What can I say about Rome? It's a big place, the capital and largest city of Italy and of the Lazio region, host to the Vatican, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and famed capital of the Roman Empire. It has exerted a huge influence over the world in its roughly 3,000 years of existence, and its history and culture is evident wherever you walk in the city.
I've visited Rome once or twice before, but Dr G and I made a decision this year to visit some of Europe's great cities for a series of long-weekends, and this was one such trip. In many ways, a long weekend is not enough for such a fascinating city, but we reckoned better a weekend than not visiting it at all, after working out that it had been nearly 20 years since either of us had set foot in the place. Just two hours on a budget airline from London, it seemed too good an opportunity to miss.