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There is archaeological evidence of human occupation of the Rome area since approximately 14,000 years ago, but the dense layer of much younger debris obscures Palaeolithic and Neolithic sites. Evidence of stone tools, pottery and stone weapons attest to about 10,000 years of human presence. Several excavations support the view that Rome grew from pastoral settlements on the Palatine Hill,  built above the area of the future Roman Forum. While some archaeologists argue that Rome was indeed founded in the middle of the 8th century BC (the date chosen by tradition), the date is subject to controversy. However, the power of the well-known tale of Rome's legendary foundation tends to deflect attention from its actual, and much more ancient, origins.

Audrey Hepburn in the famous scene in which she rides a Vespa on the Roman roads with Gregory Peck, in "Roman Holidays...
When in Rome, don’t do as the Romans do
Tuesday, March 28TH, 2017 by Anna De Filippo
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When in Rome, do as the Romans do. This famous English saying encourages people to behave like locals and adapt to local customs and habits when visiting a place. This is important if one wants to avoid awkward situations, however, even if it is certainly nice to integrate with local people...
Romantic Places in Rome
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 The 5 Most Romantic Places in Rome   Bridge on the Tiber River. Romantic Rome Ph. depositphoto.com/feferoni   If you're travelling to Rome with your partner, there are 5 incredibly romantic places you will not want to miss, especially if you visit the Eternal City during the...
Best Restaurants in Rome
Wednesday, April 01TH, 2015 by
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Updated April 2015!   Every year, the famous culinary magazine-website-publishing house Il Gambero Rosso publishes a series of "best of restaurants": from best eateries in each of the main cities in Italy, to the top ten of, say, cheap-and-cheerful cafés, Il Gambero...
Rome in a Nutshell
Thursday, October 30TH, 2014 by
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Travel Diary Rome 2011, July     They say that there are certain sense memories we carry with us throughout our lives. I always thought that was a beautiful idea, however, it had never happened to me.   At least, not until I returned to Italy.   We were on the train,...
Rome on a Budget
Saturday, August 30TH, 2014 by
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If you're like me,  you've dreamed of seeing Rome like a movie star, staying in the Grand Hotel and dining in the best restaurants. But if, again like me, you don't exactly have a rock star budget,  fear not: there are less expensive ways to enjoy this amazing city. In many...
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   Carla Bruni Sarkozy on the catwalk in her youth and today Ph. flickr/Hot Gossip Italia   Carla Bruni has worn a lot of hats in her life: heiress, supermodel, singer, mother and First Lady among them. Famous for her good looks, natural talent, and a penchant for dating equally well known men...

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There is archaeological evidence of human occupation of the Rome area since approximately 14,000 years ago, but the dense layer of much younger debris obscures Palaeolithic and Neolithic sites. Evidence of stone tools, pottery and stone weapons attest to about 10,000 years of human presence. Several excavations support the view that Rome grew from pastoral settlements on the Palatine Hill,  built above the area of the future Roman Forum. While some archaeologists argue that Rome was indeed founded in the middle of the 8th century BC (the date chosen by tradition), the date is subject to controversy. However, the power of the well-known tale of Rome's legendary foundation tends to deflect attention from its actual, and much more ancient, origins.