Escorted Rail Tours to Rome
All roads lead to the capital of Italy
Founded by Romulus on 21 April 753 BC, Rome was soon the largest city in the world, peaking in power during the rule of Marcus Aurelius from 161-180 AD. At the time the city was the centre of the incredibly powerful Roman Empire, which ruled so much of the world. The city is built on seven hills (Capitolino, Palatino, Quirinale, Viminale, Esquilino, Celio and Aventino) with a wide, flat and open central area, named Camp Marzio after the ancient God of War. Originally used as a training camp for Rome's forces, this area is now home to many of the city's most famous sights.
Rome's architecture charts the passage of time as clearly as anywhere in Europe; with wonderfully preserved monuments from the early Romans and buildings with distinctive medieval, Renaissance and Baroque features. The most famous sights are a real wonder to behold - no photo can prepare you for the awesome sight of the Colosseum close up. No other city boasts as many world-class sights as Rome - not even Athens, New York or London. As well as the Roman heritage sights, Rome also boasts beautiful medieval areas, impressive city squares and of course the country within Rome - Vatican City, with the incredible St Peter's Basilica.