Rome caput mundi “all roads leads to Rome”. Yes indeed, Rome is where all started: our contemporary civilization, over 2000 years ago: the first European Empire (or was it the first Imperial Power of the Western World?). The fist definition of citizenship, the fist melting pot; a social and legal structure which in many aspects is still up to date: marriage contracts contracts, (and divorce..); legacies; lend-lease contracts and much more.
The excitement of Rome is that where it all started is still there for you to see – the Coliseum, the Forum, the seven hills, the flagstones on the Appian way, monuments, tombs, catacombs. Take your pick. And when you decide that Roman Empire is gone forever, all you do is turn your head and glare at palaces – from Medieval to Renaissance to Baroque to Contemporary. What else in Rome? Romantic of course: the Trevi fountain, Piazza Navona, Trinità dei Monti; the Via Veneto, with echoes of La Dolce Vita.
The food and wine are famous (fresh fruit and vegetable are brought every morning from the surrounding rich countryside) the smell of fresh produce in the open air markets is an invigorating experience for supermarket, cellophane-condtioned visitors. Rome also means the Pope, the Vatican, St. Peter’s basilica, the capital of Italy and has all the trapping of this status. To get to Rome there are many airline companies which do cheap flights. The most active of these is Easyjet.