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DK Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guides: Rome by Reid Bramblett, Jeffrey Kennedy

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Beyond the City Walls

The 3rd-century Aurelian walls are still largely intact and served as the defence of the city for 1,600 years until Italian Unification was achieved in 1870. After that, the walls were pierced in several places so that traffic could bypass the old gates and the modern city quickly sprawled far and wide in every direction. Although it’s undeniable that Rome’s most dazzling sights are contained within the walls, venturing outside them can have spectacular rewards. Ancient roads and even an entire ancient town, as well as some of Rome’s oldest churches, the mystical catacombs, and even Benito Mussolini’s pretentious contributions to modern architecture are all must-sees if you can draw yourself away from the city centre.

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