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Rome one of '7 Eggstraordinary Easter Spots in Europe'

  As the cradle of Christianity, the Old Continent’s history with Easter is millennia old. And though recently it has evolved from a merely religious observance to an secular cultural (even pop cultural) phenomenon, the mix of elaborate religious pageantry and modern developments like bunnies, chicks, and Easter eggs is quite something to experience during Easter week. Here are a half dozen of my favorites: read post

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Visitors to Rome face burgeoning garbage crisis

It's sad to say, but in the Eternal City - never Europe's cleanest to begin with - residents and visitors alike have been for months having to cope with mountains of trash as well as increasingly potholed streets, as Rome's Five-Star party mayor has cluelessly flailed about (tthough to be fair, she is up against generations of corruption in which the Mafia has thoroughly infiltrated municipal trash collection). There have been mass protests, and a month ago Though this Thompson Reuters is from…

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5 extra cool things to do in Rome

  Among the various cities I've traveled to in Europe, Rome is my favorite. The sites, history, construction and ancient buildings mark it as interesting reasons for millions of tourists to flock in each season. Being the key city in Italy, Rome is rich for its traditional and cultural ethics. Standing on the banks of Tiber River, its most outstanding aspect for me is its museums and galleries - this city of seven hills speaks out tradition and art. Thousands of Christians gather to attend…

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Rome in a single weekend?

When someone recently asked what she shouldn't miss when she goes to Italy's capital for all of one weekend, I wanted to ask her – “ma sei pazza??” (Are you nuts?) You could spend every waking hour for weeks barely scratching the surface of this breathtaking city with a history stretching back nearly 3,000 years, so trying to truly capture la Città Eterna in a mere 48 hours is well nigh impossible. But alas, such are all too often the straightened needs of the modern holidaymaker, so I’ve…

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