Rome, Italy, served as the seat of the Roman Empire and was the wealthiest
and most powerful city in the world for almost 1,000 years. Though the
Roman Empire has long since fallen, the glory of Rome shines on. It's
impossible to experience Rome independent of its breathtaking history. Art,
culture, and religion provide a diverse landscape of attractions to
experience as you explore the city. visit to Rome is complete without a visit to some of its museums and
galleries. In the Vatican Museums you can see the Sistine Chapel, Greek and
Roman sculptures, and an extensive collection of paintings. The Musei
Capitolino houses world-renowned sculptures like the Capitoline Venus.
Though small, the Galleria Borghese offers a breathtaking collection of
paintings by Raphael and Caravaggio. The Palazzo Altemps in the National
Roman Museum features 104 sculptures in the Boncompagni Ludovisi collection
alone. As you will no doubt discover, some of Rome's most stunning sculptures are
found in their original homes and not museums. The Trevi Fountain features
Carrara marble statues against a travertine façade. Toss a coin in and
legend has it the fountain may just draw you back to Rome. For shopping and dining, your best strategy is to explore the city on foot.
Stroll from the Piazza Navona through Campo de' Fiori to the Piazza Farnese
and Ponte Sisto crossing the Tiber River. Explore the Via del Corso from
Piazza Venezia to Piazza del Popolo. A meandering tour of Rome can always
yield new and exciting discoveries.