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Overview Rome, the former capital of the Roman Kingdom, is the capital of Italy. It is the country's largest and most populated city and commune. Rome has been given the honor of: being ranked in 2010 as a beta+ world city, the 28th most important global city, 11th-most-visited city in the world, 3rd most visited in the European Union and the most popular tourist attraction in Italy. The city is one of Europe's and the world's most successful city "brands", both in terms of reputation and assets. Its historic centre is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Monuments and museums such as the Vatican Museums and the Colosseum are amongst the world's 50 most visited tourist destinations receiving 4 million tourists every year). The Trevi Fountain is one of the most famous in the world. With the enclave of the Vatican City within its territory, Rome is also the center of Roman Catholicism. The base and seat of the Roman Religion is the Vatican City which is the residence of the pope. Rome hosted the 1960 Summer Olympics and is currently bidding to host the 2020 Summer Olympics.
Population 2.7 million
Airport Rome is served by three airports. Leonardo Da Vinci International Airport is Italy's chief airport and is commonly known as Fiumicino Airport, as it is located within the nearby Comune of Fiumicino, south-west of Rome. The older Rome Ciampino Airport is a joint civilian and military airport. It is commonly referred to as Ciampino Airport, as it is located beside Ciampino, south-east of Rome. A third airport, the Roma-Urbe Airport, is a small; low-traffic airport located about 6 km north of the city centre, which handles most helicopter and private flights.
Climate According to Köppen climate classification, Rome has a Mediterranean climate. Spring and autumn are mild to warm. Summer's season lasts about 6 months, from May to October. Two months (April and November) are transitional; sometimes there is temperature above 20 °C (68 °F). December, January, February and March are the coldest months.
Best Season The best times to visit Rome are in spring (late March through May) and fall (September through mid-November) although it tends to rain bit more in October.
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To avoid Summers can be pretty hot in Rome, especially as fewer people there seem to believe in air-conditioning, and it can get chilly in winter (December through February)
Pros Being the capital city of Italy, Rome hosts all the principal institutions of the nation. Many international institutions are located in Rome, notably cultural and scientific ones – such as the American Institute, the British School, the French Academy, the Scandinavian Institutes, the German Archaeological Institute, such as the FAO. Rome, also hosts major international and worldwide political and cultural organisations, such as the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), World Food Programme (WFP), the NATO Defence College and ICCROM, the International Center for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property. Rome is currently an beta+ world city, along with Berlin, Stockholm, Athens, Prague, Montreal and Vancouver, to name a few. The economy of Rome is characterised by the absence of heavy industry for it is largely dominated by services, high-technology companies (IT, aerospace, defence, telecommunications), research, construction and commercial activities (especially banking), and the huge development of tourism are very dynamic and extremely important to its economy. The city hosts the head offices of the vast majority of the major Italian companies, as well as the headquarters of three of the world's 100 largest companies: Enel, Eni, and Telecom Italia. The economy of Rome is characterized by the absence of heavy industry, but commercial activities especially banking and the development of tourism are extremely important to its economy. Universities, national radio and television and the movie industry in Rome are also important parts of the economy. A phenomenon particular to Rome is the widespread incidence of double employment, people working two jobs.
Cons Traffic congestion and air pollution are major problems. The vibrations from traffic and the pollution are endangering the city's fragile historic sites. The level of carbon monoxide in the air has reached dangerous levels and on occasion has led to emergency situations
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Tips Visiting Rome on a shoestring budget is not a problem as you can even save up to 75% on Cheap hotels in Rome accommodation. There are no booking fees and no cancellation charges. You are guaranteed the lowest prices.
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