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Relics of the Ancient Roman civilisation are scattered everywhere in Italy's capital, yet these beautiful ruins and structures feel perfectly integrated into the modern city. Although these historical landmarks remain a significant draw for tourists, new events like the Rome Film Festival and summer's 'Gay Village' event mean Rome's present is now as appealing as its past.
The famous historic attractions are worth making time for. Be sure to visit the Colosseum and catacombs, while Baroque churches, including Santa Maria della Vittoria, and the classical artworks of the Capitoline Museums, are more modern highlights. Foodies will find plenty to tempt their taste buds in the city’s abundant pizzerias and trattorias, where simple regional fare like pasta alla carbonara reigns supreme.
Once you step away from the tourist sights, you’ll find plenty hidden away in the city's less-explored neighbourhoods. Esquilino is easily reached by public transportation, yet its rustic bakery cafes and small but bustling Piazza Vittorio Market feel worlds away from the crowded city centre.