Travellers booking flights to Rome will discover that a lifetime is not enough to enjoy everything that the Italian capital has to offer. The city of the seven hills on the River Tiber is ancient; every stick and stone of it sing out of glorious times past. It is where the gladiators fought in the Colosseum, where the devout prayed in the Pantheon, where Michaelangelo painted the ceilings of the Sistine Chapel and where millions of visitors have tossed a coin or two into the Trevi Fountain in hopes of their wishes coming true.
The devout still flock to Rome to visit the Vatican City, the residence of the Pope and a city-state of enormous cultural importance. The Basilica of St. Peter and the Vatican Museums draw millions of tourists each year. Michelangelo designed the basilica's dome (you can climb the 323 steps to the top to enjoy sumptuous views of Rome) and, famously, painted the frescoes in the Sistine Chapel.
After the culture, soak up the atmosphere on the streets - Spanish Steps, Piazza Navona, the most theatrical of the piazzas, or Trastevere, bohemian and with a young vibe - and sample the hearty Italian fare.
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