Rome is the capital city of Italy, located in the region of Lazio, halfway down Italy's western coast. It is Italy's largest and most populous city, with 2.9 million residents. Its historical center has been named a UNESCO world heritage site, thanks to its stunning architecture and its unparalleled wealth of history, culture and art.
Its most famous sites - the Colosseum, the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's, the Pantheon, the Trevi Fountain, the Roman Forum, the Spanish Steps, and the Castel Sant'Angelo - have been immortalized in countless films. But a wander along its cobblestone streets, its bridges lined with Bernini statues, its hundreds of churches hiding masterpieces by Caravaggio and Michelangelo (among others) is not to be underestimated. The city also has a number of important museums, such as the Vatican Museum, the Borghese Gallery and the National Museum of Modern Art.
An open air museum during the day, Rome comes alive at night, starting with aperitivo (cocktails and tapas) at sundown, to the pizzerias and restaurants that fill up shortly afterwards, to the bars spilling over with smartly dressed young people in neighborhoods such as Trastevere, Campo de' Fiori, Piazza Navona and Testaccio.
In the Eternal City, there is always something to see and do. It's just a matter of finding enough time to do it all.