Why We Love the Italians

Viva Italia! Check out everything we love about the boot country from espresso to Chianti, from the Vatican to the Trevi Fountain.

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Castel Sant'Angelo was originally designed by Emperor Hadrian to be used as a mausoleum for his own family. 960 1280

  

Even though it's located in Rome, Vatican City has been an independent state since 1929. 960 1280

  

In ancient Rome, the Forum was the center of city life, playing host to festivals, funerals and rituals. 960 1280

  

Take a seat on the Spanish Steps, and watch the city go by. 960 1280

  

The Capuchin Crypt celebrates the life of the religious order of the Capuchin friars. 960 1280

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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. 960 1280

  

Inside the Galleria Borghese, you'll find Bernini sculptures including Apollo and Daphne. 960 1280

  

The Pantheon's architecture has inspired copycats around the globe. 960 1280

  

The largest and most memorable of the 3 fountains in Piazza Navona is Bernini's Fountain of the Four Rivers. 960 1280

  

Throw 3 coins into Trevi Fountain, and you'll be assured a return trip to Rome. Or so the legend goes. 960 1280

  

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The beautiful spiral staircase in the Vatican Museum. 960 1280

  

Nuns cross St. Peters Square. 960 1280

  

Stunning porticos run around the courtyard of the Galleria Doria Pamphilj. 960 1280

  

Shop for produce in the piazza, Campo de Fiori. 960 1280

  

Laundry is hung out to dry in the Trastevere neighborhood. 960 1280

  

Stop for some world-class cappuccino at Caffe Greco. 960 1280

  

Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri ' the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels and the Martyrs. 960 1280

  

The steps leading up to Santa Maria in Aracoeli ' the Basilica of Saint Mary of the Alter of Heaven. 960 1280

  

Sentries guard Vatican City. 960 1280

  

The Pantheon's imposing dome is open to the heavens. 960 1280

  

The Spanish Steps are one of Rome's most popular meeting places. 960 1280

  

Ancient busts line the Palazzo Altemps. 960 1280