The foundations of Western civilization, it's an understatement to say Rome overflows with history. It promises some of the best historical sightseeing in the world, where ancient relics are as ubiquitous as pizza and significant sites as common as gelato.
Rome is awe-inspiringly awesome, which is also an understatement, without seeing for yourself. Our cheap flights from Toronto to Rome make it easy.
Known as the Eternal City, even the ancient Romans referred to it as such. Grand and powerful, the sentiment was that Rome may be attacked but would never fall. That feeling is alive today when one marvels at the magnificent Colosseum, Pantheon and other relics of the Roman Empire. For the visitor, Rome is eternal; forever etched in one's memory, whether a history buff, discerning foodie, Catholic pilgrim, or culture enthusiast.
Some of the world's most astounding museums and galleries are found in Rome. You don't have to be a devout Catholic to be amazed by Vatican City treasures, like the Sistine Chapel and Michelangelo's frescoes, and priceless art. Same applies to tours of glorious cathedrals and Rome's first church, Basilica Di San Giovanni, built in the 4th century. There are many Roman rituals outside religion, for example, tossing a coin in the famous Trevi Fountain.
As timeless as Rome is, its modern aspects impress, too--great shopping, excellent restaurants and a fun, laid-back nightlife. Romans are stylish, possibly like the ancients before them, considering the first shopping mall was built in Rome in the first century.
The best time to visit Rome is during the spring, when` the weather is sunny and warm and there are fewer tourists. If you're not a fan of heat, summers can get quite stifling, so take note of that when planning a trip that involves lots of walking.
Conquer Rome on your next Europe vacation! You'll be glad(iator) you did.