28 Facts About Rome Italy

1. Rome Italy has traditionally been involved in the process of European political integration.

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2. The main harbour which serves Rome Italy is Port of Civitavecchia, located about 62 kilometres northwest of the city.

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3. Rome Italy has hosted the final portion of the Giro d'Italia three times, in 1911, 1950, and 2009.

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4. Rome Italy made a bid to host the 2020 Summer Olympics but it was withdrawn before the deadline for applicant files.

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5. Rome Italy hosted the 1960 Summer Olympics, with great success, using many ancient sites such as the Villa Borghese and the Thermae of Caracalla as venues.

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6. Rome Italy hosts the Cinecitta Studios, the largest film and television production facility in continental Europe and the centre of the Italian cinema, where a large number of today's biggest box office hits are filmed.

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7. Rome Italy became a major gastronomical centre during the ancient Age.

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8. Rome Italy has a growing stock of contemporary and modern art and architecture.

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9. Rome Italy hosted a great number of neoclassical and rococo artists, such as Pannini and Bernardo Bellotto.

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10. Rome Italy became one of Europe's major centres of Renaissance artwork, second only to Florence, and able to compare to other major cities and cultural centres, such as Paris and Venice.

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11. Rome Italy contains numerous ancient sites, including the Forum Romanum, Trajan's Market, Trajan's Forum, the Colosseum, and the Pantheon, to name but a few.

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12. Rome Italy has an opera house, the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, as well as several minor musical institutions.

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13. Rome Italy was ranked in 2014 as 32nd in the Global Cities Index, the highest in Italy.

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14. City of Rome Italy contains numerous famous bridges which cross the Tiber.

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15. Rome Italy is well known for its statues but, in particular, the talking statues of Rome.

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16. Rome Italy is a city famous for its numerous fountains, built in all different styles, from Classical and Medieval, to Baroque and Neoclassical.

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17. Rome Italy has a number of regional parks of much more recent origin including the Pineto Regional Park and the Appian Way Regional Park.

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18. Rome Italy was a major world centre of the Renaissance, second only to Florence, and was profoundly affected by the movement.

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19. One of the symbols of Rome Italy is the Colosseum, the largest amphitheatre ever built in the Roman Empire.

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20. Rome Italy was the base of several mystery cults, such as Mithraism.

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21. The current birth rate of Rome Italy is 9.10 births per 1,000 inhabitants compared to the Italian average of 9.45 births.

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22. Rome Italy has a Mediterranean climate, with cool, humid winters and warm, dry summers.

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23. Rome Italy is the principal town of the Metropolitan City of Rome, operative since 1 January 2015.

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24. Rome Italy reached the highest point of splendour under Pope Julius II and his successors Leo X and Clement VII, both members of the Medici family.

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25. Rome Italy ended the Principate and introduced the so-called dominate which tried to give the impression of absolute power.

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26. Rome Italy was established as a de facto empire, which reached its greatest expansion in the second century under the Emperor Trajan.

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27. In 2016, Rome Italy ranked as the 14th-most-visited city in the world, 3rd most visited in the European Union, and the most popular tourist attraction in Italy.

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28. Rome Italy is located in the central-western portion of the Italian Peninsula, within Lazio, along the shores of the Tiber.

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