|Of all the rugby capitals of Europe, perhaps Rome displays its charms most overtly. Here the Colosseum, there St Peter's and the Vatican. In fact, if there was one RBS Six Nations trip that even the most ardent non-rugby follower wouldn't mind going on, Rome would be the destination. The centre of the ancient world, Rome's history is as colourful as the Six Nations parties that descend on it every spring.
Legend has it that the city was founded by Romulus and Remus, the offspring of Mars and a vestal virgin. The brothers were abandoned and raised by a she-wolf. More legendary was the Empire centred on Rome that extended across Europe and the near-East. With the conversion of the Emperor Constantine to Christianity the city also became the centre of the world's dominant religion.
Rome lost much of its power in the Middle Ages but with the return of the Popes from exile the Renaissance took over and the city became home to the work of Raphael, Bernini and Michelangelo, amongst many others. Napoleon did not destroy the city in the late 18th century, nor did the Second World War and Rome remains to transfix all who visit it.