Holiday Destinations #5: Rome
One of the major reasons given for travelling is that it gives you a chance to see historical locations which have become iconic in the minds of many. For a real historical holiday destination, it is hard to imagine getting better than Rome, which contains the Vatican City along with many other popular historic sites.
The history of Rome is perhaps richer than in any other city in the world. Not only is it home to the Catholic church, but it is one of the seats of ancient civilisation along with Egypt and Greece, and has a plethora of historic sites beginning with the ancient period, through the medieval and the Renaissance and into the recent past, with its part in the Second World War under the fascist rule of Benito Mussolini.
Rome has the benefit of appealing to people no matter what their interest – for the history buffs there is all of the above. For those who love to shop, there is a fashion business that compares will with just about any other country. Sports fans will love the rich tradition of Italian soccer while fine dining enthusiasts will find a range of food and wine that matches France step for step to be among the world’s best.
The ancient architecture is reason enough to visit Rome, as much of it has been preserved in something close to its original form. Rome was one of the birthplaces of democracy and its parliamentary buildings young and old are testament to the strong tradition of architecture in the city. With the works of Michelangelo in the forefront, this makes it a destination worth savoring.