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Best time to go: Rome gets extremely hot from June to September, and in August, when Romans leave town for their own holidays, you'll find yourself in a city comprised almost entirely of tourists. Best to visit in Spring or Autumn months

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Craig Doyle
The eternal city of Rome came in at number 35.

Although Rome is now a thriving and vibrant capital city, it has been credited as having the richest history in the world.

The ancient Romans had a legendary empire that spanned the globe, but Rome was where the Roman heart was. Here you will find the most staggering concentration of history and acre upon acre of ancient archaeological sites to explore, sprinkled with literally thousands of art treasures.

Rome is home to the Vatican City and the Pope and more than 400 churches, St Peter�s Basilica and Michelangelo�s Sistine Chapel. The Trevi Fountain is one of Rome�s most ostentatious sights and thousands come every day to throw a coin over their shoulder and make a wish.

It would be impossible to list all the must-see sights in Rome, but the one that inspired you the most was the ruins of the Colosseum, built in the first century AD.

This enormous amphitheatre measured 620 feet by 513 feet (190 metres by 155 metres) and could seat 50,000 spectators.

It has been damaged by lightning and earthquakes, and even vandalism, but the ruins remain awe inspiring.

The Colosseum was where real gladiators would have made Russell Crowe look like a big girl�s blouse.

For you, it�s the ultimate 'do not go home without seeing' Roman site.

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Price: Flight prices vary enormously - from low cost to scheduled prices. Average about £150 return

Approx flight time: About 2 hours 20 minutes from London airports

  • Rome is home to the largest number of nuns per square foot
  • apparently the odds of a professional gladiator surviving a match was one in 10
  • it has been estimated that 100,000 cubic metres of marble was used to construct the Colosseum
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