Rome is the capital of Italy and is located in the central region of Lazio. The city has a population of approximately 2.7 million and a history that goes back more than two and a half thousand years, making it one of the oldest cities in Europe that has continuously been lived in. It is widely seen as one of the cradles of Western civilisation, and it has an enormous amount of history on show.
The historic center of Rome is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where you will find structures like the Colosseum, the largest amphitheatre of the Roman Empire, where gladiators used to fight it out. You will also find tons of ruins, monuments, statues, fountains, churches here. Within city limits also lies the Vatican City State.
Although the city at times may feel like the largest open-air museum in the world, let there be no mistake about it: this is also the beating heart of present-day Italy. Rome is heaven for Italian food and culture lovers, and offers great museums like the Galleria Borghese, Museo Nazionale di Villa Giulia and Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna. [Review by travelindicator]
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- Rome is a city in Italy's region of Lazio. It has a population of 2,563,241, is situated at an altitude of 125ft and the best airport to fly into is FCO (Leonardo Da Vinci (fiumicino), Rome)
- The main spoken language here is Italian, and the average English skill is low
- Note: Rome is a good point of entry for trips to Italy as it is well internationally connected (by air)
- The currency used in Italy is the Euro (EUR)
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More Rome travel resources
First and foremost, do yourself a favor, head over to Travelplan.it for this 17 page Rome travel guide PDF. Save it on your iPad or just print it, we thought it was quite helpful. There are lots of websites out there giving information for those traveling to Rome, such as the official Rome tourism site and the solid Rome.info. Italy Guides isn't half bad either. Standard stuff at Wikitravel and Lonely Planet while newspapers like The Guardian and NY Times always have the goods. Yahoo Travel isn't a bad source, while Budget Travel has 7 tips for visiting the city. We liked this travel blog too.
Finally, for advice on what to do, eat and see from a local, head over to Getting Stamped.
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