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Stroll through Rome (virtually)

As the old saying goes, Rome wasn’t built in a day. But even if you only have a day to explore its ancient history and distinctive cuisine, you won’t be disappointed. Check it out on this virtual tour.

It goes without saying that you’ll want to visit Rome’s magnificent Colosseum, the largest ancient amphitheater ever built (1st Century AD), and it's still standing in the world today.

If you visit Rome in the fall or winter, you’ll most likely see roasted chestnuts offered by street vendors near every historic site. Sold piping hot in paper bags, they are one of Rome’s most popular street foods.

The Circus Maximus, built in the 6th century BC, is the oldest and largest of Rome’s public spaces. In its time, it could accommodate over 150,000 spectators for events.

Near the Circus Maximus, marvel at another ancient Roman site: the Pyramid of Cestius, built some 2,000 years ago. Politician Caius Cestius had his mausoleum built in the style of an Egyptian pyramid.

The Campo de' Fiori dates back to the 15th century and still bears the reputation of being Rome’s most famous marketplace. Vendors arrive early to sell fruits, vegetables, fish, poultry and meats.

The cuisine of Italy is known throughout the world for its exceptional flavor. You'll often hear the phrase "buon appetito" from your server, wishing you an enjoyable meal.

A two-minute walk will take you from the Campo de' Fiore market to the spectacular Piazza Navona, considered one of the largest and most beautiful squares in Rome.

The Tiber River has been the lifeblood of Rome since ancient times. The Ponte Sant’Angelo is one of Rome’s oldest and most famous bridges, built by the Emperor Hadrian in 134 AD.

You can’t visit Rome without sampling the gelato. If you see more locals than tourists in the gelateria, you are definitely in the right place since Romans know their gelato!

Visitors from around the world, of all ages and religions, make a visit to the Vatican a priority when they are in Rome. And rightly so.

When you step into Saint Peter’s Basilica, you’ll definitely be overwhelmed by the grandeur.  Look to the right to view Michelangelo’s world-famous sculpture, Pietà.

The Swiss Guard was established in 1506 by Pope Julius. With just 135 guards, this is the world’s smallest army, tasked with protecting the Pope and the Apostolic Palace.

Say "arrivederci" (goodbye) to Rome as you watch the sun set behind its seven hills.

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