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Roaming the streets of Rome

As you walk its immortalized streets, Rome speaks for itself; there's the Coliseum, haunted by the deaths of man and beast in the spectator sport instituted by Emperor Vespasian. Piazza di Spagna is turned into a catwalk for a fashion show every year; the place to go for fashionistas, nearby are stores like Prada, Gucci, and Valentino.

The Trevi Fountain features the figures of Neptune and two Tritons, each with a winged horse. Although Hilary Duff wished for true love in a Disney movie, it's more accurate to throw a coin in order to assure your return to Rome; the coins are fished out daily and are sent to charity.

Gorge like a Roman emperor at Pizzeria Baffetto and try their specialty called (what else?) Pizza Baffetto; its toppings include mozzarella, mushrooms, onions, sausages, roasted peppers and eggs.

Da Enzo restaurant in Ostiense is your best bet for Roman home cooking; its customers rave about their light tiramisu, al dente pasta, and carciofi alla giudia (Jewish fried artichokes, which go back to when they inhabited ancient Rome).

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When should you go to fully enjoy your Rome holidays? June to September brings Estate Romana (Roman Summer); the festivities include concerts, outdoor cinemas, and art exhibits. Last year, Avril Lavigne performed, and 2008 has Madonna flying in. Festa di Noantri in Trastevere features street theatre, food, and crafts, happening usually in July.

On its 15th year, the Rome Quadriennale presents a decade of Italian art by contemporary artists at Palazzo delle Esposizioni; this happens from June to September. No sleeping for the Notte Bianca (White Night), where the city comes alive from 8 PM to 8 AM, also this September.

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