Tuesday, 3 September 2013

ROMAN HOLIDAY

Rome is a city and special comune (named "Roma Capitale") in Italy. Rome is the capital of Italy and also of the homonymous province and of the region of Lazio. With 2.8 million residents in 1,285.3 km2, it is also the country's largest and most populated comune and fifth-most populous city in the European Union by population within city limits. Between 3.2 and 3.8 million people live in the urban area, and 4,194,068 in Rome metropolitan area.

The city is located in the central-western portion of the Italian Peninsula, on the Tiber within Lazio (Latium). Rome is the only city in the world to contain in its interior a whole state; the enclave of Vatican City.Rome's history spans more than two and a half thousand years, since its legendary founding in 753 BC. It is referred to as "The Eternal City", a notion expressed by ancient Roman poets and writers. In the ancient world it was successively the capital city of the Roman Kingdom, the Roman Republic and the Roman Empire, and is regarded as one of the birthplaces of western civilisation. Since the 1st century AD, Rome has been considered the seat of the Papacy and in the 8th century it became the capital of the Papal States, which lasted until 1870. In 1871 Rome became the capital of the Kingdom of Italy, and in 1946 that of the Italian Republic.

After the Middle Ages, Rome was ruled by popes such as Alexander VI and Leo X, who transformed the city into one of the major centres of the Italian Renaissance along with Florence.[8] The current version of St Peter's Basilica was built and the Sistine Chapel was painted by Michelangelo. Famous artists and architects, such as Bramante, Bernini and Raphael, resided for some time in Rome, contributing to its Renaissance and Baroque architecture.Rome has been ranked by GaWC in 2010 as a beta+ world city, as well as the 28th most important global city. In 2007, Rome was the 11th-most-visited city in the world, 3rd most visited in the European Union, and the most popular tourist attraction in Italy.

We have visited Rome many times and always enjoy our time there. These photos are from a visit in 1999.

This post is part of the Our World Tuesday meme.









6 comments:

  1. This so makes me want to go back to Rome! I had a wonderful time there as well!

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  2. I agree with Melody!! I'm really impressed that you can still find your photos from 1999!!
    Wren

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  3. What a wonderful place! I enjoyed the "tour".

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  4. Great series!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  5. Thank you so much for an informative, and beautiful post. Rome is one of my number one want-to-go places :)

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