Rome (Italian and Latin: Roma) is the capital city of Italy and of the Lazio region. According to legend, the city of Rome was founded by the twins Romulus and Remus on April 21, 753 BC. Archaeological evidence supports claims that Rome was inhabited since the 8th century BC and earlier. It was already a famous city in the ancient as the capital of the Republic of Rome and later as of the Roman Empire. Rome is also identified with Christianity and the Catholic Church and has been the episcopal seat of the Popes since the 1st century AD. The State of the Vatican City, the sovereign territory of the Holy See and smallest nation in the world, is an enclave of Rome.
It has been nicknamed Caput mundi ("capital of the world"), la Città Eterna ("the Eternal City"), Limen Apostolorum ("threshold of the Apostles"), la città dei sette colli ("the city of the seven hills") or simply l'Urbe ("the City").
- The story of Romulus and Remus being suckled by a wolf is not a meaningless fable. The founders of every State which has risen to eminence have drawn their nourishment and vigor from a similar wild source. It was because the children of the Empire were not suckled by the wolf that they were conquered and displaced by the children of the Northern forests who were.
- I found Rome a city of bricks and left it a city of marble.
- Rome was not built in a day.
- All roads lead to Rome.
- Proverb, referring to the vast amount of roads the Romans had built.
- It is my sixth time in the Eternal City, but I’m deeply touched again. Being touched while coming to Rome is usual in sensitive people, so I’m almost ashamed of my writings.
- Henri Beyle, alias Stendhal
- The light that reveals Rome's monuments is not that to which we are accustomed; it produces numerous optical effect plus a certain atmosphere, all impossible to put into words. The light strikes Rome in ways that I've never seen.
- Henri Beyle, alias Stendhal
- Yes, I have finally arrived to this Capital of the World! I now see all the dreams of my youth coming to life... Only in Rome is it possible to understand Rome.
- In the world Rome is probably the place where most in beauty has been accumulated and subsists in span of twenty centuries. It has created nothing, only a spirit of greatness and order of beautiful things; but the most magnificent monuments on the earth have extended and were fixed in it with such energy to leave the most numerous and indelible tracks in it, more than in anywhere else on the globe.
- Rome makes fall in love with itself very slowly but forever.
- Rome is beautiful, so beautiful, I swear, all the other things seem nothing in front of it.
- The Roman evening either keeps still or it sings. No one can behold it without growing dizzy, and time has filled it with eternity.
- Rome so craved, in yourself you hold me, in yourself I’m, and you feel in myself! I expand or thin through streets and squares of the quarter where I live, near the river...
- Rome is like a book of fables, on every page you meet up with a prodigy. And at the same time we live in dream and reality.
- O Rome! My country! City of the soul!
- Lord Byron (George Gordon Byron)
- From the dome of St. Peter's one can see every notable object in Rome... He can see a panorama that is varied, extensive, beautiful to the eye, and more illustrious in history than any other in Europe.
- Methinks I will not die quite happy without having seen something of that Rome of which I have read so much.
- Sir Walter Scott
- When in Rome, do as the Romans do.