A Video Love Letter to the Eternal City
Rome, the Eternal City famed for its dolce vita lifestyle, is one of the most popular travel destinations in the world for good reason. Its historical heritage, artistic richness and culinary offerings are unparalleled. Italy’s capital is overflowing with priceless treasures, architectural masterpieces, world-famous sculptures and vestiges of the Empire’s former glory. With some 3000 years of urban development under its belt, there’s a lot to explore here – the Colosseum, St. Peter’s Basilica, the Vatican museums, the Spanish Steps, The Pantheon, the Roman Forum, Piazza Navona and more. A Roman holiday never disappoints, even if it’s just a virtual tour. Take a minute to sit back and watch a quick video love letter to one of our favorite cities on the planet.
Facts About Rome
Here are some fun facts about Rome:
- Rome was built around seven hills east of the river Tiber: Capitoline, Quirinal, Viminal, Esquiline, Caelian, Aventine and Palatine hills.
- There are about 280 fountains and 900 churches in Rome. You probably won’t see all of them on your visit.
- Tourists throw about 3,000 Euros worth of coins in the Trevi Fountain every day. At night, the money is collected and donated to a catholic charity that provides services to needy families in the area.
- Romulus and Remus are considered the legendary founders of Rome. The city’s mascot is the she-wolf that raised the abandoned twin brothers. Look for her statue near the Capitoline Museum.
- The Romans invented concrete, and good quality concrete at that, as evidenced by the still-standing structures like the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Pantheon.
- Don’t mess with cats in Rome. There’s a law that lets cats roam the streets without disruption. You can see many wild cats in and around the Colosseum and Forum ruins.
- Back in Ancient Rome, it was customary for people to vomit between meals to make room in their stomachs to eat more. We don’t advise doing that today. Why waste a good Italian meal?
- The dome of the Pantheon is about 142 ft in diameter. It is the largest unreinforced concrete dome in the world, bigger than St. Peter’s dome.
- More than 500,000 people and a million animals lost their lives during the gladiatorial fights and battles in the Colosseum. They put an end to this specatcle in 435 AD.
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