Rome

A heady mix of haunting ruins, awe-inspiring art and vibrant street life, Italy's hot-blooded capital is one of the world's most romantic and charismatic cities.

🙂 Colosseum, Roman Forum and Pantheon. The dolce vita lifestyle…Zipping around on electric scooters screaming: Silenzio Bruno!!!

🙁 Smokers. Italian Drivers!

THREE things we did not know about Rome:

  1. Rome was founded in 753 BC by Romulus. The exact date of the foundation of Rome is not accurate. The generally accepted story: Remus and Romulus were abandoned by their parents, and rescued by a female wolf. The she-wolf suckled the two boys until they grew up. As adults, Remus and Romulus wanted to found a new city, but couldn’t agree on the name, nor on the location. A fight ensued, and Romulus killed his brother.
  2. The Colosseum is 1 of the 7 new wonders of the world. The Colosseum is the most famous landmark in Rome. It’s a massive amphitheater, built by the Romans in 80 AD. The Colosseum could hold up to 50,000 to 80,000 spectators, which is pretty impressive for something built literally 2,000 years ago. Gladiator fights were one of the main events hosted in the Colosseum. The fighters were most often slaves, and they fought against each other in massive fights to entertain the crowds. At the beginning, these fights were fight to death: gladiators who lost the battle or got injured were sentenced to die on the field. The Colosseum was sometimes completely flooded to host naval battles. When the Colosseum first opened in 80 AD, it hosted a naumachia: a naval battle – gladiators fought in ships and in water. These events were pretty popular, and hosted several times in the amphitheater, but also outside in lakes. Over 500,000 gladiators and 1 million animals were killed during the Colosseum fights. For the inauguration of the Colosseum in 81 AD, the games lasted 100 days. During the games, more than 9,000 wild animals were killed, including wolves, snakes, hyenas, giraffes, lions and tigers among others.
  3. Julius Caesar was assassinated in the Curia of Pompey – He ruled as a dictator from 49 BC to 44 BC. He was murdered on 15 March 44 BC by a group of 60 senators, including one of his close friend, Brutus. The scene took place when Caesar arrived at the Senate, in the Theatre of Pompey. Caesar was stabbed 23 times in the curia, a court at the back of the Theatre.

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