Rome today is one of the most important tourist destinations of the world, due to the incalculable immensity of its archaeological and artistic treasures, as well as for the charm of its unique traditions, the beauty of its panoramic views, and the majesty of its magnificent "villas" (parks). Among the most significant resources: plenty of museums - (Capitoline Museums, the Vatican Museums, Galleria Borghese, and a great many others)—aqueducts, fountains, churches, palaces, historical buildings, the monuments and ruins of the Roman Forum, and the Catacombs. Rome is the 3rd most visited city in the EU, after London and Paris, and receives an average of 7-10 million tourists a year, which sometimes doubles on holy years. The Colosseum (4 million tourists) and the Vatican Museums (4. 2 million tourists) are the 39th and 37th (respectively) most visited places in the world, according to a recent study. In 2005 the city registered 19. 5 million of global visitors, up of 22. 1% from 2001. and also, in 2006 Rome has been visited by 6. 03 million of international tourists, reaching the 8th place in the ranking of the world's 150 most visited cities. The city has also been nominated 2007's fourth most desirable city to visit in the world, according to lifestyle magazine Travel + Leisure, after Florence, Buenos Aires and Bangkok.
The Culture of Rome refers to the arts, high culture, language, religion, politics, cuisine, architecture and fashion in Rome, Italy. Rome was supposedly founded in 753 BC and eversince has been the capital of the Roman Empire, one of the main centres of Christianity, the home of the Roman Catholic Church and the seat of the Italian Republic. Due to its historical and social importance, Rome is often nicknamed the Caput Mundi, or "capital of the world".
Roman cuisine is not really sophisticated or extravagant, but tends towards good, pure ingredients and simple traditional regional recipes. Romans, as a group, are still very much in touch with the land and many still have small farms of their own in the nearby countryside, so they can be quite demanding when it comes to the freshness and quality of the dishes that are served.
Rome itself is a capital of a region and it’s specialities range from those of peasant origin – based on basic ingredients such as chick peas, tripe, salt cod, sweetbreads and pasta – to delicacies like abbacchio (lamb with herbs and anchovies).
For the locals, a good meal is generally preferable to most other kinds of entertainment, so it is likely to be a long one. A full meal will normally consist of a starter (antipasto) which are normally cold appetizers, often from a self-service buffet. Next comes il primo, (a first course) which is almost always a bowl of soup or pasta. Il secondo (the second course) is usually meat or fish, and often accompanied by side dishes (contorni). Desserts are called dolci and tend to be ice cream, fruit or zuppa inglese which is like a type of trifle.
The best known wines of the surrounding areas, are those of the Castelli Romani, often called Frascati from the principal place of production.
Rome is a busy city with an enormous number of monuments, churches, squares that are so famous that it's impossible to make a short list of the absolutely must-see landmarks in this city. There will always be something remaining for the next time, which is why most people keep coming back to the Eternal City. Even if you see the Colosseum, the Spanish Steps and the famous Trevi Fountain, upon your next visit, you'll find plenty of new areas to discover. When it comes to churches, there is one must see however – St Peter's Basilica, which is the largest church in the world and the ultimate symbol of Catholicism. Equally important places to visit are Rome's parks and gardens, which are not only examples of exquisite horticulture and feature beautiful sculptures and fountains, but also are simply great places to take a break from the crowded and busy capital.
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Rome is a great place for shopping, with designer outlets and department stores all over the city. A cosmpolitan and thriving capital city for over 2000 years, Rome provides a multi-ethnic mix that is both attractive and explosive! Rome is home to a diverse array of shopping opportunities; The following five areas are the most renowned shopping areas in Rome.
The real bargain in Rome is the public transport. A single ticket that lasts 75 minutes and allows unlimited use of trams and busses (but only one metro journey) costs just a euro. Another great deal is the abbonamento; this pass, which allows for a month of unlimited travel on Roman trams, busses and the metro, costs just €30 a month. Both the single ticket and the abbonamento cover you for travel all the way to Ostia and the beach. Whether you eat out at a restaurant or buy groceries and cook at home, the cost of living has gone up in rome. Although it's been a while now, locals are still smarting from price hikes that came in with the conversion from lire to euros. Nowadays you can expect to spend €10-€16 on a meal at a pizzeria, depending on how much you eat. A meal in a trattoria will set you back about €15-€25 a head. The price of groceries in Rome is still cheaper than, say, Paris, but not as cheap as it used to be. As a general rule, the further away you get from the touristy areas, the cheaper (and better!) the food will be.
Rome is the capital of Italy and the country's largest and most populated city and comune, with over 2. 7 million residents in. The city is located in the central-western portion of the Italian Peninsula, on the Tiber River within the Lazio region of Italy.
Rome's history spans two and a half thousand years. It was the capital city of the Roman Kingdom, the Roman Republic and the Roman Empire, which was the dominant power in Western Europe and the lands bordering the Mediterranean for over seven hundred years from the 1st century BC until the 7th century AD. Since the 1st century AD Rome has been the seat of the Papacy and, after the end of Byzantine domination, in the 8th century it became the capital of the Papal States, which lasted until 1870. In 1871 Rome became the capital of the Kingdom of Italy, and in 1946 that of the Italian Republic.
After the Middle Ages, Rome was ruled by popes such as Alexander VI and Leo X, who transformed the city into one of the major centers of the Italian Renaissance, along with Florence. The current version of St Peter's Basilica was built and the Sistine Chapel was painted by Michelangelo. Famous artists and architects, such as Bramante, Bernini and Raphael resided for some time in Rome, contributing to its Renaissance and Baroque architecture.
Rome has been ranked by GaWC in 2010 as a beta+ world city, as well as the 28th most important global city. In 2007, Rome was the 11th-most-visited city in the world, 3rd most visited in the European Union, and the most popular tourist attraction in Italy. The city is one of Europe's and the world's most successful city "brands", both in terms of reputation and assets. Its historic centre is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Monuments and museums such as the Vatican Museums and the Colosseum are amongst the world's 50 most visited tourist destinations (the Vatican Museums receiving 4. 2 million tourists and the Colosseum receiving 4 million tourists every year). Rome hosted the 1960 Summer Olympics and is currently bidding to host the 2020 Summer Olympics.
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