Rome

PUBLISHED: 11:26 20 April 2006 | UPDATED: 14:40 12 May 2010

The stunning Colosseum in Rome

The stunning Colosseum in Rome

WHICHEVER way you look at it, Rome is a breathtaking city. From the Colosseum and the Roman ruins to The Vatican, there is a sight around every corner - and they are looking more magnificent than ever because of an extensive restoration project. Central R

WHICHEVER way you look at it, Rome is a breathtaking city.

From the Colosseum and the Roman ruins to The Vatican, there is a sight around every corner - and they are looking more magnificent than ever because of an extensive restoration project.

Central Rome is a chaotic labyrinth of streets, and is not always easy to navigate.

But the river Tiber runs through the heart of the city, and visitors cannot get lost as long as they remember that The Vatican is to the west of river and all other major sites are to the east.

The highlight of a visit to Rome is the Colosseum, which for 450 years was the centre of gladiatorial contests.

Just by walking around the outside, a visitor will get a good impression of the building, but it is once inside, when the seating areas and the other structures come into view, that the enormity of the Colosseum is appreciated.

The Pantheon is seen as a place that shows the splendour, harmony, and elegance of Roman architecture

WHERE TO STAY

Rome has a wide range of accommodation and the busiest period is usually from Easter until the end of October.

VITAL STAT

Rome did not become capital of Italy until 1870.

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