Quite possibly there isn't a single city in the whole world that can possibly claim as much charm and historic importance as Rome. Rightly referred to as the eternal city, Rome was for centuries the centre of the western world. As we would quite naturally expect, its foundation is lost in the many pages of legend, dating back, according to tradition, to the 21st of April 753 BC. The bulk of legends that have arrived to us is rich with anecdotes that have become part of the cultural heritage of the whole country, but documented history tells us that, for the first two centuries and a half, Rome was governed by seven kings. The founding of the city and its population was attributed to the first of them, Romolo. He also receives the merit of having united the Romans and the Sabines. Since then the city was always at the centre of Europe's historical, political and social life, preserving its prestige and its extraordinary beauty, made of monuments and works of art that are unique in the whole world.
The possible trails to visit Rome are countless. In order to be sure not to miss anything, the best way to go about it is to divide your stay in thematic itineraries. You can start with ancient Rome setting off from Trajan's column, continuing with the famous Forums and with the Capitol, the Coliseum and the Arch of Constantine. The itinerary can continue with a visit to the Domus Aurea and the beauty of the Monti district, one of the most ancient, with the church of Santa Pudenziana and that of San Pietro in vincoli, where you can see Michelangelo's Moses. Alternatively you might choose to visit the many squares and fountains of the capital, starting from the Quirinale, where you can see the monumental fountains of Castore and Polluce, continuing with the historic Trevi Fountain, right under Palazzo Poli. From there you can easily reach Piazza di Spagna, with the famous staircase of Trinità dei Monti. Don't miss Piazza Navona, a masterpiece of baroque, with the fountain of the four rivers by Bernini, and Piazza della Rotonda, where you can see the Pantheon. If you visit Rome you cannot neglect the beauty of the Vatican City; as well as the famous museums you must absolutely visit the Basilica di San Pietro, and in it Michelangelo's Pietà, and Piazza S.Pietro, surrounded by Bernini's colonnade and the destination for Christian believers from the world over.
Rome is a city where you will find it difficult to get bored. Cultural events are many and they go from the programmes in the many theatres to artistic initiatives of various kinds and cinema festivals. Among these we would like to point out the International short festival Arcipelago, at its 11th edition.