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Rome. The name alone encourages you to wander and see what riches you stumble upon. A few to consider: the Roman Colosseum, the Spanish Steps, and the Trevi Fountain where you can toss in a coin and wish to stay in this ancient city forever.
The Spanish Steps
Santa Maria della Salute
The beautiful spiral staircase in the Vatican Museum.
Nuns cross St. Peters Square.
Stunning porticos run around the courtyard of the Galleria Doria Pamphilj.
Shop for produce in the piazza, Campo de Fiori.
Laundry is hung out to dry in the Trastevere neighborhood.
Stop for some world-class cappuccino at Caffe Greco.
Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri ' the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels and the Martyrs.
The steps leading up to Santa Maria in Aracoeli ' the Basilica of Saint Mary of the Alter of Heaven.
Sentries guard Vatican City.
The Pantheon's imposing dome is open to the heavens.
The Spanish Steps are one of Rome's most popular meeting places.
Ancient busts line the Palazzo Altemps.
Rome's Top 10 Attractions
Castel Sant'Angelo was originally designed by Emperor Hadrian to be used as a mausoleum for his own family.
Even though it's located in Rome, Vatican City has been an independent state since 1929.
In ancient Rome, the Forum was the center of city life, playing host to festivals, funerals and rituals.
Take a seat on the Spanish Steps, and watch the city go by.
The Capuchin Crypt celebrates the life of the religious order of the Capuchin friars.
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The first bloody fight took place at the Colosseum in A.D. 82, starting a tradition of battles between men and beasts.
Inside the Galleria Borghese, you'll find Bernini sculptures including Apollo and Daphne.
The Pantheon's architecture has inspired copycats around the globe.
The largest and most memorable of the 3 fountains in Piazza Navona is Bernini's Fountain of the Four Rivers.
Throw 3 coins into Trevi Fountain, and you'll be assured a return trip to Rome. Or so the legend goes.
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