Rome is the Capital City of Italy.
The city has been a major human settlement for over 2 millennia.
It has more than 2.86 million residents and an area of 1,285 km square.
Rome is the most populated city in Italy and the third largest in the European Union by population.
It is the center of the Metropolitan city of Rome which has a population of more than 4.357 million people.
Vatican City (the smallest country in the world) is an independent country inside the city boundaries of Rome. It is the only existing example of a country within a city.
As of 2020, Rome is ranked as an Alpha global city by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network.
Rome was the most visited city in the world in 2011 with more tan 10.1 million tourists.
It is the most popular tourist destination in Italy.
Its historic center is listed by UESCO as a World Heritage Site.
The city is the seat ofseveral specialized agencies ofthe United Nations.
It is also the headquarters of many international business companies such as Eni, Enel and TIM.
7 THINGS TO DO AND NOT TO DO IN ROME
- Don’t go during the summer when it’s crowded and temperatures are hot. Instead, the best time to visit is between may and June or September to October.
- Don’t book your stay too far outside the city center. Instead, just stay near and within the city center to avoid transportation costs.
- Do not use taxis to move around the city. Instead, you can walk to many of the city’s attractions.
- Avoid renting a car due to huge traffic in Rome. Instead, use public transport or just move around by foot.
- Don’t carry too much money on the streets. Instead, just carry enough and what you need to avoid the pickpockets.
- Do not buy several water bottles but instead, just buy one and refill it when it’s empty.
- Don’t wait to line up to purchase tickets at the entrance of the attraction sites. Instead, purchase the skip-the-line tickets to avoid long queues.
9 MOST INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT ROME
- The legend says that ancient Rome was founded by two brothers, and demigods, Romulus and Remus.
- The famous painter Raphael (Raffaello Sanzio) was buried in the beautiful Pantheon in Rome because he requested it.
- When visiting the city, there is no need to buy water. There are many fountains throughout Rome with potable water from which you can fill a bottle while visiting the sites.
- The city has 280 fountains and more than 900 churches.
- Rome has approximately 2,500 public fountains, and you can drink from them.
- The city is older than Italy.
- The Pantheon has seen continuous use for almost 2,000 years.
- Approximately 90 percent of the ancient city has not been excavated — and may never be excavated.
- The Passetto di Borgo appearing in the novel “Angels and Demons” actually exists.