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The City Of The Roman Empire

May 20, 2008
It grew into the Roman Empire which was ruled by an Emperor from 27 BC. This empire became the most important political and economic power in the Western World. Its influence stretched over most of Europe and the shores of the Mediterranean Sea. The Western Roman Empire fell in 476 AD. It retained its status as the capital of the Papal States and became a center of culture and artistic activity. Rome's population has declined and grown over the centuries and it seems, today to be in an upward trend.

Due to Rome's long and rich history, there is a fortune of ancient sights to see. Depending on how long you will have in the city, you will need to prioritize what you want to visit. It is important to plan your trip before you arrive so that you can maximize your time in this fascinating city.

The Coliseum is a must. It was the largest and most impressive building in the Roman Empire and its completion dates back to 80 AD. Next on your list of sights to see should be St. Peter's Basilica which is the largest church in the world. Its size and location symbolize the focal point of Christianity. Trevi Fountain is an impressive monument that is famous for its beauty. There is a custom to toss a coin backwards over your shoulder into the water at the bottom of the fountain in order to ensure your return to Rome. The Forum Romanum contained many buildings from temples to basilicas, as well as triumphal arches. It looks a bit like a collection of haphazard ruins today, but it was once the center of imperial Roman life. The Piazza di Spagna is a famous and beautiful square and meeting place. It boasts the Spanish Steps, an obelisk and church. There are dozens of other attractions buildings, arches, churches, columns and many more.

Due to the popularity of the city, there are many accommodation options available. There are a number of different quality hotels from the luxury to the budget ones. You can choose a hotel according to its facilities or according to its location. The luxury hotels tend to be in the area of Via Veneto, while the budget hotels can often be found in the area surrounding Termini station.

Groups or families of travelers can choose to stay in a rental apartment. These tend to be better priced than the hotels, provide more privacy and freedom than a hotel and have more space. They are good options for long-term stays as they will give you more of the feel of living in the city. Bed and breakfasts are becoming popular in Rome. They may be as simple as a couple opening their home to visitors to the city. Hostels are available that offer either dorm rooms or private rooms if you are prepared to pay a bit more. Another option is to stay in a convent. There are also camping grounds although these tend to be further out of the city.
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