The Trevi Fountain is one of Rome’s most iconic and highly visited sights. The tradition is to throw a coin with the right hand over the left shoulder. The custom is so popular in fact, that 3,000 euros are collected from the fountain every day. All the money is donated to Caritas, a charity that helps poor families in Rome.
Romans love pasta so much that they have a whole museum dedicated to it. The museum is owned by the Agnesi family, the founders of Agnesi, a pasta producer founded in 1824.
The Colosseum is such a prominent fixture on the Roman landscape that it’s easy to take it for granted. This theater has stood on the same site for over 2,000 years and remains structurally sound. The Colosseum was built with 80 entrances and could hold up to 80,000 spectators.
The name of the Spanish Steps is a little misleading. Built between 1723 and 1725, they were only named such because the Spanish embassy was at their base. The French actually had more to do with their creation, being funded by a donation from a French diplomat, Etienne Gueffier. For some reason, the “French steps” never caught on.
Home to the Pope, many Catholics see Rome as the religious center of the world. St. Peter’s Basilica receives over 6 million visitors every year. But did you know that Rome has over 900 churches?
Technically, the Pope does not live in Rome. The Pope’s address is in Vatican City, which is considered an independent country, sharing a 3.2 km (2 miles) border with the rest of Italy. Vatican City even has its own postage stamps and issues its own passports.
Romans love coffee and the cappuccino is a firm favorite. But there’s one rule — no cappuccino after 11 AM or after meals. Tradition dictates that espresso is the only option after dinner. One thing Romans might love more than caffeine is gelato. Sound delicious?
When visiting Rome there’s no need to buy water. You can refill your bottle at one of the city’s many fountains! The city has 280 fountains and many of them have a drinkable water supply.
The “Eternal City” is not a name invented by the Italian tourist board. Such was the power of Rome that ancient Romans thought the city would last forever. Though only time will tell if the city is “eternal”, it hasn’t always been the capital of Italy. That title belonged to Florence until 1870.
The Ancient Romans are famous for their many inventions, including modern plumbing. But did you know that they also invented concrete? This is the reason that so many of their buildings have maintained their structural integrity. The Pantheon has been in continuous use for over 2,000 years and the basic structure has remained unchanged.