Rome is the capital city of Italy. The number of its residents is approximately 2.9 million and it covers an area of 1285 square kilometers. That makes it the most populated and largest commune in the country. The metropolitan Rome has up to 4.3 million residents. It is located along the Tiber River, in the central-western part of the Peninsula. Quite often, people refer to Rome as the capital of 2 states due to the fact that it has a whole independent country, Vatican, within its boundaries.
The fall of the Roman Empire marked the time when the political control of the Pope begun to take over Rome. It became a capital in the 8th century, lasting until 1870.
Currently, Rome is among the world’s most important destination for tourists. The art and archeological treasures blended with unique traditions and amazing views are just a few of the reasons for many tourists to visit the place. It is the third in the list of most visited European cities, with estimations of between 7 and 10 million visitors per year. The number may at times double during the holy years. It is actually at position 8 on the world’s rankings of most visited places.
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Rome is among the oldest cities in all of Europe, with the Roman tradition stating its founding at about 753 BC. This is among the reasons as to why it is referred to as ancient city. The early population comprised of Latins, Sabines and Etruscans. The city went on to become the Roman Kingdom capital, then the Roman republic and eventually the Roman Empire. It is regarded as the Western civilization birth place.
I can't help but just fell in love with Rome. The people. The culture. The food. The architecture. The ancient history. The fountains. The beautiful streets.
Italy is my favorite country.