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Rome

The city of Rome, with its 4.5 million inhabitants and approximately equal number of scooters and cars, can rightfully claim to be one of Europe's busiest cities. Tiring? We'd say the bustle is relative. A quick afternoon nap at Villa Borghes...

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Rome

Rome is one of the oldest cities in Europe. Legend has it that Rome was founded around 700 BC by the twin brothers Romulus and Remus. The twins were suckled by a wolf. According to the legend, Romulus murdered his twin brother Remus following an argu...

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The Vatican

In the heart of Rome lies the nucleus of the Roman Catholic Church: the Vatican. This city-state has had its own post office, papal guard, radio station, newspaper, publishing firm, shops and papal offices. For centuries it has invested its wealth in...

Colosseum

The Colosseum was built in the first century AD by successive Flavian emperors at the site of Nero's man-made lake. In this way the emperors tried to eradicate all memories of the much-hated Nero, and to win back the public. Following its completion...

Public Holidays in Italy

As a predominantly Roman Catholic country, Italy observes numerous public holidays. National public holidays on which shops and offices remain closed are listed below.1 January: New Year's Day6 January: The Feast of the EpiphanyMarch/April: Easter an...

Emergency number in Rome

Like other cities in European Union countries, Rome's emergency number is 112. This number connects you to the police, the fire department and the ambulance service. If you need help quickly, you can use your mobile phone to telephone this number fre...

Airport Transport

Rome has two airports: Lenonard da Vinci Fiumicino and Ciampino. Leonardo da Vinci Fiumicino is the bigger of the two and is located 26 kilometres outside the centre of Rome. Express trains depart from the airport to station Termini in Rome every hal...

Teatro Argentina

Teatro Argentina is one of the most beautiful and important theatres of Rome. In 1732, this magnificent building was ordered by the influential Sforza Cesarini family. For years, the theatre has served as a stage for many famous operas such as Verdi...