Rome: 15 Things You Didn’t Know (Part 2)

Rome is one of the most famous cities in Europe. The capital of Italy is rich in history and remains a highly popular tourist destination to this day. Here is part two of our list of facts about the city.

Number Eight: The Law that Protects Cats

There is a law in Rome that protects felines and asserts that they are allowed to live without being disrupted in whatever place they were born. It’s been said that hundreds of cats can be seen climbing the Colosseum walls and sleeping among ancient ruins.

Number Seven: Ancient Hair Dye

Women in this ancient city participated in a trend ahead of its time. They dyed their locks with goat fat and ashes from beech wood branches. Among the most popular selections were red and blond colors.

Number Six: Rome Has a Record Breaking Concrete Dome

The dome of the historic Pantheon is larger even than the well known St. Peter’s Basilica. Out of the entire world, Rome’s dome of the Pantheon is completely un-reinforced, which makes it the largest un-reinforced dome on the planet.

Number Five: The Old Testament Tribute

The Sistine Chapel is reported to possess the same dimensions as the Temple of Solomon, which is talked about in the Old Testament of the bible. The Temple of Solomon existed on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount.

Number Four: Vomiting Was Decadent in Ancient Rome

Eating was one of the favorite activities of Ancient Romans. In fact, they loved eating so much, that they forced themselves to purge between binges in order to be able to eat more food.

Number Three: The Pasta Museum

The National Pasta Museum in Rome explains the evolution, production, and distribution of pasta in all its various forms. The famous site is known as the Museo Nazionale delle Paste Alimentari.

Number Two: Romans Invented Concrete

We have much to thank this ancient civilization for, and among those things is the gift of concrete. Many historic buildings are still standing today due to the innovative creation of this irreplaceable material, which the Romans began working with over 2,000 years ago.

Number One: The Largest Church

Inside the Vatican city sits St. Peter’s Basilica, which is the biggest church ever made. We hope you enjoyed part two of this list of facts about Rome.