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Rome, the capital of Italy, is a sprawling modern city with nearly 3000 years of world-class structure, art, and culture. Ancient monuments such as the Colosseum and Forum raise the power of the former Roman Empire. The Vatican City, the seat of the Roman Catholic Church, contains the Vatican Museums and St. Peters’ Church, which include stunner such as the Sistine Chapel ceiling by Michelangelo.

The 18th century Spanish Steps is located in the heart of Rome’s upscale shopping district, with designer boutiques lining Via Burgognona and Via Condotti. Further, visitors throw coins at the Baroque Trevi Fountain. The Pantheon, which dates back to the 2nd century AD, holds the tomb of Raphael in the Renaissance. Rome delights include traditional dishes such as saltimbocca, amatriciana, and carbonara. Post-dark activities range from seeing one of the classic Verdi in Teatro dell’ Opera to navigating among clubs at Testaccio from the working class, which was once a slaughterhouse area in the city.

Rome is artistic, its ancient ruins and narrow streets are charming and romantic – so despite its shortcomings, Rome remains the favourite city of many people in the world.