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The Origins of Rome

From romantic visions of gladiators to the mysteries of the Da Vinci Code and the Roman Catholic Church, no city is more interesting than Rome. 

At the heart of the country of Italy is the city of Rome. From being the center of an empire to now being the seat of Catholicism, Rome always has been and will be an important part of the world's culture. How did it come to pass that one small city took the world by storm? Here are some facts about Rome that can help to explain its importance and influence on the rest of the country, Europe and the world.

Rome started out as a small village located in what is now the country of Italy. Its roots trace back to the ninth century BC, although the traditional mythical date of birth for Rome is April 21, 753 BC. The name Rome comes from origins that are disputed among historians, but it is generally thought to have come from the Etruscan language. Etruscan was the major language spoken in this area when Rome was founded, and it is believed that the founders of the village/city were probably Etruscan and later assimilated into an Italic population. In around 500 BC, the Romans residing in the city gained their independence from the controlling Etruscans and were well on their way to creating an empire... Read more

The Colosseum Lit Up at Night, Rome, Lazio, Italy
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Artemide Hotel Rome
The Hotel Artemide is in Rome, Italy's Via Nazionale area, a short distance away from some of Rome's famous landmarks. The Exhibition Palace is 500 metres from the hotel with Trevi fountain and the Spanish Steps one kilometre away. Dating from the 19th century, the Hotel Artimede retains the original Art Nouveau designs. The lobby features a stained-glass dome above the polished marble floors. The multilingual staff is available 24 hours to provide services that include complimentary newspapers, safe deposit boxes and concierge desk. Complimentary American-style buffet breakfasts are served each morning and the Caffetteria Nazionale serves light meals and snacks. Roof Europa, open daily in July and August from 7 p.m. to midnight, offers cocktails, light meals and snacks in a relaxed setting, opening out onto a terrece with a view of the Rome skyline. 
Ambasciatori Palace Hotel Rome
The Ambasciatori Palace Hotel is an opulent property on the famous Via Vittorio Veneto, 500 metres from the Borghese Gardens and 600 metres from the Spanish Steps. In the La Terrazza restaurant, diners can choose from a refined menu offering a modern fusion of Italian and International cuisine and over 1000 wines, served in opulent surroundings dating back to the 1920s. Guests can relax with cocktails and enjoy the live piano music in the hotel's stylish Embassy Bar, and order light meals from the 24-hour room service menu. The hotel is perfectly placed for exploring the city's many historic sights; Barberini Square is 300 metres from the hotel, and the Borghese Gardens and Museum are only 400 metres away. The National Museum of Rome is one kilometre from the hotel. Rome Fiumicino Airport is an approximate driving time of 45 minutes away, a distance of 25 kilometres. 
Bettoja Hotel Nord Nuova Roma
The Bettoja Hotel Nord Nuova Roma is 400 meters from the shops of Via Nazionale in Rome, Italy. The Coliseum, the Forum and Trevi Fountain are a kilometer away. Termini Station is 200 meters from the hotel and Rome Fiumicino Airport is approximately 35 kilometers away. A 1930s building, Bettoja Hotel Nord Nuova Roma retains the original façade. Hardwood floors in the lobby are covered with Oriental carpets. Leather chairs and sofas in the lobby and library provide a place to read complimentary newspapers. Complimentary breakfasts are served each morning while La Limonaia serves beverages and light fare from the roof terrace. There is a fitness room on the top floor of the hotel. Wireless Internet access is available. The hotel library offers local guidebooks.
Cardinal Hotel St Peter
The Cardinal Hotel St Peter is located in Rome, Italy, 2.5 kilometres from the Vatican and four kilometres from the Pantheon. Cipro-Musei Vaticani station is situated two kilometres from the hotel. This modern hotel is spread over 4 storeys accessible by elevator and extends to a roof garden with bar area offering panoramic city views. There is a jetted tub on the roof terrace, and the multilingual concierge is on hand to offer sightseeing assistance. The Cardinal Hotel Saint Peter offers a complimentary buffet breakfast.  The Trevi Fountain, located 4 kilometres from the hotel, is a spectacular Baroque marble monument commissioned in 1732 by the then Pope and depicting Neptune with his chariot. Legend has it that those who throw a coin into the fountain will be sure to return to Rome. 
Eurostars International Palace Rome
The Eurostars International Palace is located in Rome, Italy, and boasts a Renaissance facade. The Roman Forum, the Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps are less than one kilometer from the hotel. Termini station is 400 meters from the hotel. Built at the end of the 19th century, the Eurostars International Palace hotel's lobby is bright with white marble walls and floors with alcoves that feature landscapes of ancient Rome. The front desk is open 24 hours a day. Complimentary newspapers are provided in the lobby. The International Café serves á la carte meals throughout the day, all of which are made from typical Italian produce. The Piazza della Repubblica, 100 meters from the hotel, is dominated by the Fountain of Naiads and the figure of Glauco the fisherman, struggling with a fish to defeat the hostile forces of nature. 
Grand Hotel De La Minerve Rome
Housed in a 17th-century Renaissance structure that overlooks a cobblestone piazza in Rome, Italy, the Grand Hotel de la Minerve is located two blocks from the Pantheon and less than one kilometer from the Piazza Navona and the Piazza Venezia. Le Cesta Restaurant is known for fine Italian and international cuisines. During summer months, the restaurant expands onto the roof garden, where the sunset may be viewed against a backdrop of some of Rome's best sites. The hotelís rates include an American buffet breakfast. Le Cupole Bar serves a range of wines and liquors in a relaxed and discreet setting, and offers live entertainment. A fitness room offers cardiovascular equipment.  Originally constructed in 1620 as an aristocratic residence, this building has functioned as a hotel off and on since the 1700s. During the 19th century, it was particularly popular with French, German and British artists and intellectuals on the "Grand Tour." French novelists Stendhal and George Sand both stayed here.
Grand Hotel Parco dei Principi Rome
The Grand Hotel Parco dei Principi is located in Rome, Italy, opposite the Villa Borghese gardens, one kilometres from Via Veneto, and 2.5 kilometres from the Trevi Fountain.  Guests of the Grand Hotel Parco dei Principi have access to the onsite fitness centre and outdoor swimming pool. Multilingual staff are available at the concierge desk, and the hotel's front desk is open around the clock. The Pauline Borghese restaurant offers an international wine list and an olive oil menu, and light refreshments are served at La Pomme Bar. A complimentary American breakfast is available every morning.  Grand Hotel Parco dei Principi's 180 guestrooms feature jewel tones and decorative furnishings. Amenities include air conditioning, wireless Internet, satellite television, and minibars. 
Hotel Ludovisi Palace Rome
The Hotel Ludovisi Palace in Rome, formerly a grand 1920s townhouse, is located around the corner from the famous Via Veneto in the center of the city and maintains the chunky façade brickwork and arched, shuttered windows of its former years. Guests of the Ludovisi Palace can start the day in Rome with breakfast served directly in their room, with a copy of their favourite newspaper, or take buffet breakfast in the breakfast lounge. Other services include high-speed Internet connectivity, currency exchange, and laundry facilities, while business guests benefit from secretarial services. The Hotel Ludovisi Palace, Rome, has a specially trained staff at the 24-hour concierge desk who are available to advise on the city's best excursions and sights, including the Villa Borghese's elegant gardens (located at 300 metres), the Spanish Steps (500 metres). and the Pantheon (1.5 kilometres). 
Rome Cavalieri, The Waldorf - Astoria Collection Rome
With views over Rome and a prized art collection displayed throughout the hotel, Rome Cavalieri Hilton is a luxury hotel set in 15 acres of private parkland, three kilometres from the Vatican and four kilometres from the Coliseum. Guests can take a dip in the Olympic-sized outdoor swimming pool set in the hotel's 15 acres of private park or work out in one of the two gyms where instructors are on hand to assist with training programmes. Energetic guests can make use of the running track and tennis courts before relaxing in the indoor pool with hydro- massage and water cascade. Guests in need of some pampering can visit the Grand Spa with its Turkish baths, hydro-massage pools, saunas, relaxation area, beauty centre and physiotherapist. Dining options include a poolside restaurant serving regional Italian dishes and a Michelin-starred roof garden restaurant with stunning views of Rome and St. Peter's Dome.
Sheraton Golf Parco De' Medici Hotel & Resort, Roma
The charming Sheraton Golf Parco de Medici is located next to a 24-hole golf course just 18 kilometers from the center of Rome, Italy. Formal dining is available at the Savoia Restaurant, which overlooks the golf course. Regional cuisine in a casual setting is featured at Club House Restaurant. Live music, cocktails and snacks are enjoyed at Bar Borgia. Thirty-three meeting rooms, an exhibition area and conference center can accommodate up to 550 people. An on-site business center with Internet access provides additional office support services. Besides the on-site golf course, the hotel provides a fitness facility and outdoor pools. The health facility offers a sauna and Turkish bath.  ext to the hotel is an American-style movie mega-plex owned by Warner Brothers, and features several dining options. 
The Inn At The Roman Forum Rome
The Inn At The Roman Forum is located in Rome, Italy, one kilometre from Campo del Fiori, and two kilometres from Fontana de Trevi. This traditional Italian hotel is located 50 metres from Cavour, the nearest metro station. The hotel has Roman ruins dating back 2,000 years in its grounds; wireless Internet access is available throughout. Room service is also offered.  All of the air-conditioned rooms at the hotel have antique furniture and wooden flooring; the marbled bathrooms have a Jacuzzi tub or walk-in shower. Satellite television, direct-dial phones, wireless Internet access (surcharge), hair dryers, and welcome amenities are also provided. 
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