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When in Rome . . .

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: November 07, 2012

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Rome and Tuscany are the heart and soul of Italy. The combination of fascinating histories, unique culture and atmosphere make exploring the wonderful sights a wonderful experience.

The former capital of the Roman Empire, Rome stands today as a modern city bathed in colourful layers of fascinating history. Numerous visitors flock here from all corners of the world to enjoy the experience that is unique to Italy, providing an authentic and fully rewarding holiday.

There's plenty to see and do in Rome, such as visiting the magnificent Colosseum, originally called the Flavian Amphitheatre, where you can step back in time and imagine the glorious gladiator battles which took place in the arena.

The Spanish Steps are undoubtedly worth the climb for the idyllic panoramic view of the city skyline, while throwing a coin into the famous Trevi Fountain is said to ensure your return.

Take time to explore the wonderful variety of bars and restaurants, enjoying many delicious original Italian meals while relishing the sights and sounds of Italy.

The Sistine Chapel and the Vatican are well worth a visit too, with celestial combinations of atmospheric presence, impressive architecture and fantastic photographic opportunities.

From Rome it's easy to travel to Tuscany, the birthplace of Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Dante Alighieri. Tuscany is widely known as one of the most scenic parts of Italy and boasts many beautifully preserved towns clinging to the hills such as Pienza and Montepulcianco, well known for its Renaissance buildings and cathedral.

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