Rome is one of the oldest cities in Europe, with a history spanning more than 2,500 years. Stepping foot in its historic centre – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – is like travelling back in time, with millennium-old palaces, grand churches and basilicas, romantic ruins and ornate statues on every corner.
While the mighty Colosseum and the Pantheon stand proudly above the city skyline and form part of Rome’s undeniable identity, the true soul of the city lies beyond its famous sites. Explore winding cobblestone backstreets in little-known neighbourhoods and you'll discover markets buzzing with locals, charming coffee shops and age-old family-run trattorias.
Add to all this a generous dose of cutting-edge fashion boutiques, state-of-the-art theatres and art exhibitions and it is easy to see where Rome's nickname “The Eternal City” comes from. After a few days here you won't ever want to leave.