First Time in Rome

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Rome is compromised of over 2500 years of history, visibly layered on top of each other and surrounding the smallest country in the world, Vatican City.  Whether interests are ancient, medieval, renaissance, baroque or modern, Rome uniquely caters to all.  The Centro Storico is home to most of Rome's ancient sites including the Pantheon, Forum and Coliseum, while at the same time, playing host to Renaissance, Baroque and Fascist art and architecture.  The outer-lying neighborhoods highlight Rome's imperial history, both above ground and under, at the excavation sites and catacombs.  The Trastevere neighborhood, just west of the Centro Storico, is a favorite of Romans and visitors, as its vibe is less touristy and more authentic Roman.

Rome's atmosphere is romantic, chaotic, relaxed and touristy all at the same time.  Add to that some of history's most beautiful sunsets, and the Eternal City moniker is justified.  City life, both night and day, is seen in Rome's piazzas as "see and be seen" is the city's mantra.  Thanks to the practically ten months of mild to warm temperature, residents and tourists can take advantage of piazza life at any time of the day.

Getting around Rome is easy, especially once aware of the incoming motorini (scooters).  The city is walkable, bike-able and also has a well integrated public transportation system.   ATAC Trams, buses and metros (subways) traverse the entire city and are easy to comprehend.


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