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Rome is like a moveable feast of endless courses. No matter how much you gorge yourself on its splendors, you rarely feel you’ve made it past the antipasti.

Few cities offer such variety and few visitors leave without a fervent desire to return. As the seat of the Italian Government and home to the Vatican, Rome is a city with genuine capital credentials. It has everything you’d want from a modern city break holiday but critically, it’s the city’s history that acts as the principal magnet. From the remains of its imperial glory days to the Renaissance and baroque riches of its historic centre, Rome is a glorious architectural patchwork, a living masterpiece.

Begin your journey at the Vatican City, declared an independent state in 1929 and home to St. Peter’s Basilica (the largest church in the world), the Vatican Museum and the shining star of the Italian Renaissance, the Sistine Chapel. The awe-inspiring architecture and art collection makes the Vatican City top of the list of must-sees.

Ancient Rome, founded upon seven hills, divided the city into neighborhoods with distinct styles and personalities that have survived to modern day. On the west bank of the Tiber River, Trastevere (where residents call themselves the “real Romans”) is home to countless authentic pizzerias and restaurants. Across the river, the Basilica of Santa Sabina and the church of Sant’Alessio can be found in Aventine (one of the celebrated seven hills). A short walk away is Testaccio, where literary buffs will find the tombs of English poets John Keats and Percy Bysshe Shelley.

With the likes of the Spanish Steps, Pantheon, and Piazza Venezia all in the historical city centre, it’s hard to deny Rome’s status as one of the world’s most remarkable cities. The winding, cobblestone streets easily transport visitors back to bygone days of chariots and gladiators, the historical significance of the city seeping from every surface.

Back in Rome, walk the cobbled streets between centuries-old ruins, drink coffee, browse heritage markets, and eat too much gelato. After all, that’s what the dolce vita (sweet life) is all about.