Italy Travel Notes presents: by Constance Blair
This ancient city, now the capital of Italy, is also Mecca for all Catholics and one of the most popular tourist destinations in Italy. Its nickname, “the eternal city“ emphasizes its long history and the important role Rome has always played in major European events.
Modern Rome with its population of about 4 millions is the biggest Italian city and the centre of the Lazio province.
Roman history began about 3000 years ago, when, according to some myths and legends, Rome was founded by two brothers Romul and Rem. This legend has a sad end and Romul killed his brother and gave the city his own name. Since that time began the rise of the Roman Empire, which has reached its peak about 2 centuries B.C. The significant part of the attractions in the city is has to do with this period and several centuries before Christ birth and several centuries after it. However the roman art of that time represent a copy of the art in ancient Greece. The gods and their images are the same, only the names have changed.
But still, there are a lot of outstanding and unique objects and monuments.
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Italy Travel Notes presents: By Michael Thomson
Beautifully historic yet so fashionably up to date, Italy has all the components of the Dolce Vita in good measure – good food, good wine and beautiful people impeccably attired in the latest fashions.
Italy is a long country running from the mountainous north down to the sunny south kissed by the Mediterranean. So there are wide regional differences in climate. Generally the most pleasant time to visit Italy is during autumn and spring.
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Italy Travel Notes presents: by Brandon L. Wilson
Reportedly, there were three roads to Paradise in early Christendom: the Camino de Santiago across northern Spain, the route from Rome to Jerusalem and the Via Francigena (Frankish Route). Originally the Via Francigena (VF) stretched as a series of trails from Canterbury, England to Rome. Sigeric, Archbishop of Canterbury, who returned via the route in 990 AD, first documented it in a diary. However, some say it existed long before as a major cross-continent trail for kings, traders, artists and invading armies. Today, after centuries of neglect, this historic path has re-emerged from the ashes of historic obscurity.
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