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About the Region

Rome is the capital of Italy, with over 2.7 million inhabitants. The city of Rome is located in the central-western portion of the Italian Peninsula, in the Lazio region of Italy. It has been one of history's greatest, most powerful and important cities, being the home of the emperor during the Roman Empire and the modern seat of the Italian government. Due to this centrality on many levels, the city has been nicknamed "Caput Mundi" (Latin for "Capital of the World") and "The Eternal City".

The eternal city of Rome, constructed of ruins and in whose name the Caesars sought to claim the world, opens for the visitor as a living museum. The centuries peel back with each new sight in this great city of gladiators. It is also a city of speeds, lunatic drivers, nippy little Fiats and red sports cars speed past trendy sidewalk bistros and nightclubs, revealing the Rome of Fellini's La Dolce Vita. The “Stadio Olimpico” complex brings back Mussolini's attempts to reinvent the architecture of the Caesars.

For a taste of the Baroque, visitors need only climb the famous Spanish Steps, walk through the Piazza Navona or into the beautiful Trevi Fountain. Renaissance splendour is perhaps best revealed in the Pope's residence, the Vatican Palace, or in Michelangelo's efforts on the roof of the Sistine Chapel. From early Christian Basilicas to the Roman Forum, the Colosseum and the Pantheon, the sequence of history trails back to the height of the Roman Empire.

It may sound like a city of contrasts, but Rome's timeless magic lies in its ability to blend the old with the new. Empires have risen and fallen, old gods have been replaced with new ones, but Rome remains.

Text quotations: Copyright © 2010 Globe Media Ltd

Climate in Rome

Spring time is the best time of the year to travel to Rome, when skies are blue and the weather is warm. Summers are uncomfortably hot, with temperatures often exceeding 95°F (35°C) at midday. A good year will have mild weather right up until December, with cold winds only occasionally, but, in a bad year, heavy rain can start already in October. The average temperatures in January are between 55°F (13°C) and 35°F (3°C).

Useful Information - AC Voltage and Plugs

In modern installations in Italy one is likely to find sockets that can accept more than one standard.
The simplest type has a central round hole and two 8-shaped holes above and below. This design allows the connection of both styles of type L plugs (CEI 23-16/VII 10 A and 16 A) and the type C CEE 7/16 Europlug.
A second, quite common type looks like a type F socket, but adds a central grounding hole. This design can accept CEE 7/7 (type E/F) plugs, in addition to type C and type L 10A plugs.

Further Information on AC power plugs and sockets on Wikipedia