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It may be known as the Eternal City, but Rome is a great place to visit even if you don't have an eternity to spend exploring it. And while it's true that you could probably live out the rest of your days rummaging through the Italian capital without ever running out of great things to see and do, it's also possible to get a feel for the place in just a few short hours – perfect if you happen to be passing through on a Mediterranean cruise. The port itself is located at Civitavecchia, which is about an hour's drive away from the centre of Rome. Before heading into the city, you may want to take a quick look around the port, which is home to the National Archaeological Museum and a 16th-centry fortress built by Michelangelo. However, if time is of the essence then it's best to get straight to it, and from the moment you arrive in Rome you'll be surrounded by amazing sites and attractions. Among the first places to see is the Colosseum, which was built in the 1st century AD and is one of the New 7 Wonders of the World. Famous for its incredible scale and detail, this iconic landmark is one of the most enduring emblems of the Roman Empire, having hosted countless gladiatorial battles. To the west of the Colosseum is the Vatican City, which is of course home to St Peter's Square and Basilica, from where the Pope regularly addresses the world. The Sistine Chapel, meanwhile, is known for the frescoes that adorn its interior, the most notable of which can be found on the ceiling and were painted by Michelangelo. Rome's Modern Centre is also well worth exploring, and can be found to the north of the Colosseum. It's here that you'll find many of the city's most recognisable piazzas, as well as the stunning Trevi Fountain. Dropping a coin into the water and making a wish is a tradition that shouldn't be missed when you're visiting the city. This part of town is also known for its excellent shopping and dining, with many fine restaurants located along the Via Veneto. Italy is famous for its food, and you'll find the very best local cuisine on offer.

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