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Facts About Rome, Italy

Here are some fun and interesting facts about Rome, Italy. If you're planning on visiting the city, read below to arm yourself with some interesting facts to bring with you!
Rome is the capital city of Italy and of the Lazio region. It is also the country's largest and most populous city. The population of the city is just over 2.7 million, with the metropolitan having a population of about 4 million. It is located in the central-western portion of the Italian peninsula, where the river Aniene joins the Tiber.
The City

  • Rome is also known as: Caput Mundi (Capital of the world), la Cittą Eterna (The Eternal City), Limen Apostolorum (Threshold of the Apostles), or simply l'Urbe (The City)
  • Rome covers 1,285 square kilometers (580 sq mi)
  • 98% of the population is Roman Catholic


  • Rome hosted the Summer Olympics in 1960 and is currently an official candidate to hosting the Summer Olympics again in 2020.
  • The most popular sport in rome, as with the rest of the country, is football


  • Rome is the third most-visited tourist destination in the European Union


  • About 3000 Euro are thrown into the Trevi Fountain each day. At night the coins are collected and are used to fund a supermarket for needy citizens.

Ancient Rome

  • There were barbers in rome as early as 300 BC