The Vatican City is an independent country inside the city boundaries of Rome, the only existing example of a country within a city: for this reason Rome has been often defined as capital of two states. While Roman mythology dates the founding of Rome at around 753 BC, the site has been inhabited for much longer, making it one of the oldest continuously occupied sites in Europe.The city's early population originated from a mix of Latins, Etruscans and Sabines.
These imposing religious monuments are recognized not only as among the leading centers for medieval art, but also listed as a UNESCO Heritage Site in 1987.
The Leaning Tower of Pisa is one of the most popular photo opportunity sites as thousands of people pose for photos propping up the leaning tower of Pisa.
It is the center of the Metropolitan City of Rome, which has a population of 4.3 million residents.
Rome is located in the central-western portion of the Italian Peninsula, within Lazio (Latium), along the shores of the Tiber.
Not far, close to the Aventine Hill, we find two master works (that were also regular pasttimes for the gens romana): the Terme di Caracalla (212-217), exemplary of some of the most grandiose public baths; and the Circus Maximus, the ancient stadium used for horse and chariot races. Nearby, another famous mausoleum is that of Emperor Hadrian, on top of which was built the Castel Sant'Angelo.