Rome is located on the western coast of central Italy along the Tevere River. The capital of the Lazio region is Italy’s largest city with a population of 2,654,100 and over 2600 years of richness in art, history, architecture, monuments and culture.

The Roman civilization began with shepherds and farmers settling on the Palatino hill near the Tevere River, where Romulus founded the city in 753 B.C. and where Augustus, the first Emperor, built his House of Livia. Augustus´ reign between 27 B.C. – 14 A.D. saw the Roman Republic gradually extend its territory and expand its influence, giving way to the Roman Empire. It was ruled first by Etruscans until being overthrown in 500 B.C. However, the capital declined when Constantine transferred his capital to Byzantium in 323, which was followed by a lengthy period of devastation by barbarian tribes after Alaric I conquered it in 410. The city revived during the Middle Ages as the spiritual and temporal power of the papacy increased. During the 1800s Rome was held at various times by the French until it became the capital of Italy in 1871.

  The city extends over six other hills: i. Quirinale which features Scuderie, the president´s Palazzo del Quirinale, and the Piazza Omonima with its colossal statues of the gods, Castor and Pollux, on its summit; ii.The smaller Viminale which is split into two by Via Nazionale, and dominated by the huge Palazzo delle Esposizioni on the most beautiful Piazza della Repubblica with its restored Fontana delle Naiadi in its centre; iii. Esquilino, also known as 'exquilini', is home to the great poets Virgilio and Orazio, as well as, Monte Oppio where the ruins of Domus Aurea are located; iv. Celio, in the south, is possibly the greenest of all the hills and is home to Parco del Celio and Villa Celimontana, as well as, a long promontory called Monte delle Querce after its once many oak trees (querce). There are many beautiful buildings along the magnificent Appia Antica, though most are places of worship; v. Aventino has many important medieval monuments such as the Santa Maria in Cosmedin basilica, where the famous Bocca della Verità is housed; vi. Capitolino, which was the Rome´s religious and political centre during the Roman era, is dominated by the Michelangelo styled Piazza del Campidoglio with a statue of Emperor Marcus Aurelius on horseback in the centre. It is also home to the Capitoline Museums with some of the most precious art collections in the world.  
  There is flat out more to see here than any other place in the world. Rome offers numerous breathtaking sights, with such famous monuments as the 1st century Colosseum, the Forum, the Circus Maximus, the Baths of Caracalla and Catacomb, and the well preserved Pantheon temple in Piazza della Rotonda. From the Renaissance-Baroque came the extravagant Vatican City and St. Peter's Basilica’s very lavish church which attracts thousands of visitors to see its beautiful paintings and architecture. The Spanish Steps are just apart from the many temples, Christian basilicas, Romanesque churches, Renaissance palazzi, numerous piazzas, parks, museums and fountains constructed in Rome, to form one of the world's most beautiful cities. Try taking a leisure stroll through the streets of Via Condotti and Via Veneto in the centre, filled with several elegant stores, or even along the Roman Forum, Largo Romolo e Remo.  
  Rome has an atmosphere unlike no other city - a fascinating and energetic capital which also offers relaxation within its many coffee shops, fabulous restaurants, casual city spots, squares and parks. Trastevere, home of the historic Santa Maria Trastevere, is undoubtedly one of the most vibrant areas of Rome with its hot night spots like Trastè - especially in the summer. Plus the Prenestino and Tiburtino university areas, not far from S. Lorenzo, have a wide variety of pizzerias and bars. Its intense blend of culture and entertainment shall make your stay in Rome unforgettable.  
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  Scuola Leonardo da Vinci Centre: is located in a typical 17th century aristocratic house in the heart of the Old city Center of Rome, just a short distance from the Spanish Steps, Piazza Navona, Vatican City, Trevi Fountain and the Victoria Emmanuel II monument. The building hosts several modestly spacious classrooms, plus a computer area with access to the Internet. From here, you have great access to many of Rome's most interesting sites, plus, shopping streets, cafes, restaurants and bars are also in close distance. There is also free internet access available.  



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