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The Forum was the hub of major activity in Ancient Rome.

Roman architecture

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Italy is a country that is jammed packed with famous art. Here are 10 masterpieces you should see.

Italian masterpieces

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You’re at the airport and excited about Rome. Let’s get you there without any fuss.

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When summer arrives, Rome begins to flex its cultural muscles. An enormous range of musical and theatrical events spring up around the city poised and ready to entertain. It’s a great time to visit this most ancient of cities and with such a wide range of outdoor venues and unsurpassed events, the city seems to be brimming with its own pride which is understandable and perhaps a little forgivable. The vast majority of these events are held outside under the sky and this is all to the good as it endows Rome and its events with a character unique to this part of the world.

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It’s a well known fact that there is an abundance of attractions and sightseeing venues to take advantage of when you visit the city of Rome. Many individuals neglect the fact that it is only a short trip from the crowds and noise of the city to the spectacular beaches outside the city. However, if you are looking for a more unique experience, taking the train to the village of Santa Marinella will award you with a day at the beach and some excellent seafood that you are likely to forget.
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These lines aren’t enough for a big city that features a thousand-year history, rich of art, monuments and is also capital of Italy and center of Christianity: it’s Rome. For who doesn’t know the Eternal City yet, this is a brief guide, an itinerary through its best sights and venues.

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The RBS 6 Nations or the Six Nations Championship is an international rugby union competitive venue that is held annually in the four nations of the UK (England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales), Italy, and France. For the rugby aficionados and sports lovers, there can be no better time than now to watch the matches live while you tour the cities of London, Scotland, Paris and Rome. Cheer the teams live and sightsee around the cities when you are free. As of the 2012 championship, the games or matches are played in six different venues, one in each of the six countries.

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Although jazz was only introduced in Rome in the late twentieth century, it has earned the epithet of “jazz capital of Italy”. And, there are several clubs dedicated to jazz music.

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For your upcoming trip to Rome you may already be fantasizing about six-course meals that start at nine in the evening and continue well past midnight. For Italians these epic feasts are considered nothing more than a well-balanced dinner. But, before you try and keep up with this gastronomical procession it’s probably best you familiarize yourself with these simple guidelines.

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All roads lead to Rome. You’ve problably heard it before. But have you ever visited the “Eternal City”? For over 2,500 years Rome has been European centre of power, culture and religion. Thanks to all the antique ruins, roman basilicas and medieval palaces the historic city centre of the capital of Italy is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visitors from all around the world like to come to Rome not only for sightseeing, but also because this city is a heaven for shoppers and Italian food and nighlife lovers.

Rome Italy Pantheon

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With its historic architecture, cuisine, and culture, Rome is still one of the most targeted tourist destinations in Italy if not the entire European continent. There are numerous reasons to vacation in the city but the primary draws have always been the food and the shopping. Italian cuisine is everywhere you go in and around the city, but if you are looking for international dishes, you will be richly rewarded as well.

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So you’re planning a trip to Rome and you’ve done a bit of research beforehand. You’ve worked out how to get from from the airport to your hotel. Naturally, you’ve made your hotel room reservations on Venere.com (wink, wink) and you’ve made a list of recommended restaurants you want to check out during your trip. You’ve even mapped out your itinerary of the ‘Must’ sights to see. But how well do you really think you know Rome? We’ve put together some fun facts about Rome that maybe you didn’t know yet.

Colosseum, Rome

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Rome abounds with no-frills pizzerias that serve a variety of pizzas. A classic Roman pizza is crispy and wafer thin. Pizzerias with wood-fired oven produce excellent thin crust pizzas. Almost all pizzerias serve traditional capricciosa and margherita pizzas. A capricciosa pizza consists of a bit of everything such as eggs, prosciutto, artichoke hearts, olives, sausages, mozzarella and tomatoes, whereas the margherita features basil, mozzarella and tomatoes.

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Pizza Al Taglio, “pizza by the cut,” is the most popular pizza. These rectangular pizzas are cut by scissors and weighed as per customers’ requirements. read full article

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For this week’s Travel Picks Friday, we wanted to inspire you with Italian Cuisine and chose three scrumptious recipes for you to try out. These fantastic recipes were brought to you by Raleigh from LoveFromItalia, a superb blog about Italy, food, and travel!

cacio pepe recipe

New Oil – just pressed – is a treasure that needs the right dish to be paired with to showcase it in all its unctuous velvety goldenness. Whether the oil comes from Northern Italy, Southern Italy, Central Italy, Sicily or Sardinia, it needs to be presented simply, letting the oil shine (no pun intended!).

The Thought: “Tutte le strade conducono a Roma” – every street will take you to Rome – immediately came to mind when I thought of ways to use Olio Nuovo… because, two of my favorite ways are with Roman specialties! read full article

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1. The art capital of Italy

florence fun facts

Known as the cradle of the Renaissance era (la culla del Rinascimento), the historic center of Florence was declared as a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO in 1982. In fact, the centro storico is home to some of the most beautiful monuments, churches and museums of the world and attracts millons of tourists to the city each year. The historic city lies within medeival walls built around it in the 14th century after Florence began to grow due to its economic growth. Some of its most prominent sights include the Duomo, the Uffizi museum, the Galleria dell’Accademia where the statue of David is held and the Ponte Vecchio. read full article

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