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Ancient Rome Amazing, Interesting & Fun Facts

Ancient Rome Amazing, Interesting & Fun Facts

Here are some amazing and interesting Facts on ROME.

  1. Rome was founded in 735 BC by Romulus.
  2. Modern Rome has 280 Fountains and more than 900 Churches.
  3. Rome became the capital city of unified Italy in 1870, taking the title from Florence.
  4. Rome is known as the “Caput Mundi” or “Capital of the World”.
  5. Rome is also known as the “Eternal City”.
  6. The Vatican City is the smallest generally recognised sovereign state in the world; With an area of just 0.44km2. The papal state has been formally recognised as a sovereign state since 1929.
  7. Saint Peter’s basilica – inside the Vatican City – is the largest church ever constructed.
  8. There is a secret passage that’s leading from Vatican City to Castel Sant’Angelo.
  9. The Ancient city of Rome is about 30 feet (9-meter) below the modern street level.
  10. The Colosseum of Rome is one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
  11. The symbol SPQR, which is found all over the city of Rome, stands for “Senatus Populusque Romanus” i.e. “The senate and the people of Rome”.
  12. Rome is older than Italy. Founded around 53 B.C. making it 2,500 years older than Italy.
  13. Italy did not become a unified nation until late in the 19th
  14. The Spanish Steps are not Spanish at all. The famous outdoor steps were funded by the French diplomat, Etienne Gueffier; and designed by Italian architects Francesco de Sanctis and Alessandro Specchi. Steps are called Spanish after the Spanish Embassy’s location.
  15. Rome’s first university, “La Sapienza”, was established in 1303 AD. It is the largest in Europe and the 2nd largest in the world.
  16. Nearly 700,000 Euros worth of coins are tossed into Rome’s Trevi Fountain each year. The proceeds are donated to Caritas to help those in need.
  17. Romans had built a road network of 53,000 miles by the early 4th Each Roman mile was about 4,800 feet and marked by a milestone, giving birth to the saying “All roads lead to Rome.”
  18. The word “Palace” comes from the Palatine Hill, where Augustus initiated the tradition for Emperors’ to build their palaces.
  19. The mascot of Rome is a she-wolf that cared for brothers Romulus and Remus, Rome mythological Founders.
  20. Cats, by law, are free to roam in Rome.
  21. The Emperor Trajan built, around 107 and 110 AD, the first shopping mall in Rome. It had multiple levels, over 150 outlets.
  22. Rome has a museum dedicated entirely to pasta.
  23. Roman Gladiators rarely fought to death. Instead they were considered celebrities, but many were slaves. These harsh conditions inspired rebellions e.g. Spartacus.
  24. Ancient Romans celebrated a festival called “Saturnalia” in which slaves and their masters switch places.
  25. The Roman Emperor, Gaius Caligula, made his horse a senator, fed prisoners to wild animals, and had conversations with the moon.
  26. In Ancient Rome, only free men wore a Toga, a sign of Roman citizenship. Women wore Stola.
  27. The Purple-coloured clothing was a status symbol reserved only for Emperors or Senators.
  28. In Ancient Rome, women dyed their hair with goat fat and beech wood ashes. Popular colours were blonde and red.
  29. Romans used to eat their dinner lying down, lounging around on couches (sofas).
  30. Romans washed their clothes with urine. The liquid was collected in vessels, called fullos, which stood on the streets.



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