Rome’s Highlights

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Organizing a dream vacation to Italy? The capital city will keep you busy enough; there are numerous important and gorgeous places to see in Rome. As a city more than 2 and a half thousand years old, there are historical places to see in Rome, including marks of the beginning of western civilization and the ancient Roman empire, early stages and HQ of the Catholic church, and Renaissance period architecture. Modern places to see in Rome include the govt. Classic and modern musical, melodramatic, inventive and production shows and museums give a rich culture across the town.

Even though the best places to see are available all year around, the best times to visit are in the spring or fall. August is so hot and uncomfortable, that traditionally many locals take the month of August as vacation and go somewhere else. In planning your vacation, and if you can help it, it’d be best for your plans and company if you follow the local example and not be there in Aug. On the other hand, Romans take pride in their pleasing October weather that is warm and sunny.

On top of all the humanities and history, there are arenas and international sports places to see in Rome. Football is the most popular sport in Italy. Rugby is small, but growing quickly. The games were held in the Olympic Stadium, built for the 1960 Summer Olympics. When the Olympic Games were held here in 1960, it definitely was a celebration of Olympic history. The earliest Olympic games happened in the ancient coliseum in Rome. While you are busy trying to find all the places to see in Rome on your list, keep an eye open for the ring-road, or otherwise called the Grande Raccordo Anulare. This road circles the main middle of the city by about six miles. The holiday maker maps might refer to this road as the official name, A90, but regionally and on many street signs it will be called GRA, or the Raccordo.

The town from before it being called Rome had walls built around it. This was respected by the people as all businesses and homes were within the walls. The wall was not well looked after and city population grew outside the walls, but were considered rural. It was a defensive wall built by the Roman armed forces of concrete, stone, mortar, and even some existing buildings. Some pieces have been revived for historical value. Where the walls once divided urban residents, now the citizens likewise use the GRA as an outlining line.

Driving to all the places in Rome to see will be tough, and a truly native experience. The age and expansion of the city gives less than efficient roadways for all the traffic. There is an underground metro, as well as an above ground bus system that has more than 8000 stops along its routes.