Across the River Tiber to the west lies the Vatican State, which is home to the Pope and the heart of the Roman Catholic Church. Clearly tourism is a major source of income for this city and until recently the city had been criticized for its poor infrastructure. However in anticipation of the estimated thirty million visitors for the millennium, much was restored and improved.
Rome is blessed with a warm Mediterranean climate, the best times to visit are in spring and autumn, the summer months however do get very hot. Only two hours from both Naples and Florence, Rome is located very centrally. Similarly, the seaside isn’t too far away providing a pleasant getaway for Romans during the hot summer months.