Rome

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Rome is a world in itself: Mother of the Arts, Museum of the Ages, and Cradle of Western Civilization. The foundation of Rome dates back to ancient times. Apart from the legend of Romulus and Remus, breast-fed by a she-wolf on the shores of the Tiber, nothing is known of the real origins of the city. The only certain fact is that Rome formerly was a market of some importance on the big commercial road connecting Feasulae (now Fiesole, near Florence) with Naples, where merchandise was shipped to Cartage. This extremely busy highway ran through the Roman Forum.

At the time of her greatest glory, under the Roman Empire, the city had about one million inhabitants. Subsequently, its population fluctuated through history, dropping to a low of 20.000 inhabitants, while today it has a population well over four million. Since 1870, Rome has been the capital of Italy and the seat of the Government. It is also the center of Christianity, for within its walls is the smallest state in the world: Vatican City, residence of the Pope.

Built on seven hills, Rome is crossed by the winding Tiber River, with its banks linked by numerous bridges. Most of the city is built on the left bank, while the Vatican City and the famous Trastevere quarter rise on the right bank. Most important of the seven hills is undoubtedly the Capitoline, formerly the citadel and the center of the city. The other six hills are Palatine, Quirinale, Viminal, Caelian, Aventine, Esquiline. The entire area of Rome was walled-in by the Emperor Aurelius in the 3rd century, as the threat of barbarian invasions increased. Substantial portions of his great wall still remain to this day. During the Renaissance, the appearance of the city underwent great changes, which have become more marked in modern times as a result of the city’s constant expansion.

Rome today, with its art galleries, regional restaurants, sidewalk cafes, shops on Via Condotti, Pavarotti at the local opera house and the 80,000-seat sport-stadium, represents not only the throbbing heart of Western civilization, but also the warmth of a Latin people. Rome offers joys as well as interests…pleasures of food, folklore and wine…shops, theaters and works of art….and a comfortable subtropical Mediterranean climate with its sun and warmth and swaying palms. A city to thrill and enchant you. Just think of what Rome has seen and survived……the Eternal City!

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