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Rome is situated on the River Tiber, between the Apennine Mountains and the Tyrrhenian Sea and is the 'Eternal City' of Rome (Roma) It remains the seat of the Italian government but it is the ruins that date back to Rome's glory days that attract todays tourists and these lie within an area known as Roma Antica (Ancient Rome) and include the monumental Colosseum and the Foro Romano (Roman Forum).

Buildings from the Renaissance period are concentrated within the centro storico (historic centre), situated between Via del Corso and the Tevere (River Tiber). There you can explore the labyrinth of narrow, winding, cobbled side streets which open out onto magnificent piazzas presided over by Baroque churches, regal palaces and exquisite fountains.

Must See in Rome

The Colosseum - Without doubt the most famous sight in Rome where up to 50,000 spectators enjoyed immense gladiatorial shows of death and violence. They entered through numbered arches - the Roman numerals above the entrances are still visible in places.

The Capitoline Museums which is home to some of the most renowned and beautiful statues the world has ever known.

This museum is dedicated to ancient sculptures. An hour spent here is like an education in the aesthetic potential of the human body and the skill and poetry of truly great sculpture.

Galleria Borghese - Rome's finest art gallery, This museum displays some of the world's greatest works of art in an exquisite setting. Booking in advance is recommended.

Date for your diary

Spoleto Festival - early to mid-July, held in Spoleto, this festival presents top-quality concerts, opera, dance, theatre and film.

Noianti Festival - mid to late July, folk music, dancing, parade floats and fireworks at Trastevere, in honour of the Virgin Carmine.

Operas and ballets - throughout July and early August, these are staged regularly at Teatro dell'Opera, Piazza Beniamino Gigli.