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Population: 2.8 mln
Area: 1285 km2
Founded: 753 BC
Time zone: UTC+1/+2
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Attractions to see when visiting Rome:

  • Colosseum
  • Pantheon
  • Trevi Fountain
  • Piazza del Popolo
  • Piazza Navona
  • Piazza di Spagna
  • Victor Emmanuel Monument

ROME- THE ETERNAL CITY

"All roads lead to Rome"- nothing more to add. The list of things to see in Rome is endless, so if you decide to go there use our guide to help you see the most vital ones.

These are Rome tourist attractions you must see:

The Trevi Fountain- one of the largest baroque fountains in Rome. Was used in many films but the most famous scene is from the film " La Dolce Vita" where Anita Ekberg was bathing in the fountain. Daily, people put around 1500 Euros to the fountain.

Spanish Stairs- people tend to say that the best time to see Spanish Stairs is the Easter time when the stairs are filled with colorful flowers and usually in summer time the fashion houses organize fashion shows, which is also a great attraction. Spanish Stairs are most popular in the evenings and nights where all people gather and have fun.

Pantheon- one of the best preserved buildings from the ancient times of Rome. The surprise for Polish tourists might be the fact that it has the painting of Black Madonna of Czestochowa.

Colosseum- it is the symbol of Rome. This is the place where Gladiators fought and died. Tradition states that it was the place where martyrdom of Christians took place. John Paul II organized The Stations of the Cross.

Catacombs of San Callisto- very popular and famous among tourists and pilgrims. The catacombs are vital for the art history as they contain frescos and sculptures dating 400AD. The most interesting fragment of it is the Pope`s crypt where 9 Popes were buried.

Villa dei Quintili- if you have seen the film "Gladiator" you cannot miss this place. Basically, the house was taken over from Quintili brothers from Commodus just when he came into power.

Palatine Hill- this place is believed to be the one where Rome was born. This is the hill where she-wolf took Romulus and Remus twins. As grownups they founded a village which eventually became Rome.

The Mouth of Truth- if you want to check whether your spouse is faithful to you, take him or her to the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin and tell your spouse to put a hand into The Mouth of Truth. If your beloved tells a lie with the hand in its mouth, it will be simply bitten off. It appears that hundreds years ago people had lie detector. 

 

 Today’s Rome suffering from a strange interiority complex towards its own history. The physical evidence of past greatness is all around, in the ancient monuments, the churches, the squares, the fountains and the great palaces of popes and emperors. When Rome became capital of Italy in 1870 it, and the papacy it housed, were no more than a political irrelevance in a provincial backwater. Despite more than a century of growth, the city is still struggling to find a role it can be proud of.

Yet there is a strange fondness in the relationship between Rome and its past. Old buildings are not pickled in nostalgia; they are part of the surroundings and accepted as such. Kids kick footballs around the pillars of the Pantheon, women walk on cobblestones in high heels, and drivers go down narrow alleys, squeezing their cars into the tiniest of parking places. Romans use their lives with great passion and drama. 

 

The typical Roman cuisine has its roots in the past and comes from  the old traditions. It basis form fresh vegetables (like the artichoke which may be deep fried, simmered in olive oil with garlic and mint, or “alla giudia”),  simple cuts of meats (so called “quinto quarto,” meaning mainly innards, prepared with herbs and hot chili pepper). It also has deep fried, tasty appetizers (like salted cod and filled zucchini blossoms) and sharp “pecorino”  cheese  made from sheep’s milk.

Of course the pasta, the key staple for every Italian, and therefore every Roman. From “carbonara” to spaghetti “ajo e ojo” (with its hot mix of olive oil, garlic and chili pepper), from rigatoni “con pajata” to a hearty, fragrant soup such as “pasta e ceci.”

There are few Roman desserts and definitely interesting to try, especially the ricotta cake, which is made with fresh ricotta cheese mixed with lemon, vanilla, candied fruits, pine nuts and raisins.

The Ancient Romans knew well how to enjoy the  life, found out centuries ago the potential of the region around Rome, with its volcanic soils and the mild climate. 
The hills surroundings Rome and  the whole Lazio county where Rome is situated, produce  yearly more than 3 millions of hectolitre of wine.

Three are the main areas of the wine production in the Lazio region:

  • the northern area where the Est! Est! Est! wine is produced
  • the southern area where the Cesanese wine is produced
  • the Castelli Romani area with  Castel Gandolfo lake where the Frascati wine is produced,  the most well known wine of the region

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