Rome: City Overview

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I believe that all the people I’ve known that went to Rome agreed that it can be described as the biggest museum in the world. Actually, the feeling of going back on time is quite common in Italy, except for some very specific places. As always, my passion is the architecture, so Rome is kinda like a paradise to me. I’ve always been a fan of Rome. Since I played Rome Total War when I was a kid so I’ve learned everything on the ancient civilization, specially from the Roman Republic and the first emperor Augustus, which I consider the golden era of Rome. Most of the complex buildings and iconic roman places that are available today were constructed a few years after that era. That is the case of the Colosseum, the Pantheon, the Circus Maximus, and the whole complex of the Roman Forum and other ruins. The second big repertoir of buildings of Rome are from the Middle Age, specially those of the Catholic Church. From the large number of small churches (though all of them have rich details on the facades and interiors) to the most important place and the center of the world for hundreds of years, the St. Peters Basilica in the Vatican, aswell as others like the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, San Pietro in Vincoli, and the Castel Sant’Angelo, who acts as a transition between two eras (once a Mausoleum of Hadrian and then a fortress for the Pope). And in the 20th century, probably the most iconic piece is the Monumento a Vittorio Manuelle II, an epic monument to the first ruler of the modern Italy. There’s a lot more to see in Rome of this ages, but also on the simple buildings that were rebuilt after the World War II, which I personally love. So if you like to watch the details of the architecture and the ancient history, this is your place. If  your idea is to have a vivid experience of the european nighlife, then Rome is not your city. You may try luck though at the weekeneds in the Trastevere neighborhood, where there are some cool pubs and bars.

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