It doesn’t take much to get captivated by Rome. It has everything: history, art, good food, climate… so much to see!
These are some of the random and interesting facts we learned on this trip:
This huge dome is made of concrete with no steel reinforcing and it was built almost 2,000 years ago. The Oculus projects a beam of light on the walls and allows rain to collect in the center of the floor to cool the building through the summer. Some researchers suggest that magnificent Pantheon was a used as a giant sundial.
This striking amphitheater got it’s name from the Colossus of Nero statue that was close by. The building comes alive at night, lit up by bright lights. We witnessed a golden glow that night (instead of a white glow) – somewhere in the world the death penalty has been eradicated.
The world-famous Vatican museums extend over 14 kilometers. It is believed that it would take 4 years to complete the entire museums route if a person spend simply 1 minute marveling at each painting!
Stray cats form colonies in the ancient ruins of Rome. The cats living in the Colosseum, the Forum and Torre Argentina are part of the city “bio-heritage” and are protected by law. In ancient times, cats were highly valued for defending people against rodent-borne diseases (i.e, the plague). Rome’s cats are fed, receive medical attention and are spayed or neutered.
When in Rome, do as Romans do 🙂 We saved some euros by refilling our water bottles at Rome’s drinking water fountains, called “nasone” (big nose). Some of them date back to ancient times! Rome’s water supply comes from the underground springs and it’s icy-cold, fresh and free!
The original tale says that if you throw a coin into the Trevi – with your back to the fountain, throwing the coin with your right hand over your left shoulder – that will guarantee a come back to Rome. Hope it true and there will be many happy returns!