We visited Rome in 2004, 2005, Dec 2009 and 2016. Rome is the capitol of Italy and as well as the capital of the ancient Roman Empire where “all roads led to Rome.” The Forum, Palatine Hill, and Coliseum were the center of the Roman Empire from 700 BCE to 400 CE and are a key archeological sites in the center of modern Rome. This is where Julius Caesar, Mark Antony, Claudius and other leaders socialized with roman citizens. These areas are key must see if you visit Rome. It is difficult to list the all the sites to see in Rome, but here is a list of some of them. Trevi Fountain completed in 1762 is the largest Baroque fountain in the city and one of the most famous fountains in the world. The Fountain of the Four Rivers by Bernini was completed in 1651 and is located in Piazza Navona. The figures represent four major rivers of the four continents through which papal authority had spread: the Nile representing Africa, the Danube representing Europe, the Ganges representing Asia, and the Rio de la Plata representing the Americas. It is said that Bernini positioned the cowering Rio de la Plata River sculpture as if it feared of the church of Sant'Agnese (designed by his rival Borromini) falling on it. The Steps to Piazza del Campidoglio designed by Michelangelo and completed in 1560. The Villa Borghese and gardens where the Borghese Gallery houses a substantial part of the amazing Borghese collection of paintings, sculpture and antiquities, well worth a visit but get tickets in advance. And, of course, Vatican City.

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