Rome

The Eternal City isn't just a throwaway title – Rome's nickname was coined 3,000 years ago; testament to its genuinely universal appeal.

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The city has more A-list attractions than most whole countries, but there's much to it than tourist hotspots – the pasta alone is worth the trip.

Festivals and events

Never let it be said that Rome doesn’t know how to party. It even celebrates its own birthday with shows, street parades and fireworks on 21 April.

Estate Romana

Not content with festivals lasting the typical two to three days, Rome celebrates the entire summer with this programme of events spanning July, August and September. The Classical Concert Under the Stars, held in the gardens of Mussolini's former home, is one highlight.

Outdoor Opera Season

The enchanting setting of the Terme di Carcalla Roman bath ruins makes Rome's outdoor opera a must-see, even if opera isn't usually your thing.

May Day Rock Festival

If classical music really isn't for you, you can rock out on the Piazza San Giovanni at this free concert. There's also the Rock in Roma event, which runs at the end of June at the Capannelle Racecourse, which always boasts a big line-up of international names.

Jazz and Image Festival

This summer festival is held in leafy Villa Celimontana park from July to August. There's also an annual jazz festival held in the first week of November across some of the city's most atmospheric jazz clubs.