18 September, 2019
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Get ready to delve into a metropolis that's got more layers of culture and art than you can shake a deep-fried artichoke at. Digging down, you can uncover the chipped and age-stained remains of the Etruscans. On top of that are the mighty remnants of empire – the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, the grand palaces of the Palatine Hill. And then come the cobbled lanes of medieval Rome, where figures like Caravaggio and Michelangelo have stalked the passageways. Topping the lot off are the illustrious masterworks of the Vatican, hemmed in now by trattoria and beer bars and romantic restaurants by the babbling Trevi Fountain. The good news is that cheap flights to Rome from Australia are on offer from lots of airlines. Trips typically involve at least one stopover, usually in a major Asian or Middle Eastern hub.
One of the most visited and iconic monuments in Europe, the Colosseum has stood since the age of the revered Flavian emperors nearly 2,000 years ago.
Hop between shrines, crumbling temples, and the remains of the old senate house in the vast archaeology site that is the Roman Forum.
Home to the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museum, this is the place to go for a fix of art. There's no end to the masterworks that reside within.