About Rome, Italy
Rome, the “Eternal City,” is in the Lazio region of central Italy on the Tiber River. Rome is the national capital of Italy and is the seat of the Italian Government. It is the fourth-most populous city in the European Union by population within city limits. Rome was also ranked in 2014 as 32nd in the Global Cities Index, being the highest-ranking city in Italy. The Vatican City is an independent country inside the city boundaries of Rome, the only existing example of a country within a city: for this reason Rome has been often defined as capital of two states.
Rome has the status of a global city. In 2016, Rome ranked as the 14th-most-visited city in the world, 3rd most visited in the European Union, and the most popular tourist attraction in Italy. Rome is a nationwide and major international Centre for higher education, containing numerous academies, colleges and universities. According to the City Brands Index, Rome is considered the world’s second most historically, educationally and culturally interesting and beautiful city.
Being the capital city of Italy, Rome hosts all the principal institutions of the nation. Rome enjoys a Mediterranean climate with cool, humid winters and warm, dry summers. Rome is also an important fashion and design centre and famous for international brands centered in the city. Rome’s Cinecittà Studios have been the set of many academy award–winning movies.