Rome is rightly called the Eternal City. Millions of tourists come from all around the world to witness and experience what a marvel this eternal city is. One cannot stop applauding the treasure and paragon of Roman art and architecture.
Rome enjoys the status of a global city.
In 2017, it was ranked as the 12th most visited city in the world and the 3rd most visited in the European Union.
Significance of Rome as a Tourist Hub
Rome is the venue of nerve stirring ruins that vastly speaks of not only its past but that of the world as well. Yes, it’s a city that extensively talks about world history. Along with history, it’s a conglomeration of jaw-dropping art, magnificent and regal architecture and street life, so sparkling and dynamic.
Italy’s flaming capital is one of the most romantic cities in the world and has gleefully inspired many writers, poets and film-makers and is still doing so.
Vatican City which is the cardinal seat of Catholic Church and is a country located in the city of Rome.
Rome keeps you on your toes
From visiting historic legacies like the Colosseum to Roman Forum to Pantheon to soaking on the skyline of the city which is embroidered by the epic showpiece church St Peter’s Basilica, an imposing masterpiece; the to-do list for the place is never-ending.
Apart from St Peter’s Basilica, it houses other famous cultural and religious sites like the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museums. The artistic riches of the city are almost unparalleled. Throughout the timeline, Rome has been the epicentre of the greatest of the Western art.
Take a walk around the centre, and effortlessly you will find yourself standing in front of some of the cult works of Western art sculptures by Michelangelo, canvases by Caravaggio, frescoes by Raphael and fountains by Bernini. Apart from the historical and artistic riches, you will also find yourself marvelled at the dolce vita lifestyle of the city.
From scenic streets to views of people letting down their hair at the end of the day on the pretty piazza to feel-good street-side cafes to boisterous pizza joints! You will find it all, featured by a crowd that would not let any other crowd compete on fashion sense.
Visiting Rome might get you your Love.
And stories say it will always get you back and will get you the love of your life– for the tradition that is followed at the Trevi fountain or Fontana di Trevi. Trevi, one of the most beautiful fountains in the world, is associated with the custom of ancient Romans who threw coins in water, thus praying to the gods of water to help them in their journey and get them back home safely. And for those seeking love- throw the second coin and throw the third one, to start the wedding bells ringing for you.
There goes a famous saying – “Rome wasn’t built in a day”. It stands correct both metaphorically and literally. As Rome was not done in a day, do not expect yourself to be able to experience this city in a day.
If you can plan to make a trip of around 7 -9 days, you won’t be short of attractions to visit and things to do, but yes, the richness of the city will always make you feel that you are leaving too soon.
But if you are short of time, give yourself at least a stay of 5 days, so that you can see all the major attractions of the city.
Rome – the capital of Italy and the Lazio region, the foundation of the city, was laid near the banks of the Tiber River on seven hills and is about 15 miles from the Tyrrhenian Sea.
It has a Mediterranean climate, i.e. cool winters and hot to warm summers.
Spread over an area of 496.3 square miles, the city is divided into two regions – a small historical, central area with numerous monuments of Rome’s great past and a spreading outer city that is characterized by dynamic suburban growth.
It is one of the oldest continuously occupied sites in Europe. It is thought to be the place which gave birth to Western civilization and is also called the “Caput Mundi” meaning Capital of the World.
Within Rome’s territory is Vatican City. Vatican City is an independent country inside the domain of the Rome, thus providing the world with the only existing example of a country within a city.
The Eternal City, as it is called famously is bundled with a history that spans over a period of about 2700 years. It is known by the rich tapestry of war, struggle, change, Renaissance which is reflected in its art and architecture – the monuments, the buildings, the artworks of the city, the churches, the piazzas, the museums and the fountains.
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