Italy's vibrant capital lives in the present, but no other city on earth evokes its past so powerfully. For over 2,500 years, emperors, popes, artists, and common citizens have left their mark here. Archaeological remains from ancient Rome, art-stuffed churches, and the treasures of Vatican City vie for your attention, but Rome is also a wonderful place to practice the Italian-perfected il dolce far niente, the sweet art of idleness. Your most memorable experiences may include sitting at a caffè in the Campo de' Fiori or strolling in a beguiling piazza.
- History The Colosseum and the Forum are just two amazing archaeological musts.
- Food From pasta and pizza to innovative fare, great meals at trattorias or enotecas.
- Art Works by Michelangelo, Raphael, Bernini, and Caravaggio dazzle around the city.
- Churches Places of worship from the Byzantine to baroque eras hold artistic bounty.
- Landmarks The Pantheon, St. Peter's Basilica, the Spanish Steps—to name only a few.
- Shopping Chic boutiques around Piazza di Spagna, flea-market finds in Trastevere.