Check out my earlier posts on Montenegro and how we came to be in Rome for less than 24 hours…
Rome is my favourite city in Europe! It’s like walking through an open air museum with something to see at every turn. Rome was never a city on my travel hit list, I just always had other places in mind that were higher up on the list. However, it was always somewhere that my boyfriend wanted to visit so I agreed to go with him earlier this year. I was not disappointed!! We booked a long weekend and was there for a good 4 days however the most recent pit stop was for less than 24 hours! Me and the mountain snob had booked a layover flight on the way back from Montenegro.
The Mountain snob (aka Kat, aka my sister) had never visited Rome before so I concocted an itinerary that would allow her to see the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps all in one afternoon. I am such a good sister.
One of the great things about incorporating a layover flight into a trip is that you can see more than one country, even if it is just for a short period of time. We landed in Rome around 12/1pm and was due to fly back to London the following morning. The great thing about Rome is that a lot of the attractions are within walking distance of each other or a short hop on the metro. The prices in general and not too high unless you are sat on the Piazza Novona square where a cocktail will set you back 11 or 12 Euros.
There are plenty of things to do in Rome and plenty of places to eat. (feed me pizza and carbonara, NOW!!) Don’t get me wrong you would need a few days to see all of the great highlights that Rome has to offer but you can certainly see so much in one day if your time there is limited.
Here are 12 interesting facts about Rome…
- Modern Rome has 280 fountains and more than 900 churches.
- Nearly 700,000 euros worth of coins are tossed into Rome’s Trevi Fountain each year. The proceeds are donated to Caritas to help those in need.
- The Romans had built a road network of 53,000 miles by the early fourth century. Each Roman mile was about 4,800 feet and marked by a milestone, giving birth to the saying “All roads lead to Rome.”
- In Ancient Rome, only free-born men were allowed to wear togas, a sign of Roman citizenship. Women wore stolas, the female version of togas, made from linen.
- The mascot of Rome is a she-wolf that cared for brothers Romulus and Remus, the mythological founders of Rome.
- Rome became the capital city of unified Italy in 1870, taking the title from Florence.
- Law in Rome allows cats to live without disruption in the place they were born. Wild cats can be climbing the walls of the Colosseum, and sleeping among the ruins of the Forum.
- Women in ancient Rome dyed their hair with goat fat and beech wood ashes. The most popular colors were red and blond.
- The first ever shopping mall was built in Rome between 107 and 110 AD by Emperor Trajan. It sold a wide variety of goods and grocery items.
- Rome’s first university, La Sapienza, established in 1303 AD, is the largest in Europe and the second largest in the world.
- Rome has a museum dedicated entirely to pasta.
- St Peter’s basilica inside Vatican City is the largest church ever constructed.