Rome, one of the oldest continuously occupied cities in Europe often referred by ancient Roman poets and writers as “The Eternal City”, has been a major Christian pilgrimage site since the Middle Ages of rulers who transformed the growing city of Rome into one of the major centers of the Italian Renaissance along with Florence.
As ancient capital of the Roman Empire, the center of the Roman Catholic Church and the historic city center on the World Heritage List of UNESCO, Rome is just a fascination as you track through the long history of this intimate, almost village open air museum.
Absorb in the particularly rich confluence of styles from the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and modern times in its decorated piazzas – some huge, majestic and often adorned with obelisks, some small and picturesque , and the rich historic churches and numerous beautiful artistic fountains built in all different styles that have provided drinking water for thousands of years.
It is the city in Italy where famous artists and architects such as Bramante, Bernini, Michelangelo and Raphael resided for some time contributing to its Renaissance and Baroque architecture, resulting in Rome occupying Masterpieces of architecture, such as Piazza del Campidoglio, St Peter’s Basilica, the Sistine Chapel and opulent Palazzo dwellings built by the great aristocratic families of Rome.
A city to marvel, Rome has famous sights from the times of the Roman Empire. The Colosseum the largest amphitheatre in the world – where besides the gladiator combat all sorts of games were held, such as wild animal fights, wrestling, and hunting, the Roman Forum, the Pantheon, and the most emblematic example of Baroque art the Trevi Fountain, just to name a few of the incalculably captivating sights.
Besides the mystical cultural heritage, the city draws visitors with its warm Mediterranean flair and climate, its luxury boutiques, the prestigious and upscale Via dei Condotti shopping streets, and the typical Italian cuisines in combination with famed Chianti and Valpolicella wines.