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Colourful and Vibrant in Rome

Aug 17, 2007
Rome has two airports. Leonardo da Vinci Airport is used by the major airlines, while Ciampino Airport is used by budget airlines Easy jet and Ryan air.

Rome has unarguably the richest, fullest history of any town on earth. Its unique position in the worlds greatest Empire, its significance as a religious and cultural centre, its turbulent centuries of aristocratic and papal rivalries and upheaval.. and all the while incorporating some of the finest architecture still surviving.

It is a colourful and vibrant living city which is still an appealing destination for those with a phobia of history. The food, the culture, the ambience and the surrounding scenery make a great holiday even if you dont see a single ruin or statue.

The Colosseum one of the worlds most famous buildings. As you get to know Rome, the huge arena may slide down your list of Rome priorities, but its initial impact is overwhelming.

The building, also known as the Flavian Amphitheatre, received its more common name from a giant statue, or colossus, of Nero which stood close to the spot. Designed to replace the excesses of Neros unpopular Domus Aurea. The Colosseum was begun by Vespasian and inaugurated after his death in 79AD by his son Titus. Up to 50,000 spectators enjoyed immense gladiatorial shows of death and violence. They entered through numbered arches the Roman numerals above the entrances are still visible in places. Later the Colosseum was denuded by popes who wanted to use its marble elsewhere. It was also damaged by an earthquake.

The Colosseum is located at the foot of Mussolinis Via dei Fori Imperiali from Piazza Venezia head past the Roman Forum. Colosseo Metro station, Line B is right opposite. The Palatine Hill and the Roman Forum are next to the Colosseum, as is the Arch of Constantine, cobbled together from earlier monuments. The Circus Maximus is a short walk away; the Baths of Caracalla are a little further.

The city has an opera house, the Teatro dell Opera and a reasonable number of smaller theatres, also nightclubs, bars, literary cafes, football matches and many more evening activities waiting to be discovered.

In the evening, the most popular activities locally are eating. Splendid Italian activity consists of a leisurely stroll around the streets, people watching, greeting acquaintances, pausing for a drink or an ice cream. Evenings are heavily oriented towards the outdoors. A long drink outside a bar on one of the pretty medieval streets in the centre is one of the most pleasant experiences Rome has to offer.
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Douglas Scott works and writes for Car Rentals The Car Hire Specialist. and is a free lance writer for The Villa Rental Site
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