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The Top Three Reasons to Visit Rome   by Mark Hazard

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Rome is inarguably one of the greatest cities of all time. For centuries, it stood as the center of the known world and remains a culturally epicenter to this very day. People do not usually need an excuse to visit Rome, but if you are considering it, here are the top three reasons you most definitely should visit Rome.

First, there is the architecture. Unlike many of the great cities of Europe, Rome came through World War II relatively unscathed. As a result, the city's ancient architecture remains mostly intact. 
When you step into the city, the Renaissance and Baroque era architecture, not to mention the ancient wonders of the Colosseum, Pantheon, and Roman Forum, immediately awe you. Though everyone who visits Rome knows to visit the Vatican, you must also not forget to see the other ancient basilicas and churches of the city. Another must-see is the Piazza del Campidoglio, one of Michelangelo's greatest architectural works.

Dig a bit further and you find the beautiful art of Rome. Although the architecture of the buildings Rome is art, you can find even more treasures inside. In addition to the famous artwork of the Sistine Chapel, you can visit the Santa Maria Maggiore and San Paolo Fuori la Mura, two basilicas which both house mosaics dating from the fourth century AD. Also check out the churches of Santa Maria in Trastavere, Santa Prassede, and Santi Quattro Coronati for more great religious medival murals and frescoes. 

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There are also an assortment of Roman galleries and museums that are definitely a must for any art lover, including the Borghese Gallery, the Capitoline Museums, the Museum of Castel Sant'Angelo, the Museum of Roman Civilization, the National Museum of Rome, the National Gallery of Modern Art, and the Villa Giulia National Etruscan Museum.
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If you needed another reason to visit Rome, there is the food and the shopping, two things which often go hand and hand. You will definitely build up an appetite browsing all the shops of Rome. If you are interested in the latest Prada fashions, check out the lanes around Via Condotti near the Spanish Steps, and near the Via del Corso and the Via del Babuino. For a bit more affordable shopping look around the Via dei Coronari, the Porta Portese, the Trevi Fountain, the Largo del Tritone, and the Via Nazionale. As far as the food goes, take your pick--there is enough pizza and pasta places in Rome to satisfy any budget. Don't forget to try some fine Italian wine with your meal!

From capital of the Roman Empire to seat of the Roman Catholic Church, Rome has always been a city that people flocked to in droves over the centuries.

If you can make it happen, you most definitely must make time to see this great city with the short amount of time we all have in this world.  One could argue that the entire city of Rome is work of art that everyone needs to see. Regardless, Rome remains on of humanity's greatest architectural and artistic achievements to date.

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Albani Hotel Rome
Albani Hotel Rome is in the midst of Parioli-Salario, a quiet and elegant residential area. Villa Borghese, Galleria Borghese, Pincio and Via Veneto are just one block from the hotel. All the main attractions of the city are very well connected by the public transportation.  The 154 rooms, suites and junior suites facing the surrounding noble palaces or the ancient Villa Albani Park have terraces on which guests can enjoy the full pleasure of the "dolce vita Romana". The walls are all painted with bright colours and most of them display modern decorations. The bright restaurant La Villa, with its crystal chandelier, original windows and mirrors, features dishes of typical Mediterranean cuisine. The American Bar La Cupola is strategically located in the lounge area and offers cocktails, drinks, espresso, cappuccino and American coffee.
Astoria Garden Hotel Rome
The Astoria Garden Hotel is conveniently located in a safe, quiet street, close to Termini rail station, Air Terminal, Via Veneto, Opera House, Santa Maria Maggiore Basilica, Trevi Fountain, Trinita dei Monti, Colosseum, Roman Forum and the Pantheon.  Awake refreshed and enjoy a lovely moment with a delicious breakfast served at the breakfast room. The in-house restaurant offers its guests the best service with a wide choice of menus, from traditional dishes to the most refined, special attention for quality products. The bar offers a wide selection of beverages, rich American buffet that will satisfy the most demanding palates.
Atlante Star Hotel Rome
Experience the pleasure of a true hospitality at the Atlante Star Hotel, where even a business trip seems like a pleasant Roman holiday.  The Atlante Star is an unique hotel, strategically located in the heart of historical Rome, just two blocks from St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican Museums and St. Angel's Castle.  For your leisure or business trip to Rome, discover the pleasure of the guestrooms and suites, all personalised and decorated with fine fabrics, soft colours and classical furniture. Relaxing in the guestrooms and discover the pleasure of being unique in the realm of hospitality. Guests can dine on the delicious dishes served at the two onsite restaurants, Les Etoiles and La Terrazza Paradiso offering breathtaking panoramic views of the whole Rome.
Bled Hotel Rome
The hotel's strategic location makes an excellent starting point for day tours in Rome.  Bled Hotel is a classic style villa in the centre of Rome, near Santa Maria Maggiore and many other historical sites. The hotel is located just a few steps away from all the important monuments of Rome such as the Imperial Roman Forum and the Colosseum. The shopping and business areas, such as Via Veneto, Via Condotti and the Spanish Steps are easily reachable on foot from the hotel.  The Bled Hotel offers a rich continental breakfast in cosy breakfast room, which is an ideal place where you can start you day in Rome. At the top floor, the hotel has a nice terrace where you can relax and have a drink while admiring the beautiful view.
Columbus Hotel Rome
Housed in Palazzo della Rovere, a splendid 15th century building, inside which the very latest comforts have been installed in a harmonious manner, the Columbus Hotel is an ideal place to reside while in Rome.  Conveniently situated in the historical centre of Rome, the Columbus hotel is placed less than 200 meters from St. Peter's Church and Vatican City.  The La Veranda is an excellent restaurant that proposes fabulous wines of the highest standard and the very best Italian and International cuisine, which may be savoured in the Pinturicchio frescoes interior or outside in the elegance of the garden.
Crowne Plaza St Peters Hotel & Spa, Rome
Set in beautiful residential area close to Villa Doria Pamphili, Crowne Plaza offers peaceful accommodation and modern facilities.  The Crowne Plaza Rome-St. Peter's is set in a four-hectare park, close to the beautiful Villa Doria Pamphili, a few minutes from the Vatican City.  The onsite restaurant and the piano-bar Il Palco, which has live music every evening is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner offering Italian specialities.  For those in search of wellbeing, the Saturnia Spa Health and Fitness Centre offers a heated pool, sauna, turkish bath, massage and jacuzzi to recreate the necessary equilibrium between body and mind.
De La Ville Inter-Continental Hotel Rome
Situated at the top of the Spanish Steps, this property is the ideal base for shopping, sightseeing and attending cultural events. Just few kilometres away from the hotel are Trevi Fountain, the Colosseum, Via Condotti, Piazza di Spagna, the Borghese Gallery and Museum.  Elegantly designed, the spacious accommodation units are gracefully appointed and come with all contemporary amenities, enabling you to relax and have a blissful sleep after a busy day.  The celebrated on-site restaurant as well as elegant bar serves an assortment of fantastic dishes complimented by an extensive range of drinks for you to enjoy.
Exedra - a Boscolo Luxury Hotel Rome
If you are planning for a holiday in Rome, then the 19th century Exedra Boscolo, a luxury hotel in the heart of Rome is a perfect place for you to reside.  Exedra Boscolo Hotel enjoys one of the most prestigious location on the Piazza della Repubblica. This hotel is placed close to the Basilica Santa Maria degli Angeli, Via Veneto, Spanish Steps and all the glory of Rome.  Half of the rooms overlook the Piazza della Repubblica, while others enjoy views of the Monti neighbourhood.  Guests can sip a cocktail or have a quick bite at the Tazio Brasserie. The Living Bar with a shimmering swimming pool is a perfect perch for a truly unique panorama of Rome.
Golden Tulip Bellambriana Rome
Situated in Rome, this family-friendly hotel is near Villa Doria Pamphili and St. Peter's Basilica. Another nearby attraction is Vatican Gardens. Dining options at Golden Tulip Bellambriana include a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Room service is available during limited hours. A complimentary buffet breakfast is served daily. Recreational amenities include an indoor pool, a children's pool, a sauna, and a fitness facility. This 4.0-star property has a 24-hour business center and offers small meeting rooms, secretarial services, and technology support staff. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available in public areas. This 
Hotel Lirico Rome
Built in neo-renaissance style, Hotel Lirico is housed in a historical late nineteenth-century palace and is a perfect place for you to reside while in Rome.  Convenient to the Via Nazionale, the Hotel Lirico is located on Via del Viminale, leading to the Piazza, home of the Department of the Interior and to the Piazza dei Cinquecento, which overlooks the Roma Termini train station.  Before setting out for a day's pleasure or business, guests can enjoy the specialties included in the Continental Buffet in the breakfast room, consisting of delightful Italian savoury dishes and pastries. The in-house bar is a perfect place for guests to relax with a cup of coffee or an aperitif.
Marriott Grand Hotel Flora Rome
Marriott Grand Hotel Flora Rome is a great location in the heart of Rome, ideal for shopping, museums and great food.  On the famous Via Veneto, overlooking the Villa Borghese Gardens, Marriott Grand Hotel Flora Rome is within walking distance from the main attractions and monuments.  The Marriott Grand Hotel Flora offers 151 elegant rooms and suites completely restored and equipped with all modern amenities for business as well as leisure travellers. On top floors the rooms have a great view over the Borghese Park or famous Via Veneto.  Every day at lunch and dinner, guests can discover the tastiest dishes of Neapolitan cuisine, traditional recipes and Mediterranean delicacies.
Starhotel Michelangelo Rome
Situated in the centre of the Capital city, the Starhotel Michelangelo is just a short walk from Piazza S.Pietro. The hotel is located just a few minutes drive from the railway station and the Air Terminal.  The hotel boasts 179 air-conditioned guestrooms that are comfortable and equipped with all the contemporary amenities. A few of the rooms offer beautiful views of the famous Cupolone, the dome of St. Peter's Basilica.  For your dining pleasure, the onsite restaurant offers a rich menu of local and international specialities, in a refined setting. The warm and intimate ambience of the bar makes it a perfect place to relax and unwind with a fine drink, after a tiring day.
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