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History of Rome

According to legend, Rome was founded in 753 BC by twin sons Romulus and Remus who were raised by a she-wolf. During its twelve-century history, the Roman civilization shifted from a monarchy to an oligarchic republic to a immense empire. Since then it has been continously inhabited, and, as headquaters first of the Roman Empire and then of the Roman Catholic Church, it has had an immense impact on the world.

Rome began as an Iron Age hut village, founded in the mid-8th century BC.

In 616, the Romans' sophisticated Etruscan neighbours seized power, but were ousted in 509, the inception of the Roman Republic. It conquered most of the rest of Italy, then turned its attentions overseas, and by the 1st century BC, ruled Spain, North Africa and Greece. The expansion of the Roman Empire provided opportunities for power-hungry individuals, and the clashing of egos led to colaps of democracy.

Caesar Julius Caesar ruled for a time as dictator, and his nephew Octavian became Rome's first emperor, assuming the title Augustus. During the reign of Augustus, Christ was born, and though Christians were persecuted until the 4th century, the new religion took hold and Rome became the main centre of Christianity.

Even though it was the seat of the papacy, during the Middle Ages Rome went into decline. The city recovered spectacularly in the mid-15th century, and for over 200 years was embellished by the greatest artists of the Renaissance and the Baroque.

Finally, in 1870, Rome became the capital of the newly unified Italy.

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Best hotel we've stayed at in Italy!” - Hotel Cortina was lovely. We stayed in their apartment style rooms, a block away from the hotel. Room was everything we wanted and more. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a full kitchen and living room. Entire apartment was clean, modern...


Macomb, Michigan

Position Perfetto!!” - This is one of the most perfect hotels I have stayed in for so many reasons. The position, in Via Nazionale, is walking distance to almost everything! Believe me, I did it!! The shopping along Via Nazionale is all you will ever need. The fashion!...


Geelong, Australia

Great hotel” - Fantastic hotel for site seeing as is central to main sites. Very helpful staff who explained the best ways to get around the city and how to save money. The accommodation was clean and well decorated...

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Manchester, United Kingdom

Superb service and location.” - We stayed in the 2 bedroom apartment and were not disappointed. The apartment was spacious, clean and had everything you could want for and more. Angelo the manager goes out of his way to welcome you and cater for your needs...


Melbourne, Australia

Incredibly friendly staff, comfortable stay” - Stayed here for 4 nights, and had a good stay. Normally, people say "the staff were freindly" and I discount it, as everybody is usually friendly, however at Cortina they were genuinely nice, and went above and beyond to ensure...


Paris, France

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