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Wait until night to make Rome a highlight of your tour of Italy

As one of the most significant cities in world history, Rome is often seen as a staple of tours of Italy. The city is intriguing, regardless of what time of day you choose to walk its famous streets. However, if you're lucky enough to visit some of its best-known sites at night you'll be treated to a unique addition to the city as many of its most iconic monuments are bathed in white light one the sun sets.

Exploring Rome at night is particularly rewarding if you stop by the Forum. These legendary ruins are what's left of what was once the bustling center of Roman life and include some of the earliest known structures of the era. The Forum features the Temple of Vesta, which dates back to the 7th century BC as well as the Rostra, which traces its roots to around 338 BC.

It's hard to find a bad view of the Roman Forum at night, but there are a few places in the city that are particularly well-suited for the job, and Capitoline Hill is arguably the best spot of all. This ideal vantage point is perfectly situated between the Forum and the Campus Martius. But aside from being a good place to take in the Forum, the hill is also home to some ruins of its own. 

If you're still yearning for more after touring Rome at night, you should think about transitioning to a tour of Sicily. Located off the southern coast of Italy, this enormous island has a lengthy history and is home to a number of famous ruins including the Necropolis of Pantalica, which contains an estimated 5,000 tombs. 

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