The winter weather is considerably milder in Italy than in the north and central US. In summer evenings are cool, especially in the mountains. Summer afternoon thunderstorms are common in Rome.
The Eternal City is a moniker earned for the city's timelessness and endurance, but an eternity isn't nearly enough time to spend discovering this awe-inspiring destination. After all, Rome may not have been built in a day, but it was certainly built upon layer after layer of history on seven hills of myth and legend. The Forum of Julius Caesar's time; the Colosseum; the Michelangelo-designed Campidoglio; the Spanish Steps; Trevi Fountain; St. Peter's Basilica; the Parthenon; self-governed Vatican City - the list of marvels go on and on. The historical center overflows with gods in marble, but art also comes served on a plate and off the runways in Rome. High-end designer boutiques burst with the latest fashions, and five-star restaurants and street-side cafes alike serve cuisine that lights up a meal with creative flair and a taste of why one should always "do as the Romans do."