For centuries, it has stood as a center of power, magnificence and opulence in the region. Today, it basks in the glow of its illustrious past and the glory of the present while continuing to inspire a sense of awe and wonder like no other. Welcome to the Eternal City whose renown has fascinated travellers through the ages and continues to draw them in their millions even today. The city of Rome sits at Italy’s center, on the banks of the Tiber and a short distance (24 km) from the Tyrrhenian Sea. Italy’s capital and largest city also lies south of Florence and Perugia and north of Naples and Salerno.

Rome’s amazing heritage is evident in the abundance of historical ruins, statues, palaces and aqueducts which have adorned it throughout its past. The city has also done an amazing job of evolving into the present with its gastronomy, fashion and shops. With all these and so much more, you are certain to find your vacation in the Eternal City an exciting, new experience. Italy’s high-speed Alta Velocità trains are a great option for making the most of your Italian holiday thanks to their links between major cities. If you intend to travel from Milan you will be able to arrive at Rome in a little over three hours while a journey from Naples will last slightly over an hour. Once you arrive at the city, you will be able to avail yourself of the bus, light rail and trams which are all excellently run.

A visit to Rome is an amazing opportunity to admire the one mighty structure synonymous with the city’s illustrious past: the Coliseum. The largest amphitheater ever built in recorded history, it stands as an iconic testament to the architectural genius which Rome possessed in ancient times. You will also be able to view other silent witnesses to the city’s glorious past including ruins such as the Circus Maximus, Trajan’s forum and the Flavian Palace. Closer to the present are the magnificent St Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel, which tell the tale of Renaissance Rome. Fans of art will love being able to view the work of luminaries such as Michelangelo, Raphael, Botticelli and Perugino while touring these churches.

And if seeing such priceless work puts you in the mood for admiring more art, you will enjoy visiting venues such as Galleria d'Arte Antica, Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna and Galleria Borghese which hold some of the most amazing art collections in the entire world. Fans of fashion will also thoroughly enjoy visiting Rome and one of the best places to begin is its center of high fashion, Via Condotti which is home to some of the biggest brands such as Armani, Dior, Gucci and Valentino. They will also be able to enjoy the thrilling pace of Porta Portese, the city’s largest flea market.