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General Facts and History on Rome

Rome is the capital city of Italy and Lazio as well as the largest and most popular city in Italy. Rome is located on the central-western part of the Italian peninsula also right on the Tiber river. The history of Rome spans over two and a half thousand years and is one of the founding cities of Western Civilization. Rome even has an important part in Christianity until today as the home of the Roman Catholic Church. Rome is also one of the major European cities that escaped from World War II. Rome is also the third most visited city in the European Union for tourists.

In this capital of Italy is the residence of the President of the Italian Republic and the Italian Prime Minister. All spread throughout the city are the state ministries which includes the Ministry of Foreign Affairs who lives in Palazzo della Farnesina which is close to the Olympic stadium. Rome has municipalities which are administrative areas throughout the city. There are 19 in Rome and their reason being is to increase decentralization in the city. Every five years the residents select a president and a council that has four members. These municipalities are known to cross the boundaries of the way things are for the city.

Rome is consider to be in the Lazio region of central Italy right on the Tiber river. Originally the settlement of land was on hills that faced a ford next to Tiber Island which was the only natural ford on the river. Some of the hills the original Rome was built on were the Aventine Hill, the Caelian Hill, the Capitoline Hill, the Esquiline Hill, the Palatine Hill, the Quirinal Hill, and the Viminal Hill. North of the historic centre is where the Aniene river and the Tiber river meet.

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Top Attractions of Rome

The Colosseum is known as the most impressive building in Rome. The building was first known as the Flavian Amphitheater and was the largest building of its time. The original structure of the building has been ruined but it isThe Colosseum in Rome still a beautiful sight and popular attraction. The founder of this building was Emperor Vespasian. The construction of the building first started in  AD 72 and completed in AD 80, one year after Vespasian died. This building was built right in the center of Rome.  The measurements of the building are 188m by 156m and more than 159 feet tall. It is four story's high and can hold about 55,000 people. The upper two levels were for the lower classes and women and the lower two levels were for upper classes. Underground there were rooms and cages that had wild animals and could come up in the middle of the arena for the shows. The south side of the building has fallen due to an earthquake in 847.


St. Peter's Basilica is the world's largest church as well as the center of Christianity. Inside the building represents the wealth of the catholic church in the 16th century. The founder of the church is Emperor Constantine who is also the first Christian emperor of Rome. The building started to fall and become very old by the middle of the 15th century. PoSt. Peter's Basilica in Romepe Nicolas V gave an order to restore the church as well as enlarge it, Nicolas V died and the restoration was put on hold until pope Julius II laid the first stone in 1506 when it then became the largest in the world. The building has a dome designed by Michelangelo and is the largest dome in the world. The dome measures 42m in diameter and over 450 feet tall. The inside of the building is decorated by many famous artists. The dome has an observatory where visitors can go up to the dome but the entrance is not free. There is an option of taking stairs or the elevator, the elevator only take visitors to the bottom of the dome as the stair will take visitors to the top of the dome.


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Things to do in Rome Italy

The museums of Capitoline offer a great look at Roman art and archaeology. The museums are house in two different palaces and are organized around a central square also known as piazza. These museums were designed byArt from the Captioline Museums in Rome Michelangelo Buonarroti in 1536. It took more than 400 years to complete. The museums are connected by an underground tunnel which also happens to lead to the ancient Tabularium. The museums are now owned by the city but can be followed back to the year 1471. The entry to the museums is at the Palazzo dei Conservatori. This palace was built in the 16th century and is three stories high. In this museum visitors can find a variety of art and treasures and roman sculptures. On the 2nd floor is the conservator's apartment which is open to the public. The third floor is the Capitoline Art Gallery which holds paintings as well as coins, medals, and jewelry. Along with these museums visitors will find the Palazzo Nuovo and the Epigraphic Gallery and Tabularium.

The Circus Maximus was once the largest stadium in ancient Rome seating 250,000 people which is one quarter of Rome's population. In the early history, it was the chariot races that were one of the famous form of entertainment Circus Maximus in Romefor the Roman's. The chariot races started with the fifth king of Rome, Tarquinius Priscus, he created a track between the Palatine and Aventine hills for the racing. The first gates were created in 329 BC but in 174 BC the gates were rebuilt. They put seven wooden eggs on top of the spina to count the number of laps, after each lap an egg was removed. In 33 BC they added bronze dolphins to do the same thing. The Circus Maximus was also used for event like gladiator combats. The last chariot race was in AD 549 and today it is just a historical site for tourists.


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