Facts about Rome

We love to find out new things about Italy and, in particular, we love to delve into the fascinating history of Rome. So, we thought we’d share with you here a few “did you knows” about the Italian capital.

Did you know that the Roman Forum sits at the exact centre of Rome? It is marked by a marble fragment in front of the ruins of Saturn’s Temple, at the foot of Capital Hill (it’s difficult to spot as it is hidden under copious vegetation). The marble centrepiece was erected in 20 B.C. by Emperor Augustus, in order to establish the starting point from which the streets of Rome could be constructed and it is called miliario auero.

Did you know that every Sunday at 10.30 am, the Church of Santa Maria in Campo Marzio holds Mass in Aramaic, which is the language that was spoken by Jesus Christ?

Did you know that there is a cycling lane along the Tiber River, which is 34 km long? If you’ve booked a holiday to Rome with us and would like to hire bikes, let us know!

Did you know that the famous poet John Keats died in Piazza di Spagna, in a small house that was described as “like living in a violin”?! He had moved to Rome in the hope that the Italian weather would help him heal his tuberculosis (it didn’t). The house, which is now the Keats–Shelley Memorial House, displays poetry by other English poets, including Percy Bysshe Shelley and George Byron.

Did you know that the first major Hollywood film to be made in Cinecittà was Quo Vadis? It was directed by Mervyn LeRoy and produced by Metro Goldwyn Mayer in 1950. It received eight Oscar nominations and it is reported that 60,000 people took part in the film. Only one, Sophia Loren, became popular.

Want to check out the Italian capital for yourself? We have a variety of Rome packages available on our website, including holidays for groups and families, stag and hen party packages, city breaks and romantic getaways.

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