Rome: 15 Things You Didn’t Know (Part 1)

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Rome became the beautiful Italy in 1870 after stealing the honorary title from Florence. Rome is called the “Eternal city” and also the “capital of the world”. It’s a must see for anyone visiting Europe, and one of the most historically rich places imaginable. Here is part one of our list of facts about Rome.

Number Fifteen: The Trevi Fountain

It’s been said that each and every night at this famous site, 3,000 Euros (about $3,300) are swept up by the water at the bottom of the fountain. The proceeds are then donated to a catholic charity which helps poor families in Rome.

Number Fourteen: Rome Has the Largest Museum Complex

The Vatican museum is known as the biggest in the entire world. The well-known place, visited often by tourists, has over 1000 museums and art galleries.

Number Thirteen: Suspicious Kissing

It’s been said that in ancient times, Roman husbands would return home from work and greet their spouses with a kiss. Not only were they saying hello or expressing affection, but the kiss also served the purpose of checking the woman’s breath to see if she had been sitting around sipping wine all day long.

Number Twelve: Indistinguishable ‘Barbar’

Greek people were said to have thought that when non-Greek people talked, they sounded as if they were mumbling indeterminate “barbar.” This is where the Roman word “barbarian” comes from.

Number Eleven: First Ever Shopping Mall

Rome can claim to have built the first mall ever, as far back as 110 AD. This grand complex consisted of multiple levels, sold clothes and food, was constructed by Emperor Trajan in Rome and was called Trajan’s Market.

Number Ten: Historic Number of Residents

This Italian capital was the first modern place to reach an astounding population of 1 million people by 50 BC. It retained this record high number of residents until London grew and took over the title in the 1800s.

Number Nine: The Word ‘Palace’ Comes from Rome

This term originated from the Palatine Hill, which was where Augustus created the emperors’ tradition of erecting their lavish palaces. We hope you enjoyed part one of our article. Check back soon for part two.

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