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While many discount Rome as being overcrowded or chaotic, I firmly believe that Rome is one of the world's great cities. An intoxicating blend of ancient and modern, you'll notice Rome's fashionistas and busy streets in the same glimpse that takes in Bernini's Trevi Fountain or the Pantheon. Every turn brings robust history, stunning architecture and a cozy shop or eatery waiting to be explored.
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Piazza di Trevi, 00187 Roma RM, Italy
Fontana di Trevi is, as it should be, one of the most visited landmarks in Rome. Seeing it is worth the blind stumble through narrow stone streets and alleyways. But do so at night (and in the rain, if possible) to be rewarded with...
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00184 Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy
No matter how many postcards you've seen of Rome's iconic Colosseum, you just don't get it until you pass beneath its crumbling arches. Built by Emperor Vespasian in 72 C.E., the huge amphitheater held 50,000 spectators and marked its...
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Piazza di S. Maria Maggiore, 42, 00100 Roma RM, Italy
The largest church dedicated to the Virgin Mary, St. Mary Major contains almost a millennia's worth of Italian architecture, from an 18th-century baroque exterior to the 5th-century mosaics lining its interior arch. Though the church is...
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Located across the Tiber River from the Centro Storico, Trastevere is a kaleidoscope of ivy-covered buildings, complicated Italian history, and bombastic nightlife. The heart of the neighborhood is Piazza Santa Maria, a large square where street...
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00120, Vatican City
When I walked into the World's largest Church, I had two feelings : I felt lucky and exhilarated. But when I started walking under the epitome of Renaissance art, I had a feeling that has no defination or boundaries.The Biblical narration of...
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Ponte Sant'Angelo, 00186 Roma RM, Italy
It's hard to imagine a city that boasts as many iconic sights as Rome. Here in the foreground is Ponte Sant'Angelo, originally built by Roman Emperor Hadrian in 134 A.D. and named Pons Aelius. In the past, pilgrims used the bridge to reach St....