Being the cradle of the Roman Empire, the "eternal city" has passed through 3,000 years. The result today is an architectural jewel, a museum city with iconic landmarks: the Colosseum, the Forum, the Pantheon, the Villa Borghese, the Vatican, the Sistine Chapel, the Trevi Fountain and more than 1,000 churches, a legacy of Christianity's wealth. Walking around in Rome is a journey in itself. One must discover the museums and the artistic gift of the Italians, taste the best gelato in the world, observe the elegance of the Romans, and enjoy the emblematic recipes of the "bella vita"... As the Italians say, to discover Rome "non basta una vita", it might be the most beautiful city in the world!
Rome was probably founded around 753 BC, according to legend, by two brothers, Romulus and Remus - sons of the Roman God of War, Mars. Ancient Rome grew from a small town into a huge intercontinental empire, with a transformational legacy of the widespread adoption of the Romance languages and the confirmation of Christianity as a major global religion. Rome evolved first as a republic, then an empire with the rise of Julius Caesar, a golden age of prosperity with Emperor Augustus, and the dramatic collapse of the Empire by the fifth century AD.