Rome, the eternal city

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Rome, Italy's sprawling cosmopolitan capital, is resonant of ancient treasures and influential culture mixed with stylish streets and cafes where you can max out on fashion and food. Few visitors want to miss seeing the Forum and the Colosseum and many will flock to Vatican City, headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church, and home to St. Peter's Basilica and the Vatican Museums (think Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel frescoes). ''When in Rome, do as the Romans do'' - a phrase which essentially means respect the local customs - will have you shopping, drinking, strolling and oggling, for there is something to see at every turn. Don't forget your comfortable yet oh-so-stylish shoes!

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Country: Italy      Capital: Rome      Local time in Rome: 09:28       Currency: Euro       Population in Rome (approx): 2.6m


  Sunrise: 07:33       Sunset: 18:14


Insider tips

If you just want a drink at a cafe, don't sit at the tables with a tablecloth; they are set for the next meal. ''Permesso'' is as essential a piece of vocabulary as please, thank you, hello, goodbye. Meaning ''May i...?'' it is a great introduction before you cross the threshold of a home or perhaps a place you want to browse.

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