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Rome - Overview

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Imagine waking up to a bustling, modern city against a backdrop of picturesque historic buildings and landmarks.

Rome is a beautiful city, full of rich history as well as modern culture and convenience. Rome is the capital of Italy, as well as being its largest city. Located in the Lazio region of Central Italy, Rome is situated on the Tiber River and offers easy travel to other Italian cities.

With its rich history, Rome is a popular tourist destination. The home of Vatican City, it also serves as a hub for the Roman Catholic Church and Christianity.

Italians make up a majority of Rome's population. The remainder of the population is made up mostly of people who have re-located from other European countries, such as Romania and Poland. Others come from East Asia and North and South America.

Relocation agencies are available to help those relocating to Rome, and can readily be found on the web. Some relocation services include: rome.angloinfo.com and www.at-home-italy.com. Larger companies may also have relocation services in place for employees moving to Rome.

Most expatriates moving to Rome choose the Cassia neighborhood in the northern area of the city, because of the availability of large apartments and the proximity to international universities such as the American Overseas School of Rome and the St. Georges International School. The area is quiet, with several parks, shopping centers, and family owned shops nearby. There is also a golf course in the area. The downside of moving here is that traffic into the city can be very heavy, and it takes about one hour to reach the city center.

In the southern area of the city, expatriates favor the Appia Antica neighborhood, which is just a short drive from the center of Rome. Here, you will find comfortable villas with gardens and swimming pools. The International School of St. Stephen is nearby, which is convenient for foreign students relocating to Rome. While the city center is nearby, this neighborhood offers little access to metro and other public transportation links.

The neighborhoods of Nomentano, Salario, and Quartiere Trieste in the eastern part of the city are home to quite a few expatriates. Several embassies are located in this area, and public bus transportation is easily accessible. This area is just a short ride to the city center. Here, you will find upper middle class apartments, as well as convenient access to the Nomentana Junior School.

The detached and semi detached villas of Casal Palocco, on the west end of Rome toward the sea, are attractive for expatriates looking for a little more room than central city apartments allow. This area features numerous supermarkets, as well as several sport and recreation centers. Apartment blocks are available in the EUR area, a few kilometers closer to the center of the city, and provide convenient access to shopping centers and the metro line B. Many expatriates living in Rome end up working in the EUR or the area near the Fiumicino Airport, so living in this area can provide a short commute without the frustrations of traveling into central Rome.

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