The Eternal City is the capital of Italy, and perhaps its most striking travel destination. The historic city center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that charges every vacation with the energy of the Roman Empire founded on the Seven Hills. An exploration of Europe cannot be complete until the particular adventures in Rome have been experienced. The palaces and church cathedrals, Roman ruins, monuments, fountains and statues each offer a new and exciting journey. Today Italy in general and the Lazio region in particular are striking places for tourism with unique architecture, a mild climate, and Mediterranean culture. The cuisine is renowned, and pasta dishes like cacao e pepe, meats like smoked pork jowl, fresh cheeses like pecorino Romano, and olive oil can be found at fine dining establishments as well as inexpensive restaurants. Travel tips and facts about rental cars, adventures, travel and tourism, cultural tours and more are easy enough to find on travel sites like Expedia or Travelocity. Entire trips can be planned using guidebooks like those from Lonely Planet. Now visitors to Italy can expand their knowledge base with an artistic view of the ancient city of Rome. The forty full-color photos in Ruins of Rome I & II were taken at Palazzo Senatorio, the Basilica of Saint Peter and Vatican City, Via della Conciliazione, the Colosseum, Palatine Hill, the Roman Forum, the Pantheon, San Paolo fuori le mura, Piazza del Popolo, Villa Borghese, various obelisks, and other sites. Step into this whirling place and become absorbed by its vibrant heart. For fans of the Neapolitan Novels.