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  • Rome rises from the Lazio Region in the central west of Italy.

  • Cradled between the Apennine Mountains and the Tyrrhenian Sea,

  • "the city of seven hills" is home to almost 3 million people.

  • According to legend, Rome was founded by twin brothers, Romulus and Remus,

  • seven hundred years before the birth of Jesus Christ.

  • And it was here, on Palatine Hill

  • that the foundations for the city were laid.

  • A city, that would soon become Caput Mundi ~ the Capital of The World!

  • Below the birthplace of Rome lays the Roman Forum ~ the Foro Romano.

  • Filled with temples, monuments and markets,

  • The Forum was the center of public life in Ancient Rome

  • and the most celebrated meeting place in the world.

  • When the Roman Empire fell in the 5th century,

  • the forum was reduced to a cow pasture...a mere vegetable garden.

  • Ah, desolazione!

  • But, the eight columns of the Temple of Saturn,

  • and the Arch of Septimius refused to crumble.

  • In the 17th century young Europeans travelers came to Rome,

  • searching for the roots of Western Civilization.

  • This hunger for Rome's antiquities led to their preservation.

  • And still the travelers come, from all corners of the globe.

  • Surviving earthquakes and centuries of stone-thieves,

  • The Colosseum, remains the most enduring symbol of Ancient Rome.

  • Across four centuries, tens of thousands gladiators, slaves and Christians

  • died in a blaze of glory, or martyrdom.

  • On the nearby Arch of Constantine, an inscription bears the words,

  • "inspired by the divine".

  • The Pantheon, was a place to worship all the gods,

  • from Juno the god of fertility, to Mars the god of war.

  • Step beneath the dome's central oculus

  • and stand in the same divine light

  • that has bathed emperors, gladiators, merchants and travelers

  • for almost two millennia.

  • Once a stadium, today, Piazza Navona is one of Europe's great squares.

  • The thundering crowds and chariots have long faded,

  • replaced by a trio of fountains, Baroque architecture, artists,

  • and the aroma of Rome's best coffee.

  • No Roman holiday is complete without making a wish at the Trevi Fountain.

  • Toss one coin into the Trevi, and one day you will return to Rome.

  • Toss in two coins and you will fall in love with a Roman.

  • If you're not looking for love, relax on the steps with a gelato.

  • Rome is a city of elegant bridges too.

  • Ponte Sant'Angelo was built by the Emperor Hadrian in the 2nd century

  • as part of the grand entranceway to his mausoleum.

  • Rome may no longer be the capital of the world,

  • but it has long been the center of Christianity.

  • Today, modern pilgrims continue to cross the river,

  • guided by the bridge's angels as they make their way

  • to one of the world's great squares,

  • Piazza Saint Pietro,...St Peter's Square.

  • And here, stands the world's largest church,

  • Saint Peter's Basilica.

  • Filled with masterpieces by Bernini, Giotto, and Raphael,

  • St Peter's crowning glory is her dome,

  • designed by the brightest star of the Renaissance, Michelangelo.

  • From the dome look down upon the holy square

  • where two colonnades reach out like open arms

  • welcoming the faithful who gather in their thousands

  • to receive blessings from the Pope.

  • As the sun sets on Rome, head to the island sanctuary of Isola Tiberina.

  • Let the rushing waters of the River Tiber soothe your senses,

  • and enjoy traditional Roman recipes

  • that have been perfected by generations of Italian grandmothers.

  • This is just an appetizer, an aperitivo of what awaits in The Eternal City.

  • To really taste all of Rome's treasures can take a lifetime.

  • But be warned, it only takes a moment for Rome,

  • to forever conquer your heart.

Rome rises from the Lazio Region in the central west of Italy.

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