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With compelling history evident around every corner, beautiful architecture and a rich cultural tradition, there are few better aspects of a tour of Italy than a visit to Rome. The country's capital has been a popular tourist destination for decades, and whether you want to explore the Colosseum or set foot in famous St. Peter's Square, there are no bad choices when you're devising your itinerary. However, you should make a point to walk through Trastevere, one of the most beautiful regions of Rome.
Like many neighborhoods of Rome, Trastevere is peppered with buildings that date back centuries. There are plenty that stand out, but if you're looking to see one of the best, then head over to the Basilica di Santa Maria. Completed in 1143, this stunning piece of architecture stands as one of the oldest churches of Rome and is in impeccable condition given that it's nearly 900 years old. Aside from providing a window to the past, the church is also replete with stunning artwork including numerous mosaics located throughout the interior.
While Trastevere is certainly teeming with history, the neighborhood also has considerable appeal to the nature enthusiasts out there. For instance, Gianicolo, one of Rome's many famous hills, stands as the second-tallest in the city. The trip to the top takes about 20 minutes - not too challenging to an experienced hiker - and once you get to the summit, the payoff is well worth the trek. From the top of Gianicolo, you're presented with one of the best views of Rome you're likely to come across.
Whether you're intrigued by the storied history of Rome or would rather get a firsthand experience of its cultural tradition, it's hard denying that the city is a staple of Italy tours.
Look down in wonder at Buckingham Palace, the Palace of Westminster and St Paul’s Cathedral from your glass-walled pod on the London Eye, then gaze out over the Louvre and the Champs-Elysees from the top of the Eiffel Tower.
The scent of rich pine forests lingers in the breeze as the 13th-century ruins of Turaida Castle are revealed before your eyes in the lush Gauja River valley in a medieval sanctuary untouched by the march of time.
The aroma of dark roasted Viennese coffee hangs thick in the air as you tread the cobblestone laneways and bask in the elegant architecture, atmospheric cafes and refined restaurants in one of the most beautiful cities in Eastern Europe.
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