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作者: Rosanne Li
Not only is Rome the capital and the largest city of Italy, It is also one of the birthplaces of western civilization（文明）. Its history can be dated back to 753 BC, and you can find legacies of the Roman Kingdom, the Roman Republic and the Roman Empire in this fascinating （迷人的） city.
The Colosseum（羅馬鬥獸場）is the iconic（標誌性的）attraction of Rome. It was a place for contests and battles where gladiators fought against wild animals. Although it was severely damaged due to earthquakes, I could still picture how grand it used to be.
The Roman Forum used to be the centre of public life where public speeches, elections（選舉）, gladiatorial contests and executions were held. The Forum consists of temples, government buildings and monuments, though most of them now lie in ruins（廢墟）.
Another popular attraction is the Trevi Fountain, as it was featured in a lot of movies, including Roman Holiday starring Audrey Hepburn. Legend has it that if you throw a coin over your shoulder into the fountain, you will return to Rome one day! I did not have a chance to throw a coin into the fountain as it was so crowded that I couldn't even move!
There are a lot of attractions in Rome. If you go there, you can visit the Pantheon, a well-preserved temple where two Kings of Italy were buried. There are also a lot of Catholic churches worth visiting, like San Giovanni Laterano.//php print_r($node); ?>