Rome still contains traces of every period of its existence since 753 bc, the date when the city is said to have been founded by Romulus.Even today, new discoveries continue to come to light. The city enjoyed a golden age from the times of the Punic wars, when the city gained dominion of the Mediterranean basin, to the Imperial Age when the Peace of Augustus promoted town planning and social wellbeing.

Then the papal seat was established in Rome, moved to Avignon and back to Rome again. Despite looting by Charles V’s German mercenary soldiers in the 16th c., the city flourished again.

Buffeted by Napoleonic events and Risorgimentos undercurrents, it finally became capital of the kingdom of Italy in 1870.The 20th c. saw Rome fall apart and rebuild itself after it was devastated by bombing and was forced to restore its artistic and architectural treasures.

Now the metropolis clusters round a multicentric old town centre that contains a host of great attractions, all enclosed within the ancient defensive barrier of the Aurelian Wall (the only instance of its type in Europe). It has been said that one lifetime is not enough to appreciate all it has to offer.

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