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If it’s easy to experience the good life in Rome, there’s a simple explanation. The inhabitants have been practicing for 2,700 years.

Stroll through Hadrian’s magnificent villa or explore the Circus Maximus, and you’ll understand that "la dolce vita" is as old as the Empire itself.

But Rome was doubly blessed, and had the distinct good fortune to flower not once, but twice. First as the headquarters of the Roman Empire and later as the seat of the Catholic church.

The legacies of that good fortune make Rome a cornucopia of delights for the curious traveler. Nowhere else can you marvel at the superb cupola that crowns Hadrian’s Pantheon, then walk across town to climb Michelangelo’s magificent dome at St. Peter’s.

Nearly 15 centuries separate the two, yet they stem from a common pursuit of perfection -- a quality you’ll appreciate most in the kitchen. Because Rome isn’t a fusty old temple of art and history. It’s a living, breathing city filled with Vespas and pizzerias, cats and cell phones.

From the narrow streets of the Trastevere to Michelangelo’s stately Piazza Campidoglio, Rome is infectious. Whether you’re enjoying a glass of wine under the stars on a fountain-splashed piazza or watching the sunset from the top of the Spanish Steps, you’ll want to linger here. If only to indulge in another plate of Spaghetti alla Carbonara.

Shop for picnic supplies at colorful Campo de Fiori, Rome’s open-air food market. Climb the Palatine Hill for breathtaking views. Take a walking tour of Bernini’s fountains. Or get lost among the 4,000 stalls of Porta Portese, Europe’s biggest flea market.

Whatever you do here, do it with a sense of history, knowing that you’re following in the footsteps of Emperors and everymen, Popes and plebes.

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Trevi Fountain

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Campo de Fiori

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