Rome is one of those cities you either fall in love with at first sight or find it a noisy, dirty, polluted mess of a city. It's a city where some people arrive and never leave, others spend their lives searching for a place to call "Home" but on arriving in Rome, know they have found it and end up calling it Home. Others who are not so lucky to be able to pack up and move to Rome, find themselves visiting as often as possible. Yes it's that kind of town.
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"Doing" Rome in 24 hours or even a longer is a total waste of time, forget it, unless you intend to return often. It would take a year or longer to "Do" Rome properly and to explore all it has to offer. Just visiting the ten most popular attractions would take you more than three days, especially during the main tourist season.
Most tourists on arrival in Rome find themselves a little lost, with most people not speaking English it can be even harder for Americans as most do not even speak a little of any other language but with a little common sense, some sign language, a phrase book and map you will manage to get by.
If you have ever heard the saying "All roads lead to Rome" well it's actually true, all roads did lead to Rome as it was at one time the administrative center of the mighty Roman Empire, governing a vast area that stretched from Britain to Mesopotamia but as with most empires, they fall and Rome was no exception.
Today Rome remains the seat of the Italian government and home to most of the ministerial offices, but is second to Milan, in the business, finance as well as fashion of course. With Berlusconi gone and Italy in deep debt just like the rest of Europe, only more so. One wonders what is in store for the city and country.
Deep cutbacks, increased taxes and vat along with the new maximum cash purchase amount, where no item can be bought for more than Euro 1600 in cash. Anything bought over this amount has to be done by a way to show a record of the transaction, like a bank transfer or cheque.