• Modern Rome has 280 fountains and more than 900 church buildings.
  • Nearly $1,537,744.00 worth of coins are tossed into Rome’s Trevi Fountain each day.
  • Law in Rome allows cats to live without disruption in the place they were born. Wild cats can be seen climbing the walls of the Colosseum, and sleeping among the ruins of the Forum.
  • Legend says that ancient Rome was founded by two brothers, and demi-gods, Romulus and Remus. The two decide to found a city, and in an argument over who would rule the city, Romulus killed his brother in a moment of fury and gave to the city the name of Rome.
  • In Rome, at the Knight of the Malta gate on Aventine Hill, there’s a tiny, nondescript keyhole that adorns a green wooden door at the top of the hill. If you peek through the keyhole, you’ll see the Vatican perfectly lined up with the garden.
  • In Rome, more precisely in the northern part of the city, it’s located the smallest independent state in the world and the residence of the Pope, the Vatican City.
  • There are many fountains throughout Rome with drinkable water from which you can fill a bottle while visiting the sites.
  • The fanciest McDonald’s in Rome must be the Frattocchie branch, which has a 45-meter Ancient Roman road that was accidentally unearthed when they broke ground in 2014.
  • Rome is the most visited city in Italy. It ranks as the 3rd most visited city in Europe after London and Paris, and overall 16th most visited city in the world.
  • Rome reached 1 million inhabitants in 133 BC; as a comparison, Paris only reached that number in 1850, and London in 1810.
  • In ancient times, Rome was 32 times more densely populated than today
  • Only 10% of Ancient Rome has been excavated
  • Romans were the first to use concrete for construction
  • Romans used to throw up between meals so that they could eat more
  • The ammonia contained in urine was used to whiten the teeth, and it was common for Romans to use urine as a mouth wash. They also used the urine for laundry, to clean their clothes!