museum

Castel Sant'Angelo National Museum, Rome

The Castel Sant'Angelo is actually a tomb, Hadrian's Mausoleum. The Roman Emperor built it for himself and his family; their ashes were placed there in 138 AD. Other emperors are also buried there, but the tomb became a fortress in 401 AD; in 410 it was raided and the ashes were scattered. It is likely that Hadrian himself ended up in St. Peter's where a lot of the finest ornamentation of the mausoleum and other Roman buildings were taken. It was named Castel Sant'Angelo after 590 AD when the Archangel Michael is said to have appeared …

» Centro Storico

Centro Storico, Rome

The area of Rome known as the centro storico - or historic center - is sometimes referred to as whatever lies inside the ancient Aurelian Walls, but the border the walls created aren't exactly the same as what many people refer to as the Centro Storico today. UNESCO designated the 'Historic Center of Rome' a World Heritage Site in 1980, declaring the area inside the Aurelian Walls plus Vatican City (which was outside the walls) to be the city's Centro Storico. To most visitors, however, the Centro Storico is much smaller, and where many of the main attractions are located …

» Chiesa di Santa Maria in Cosmedin

Chiesa di Santa Maria in Cosmedin, Rome

Like most of the many churches throughout Rome, Chiesa di Santa Maria in Comedian has an ancient past and a fascinating story. Built on an ancient worship site that was once a great temple of Hercules, it became under care of the Byzantine Papacy. Its name 'Cosmedin' is the Greek word for 'beautiful decoration.' The beautiful decorations remain - with its unique characteristics including a pre-Roman crypt, a massive bell tower, marble inlaid floors, architecture and designed by the Cosmati brothers, a beautiful altar with a rare 8th century mosaic …

» Church of San Luigi dei Francesi

Church of San Luigi dei Francesi, Rome

The name 'San Luigi dei Francesi' means Saint Louis of the French, and this church is France's national church in Rome. It was built in the 1500s at the instruction of a Cardinal in the Medici family who would later become Pope Clement VII. Catherine de Medici had married the French king, contributed to the church's construction, and donated the land on which the church was built - further cementing the French connection. The Church of San Luigi dei Francesi occupies the site of a former church, Santa Maria, which was owned by the Medici family …

» Church of Sant'Ignazio di Loyola

Church of Sant'Ignazio di Loyola , Rome

By Rome's standards, the Church of Sant'Ignazio di Loyola seems like it isn't very old at all - only consecrated in 1722 - but that's because prior to 1650, it was a private church. Saint Ignatius of Loyola was the founder of the Society of Jesus - better known as Jesuits - and the original church on this site was built entirely by Jesuit labor in the 1560s on the foundation of an earlier building. That church, built as the private chapel for the Collegio Romano (the first Jesuit university), was expanded slightly in 1580 …

» Church of Santa Maria del Popolo

Church of Santa Maria del Popolo , Rome

One of three churches dedicated to the Virgin Mary that face the large Piazza del Popolo in northern Rome is the church that bears the same name as the piazza - Santa Maria del Popolo. Of the three, this is by far the most popular tourist draw, primarily for the incredible artwork it contains. The present-day Church of Santa Maria del Popolo was rebuilt in the 1470s from an earlier church built on the site in 1099. Gian Lorenzo Bernini updated the facade to its Baroque style in the 1650s, and also worked on the Chigi Chapel in the church …

» Church of St Peter in Chains

Church of St Peter in Chains , Rome

The Church of St Peter in Chains, also known as San Pietro in Vicoli, is a basilica for both art lovers and pilgrims. The church was originally built in the fifth century to house the chains that bound St Peter when he was imprisoned by the Romans in Jerusalem, which eventually made their way to Rome, where they arrived in two parts. One part of the chain was sent to Eudoxia, the wife of emperor Valentinian III, and when compared to shackles held by Pope Leo I, legend says they miraculously fused together to form a single chain …

» Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre, Rome

Cinque Terre is made up of five fishing villages along the coast of the Italian Riviera. These "Five Lands" include Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore, all tiny towns built upon rugged cliffs overlooking the sea. Known for its beauty and charm, Cinque Terre draws people year round to walk along its scenic coastal path, "Lovers Lane", to enjoy the views and romantic atmosphere …

» Circus Maximus (Circo Massimo)

Circus Maximus (Circo Massimo) , Rome

In Ancient Rome, a 'circus' was an oblong arena where events like chariot races, games, and other performances were held. As you might guess, the Circus Maximus was - in a word - huge. It was the Roman Empire's largest stadium, measuring more than 2,000 feet long by 387 feet wide and capable of holding an audience of 150,000. First built in the 6th century B.C.E., the Circus Maximus was expanded over the next several centuries (and rebuilt occasionally after fire and flood damaged), until it was rebuilt by Emperor Trajan …

» Colosseum

Colosseum, Rome

The world's famous Colosseum was built in 80 AD for the Roman emperors to stage fight to-the-death gladiator battles and hunt and kill wild animals, whilst members of the general public watched the violent spectaculars. Entry was free, although you were seated according to your social rank and wealth. Gladiatorial games were banned in 438 AD; the wild beast hunting continued until 523. The Colosseum is amazing for its complex and advanced architecture and building technique …

» Column of Marcus Aurelius

Column of Marcus Aurelius , Rome

Standing an impressive 100 feet high, the Column of Marcus Aurelius was built as a Roman victory monument and stands in what is now called the Piazza Colonna, situated in what would have been the northern boundary of Ancient Rome. The original date of construction is unknown, but there are inscriptions of the column throughout the region that promote the idea that the construction was completed, at the very latest, by 193 AD. Most scholars believe that the construction of the column may have started directly after the Roman victories …

» Fountain of the Four Rivers

Fountain of the Four Rivers, Rome

Rome is full of fountains, but some are more famous than others. The Fountain of the Four Rivers in Piazza Navona is one of the fountains that, thanks to popular culture and a colorful legend about rival artists, is on many tourist must-see lists. Gian Lorenzo Bernini is the artist behind the Fountain of the Four Rivers, which depicts four major rivers - the Nile, the Danube, the Rio de la Plata, and the Ganges - each representing a different continent. Sitting atop Bernini's sculptures is an Egyptian obelisk …

» Hard Rock Cafe Rome

Hard Rock Cafe Rome, Rome

Fans of the Hard Rock Cafe chain know that throughout the world, every restaurant looks pretty uniform. But Rome has always played to its own tune, which customers will notice immediately - a ceiling fresco that at first seems like every church in the city at closer scrutiny reveals cherubs rocking out on their very own instruments! The memorabilia found at this Hard Rock location lives up to the hype, with items ranging from the iconic clothing of Elvis, John Lennon, Jimi Hendrix and Elton John …

» Herculaneum

Herculaneum , Rome

Most visitors to Italy have Pompeii on their must-see list, and with good reason. But Pompeii isn't the only important archaeological site in the area outside of Naples - and some consider the smaller excavation at Herculaneum to be more interesting and a better visitor experience. Luckily, you don't have to choose - you can visit both easily in a day. Herculaneum, like Pompeii, was buried by the 79 A.D. eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. Unlike Pompeii, however, Herculaneum was actually more preserved than destroyed by the blast …

» Jewish Ghetto

Jewish Ghetto, Rome

There is a neighborhood in Rome still known by the population that called it home in the 16th century. The Roman Jewish Ghetto, formally established in 1555, was where Jews in Rome were forced to live after that year, although Jews had lived in the city for centuries. The city erected walls around the ghetto, and they were torn down only after the ghetto was officially abolished in 1882. Despite this unhappy history, this part of Rome is now a relatively popular tourist destination. The former Jewish Ghetto is still a center of Jewish life …

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