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Top 7 Interesting Facts about Rome

Pantheon – temple in Rome
Photo taken by Keith Yahl - wikimedia.org.  Pantheon – temple in Rome

The eternal city of Rome has many more interesting and memorable things than any travel guide could cover. Here we offer you a peek at 7 interesting and relatively obscure facts about Roman history, culture and its hidden treasures.

1. Given that ancient Rome didn’t have many women, the people of Romula (771-717 BC) used to kidnap them from the closest tribe of the Italian Sabines. Most virgins would become the prize of those who kidnaped them. The tallest and most beautiful of them were turned over to the mighty senators.

Two girls drinking coffee in a cafeteria
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Two girls drinking coffee in a cafeteria

2. The famous cappuccino coffee drink was named after the Italian Capuchin friars, who used to always hide under their wide hoods, called “cappucino”.

3. The world’s first shopping centre was built in Rome, during the rule of the Emperor Trajan. It comprised several levels that housed over 150 individual shopping points. Here you could buy anything you could possibly want – from food and vegetables to spices and clothing.

4. Every year on April 21st the people of Rome celebrate the city’s birthday. The building of Rome on this day back in 753 BCE. The celebration takes place around the entire city. On the same day you can also see demonstrative gladiator battles, traditional Roman balls, parades and fireworks.

Internal view of the Colosseum
Photo taken by Paolo Costa Baldi - wikimedia.org.  Internal view of the Colosseum

5. The Baths of Caracalla, which have got a little damaged over the ages, used to take up an area of 11 hectares. As many as 1,600 of the city’s local residents and visitors could bathe in them at any one time. Currently these baths, built in the 3rd century CE, are the largest architectural piece of ancient Roman heritage by area size.

6. Rome has the world’s only Pasta Museum, where every exhibit is related to the making and eating of various pasta dishes. Here you will see equipment used in making pasta, pasta products themselves and contemporary paintings that contain motives involving the food.

„Spaghetti alla Carbonara”, a typical Roman dish
Photo taken by Mattes Boch - wikimedia.org.  „Spaghetti alla Carbonara”, a typical Roman dish

7. An entire row of chapels in the Monumental Cemetery of the Capuchin Brothers is decorated with symbolic artworks, made from the bones and undamaged skeletons of 400 monks.

Comments (1)

Lucy   9 months ago  Edited
Is builing meant to say building?
Admin answer: yes, and thank you for the correction