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Centro Storico
This is where Rome began, therefore it is the oldest area with the most history attached to it. The outstanding public square here, Piazza del Campidoglio was designed by Michelangelo, and you can also view his two famous statues of the twins Castor and Pullox. In Centro you can view the oldest museum in the world, the Capitoline Museums. Roman ruins are a plenty in this area, it's here you can sightsee Circus Maximus, the Colosseum, Trajan's Market and the Roman Forum. There is a feast of architecture and churches as well including, San Marco, San Nicola in Carcere and the Vittoriano. There is also a vibrant nightlife here, bars and eateries.

Tridente and Borghese
This area has the famous Spanish Steps and is known to be a shopoholic's dream, a very wealthy shopoholic that is. The Tridente is full of chic streets where all the well dressed Romans hang out and the designer labels strut their stuff. It is home to the elegant square, Piazza del Popolo and one of the busiest streets in Rome the Via del Corso. It is famed for its artistry and you can view some good galleries here including Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna and Galleria Borghese. This area is a good place for children as well as it is home to the Bioparco-Zoo and the Museo dei Bambino di Roma. There are plenty of dining options here but not a great deal of nightlife. The one sight that you cannot go without viewing along with hoards of other tourists is the famed Trevi Fountain.

The Esquiline and Celio
Known as the seedier part of town, this area is home to Rome's main train station. A lot on tourists unbeknown end up staying in this area as it is home to 75% of Rome's hotels, especially the cheaper ones. San Lorenzo can also be found this district and there is plenty of cultural diversity here.

The Aventine and Testaccio
Located just east of the Tiber is Rome's working class neighbourhood. In Testaccio you will find real Romans and is well known for it's authentic Roman restaurants. Testaccio has come a long way from it's days of housing Rome's slaughterhouses. In the same area and closer to the Tiber is Aventine Hill a leafier and posh residential area, which also has a very bloody history. In this area you will find the Baths of Caracella, The Appian Way with it's historical Catacombs and the British War Cemetery.

Trastevere and the Gianicolo
Lying south of the Vatican and on the western side of the Tiber is the 'city within a city', Trastevere. It has a village feel, but is still quite close to inner Rome. A little more out of the way so doesn't have the hoards of tourists and is a very colorful, sometimes off beat area. Trastevere has a reputation for fine eateries, with the hub being in and around Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere. Don't be too frightened if in Gianicolo when you hear a canon fired at noon as this is a daily event, it resounds from beneath the terrace where the famous statue of Giuseppe Garibaldi stands.

The Vatican and Prati
Vatican City occupies an area of less than half a square kilometre, making it the smallest state in the world, but what a state it is! Vatican City is the official headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church and houses the tomb of the founder of this iconic institution, St Peter. Only some 800 residents reside here but it has it's own army (the Swiss Guards), postal service, radio and TV stations, railway station, and own currency and stamps. It is here you can view St Peter's Basilica and tour the Vatican Museums and catch a glimpse of Michelangelo's famous Sistine Chapel. Just North of Vatican City is the well to do district of Prati. Here you will find large boulevards, good shopping and some of the best delectable delis.

The ancient city of Rome is between the Capoitoline, Palatine, Esquiline and Quirinal hills. This is where you will find the Colosseum and Imperial Fora. Rome has many museums, churches and art galleries to explore.

 
 
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