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The Timeless Charm of Rome

The timeless charm of Rome

Rome is the capital of Italy and region of Lazio. The city is located in the central-western portion of the Italian Peninsula, along the shores of Tiber river. It has the status of a global city.

The city's history spans more than two and a half thousand years.
Rome’s various districts are a catalogue in stone of two millennia of city life. The 1st-century AD Colosseum is a monument to ancient engineering and remains the blueprint for stadium construction. Millions of tourists a year flock to see the monuments and museums. The Vatican museums and the Colosseum are among the world's most visited tourist destinations in the world.

On the day the Colosseum officially opened, 5,000 animals were killed. During its history, it has been estimated that over 500,000 people and over a million animals were killed there.

The Capuchin Crypt in Rome consists of five chapels and a corridor 60 meters long—and it is decorated with the bones of 4,000 deceased monks. The coffee drink Cappuccino takes its name from this order of monks who were known by their custom of wearing a hood or cappucio with their habits.

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Some linguistic possibilities for the origin of the word “Rome” include the Etruscan word rhome meaning “strength” or “river.” It may also be related to the root rum meaning “teat,” referring to the wolf that suckled the twins Romulus and Remus. Another theory is that Roma was the daughter of Aeneas, a mythical founder of Rome.

The abbreviation SPQR can be found on many Roman statues, buildings, and military standards. It stands for “senatus populusque romanus.” meaning “The senate and people of Rome.

Romans were highly superstitious and feared anything to do with the left, which is why their words for “left” and “left-handed” were sinister and sinstra, giving us the modern meaning of “sinister. Ancient Romans believed that seeing an owl was a bad omen, sniffing cyclamen flowers would prevent baldness, and ringing bells eased the pain of childbirth. The presence of bees, which were considered sacred messengers of the gods, were seen as a sign of good luck.

The month of August was originally named Sextillis (from sextus) but was renamed in honor of the Roman Emperor Augustus. January is named after the Roman god of beginnings, Janus, who has two faces—one looking back to the old year and the other looking forward to the new year. April is from the Latin aperire which means “to open,” perhaps referring to the opening of flowers

Here are contact details of some of the more visited attractions.

Colosseum, Forum and Palatine Piazza del Colosseo. +39 06 3996 7700. Open daily.

St Peter’s Basilica Piazza San Pietro. +39 06 6988 1662. Open daily.

Vatican Museums Viale del Vaticano. +39 06 6988 3860. Closed Sun.

San Giovanni in Laterano Piazza San Giovanni in Laterano 4. +39 06 6988 6433. Open daily.

Santa Maria della Vittoria Via XX Settembre 17. +39 06 4274 0571. Open daily.

Pantheon Piazza della Rotonda. +39 06 6830 0230. Open daily.

Castel Sant’Angelo Lungotevere Castello 50. +39 06 689 6003. Closed Mon.


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