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5 Fun Facts about Rome, Italy

Monday, February 21st, 2011

So you’re planning a trip to Rome and you’ve done a bit of research beforehand. You’ve worked out how to get from from the airport to your hotel. Naturally, you’ve made your hotel room reservations on (wink, wink) and you’ve made a list of recommended restaurants you want to check out during your trip. You’ve even mapped out your itinerary of  the ‘Must’ sights to see. But how well do you really think you know Rome? We’ve put together some fun facts about Rome that maybe you didn’t know yet.

Colosseum, Rome

1. She-Wolf

Shakira isn’t the only one who knows something about she-wolves. Did you know that Rome’s mascot is a she-wolf that suckles and cares for the brothers Romulus and Remus (the founders of Rome)? Legend has it that the brothers were abandoned by their uncle in the wild. The twins were later discovered by a she-wolf who rescued and nursed them. Romulus and Remus eventually returned back to their birthright and decided to found a new city. Hence, Rome was born.

2. Colosseum

Rome’s Colosseum, a huge amphitheatre located in the center of the Ancient City, at one time could seat as many as 50,000 spectators of gladiator games and other public battles. The Colosseum which was constructed between 70 and 72 AD is among the Seven Wonders of the World. The historic monument can also be found on the Italian five-cent euro coin.

3. Now That’s a Work of Art!

Did you know that 60% of the world’s art treasures can be found in the beautiful  Italy?

4. Three Coins in a Fountain – Make a Wish!

Just about every tourist heads over to the Trevi Fountain to throw a coin in and make a wish that they too will once return to the Eternal City. But have you ever wondered just how much money gets tossed into the Fontana di Trevi each year? According to the City of Rome, nearly €700,000 worth of coins gets tossed in each year. The proceeds are donated to Caritas to help the needy.

5.  A Whole Lotta Pasta!

Everyone knows that pasta is Italy’s staple dish. Italians eat it for lunch. They eat it for dinner. They simply, can’t live without their pasta. Just how much of it do they consume each year? It is estimated that Italinas eat about 60 pounds of pasta per person per year.

Rome Hotels

Radisson Blu es. Hotel room, RomeRadisson Blu es. Hotel, Rome
This luxury 5-star Radisson Blu es. Hotel is located in the city center of Rome near Termini Station.
Guest Rating: 7

Bed and Breakfast Orange Garden room, Rome Bed and Breakfast Orange Garden, Rome
Advance purchase discount on a double room or stay 2 nights and save 15% on a double room!

Hotel Villa Duse room, Rome Hotel Villa Duse, Rome
Hotel Villa Duse is a luxury 4 star hotel located in the heart of Rome.
Guest Rating: 9

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About the author

Venere Travel Blog writer nicole arriaga

After working in Miami as writer and TV producer, Nicole Arriaga decided to trade in the sun and sand for the 'dolce vita' in 2003 and move to Rome. She writes for various publications including The American, and works for a study abroad organization in Rome.

20 responses to “5 Fun Facts about Rome, Italy”

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  1. Valentina Di Stefano says via Facebook:
    February 21st, 2011 at 18:23


  2. John Sharpe says via Facebook:
    February 21st, 2011 at 18:32

    Love my “home”!!!

  3. Hawaii Vacation Reviews says:
    March 3rd, 2011 at 07:57

    Rome has a number of distinct nightlife zones, each with its own particular feel. For high-density clubs offering anything from salsa to live jazz to international DJs, head for well-established Testaccio or newly buzzing Ostiense

  4. Anonymous says:
    June 9th, 2011 at 21:01

    well, all i wanted was to find some facts to do with my history assignment and if i am honest, this site didn’t help me. Not one tiny bit, i bet i am going to go fail now!

  5. fred says:
    August 24th, 2011 at 03:01

    Didn’t really help. sorry

  6. Kerri says:
    September 28th, 2011 at 02:05

    Thanks for this information it really helps my school research project!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. brittany says:
    October 21st, 2011 at 21:09

    i need to now about rome

  8. Fiona says:
    February 2nd, 2012 at 19:34

    The Colloseum is not one of the seven wonders of the world!

  9. shelby says:
    February 10th, 2012 at 01:02

    this did not help , i need information about rome not italy i couldve just researched italy if i needed research n thaat . this did not help for my school project .

  10. jenifer wooldridge says:
    May 1st, 2012 at 00:43

    I think you are a good art

  11. pooop says:
    May 2nd, 2012 at 18:55


  12. jamie says:
    May 9th, 2012 at 21:43

    thanks now im doing good on my project for school!

  13. MemyselfndU25 says:
    September 27th, 2012 at 15:10

    This website helped me so much with my school project!!!!!

  14. Nyan cat man says:
    November 24th, 2012 at 19:34

    Why don’t you have facts about Romes flag? this websitereally helps me my school project though

  15. Kaleb says:
    November 24th, 2012 at 19:37

    This is the best website for my school project i found! But seriously they need facts about the roman flag…

  16. =) (= says:
    December 13th, 2012 at 17:50

    I need more info about Rome!!! This is just baloney!!! JUST JKing!!!!!!!!!!

  17. Meryil says:
    March 12th, 2013 at 12:05

    I am off to Rome next week and wanting more than just a trip of sites, I want to fall in love with life again.

    I will make my 3 wishes, do my bit for charity, thank you for the knowledge.

    I will eat tons of carbs and add to that score…

    I will go to the Colosseum and wear a pair of gladiator sandals (for effect, lol)

    Going to see all the art I can possibly so that I cover 60 % of the worlds most famous art.

    I will work in the She wolf in there somewhere…could explain the big hair of Italian women, lol

    Thank you for the information.

  18. your mom says:
    March 14th, 2013 at 19:14

    hey maclemore can we go thrift shopping?

  19. Lyndsay says:
    March 27th, 2013 at 15:14


  20. canada man says:
    April 2nd, 2014 at 22:21

    i love this

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