Strolling through Rome is like trekking through a vast, open air museum chock-a-block, full of 3 000 years of history.
Each year, millions of tourists flock to the soil of this ancient and historically rich 'eternal' city to soak up its globally renowned landmarks - from the Pantheon to the Colosseum.
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Maintaining these iconic sites takes the work of skilled local restorers and can cost millions of euros. You can find some of the restorers hard at work in the heart of the old town. Some of the work done and specialised in by restorers include woodwork, mosaic and gold plating.
According to local restorer, Michela Piovano who works for her family's restoring business, "We carry enormous responsibility when working on historical artworks. We have to bring out the beauty of these objects and preserve them without counterfeiting them. A good restoration lends additional value to an object."
Some of the top Roman sites to visit include:
- Michelangelo's Piazza del Campidoglio
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Local tour guides are more than happy to guide tourists through the wonders of their city. Christan Serrano, local tour guide, said that Rome is like a historical lasagna - the city was built on top of and next to the old Rome. So, you're likely to find nooks, crannies and structures stemming from different eras - be it from Antiquity, the Middle Ages or the Renaissance period.
Other local tour guide and Archeologist, Stefania de Majo, said that she never tires of exploring her city. "I discover something new in Rome almost every day. It's unbelievable, you never get enough of Rome. I always tell tourists, 'one lifetime is not enough to see all there is to see in Rome'," de Majo added.
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What are you waiting for? Get your roam on along the historically rich streets and paths of Rome.
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