Rome, Italy’s capital, is a sprawling, cosmopolitan city with nearly 3,000 years of globally influential art, architecture and culture on display. Ancient ruins such as the Forum and the Colosseum evoke the power of the former Roman Empire, while the Vatican City, headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church, has St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museums, which house eternal masterpieces such as Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel frescoes.
Eating out is one of Rome’s great pleasures and the combination of alfresco settings and sensational food is a guarantee of good times. For contemporary fine dining and five-star wine there are any number of refined restaurants. For a truly Roman meal there are numerous pizzerias and neighbourhood trattorias: these are where the locals go to dine with friends and indulge their passion for thin, crispy pizzas, pastas, and cool white wines from the nearby Castelli Romani hills. A cooling gelato followed by a shot of world-class coffee represents a perfect dessert.