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Culture tours in the city of Rome

The land of Ferrari, Maserati, Lamborghini and of course Pizza and Pasta! What is Italy without any of these things? Lucky, only Italy has the best luxury sports cars in the world and the world would have been less enjoyable without having Italy by our side! Rome has many places to go on a cultural tour. The remnant of the fallen Roman Empire litters the city. The world was in awe in the glory of Rome. Some of the places are iconic structures while others are dilapidated. The most impressive form of Roman ingenuity in their architectural designs displays in the structures that withstood the tests of time.

When it comes to Italy, the first thing that comes to mind is Colosseum, next is Julius Caesar and then the massive Roman Empire that remained a dominant superpower for few centuries. Despite the modernity dotting the Roman skyline, you will still be able to find several things which remind you of the Roman’s ancient history. Rome still has many places of the old Roman Empire and some are present in a pristine condition although most lie dilapidated.

The Roman Forum and the most part of it now lie in ruins. Whatever remains of this ancient and important structure reminds us of the activity that was held during previous times.  Roman Forum - centre of public life; it was a place for public speeches, for elections and trials of criminals. The view from the Roman Forum is spectacular. You can see the Colosseum and other important ancient Roman buildings in the vicinity of the Forum.   
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The Pantheon
The Pantheon – One of the best preserved and well maintained building of the Roman era. The Pantheon served as the temple of Roman gods. This building is an excellent reminder of the architectural wonders of ancient Romans, their ingenuity and hard work contributing to the splendour of Rome.

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Colosseum
Another marvel of Roman architecture that comes to mind is the Colosseum. The most famous of all the ancient Roman buildings – it’s the largest amphitheater in the world made famous in many old Hollywood movies and most recently the Oscar winning Gladiator. The structure was massive able to hold an impressive 50,000 spectators. The Colosseum was the center of Roman games, Gladiatorial matches, re-enactments of Roman battles, display of exotic creatures, etc.

 One of the most important iconic structures of Rome is St. Peter’s Basilica. It is located in the Vatican City.  It also is considered as the burial ground of St. Peter who was one of Jesus’ disciples and the first Pope. St. Peter’s Basilica is also considered as most holy of all the shrines in Christendom.  The interior of the basilica is the most impressive, the flawless artwork, and the statues of Saints make their presence felt. You will also find amazing life-like paintings adorning the walls just below the dome. The intricate details of the carvings of this important structure are fascinating.

The Vatican Museum is another place located in Vatican City. The museum boasts collections of famous painters and Popes from the renaissance period.  It has various sculpture and artifacts.
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Arch of Constantine
The Arch of Constantine was the largest arch, located near the Colosseum. It was built by the Roman Senate to commemorate the victory of Constantine over Maxentius.  The arch contains some details, sculptures and carvings.

Although there are many more structures that were built after the collapse of the Roman Empire; the ones mentioned above are the most iconic and a glaring proof of the once powerful empire. 

Let’s Slurp some Soup in NY

Soups, Main Coursed Desserts
Soups, Main Course, Desserts
Soups are a great way to start your dinner. There are hundreds and thousands of varieties of soups and thousands more join the world of recipes online and offline. There is no end to soups and its variations. Soups are made all round the world across different cultures. Soups are the perfect appetizers that prepare your body for the onslaught of about to be gorged food! We will take a look at some amazing soups that are a must-have in New York City especially if you are a traveler. When traveling to New York TravellUniversally has an amazing East Coast Package available which includes New York, be sure to check it out!

New York City is literally littered with restaurants that offer some really great tasting soups.  Soups are omnipresent for the travellers for having all kinds of taste-buds. As Times Square is frequented with travelers all round the world, the restaurants cater to the taste demand of most of the tourists. Soup Spot – don’t be fooled by the name. Although the name sounds like a dedicated restaurant serving only soups, it is not. Besides soups, they also serve proper dinner. If you are not at all price conscious, there are some amazing restaurants to surprise your taste buds. Sometimes it’s not just the price but the quality of the food, the service, the ambience and so many things that come with it that the price is worth it. You will find varieties like Shushi Zen and French restaurant like Le Bernardin. Tourists will find many restaurants to their liking which includes Indian, Asian to Middle Eastern. The Knife-Peeled Soup is a particular favorite among noodle lovers. 

If you are a vegetarian and wondering, ‘what about us?’Don’t worry. New York City does not mean a meat-lover’s paradise. With more and more people switching over from a non-vegetarian to a vegetarian lifestyle – it will come as a no surprise that Times Square has some best restaurants for veggie lovers! There’s Vegetarian Pho at Lan Cafe, M Noodle Shop and many more. Some restaurants also offer dual choices that cater to the needs of both vegetarian and non-vegetarian travelers. Hino Maru is another restaurant that offers some great-tasting veggie ramen.

If in New York – restaurant review sites like Zomato.com, zagat.com, etc are a great help, ensure to check the reviews should you decide to dine at the restaurant of your choice.

Now that you have had your fill of soups and the main course, it is now time for some desserts. From the amazing taste of Lime Pies, pretzel croissant to the traditional chocolate chip cookies – the varieties of desserts out numbers the number of soups in the Big Apple – or so it seems!

New York City has it all. Food is the most essential part of traveling and immersing yourself in the kind of taste what it has to offer – the every second wait is worth it. From the classic to the modern, the western to the eastern – there’s something for everyone. Tourists, occasional visitors and resident New Yorkers are truly spoilt for choices!