They say that a journey through Italy is like travelling through an outdoor museum. There are so many sculptures and monuments that it is impossible to not stop at every corner to marvel at so much beautiful art. It comes as no surprise that half of the world's UNESCO World Heritage Sites are in Italy.
Travelling through Italy, we can admire the works of famous artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, Rafael, Michelangelo, Botticelli or Tintoretto and many others; genuine maestros of art and sculpture present in art galleries throughout the world.
But Italy is not just about art. Italian cuisine is another very good reason to visit Italy, where you can sample the wonderful fresh pasta dishes and rich sauces made with natural ingredients in the purest traditional styles.
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Rome, the capital city of Italy is a must-see due to its enormous cultural and historical wealth. Nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is brimming with so many interesting sights to visit it's hard to know where to begin. The Coliseum, the Roman Forum, Trevi Fountain, Piazza Venezia or the Arch of Constantine are just some of the sights which have been immortalised on many occasions.
Before returning to the hotel after a busy day sightseeing in the city, enjoy a cappuccino on any of Rome's café terraces. Take a stroll through the streets of Trastevere and enjoy a few minutes rest on the Spanish steps.
Italian cuisine is very varied in spite of popular misconception. Each region of the country contributes in some way to this great variety.
Using a wealth of ingredients from the Mediterranean diet not only do they produce pizzas and fresh pasta dishes, but also a wide selection of Italian specialities including risotto (a creamy rice originally made with mushrooms), vitello tonnato (a dish of finely filleted beef accompanied with tuna and olives) and cold meat cuts such as prosciutto, mortadela and salami, to name but a few. To finish off any Italian meal, you must try the authentic tiramisu dessert.
Naturally we cannot finish this section without mentioning the world famous Italian coffee.
Coliseum. Originally known as the Flavian Amphitheatre it could accommodate over 50,000 spectators distributed over its 3 floors. The games and entertainment were held at the Coliseum from the year 80 BC until the 6?? century AD.
The Vatican. Rome has the unique peculiarity of being home to one of the smallest states in Europe, the Vatican. St. Peter's square, a masterful work by Bernini, is presided over by St. Peter's Basilica and crowned by the impressive dome by Michelangelo which stands 136 metres in height.
Fontana di Trevi. There is a legend about the majestic Baroque Trevi fountain that says all who throw a coin in will return to Rome again one day.
Piazza di Spagna (Spanish Square). A meeting place for young Romans, this square is famous for the Spanish Steps that ascend to the Trinita dei Monti church.
Piazza Navona. With its 3 magnificent fountains, this square is integrated into the former Stadium of Domitian built in 86 BC.
Santa Maria Maggiore. A mixture of architectural styles, the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore still preserves the original 5?? century nave and mosaics.
Fashion is a basic element of everyday Italian life. If you love shopping, Rome is the city for you.
Renowned high-fashion shops are located around the Piazza di Spagna (Spanish Square): Via Condotti, Via Frattina or Via Borgognona. Here you can find world famous fashion by Dior, Armani, Dolce & Gabanna, Prada, Gucci, Bulgari, Cartier and Louis Vuitton.
If you want to take home a souvenir from Rome at a more reasonable price, the street for you is the Via Nazionale or Via del Corso, where you can find all types of shops.