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Rome
Rome
(/roʊm/ ROHM; Italian: Roma i[ˈroːma]; Latin: Roma [ˈroːma]) is the capital of Italy
Italy
and a special comune (named Comune
Comune
di Roma Capitale). Rome
Rome
also serves as the capital of the Lazio
Lazio
region. With 2,874,558 residents in 1,285 km2 (496.1 sq mi),[1] it is also the country's most populated comune. It is the fourth-most populous city in the European Union
European Union
by population within city limits. It is the centre of the Metropolitan City of Rome, which has a population of 4.3 million residents.[2] Rome
Rome
is located in the central-western portion of the Italian Peninsula, within Lazio (Latium), along the shores of the Tiber. The Vatican City
Vatican City
is an independent country inside the city boundaries of Rome, the only existing example of a country within a city: for this reason Rome
Rome
has been often defined as capital of two states.[3][4] Rome's history spans 28 centuries. While Roman mythology
Roman mythology
dates the founding of Rome
Rome
at around 753 BC, the site has been inhabited for much longer, making it one of the oldest continuously occupied sites in Europe.[5] The city's early population originated from a mix of Latins, Etruscans, and Sabines. Eventually, the city successively became the capital of the Roman Kingdom, the Roman Republic
Roman Republic
and the Roman Empire, and is regarded as the birthplace of Western civilisation and by some as the first ever metropolis.[6] It was first called The Eternal City (Latin: Urbs Aeterna; Italian: La Città Eterna) by the Roman poet Tibullus
Tibullus
in the 1st century BC, and the expression was also taken up by Ovid, Virgil, and Livy.[7][8] Rome
Rome
is also called the "Caput Mundi" (Capital of the World). After the fall of the Western Empire, which marked the beginning of the Middle Ages, Rome
Rome
slowly fell under the political control of the Papacy, which had settled in the city since the 1st century AD, until in the 8th century it became the capital of the Papal States, which lasted until 1870. Beginning with the Renaissance, almost all the popes since Nicholas V (1447–1455) pursued over four hundred years a coherent architectural and urban programme aimed at making the city the artistic and cultural centre of the world.[9] In this way, Rome
Rome
became first one of the major centres of the Italian Renaissance,[10] and then the birthplace of both the Baroque
Baroque
style and Neoclassicism. Famous artists, painters, sculptors and architects made Rome
Rome
the centre of their activity, creating masterpieces throughout the city. In 1871 Rome
Rome
became the capital of the Kingdom of Italy, which in 1946 became the Italian Republic. Rome
Rome
has the status of a global city.[11][12][13] In 2016, Rome
Rome
ranked as the 14th-most-visited city in the world, 3rd most visited in the European Union, and the most popular tourist attraction in Italy.[14] Its historic centre is listed by UNESCO
UNESCO
as a World Heritage Site.[15] Monuments and museums such as the Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums
and the Colosseum are among the world's most visited tourist destinations with both locations receiving millions of tourists a year. Rome
Rome
hosted the 1960 Summer Olympics and is the seat of United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The city hosts the headquarters of many international business companies, such as Eni, Enel, TIM and national and international banks such as Unicredit and BNL. Its business district, called EUR, is the base of many companies involved in the oil industry, the pharmaceutical industry and financial services. Rome
Rome
is also an important fashion and design centre thanks to renowned international brands centered in the city. Rome's Cinecittà
Cinecittà
Studios have been the set of many Academy Award–winning movies.

Contents

1 Etymology 2 History

2.1 Earliest history

2.1.1 Legend
Legend
of the founding of Rome

2.2 Monarchy, republic, empire 2.3 Middle Ages 2.4 Early modern 2.5 Late modern and contemporary

3 Government

3.1 Local government

3.1.1 Administrative and historical subdivisions

3.2 Metropolitan and regional government 3.3 National government

4 Geography

4.1 Location 4.2 Topography

5 Climate 6 Demographics

6.1 Ethnic groups

7 Religion

7.1 Vatican City 7.2 Pilgrimage

8 Cityscape

8.1 Architecture

8.1.1 Ancient Rome 8.1.2 Medieval 8.1.3 Renaissance
Renaissance
and Baroque 8.1.4 Neoclassicism 8.1.5 Fascist architecture

8.2 Parks and gardens 8.3 Fountains and aqueducts 8.4 Statues 8.5 Obelisks and columns 8.6 Bridges 8.7 Catacombs

9 Economy 10 Education 11 Culture

11.1 Entertainment and performing arts 11.2 Tourism 11.3 Fashion 11.4 Cuisine 11.5 Cinema 11.6 Language

12 Sports 13 Transport 14 International entities, organisations and involvement 15 International relations

15.1 Twin towns and sister cities 15.2 Other relationships

16 Documentaries 17 See also 18 References 19 Bibliography 20 External links

Etymology[edit]

Roman representation of Tiber
Tiber
as a god, Capitoline Hill
Capitoline Hill
in Rome

According to the founding myth of the city by the Ancient Romans themselves,[16] the long-held tradition of the origin of the name Roma is believed to have come from the city's founder and first king, Romulus.[17] However, it is a possibility that the name Romulus
Romulus
was actually derived from Rome
Rome
itself.[18] As early as the 4th century, there have been alternative theories proposed on the origin of the name Roma. Several hypotheses have been advanced focusing on its linguistic roots which however remain uncertain:[19]

from Rumon or Rumen, archaic name of the Tiber, which in turn has the same root as the Greek verb ῥέω (rhéō) and the Latin
Latin
verb ruo, which both mean "flow";[20] from the Etruscan word 𐌓𐌖𐌌𐌀 (ruma), whose root is *rum- "teat", with possible reference either to the totem wolf that adopted and suckled the cognately named twins Romulus
Romulus
and Remus, or to the shape of the Palatine and Aventine Hills; from the Greek word ῥώμη (rhṓmē), which means strength.[21]

History[edit] Main articles: History of Rome
History of Rome
and Timeline of the city of Rome

Historical affiliations

Roman Kingdom
Roman Kingdom
c. 753–509 BC Roman Republic
Roman Republic
509–27 BC   Roman Empire
Roman Empire
27 BC–285 AD Western Roman Empire
Roman Empire
285–476 Kingdom of Odoacer
Odoacer
476–493 Ostrogothic Kingdom
Ostrogothic Kingdom
493–553 Eastern Roman Empire
Roman Empire
553–754 Papal States
Papal States
754–1870 Kingdom of Italy
Italy
1870–1946 Italian Republic
Republic
1946–present Vatican City
Vatican City
1929–present

Earliest history[edit] Main article: Founding of Rome

Palatine Hill

There is archaeological evidence of human occupation of the Rome
Rome
area from approximately 14,000 years ago, but the dense layer of much younger debris obscures Palaeolithic and Neolithic sites.[5] Evidence of stone tools, pottery and stone weapons attest to about 10,000 years of human presence. Several excavations support the view that Rome
Rome
grew from pastoral settlements on the Palatine Hill
Palatine Hill
built above the area of the future Roman Forum. Between the end of the bronze age and the beginning of the Iron age, each hill between the sea and the Capitol was topped by a village (on the Capitol Hill, a village is attested since the end of the 14th century BC).[22] However, none of them had yet an urban quality.[22] Nowadays, there is a wide consensus that the city developed gradually through the aggregation ("synoecism") of several villages around the largest one, placed above the Palatine.[22] This aggregation was facilitated by the increase of agricultural productivity above the subsistence level, which also allowed the establishment of secondary and tertiary activities. These in turn boosted the development of trade with the Greek colonies of southern Italy
Italy
(mainly Ischia
Ischia
and Cumae).[22] These developments, which according to archaeological evidence took place during the mid-eighth century BC, can be considered as the "birth" of the city.[22] Despite recent excavations at the Palatine hill, the view that Rome
Rome
was founded deliberately in the middle of the eighth century BC, as the legend of Romulus
Romulus
suggests, remains a fringe hypothesis.[23] Legend
Legend
of the founding of Rome[edit]

Capitoline Wolf, sculpture of the mythical she-wolf suckling the infant twins Romulus
Romulus
and Remus

Traditional stories handed down by the ancient Romans themselves explain the earliest history of their city in terms of legend and myth. The most familiar of these myths, and perhaps the most famous of all Roman myths, is the story of Romulus
Romulus
and Remus, the twins who were suckled by a she-wolf.[16] They decided to build a city, but after an argument, Romulus
Romulus
killed his brother and the city took his name. According to the Roman annalists, this happened on 21 April 753 BC.[24] This legend had to be reconciled with a dual tradition, set earlier in time, that had the Trojan refugee Aeneas
Aeneas
escape to Italy and found the line of Romans through his son Iulus, the namesake of the Julio-Claudian dynasty.[25] This was accomplished by the Roman poet Virgil
Virgil
in the first century BC. Monarchy, republic, empire[edit] Main articles: Ancient Rome, Roman Kingdom, Roman Republic, and Roman Empire After the legendary foundation by Romulus,[26] Rome
Rome
was ruled for a period of 244 years by a monarchical system, initially with sovereigns of Latin
Latin
and Sabine
Sabine
origin, later by Etruscan kings. The tradition handed down seven kings: Romulus, Numa Pompilius, Tullus Hostilius, Ancus Marcius, Tarquinius Priscus, Servius Tullius
Servius Tullius
and Tarquinius Superbus.[24]

Augustus, the first Emperor

In 509 BC the Romans expelled the last king from their city and established an oligarchic republic. Rome
Rome
then began a period characterized by internal struggles between patricians (aristocrats) and plebeians (small landowners), and by constant warfare against the populations of central Italy: Etruscans, Latins, Volsci, Aequi, Marsi.[27] After becoming master of Latium, Rome
Rome
led several wars (against the Gauls, Osci- Samnites
Samnites
and the Greek colony of Taranto, allied with Pyrrhus, king of Epirus) whose result was the conquest of the Italian peninsula, from the central area up to Magna Graecia.[28] The third and second century BC saw the establishment of Roman hegemony over the Mediterranean and the East, through the three Punic Wars (264–146 BC) fought against the city of Carthage
Carthage
and the three Macedonian Wars
Macedonian Wars
(212–168 BC) against Macedonia.[29] Then were established the first Roman provinces: Sicily, Sardinia
Sardinia
and Corsica, Hispania, Macedonia, Achaea and Africa.[30] From the beginning of the 2nd century BC, power was contested between two groups of aristocrats: the optimates, representing the conservative part of the Senate, and the populares, which relied on the help of the plebs (urban lower class) to gain power. In the same period, the bankruptcy of the small farmers and the establishment of large slave estates provoked the migration to the city of a large number of people. The continuous warfare made necessary a professional army, which was more loyal to its generals than to the republic. Because of this, in the second half of the second century and during the first century BC there were conflicts both abroad and internally: after the failed attempt of social reform of the populares Tiberius and Gaius Gracchus,[31] and the war against Jugurtha,[31] there was a first civil war between Gaius Marius
Gaius Marius
and Sulla.[31] To this followed a major slave revolt under Spartacus,[32] and then the establishment of the first Triumvirate with Caesar, Pompey
Pompey
and Crassus.[32]

Julius Caesar

The conquest of Gaul
Gaul
made Caesar immensely powerful and popular, which led to a second civil war against the Senate and Pompey. After his victory, Caesar established himself as dictator for life.[32] His assassination led to a second Triumvirate among Octavian
Octavian
(Caesar's grandnephew and heir), Mark Antony
Mark Antony
and Lepidus, and to another civil war between Octavian
Octavian
and Antony.[33] The former in 27 BC became princeps civitatis and got the title of Augustus, founding the principate, a diarchy between the princeps and the senate.[33] Rome was established as a de facto empire, which reached its greatest expansion in the second century under the Emperor
Emperor
Trajan. Rome
Rome
was confirmed as caput Mundi, i.e. the capital of the world, an expression which had already been given in the Republican period. During its first two centuries, the empire saw as rulers, emperors of the Julio-Claudian,[34] Flavian (who also built eponymous amphitheatre, known as the Colosseum)[34] and Antonine dynasties.[35] This time was also characterised by the spread of the Christian
Christian
religion, preached by Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ
in Judea
Judea
in the first half of the first century (under Tiberius) and popularized by his apostles through the empire and beyond.[36] The Antonine age is considered the apogee of the Empire, whose territory ranged from the Atlantic Ocean
Atlantic Ocean
to the Euphrates
Euphrates
and from Britain to Egypt.[35]

The Roman Empire
Roman Empire
at its greatest extent controlled approximately 6.5 million square kilometres (2.5 million square miles)[37] of land surface.

After the end of the Severan Dynasty in 235 the Empire entered into 50-year period known as the Crisis of the Third Century
Crisis of the Third Century
during which there were numerous putsches by generals who sought to secure the region of the empire they were entrusted with due to the weakness of central authority in Rome. There was the so-called Gallic Empire from 260-274 and the revolts of Zenobia and her father from the mid-260s which sought to fend off Persian incursions. Some regions - Britain, Spain
Spain
and North Africa - were hardly affected. Instability caused economic deterioration, and there was a rapid rise in inflation as the government debased the currency in order to meet expenses. The Germanic tribes
Germanic tribes
along the Rhine and north of the Balkans made serious, uncoordinated incursions from the 250s-280s that were more like giant raiding parties rather than attempts to settle. The Persian Empire in the East invaded several times during the 230s to 260s but were eventually defeated.[38] Emperor
Emperor
Diocletian
Diocletian
(284) undertook the restoration of the State. He ended the Principate
Principate
and introduced the so-called dominate which tried to give the impression of absolute power. The most marked feature was the unprecedented intervention of the State down to the city level: whereas the State had submitted a tax demand to a city and allowed it to allocate the charges, from his reign the State did this down to the village level. In a vain attempt to control inflation he imposed price controls which did not last. He or Constantine regionalized the administration of the empire which fundamentally changed the way it was governed by creating regional dioceses (the consensus seems to have shifted from 297 to 313/14 as the date of creation due to the argument of Constantin Zuckerman in 2002 "Sur la liste de Verone et la province de grande armenie, Melanges Gilber Dagron). The existence of regional fiscal units from 286 served as the model for this unprecedented innovation. The emperor quickened the process of removing military command from governors. Henceforth civilian administration and military command would be separate. He gave governors more fiscal duties and placed them in charge of the army logistical support system as an attempt to control it by removing the support system from its control. Diocletian
Diocletian
ruled the eastern half (with residence in Nicomedia). In 296 he elevated Maximian
Maximian
as Augustus of the western half where he ruled mostly from Mediolanum
Mediolanum
(Current day Milan) when not on the move.[38] In 292 he created two 'junior' emeperors, the Caesars, one for each Augustus, Constantius for Britain, Gaul
Gaul
and Spain
Spain
whose see was in Trier and Licinius in Srimium in the Balkans. The appointment of a Caesar was not unknown: Diocletian
Diocletian
tried to turn into a system of non-dynastic succession. Upon abdication in 305 Caesars succeeded and they in turn appointed to colleagues for themselves.[38] After the abdication of Diocletian
Diocletian
and Maximian
Maximian
in 305 and a series of civil wars between rival claimants to imperial power during the years 306-313, the Tetrarchy was abandoned. Constantine called the Great undertook a major reform of the bureaucracy not by changing the structure but by rationalizing the competencies of the several ministries during the years 325-330 after he defeated Licinius, emperor in the East at the end of 324.The so-called Edict of Milan
Edict of Milan
of 313, actually a fragment of a Letter from Licinius to the governors of the eastern provinces, granted freedom of worship to everyone including to Christians and ordered the restoration of confiscated church properties upon petition to the newly created vicars of dioceses. He funded the building of several churches and allowed clergy to act as arbitrators in civil suits (a measure that did not outlast him but which was restored in part much later). He transformed the town of Byzantium into his new residence, which however, was not officially anything more than an imperial residence like Milan
Milan
or Trier or Nicomedia
Nicomedia
until given a city prefect in May 359 by Constantius II; Constantinople.[39] The creation of Constantinople
Constantinople
would have a profound effect on Europe: it was the bulwark against invasion and conquest from the East for 1000 years.

Bust of Emperor
Emperor
Constantine I, 4th century

Christianity in the form of the Nicene Creed became the official religion of the empire in 380 via the Edict of Thessalonica issued in the name of three emperors - Gratian, Valentinian II and Theodosius I - with Theodosius clearly the driving force behind it. He was the last emperor of a unified empire: after his death in 395 his sons, Arcadius and Honorius divided the empire into a western and an eastern part. The seat of government in the Western Roman Empire
Roman Empire
was transferred to Ravenna
Ravenna
after the siege of Milan
Milan
in 402. During the 5th century the emperors from the 430s mostly resided in the capital, Rome.[39] Rome, which had lost its central role in the administration of the empire, was sacked in 410 by the Visigoths
Visigoths
led by Alaric I,[40] but very little physical damage was done, most of which was repaired. What could not be so easily replaced were portable items such as art work in precious metals and items for domestic use (loot). The popes embellished the city with large basilicas, such as Santa Maria Maggiore (with the collaboration of the emperors). The population of the city had fallen from 800,000 to 450-500,000 by the time the city was sacked in 455 by Genseric, king of the Vandals.[41] The weak emperors of the fifth century could not stop the decay, until the deposition of Romulus
Romulus
Augustus
Augustus
on 22 August 476 marked the end of the Western Roman Empire
Roman Empire
and, for many historians, the beginning of the Middle Ages.[39] The decline of the city's population was caused by the loss of grain shipments from North Africa, from 440 on, and the unwillingness of the senatorial class to maintain donations to support a population that was too large for the resources available. Even so, strenuous efforts were made to maintain the monumental centre, the palatine, and the largest baths, which continued to function until the Gothic siege of 537. The large baths of Constantine on the Quirinale were even repaired in 443; and the extent of the damage exaggerated and dramatized (according to "Rome, An Urban History from Antiquity to the Present", Rabun Taylor, Katherine W. Rinne and Spiro Kostof, 2016 pp. 160–179). However the city gave an appearance overall of shabbiness and decay because of the large abandoned areas due to population decline. Population declined to 500,000 by 452 and 100,000 by 500 AD (perhaps larger, though no certain figure can be known). After the Gothic siege of 537, population dropped to 30,000, but had risen to 90,000 by the papacy of Gregory the Great. ("Rome, Profile of a City": 321-1308, Richard Krautheimer, p. 165.). The population decline coincided with the general collapse of urban life in the West in the 5th and 6th centuries, with few exceptions. Subsidized state grain distributions to the poorer members of society continued right through the 6th century and probably prevented the population from falling further ("Rome, Urban History", pp. 184–185.) The figure of 450,000-500,000 is based on the amount of pork, 3,629,000 lbs. distributed to poorer Romans during five winter months at the rate of 5 Roman lbs per person per month, enough for 145,000 persons or 1/4 or 1/3 of the total population. (Novel 36, 2, Emperor Valeninian III). Grain distribution to 80,000 ticket holders at the same time suggests 400,000 ( Augustus
Augustus
set the number at 200,000 or one-fifth of the population). Middle Ages[edit]

15th-century illustration depicting the Sack of Rome
Rome
(410)

The Bishop of Rome, called the Pope, was important since the early days of Christianity because of the martyrdom of both the apostles Peter and Paul there. The Bishops of Rome
Rome
were also seen (and still are seen by Catholics) as the successors of Peter; he being the first Bishop of Rome. The city thus became of increasing importance as the centre of the Catholic Church. After the fall of the Western Roman Empire in 476 AD, Rome
Rome
was first under the control of Odoacer
Odoacer
and then became part of the Ostrogothic Kingdom
Ostrogothic Kingdom
before returning to East Roman control after the Gothic War, which devastated the city. Its population declined from more than a million in 210 AD to 500,000 in 273[42] to 35,000 after the Gothic War (535-554),[43] reducing the sprawling city to groups of inhabited buildings interspersed among large areas of ruins, vegetation, vineyards and market gardens.[44]. It is generally thought the population of the city until 300 A.D. was 1 million (estimates range from 2 million to 750,000) declining to 750-800,000 in 400 A.D., 450-500,000 in 450 A.D. and down to 80-100,000 in 500 A.D. (though it may have been twice this), Rome
Rome
in Late Antiquity, Bernard Lancon, 2001, pp. 14, 115-119; Rome
Rome
Profile of a City, Richard Krautheimer, 2000, pp. 4, 65. After the Lombard invasion of Italy, the city remained nominally Byzantine, but in reality the popes pursued a policy of equilibrium between the Byzantines, the Franks
Franks
and the Lombards.[45] In 729, the Lombard king Liutprand donated to the church the north Latium
Latium
town of Sutri, starting the temporal power of the church.[45] In 756, Pepin the Short, after having defeated the Lombards, gave to the Pope temporal jurisdiction over the Roman Duchy and the Exarchate of Ravenna, thus creating the Papal States.[45] Since this period three powers tried to rule the city: the pope, the nobility, together with the chiefs of militias, the judges, the Senate and the populace; and the Frankish king, as king of the Lombards, patricius and Emperor.[45] These three parties (theocratic, republican and imperial) were a characteristic of Roman life during the entire Middle Ages.[45] On the Christmas night of 800, Charlemagne
Charlemagne
was crowned in Rome
Rome
as emperor of the Holy Roman Empire
Roman Empire
by Pope
Pope
Leo III: on that occasion the city hosted for the first time the two powers whose struggle for the universal power was to be a constant of the Middle Ages.[45]

Detail view on an illustration by Raphael
Raphael
portraying the crowning of Charlemagne
Charlemagne
in Old Saint Peter's Basilica, on 25 December 800

In 846, Muslim
Muslim
Arabs unsuccessfully stormed the city's walls, but managed to loot St. Peter's and St. Paul's basilica, both outside the city wall.[46] After the decay of Carolingian power, Rome
Rome
fell prey to feudal anarchy: several noble families kept fighting against the pope, the emperor and each other. These were the times of Theodora and her daughter Marozia, concubines and mothers of several popes, and of Crescentius, a powerful feudal lord, who fought against the Emperors Otto II
Otto II
and III.[47] The scandals of this period pushed the papacy to reform itself: the election of the pope was reserved to the cardinals, and a reform of the clergy was attempted. The driving force behind this renewal was the monk Ildebrando da Soana, who once elected pope under the name of Gregory VII became involved into the Investiture Controversy against Emperor
Emperor
Henry IV.[47] Subsequently, Rome
Rome
was sacked and burned by the Normans
Normans
of Robert Guiscard
Robert Guiscard
who had entered the city in support of the Pope, who was besieged in Castel S. Angelo.[47] During this period, the city was autonomously ruled by a senatore or patrizio: in the 12th century. This administration, as often in the Italian cities, evolved into the commune, a new form of social organisation, expression of the new wealthy classes.[47] Pope
Pope
Lucius II had already to fight against the Roman commune, and the struggle was continued by his successor pope Eugenius III: then the commune, allied with the nobility, was supported by Arnaldo da Brescia, a monk who was a religious and social reformer.[48] After the pope's death, Arnaldo was taken prisoner by Adrianus IV, which marked the end of the comune's autonomy.[48] Under Pope
Pope
Innocent III, whose reign marked the apogee of the papacy, the commune liquidated the senate, and replaced it with a Senatore, who was subject to the pope.[48] In this period the papacy played a role of secular importance in Western Europe, often acting as arbitrators between Christian
Christian
monarchs and exercising additional political powers.[49][50][51]

Statue of Charles of Anjou

In 1266 Charles of Anjou, who was heading south to fight the Hohenstaufen
Hohenstaufen
on behalf of the pope, was appointed Senator. Charles founded the Sapienza, the university of Rome.[48] In that period the pope died, and the cardinals, summoned in Viterbo, could not agree on his successor: the people of the city, angered, unroofed the building where they had met, imprisoning them until they had nominated the new pope: this happening marked the birth of the conclave.[48] In this period the city was also shattered by continuous fights among the noble families: Annibaldi, Caetani, Colonna, Orsini, Conti, nested in their fortresses built above ancient Roman edifices, fought each other to control the papacy.[48] Pope
Pope
Boniface VIII, born Caetani, was the last pope to fight for the church's universal domain: he proclaimed a crusade against the Colonna and in 1300, called for the first Jubilee of Christianity, which brought to Rome
Rome
millions of pilgrims.[48] However, his hopes were crushed by the French king Philip the Fair, who took him prisoner and slashed him in Anagni, causing his death.[48] Afterwards, a new pope faithful to the French was elected, and the papacy was briefly relocated to Avignon
Avignon
(1309–1377).[52] During this period the city was neglected, until the power fell in the hand of a plebeian man, Cola di Rienzo.[52] An idealist and a lover of ancient Rome, Cola dreamed about a rebirth of the Roman Empire: after assuming the power with the title of Tribuno, his reforms were rejected by the populace.[52] Forced to flee, Cola could come back among the suite of cardinal Albornoz, in charge of restoring the church power in Italy.[52] Back in power for a short time, he was lynched by the populace, and Albornoz could take possession of the city, that in 1377 under Gregory XI
Gregory XI
became again the seat of the papacy.[52] The return of the pope to Rome
Rome
in that year unleashed the western Schism (1377–1418), and during the next forty years, the city was prey of the fights which shattered the church.[52] Early modern[edit] Main article: Roman Renaissance

Ponte Sisto
Ponte Sisto
on the Tiber
Tiber
— an excellent example of Italian Renaissance
Renaissance
architecture (built between 1473 and 1479)

In 1418, the Council of Constance
Council of Constance
settled the Western Schism, and a Roman pope, Martin V, was elected.[52] This brought to Rome
Rome
a century of internal peace, which marked the beginning of the Renaissance.[52] The ruling popes until the first half of the 16th century, from Nicholas V, founder of the Vatican Library, to Pius II, humanist and literate, from Sixtus IV, a warrior pope, to Alexander VI, immoral and nepotist, from Julius II, soldier and patron, to Leo X, who gave his name to this period ("the century of Leo X"), all devoted their energy to the greatness and the beauty of the Eternal City, to the power of their stock[clarification needed], and to the patronage of the arts.[52] During those years the centre of the Italian Renaissance
Renaissance
moved to Rome from Florence. Majestic works, as the new Saint Peter's Basilica, the Sistine Chapel
Sistine Chapel
and Ponte Sisto
Ponte Sisto
(the first bridge to be built across the Tiber
Tiber
since antiquity, although on Roman foundation) were created. To accomplish that, the Popes engaged the best artists of the time, including Michelangelo, Perugino, Raphael, Ghirlandaio, Luca Signorelli, Botticelli, and Cosimo Rosselli.

Castel Sant'Angelo, where Pope
Pope
Alexander VI
Alexander VI
secluded himself

The period was also infamous for papal corruption, with many Popes fathering children, and engaging in nepotism and simony. The corruption of the Popes and the huge expenses for their building projects led, in part, to the Reformation and, in turn, the Counter-Reformation. Alexander VI, for example, was well known for his decadence, extravagance and immoral life.[53] Under extravagant and rich popes, Rome
Rome
was transformed into a centre of art, poetry, music, literature, education and culture. Rome
Rome
became able to compete with other major European cities of the time in terms of wealth, grandeur, the arts, learning and architecture. The Renaissance
Renaissance
period changed Rome's face dramatically, with works like the Pietà by Michelangelo
Michelangelo
and the frescoes of the Borgia Apartments. Rome
Rome
reached the highest point of splendour under Pope Julius II
Julius II
(1503–1513) and his successors Leo X
Leo X
and Clement VII, both members of the Medici family.

Michelangelo's ceiling in the Sistine Chapel
Sistine Chapel
painted in 1508.

Rome
Rome
in 1642

Carnival
Carnival
in Rome
Rome
circa 1650

In this twenty-year period, Rome
Rome
became one of the greatest centres of art in the world. The old St. Peter's Basilica
St. Peter's Basilica
built by Emperor Constantine the Great[54] (which by then was in a dilapidated state) was demolished and a new one begun. The city hosted artists like Ghirlandaio, Perugino, Botticelli and Bramante, who built the temple of San Pietro in Montorio
San Pietro in Montorio
and planned a great project to renovate the Vatican. Raphael, who in Rome
Rome
became one of the most famous painters of Italy, created frescoes in the Villa
Villa
Farnesina, the Raphael's Rooms, plus many other famous paintings. Michelangelo
Michelangelo
started the decoration of the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel
Sistine Chapel
and executed the famous statue of the Moses
Moses
for the tomb of Julius II. Rome
Rome
lost in part its religious character, becoming increasingly a true Renaissance city, with a great number of popular feasts, horse races, parties, intrigues and licentious episodes. Its economy was rich, with the presence of several Tuscan bankers, including Agostino Chigi, who was a friend of Raphael
Raphael
and a patron of arts. Before his early death, Raphael
Raphael
also promoted for the first time the preservation of the ancient ruins. The fight between France
France
and Spain
Spain
in Europe
Europe
caused the first plunder of the city in less than five hundred years after the previous sack. In 1527, the Landsknechts of Emperor
Emperor
Charles V sacked the city, putting to an abrupt end the golden age of the Renaissance
Renaissance
in Rome.[52] Beginning with the Council of Trent in 1545, the Church began the Counter-Reformation
Counter-Reformation
as an answer to the Reformation, a large-scale questioning of the Church's authority on spiritual matters and governmental affairs. (This loss of confidence then led to major shifts of power away from the Church.)[52] Under the popes from Pius IV to Sixtus V, Rome
Rome
became the centre of the reformed Catholicism and saw the instalment of new monuments which celebrated the papacy's restored greatness.[55] The popes and cardinals of the 17th and early 18th centuries continued the movement by having the city's landscape enriched with baroque buildings.[55] This was another nepotistic age: the new noble families (Barberini, Pamphili, Chigi, Rospigliosi, Altieri, Odescalchi) were protected by their respective popes, who built for their relatives huge baroque buildings.[55] During the Age of Enlightenment, new ideas reached also the Eternal City, where the papacy supported archaeological studies and improved the people's welfare.[52] But not everything went well for the Church during the Counter-Reformation. There were setbacks in the attempts to restrain the anti-Church policies of European powers of the time, the most notable setback perhaps being in 1773 when Pope Clement XIV was forced by secular powers to have the Jesuit order suppressed.[52] Late modern and contemporary[edit] The rule of the Popes was interrupted by the short-lived Roman Republic
Republic
(1798–1800), which was built under the influence of the French Revolution. The Papal States
Papal States
were restored in June 1800, but during Napoleon's reign Rome
Rome
was annexed as a Département of the French Empire: first as Département du Tibre (1808–1810) and then as Département Rome
Rome
(1810–1814). After the fall of Napoleon, the Church State under the pope was reinstated through the Congress of Vienna
Vienna
of 1814. In 1849 another Roman Republic
Roman Republic
arose within the framework of the revolutions of 1848. Two of the most influential figures of the Italian unification, Giuseppe Mazzini
Giuseppe Mazzini
and Giuseppe Garibaldi, fought for the short-lived republic.

Italian soldiers enter Rome
Rome
on 20 September 1870

Rome
Rome
then became the focus of hopes of Italian reunification, as the rest of Italy
Italy
was reunited as the Kingdom of Italy, with a temporary capital at Florence. In 1861 Rome
Rome
was declared capital of Italy
Italy
even though it was still under the Pope's control. During the 1860s, the last vestiges of the Papal States
Papal States
were under French protection, thanks to the foreign policy of Napoleon
Napoleon
III. It was only when this was lifted in 1870, owing to the outbreak of the Franco-Prussian War, that Italian troops were able to capture Rome
Rome
entering the city through a breach near Porta Pia. Afterwards, Pope
Pope
Pius IX declared himself as prisoner in the Vatican, and in 1871 the capital of Italy
Italy
was finally moved from Florence
Florence
to Rome.[56]

Bombardment of Rome
Rome
by Allied troops, 1943

Soon after World War I, Rome
Rome
witnessed the rise of Italian Fascism, led by Benito Mussolini, who marched on the city in 1922, eventually declaring a new Italian Empire and allying Italy
Italy
with Nazi Germany. Mussolini pulled down large parts of the city centre in order to build wide avenues and squares which were supposed to celebrate the fascist regime and the resurgence of classical Rome.[57] The interwar period saw a rapid growth in the city's population, which surpassed one million inhabitants. In World War II, due to its art treasuries and the presence of the Vatican, Rome
Rome
largely escaped the tragic destiny of other European cities. However, on 19 July 1943 the San Lorenzo district was bombed by Anglo-American forces, resulting in about 3,000 immediate deaths and 11,000 wounded of which another 1,500 died. After the fall of Mussolini and the Italian Armistice on 8 September 1943, the city was occupied by the Germans and declared an open city until its liberation on 4 June 1944. Rome
Rome
developed momentously after the war, as one of the driving forces behind the "Italian economic miracle" of post-war reconstruction and modernisation in the 1950s and early 1960s. During this period, the years of la dolce vita ("the sweet life"), Rome
Rome
became a fashionable city, with popular classic films such as Ben Hur, Quo Vadis, Roman Holiday and La Dolce Vita
La Dolce Vita
filmed in the city's iconic Cinecittà
Cinecittà
film studios. The rising trend in population growth continued until the mid-1980s, when the comune had more than 2.8 million residents. After that, population started to decline slowly as inhabitants began to move to nearby suburbs of Rome. Government[edit] See also: Mayor of Rome
Mayor of Rome
and Administrative subdivision of Rome Local government[edit]

Palazzo Senatorio
Palazzo Senatorio
with the Rome
Rome
City Hall

Rome
Rome
constitutes a comune speciale, named "Roma Capitale",[58] and is the largest both in terms of land area and population among the 8,101 comuni of Italy. It is governed by a mayor and a city council. The seat of the comune is the Palazzo Senatorio
Palazzo Senatorio
on the Capitoline Hill, the historic seat of the city government. The local administration in Rome
Rome
is commonly referred to as "Campidoglio", the Italian name of the hill. Administrative and historical subdivisions[edit]

The municipi of Rome

Since 1972 the city has been divided into administrative areas, called municipi (sing. municipio) (until 2001 named circoscrizioni).[59] They were created for administrative reasons to increase decentralisation in the city. Each municipio is governed by a president and a council of twenty-five members who are elected by its residents every five years. The municipi frequently cross the boundaries of the traditional, non-administrative divisions of the city. The municipi were originally 20, then 19.[60] In 2013 their number has been reduced to 15.[61] Rome
Rome
is also divided into differing types of non-administrative units. The historic centre is divided into 22 rioni, all of which are located within the Aurelian Walls
Aurelian Walls
except Prati
Prati
and Borgo. These originate from the Regiones of ancient Rome, which evolved in the Middle Ages
Middle Ages
into the medieval rioni.[62] In the Renaissance, under Pope
Pope
Sixtus V, they reached again the number of fourteen, and their boundaries were finally defined under Pope
Pope
Benedict XIV in 1743. A new subdivision of the city under Napoleon
Napoleon
was ephemeral, and there were no sensible changes in the organisation of the city until 1870, when Rome
Rome
became the third capital of Italy. The needs of the new capital led to an explosion both in the urbanisation and in the population within and outside the Aurelian
Aurelian
walls. In 1874 a fifteenth rione, Esquilino, was created on the newly urbanised zone of Monti. At the beginning of the 20th century other rioni where created (the last one was Prati
Prati
– the only one outside the Walls of Pope
Pope
Urban VIII – in 1921). Afterward, for the new administrative subdivisions of the city the name "quartiere" was used. Today all the rioni are part of the first Municipio, which therefore coincides completely with the historical city (Centro Storico). Metropolitan and regional government[edit] Rome
Rome
is the principal town of the Metropolitan City of Rome, operative since 1 January 2015. The Metropolitan City replaced the old province, which included the city's metropolitan area and extends further north until Civitavecchia. The Metropolitan City of Rome is the largest by area in Italy. At 5,352 square kilometres (2,066 sq mi), its dimensions are comparable to the region of Liguria. Moreover, the city is also the capital of the Lazio
Lazio
region. National government[edit]

The Palazzo del Quirinale, now seat of the President of the Italian Republic

Rome
Rome
is the national capital of Italy
Italy
and is the seat of the Italian Government. The official residences of the President of the Italian Republic
Republic
and the Italian Prime Minister, the seats of both houses of the Italian Parliament and that of the Italian Constitutional Court are located in the historic centre. The state ministries are spread out around the city; these include the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which is located in Palazzo della Farnesina
Palazzo della Farnesina
near the Olympic stadium. Geography[edit] Location[edit] Rome
Rome
is in the Lazio
Lazio
region of central Italy
Italy
on the Tiber
Tiber
(Italian: Tevere) river. The original settlement developed on hills that faced onto a ford beside the Tiber
Tiber
Island, the only natural ford of the river in this area. The Rome
Rome
of the Kings was built on seven hills: the Aventine Hill, the Caelian Hill, the Capitoline Hill, the Esquiline Hill, the Palatine Hill, the Quirinal Hill, and the Viminal Hill. Modern Rome
Rome
is also crossed by another river, the Aniene, which flows into the Tiber
Tiber
north of the historic centre. Although the city centre is about 24 kilometres (15 mi) inland from the Tyrrhenian Sea, the city territory extends to the shore, where the south-western district of Ostia is located. The altitude of the central part of Rome
Rome
ranges from 13 metres (43 ft) above sea level (at the base of the Pantheon) to 139 metres (456 ft) above sea level (the peak of Monte Mario).[63] The Comune
Comune
of Rome
Rome
covers an overall area of about 1,285 square kilometres (496 sq mi), including many green areas. Topography[edit]

Satellite view of Rome

Panorama of Rome
Rome
from the dome of St. Peter's Basilica

Throughout the history of Rome, the urban limits of the city were considered to be the area within the city’s walls. Originally, these consisted of the Servian Wall, which was built twelve years after the Gaulish sack of the city in 390 BC. This contained most of the Esquiline and Caelian hills, as well as the whole of the other five. Rome
Rome
outgrew the Servian Wall, but no more walls were constructed until almost 700 years later, when, in 270 AD, Emperor
Emperor
Aurelian
Aurelian
began building the Aurelian
Aurelian
Walls. These were almost 19 kilometres (12 mi) long, and were still the walls the troops of the Kingdom of Italy
Italy
had to breach to enter the city in 1870. The city's urban area is cut in two by its ring-road, the Grande Raccordo Anulare ("GRA"), finished in 1962, which circles the city centre at a distance of about 10 km (6 mi). Although when the ring was completed most part of the inhabited area lay inside it (one of the few exceptions was the former village of Ostia, which lies along the Tyrrhenian coast), in the meantime quarters have been built which extend up to 20 km (12 mi) beyond it. The comune covers an area roughly three times the total area within the Raccordo and is comparable in area to the entire metropolitan cities of Milan
Milan
and Naples, and to an area six times the size of the territory of these cities. It also includes considerable areas of abandoned marsh land which is suitable neither for agriculture nor for urban development. As a consequence, the density of the comune is not that high, its territory being divided between highly urbanised areas and areas designated as parks, nature reserves, and for agricultural use. Climate[edit] Main article: Climate of Rome Rome
Rome
has a Mediterranean climate (Köppen climate classification: Csa),[64] with cool, humid winters and warm, dry summers. Its average annual temperature is above 20 °C (68 °F) during the day and 10 °C (50 °F) at night. In the coldest month – January, the average temperature is 12 °C (54 °F) during the day and 3 °C (37 °F) at night. In the warmest months – July and August, the average temperature is 30 °C (86 °F) during the day and 18 °C (64 °F) at night. December, January and February are the coldest months, with a daily mean temperature of 8 °C (46 °F).Temperatures during these months generally vary between 10 and 15 °C (50 and 59 °F) during the day and between 3 and 5 °C (37 and 41 °F) at night, with colder or warmer spells occurring frequently. Snowfall is rare but not unheard of, with light snow or flurries occurring almost every winter, generally without accumulation, and major snowfalls approximately once every 5 years (most recently in 2018, previously 2012).[65] The average relative humidity is 75%, varying from 72% in July to 77% in November. Sea temperatures vary from a low of 13 °C (55 °F) in February and March to a high of 24 °C (75 °F) in August.[66]

Climate data for Rome Ciampino Airport
Rome Ciampino Airport
(altitude: 105 m sl, 13 km (8 mi) south-east from Colosseum
Colosseum
satellite view)

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year

Average high °C (°F) 11.9 (53.4) 13.0 (55.4) 15.2 (59.4) 17.7 (63.9) 22.8 (73) 26.9 (80.4) 30.3 (86.5) 30.6 (87.1) 26.5 (79.7) 21.4 (70.5) 15.9 (60.6) 12.6 (54.7) 20.4 (68.7)

Daily mean °C (°F) 7.5 (45.5) 8.2 (46.8) 10.2 (50.4) 12.6 (54.7) 17.2 (63) 21.1 (70) 24.1 (75.4) 24.5 (76.1) 20.8 (69.4) 16.4 (61.5) 11.4 (52.5) 8.4 (47.1) 15.2 (59.4)

Average low °C (°F) 3.1 (37.6) 3.5 (38.3) 5.2 (41.4) 7.5 (45.5) 11.6 (52.9) 15.3 (59.5) 18.0 (64.4) 18.3 (64.9) 15.2 (59.4) 11.3 (52.3) 6.9 (44.4) 4.2 (39.6) 10.0 (50)

Average precipitation mm (inches) 66.9 (2.634) 73.3 (2.886) 57.8 (2.276) 80.5 (3.169) 52.8 (2.079) 34.0 (1.339) 19.2 (0.756) 36.8 (1.449) 73.3 (2.886) 113.3 (4.461) 115.4 (4.543) 81.0 (3.189) 804.3 (31.665)

Average precipitation days (≥ 1 mm) 7.0 7.6 7.6 9.2 6.2 4.3 2.1 3.3 6.2 8.2 9.7 8.0 79.4

Mean monthly sunshine hours 120.9 132.8 167.4 201.0 263.5 285.0 331.7 297.6 237.0 195.3 129.0 111.6 2,472.8

Source: Servizio Meteorologico,[67] data of sunshine hours[68] (1971–2000)

Demographics[edit] Main article: Demographics of Italy

Historical population

Year Pop. ±%

1861 194,500 —    

1871 212,432 +9.2%

1881 273,952 +29.0%

1901 422,411 +54.2%

1911 518,917 +22.8%

1921 660,235 +27.2%

1931 930,926 +41.0%

1936 1,150,589 +23.6%

1951 1,651,754 +43.6%

1961 2,188,160 +32.5%

1971 2,781,993 +27.1%

1981 2,840,259 +2.1%

1991 2,775,250 −2.3%

2001 2,663,182 −4.0%

2011 2,617,175 −1.7%

2017 2,876,051 +9.9%

Source: ISTAT, 2001

Rome
Rome
aerial view

In 550 BC Rome
Rome
was the second largest city in Italy, with Tarentum being the largest. It had an area of about 285 hectares (700 acres) and an estimated population of 35,000. Other sources suggest the population was just under 100,000 from 600–500 BC.[69][70] When the Republic
Republic
was founded in 509 BC the census recorded a population of 130,000. The republic included the city itself and the immediate surroundings. Other sources suggest a population of 150,000 in 500 BC. It surpassed 300,000 in 150 BC.[71][72][73][74][75] The size of the city at the time of the Emperor
Emperor
Augustus
Augustus
is a matter of speculation, with estimates based on grain distribution, grain imports, aqueduct capacity, city limits, population density, census reports, and assumptions about the number of unreported women, children and slaves providing a very wide range. Glenn Storey estimates 450,000 people, Whitney Oates estimates 1.2 million, Neville Morely provides a rough estimate of 800,000 and excludes earlier suggestions of 2 million.[76][77][78][79] After the fall of the Western Roman Empire, the city's population declined to less than 50,000 people. It continued to stagnate or shrink until the Renaissance.[80] When the Kingdom of Italy
Italy
annexed Rome
Rome
in 1870, the city had a population of about 200,000. This increased to 600,000 by the eve of World War I. The Fascist regime of Mussolini tried to block an excessive demographic rise of the city, but failed to prevent it from reaching one million people by the early 1930s.[citation needed][clarification needed] Population growth continued after the Second World War, helped by a post-war economic boom. A construction boom also created a large number of suburbs during the 1950s and 1960s. In mid-2010, there were 2,754,440 residents in the city proper, while some 4.2 million people lived in the greater Rome
Rome
area (which can be approximately identified with its administrative metropolitan city, with a population density of about 800 inhab./km² stretching over more than 5,000 km²). Minors (children ages 18 and younger) totalled 17.00% of the population compared to pensioners who number 20.76%. This compares with the Italian average of 18.06% (minors) and 19.94% (pensioners). The average age of a Roman resident is 43 compared to the Italian average of 42. In the five years between 2002 and 2007, the population of Rome
Rome
grew by 6.54%, while Italy
Italy
as a whole grew by 3.56%.[81] The current[when?] birth rate of Rome
Rome
is 9.10 births per 1,000 inhabitants compared to the Italian average of 9.45 births.[citation needed] The urban area of Rome
Rome
extends beyond the administrative city limits with a population of around 3.9 million.[82] Between 3.2 and 4.2 million people live in the Rome
Rome
metropolitan area.[83][84][85][86][87] Ethnic groups[edit]

The Esquilino rione.

According to the latest statistics conducted by ISTAT,[88] approximately 9.5% of the population consists of non-Italians. About half of the immigrant population consists of those of various other European origins (chiefly Romanian, Polish, Ukrainian, and Albanian) numbering a combined total of 131,118 or 4.7% of the population. The remaining 4.8% are those with non-European origins, chiefly Filipinos (26,933), Bangladeshis (12,154), and Chinese (10,283). The Esquilino rione, off Termini Railway Station, has evolved into a largely immigrant neighbourhood. It is perceived as Rome's Chinatown. Immigrants from more than a hundred different countries reside there. A commercial district, Esquilino contains restaurants featuring many kinds of international cuisine. There are wholesale clothes shops. Of the 1,300 or so commercial premises operating in the district 800 are Chinese-owned; around 300 are run by immigrants from other countries around the world; 200 are owned by Italians.[89] Religion[edit] Main article: Religion in Rome

Papal Archbasilica of St. John Lateran, Rome's Cathedral

Much like the rest of Italy, Rome
Rome
is predominantly Roman Catholic, and the city has been an important centre of religion and pilgrimage for centuries, the base of the ancient Roman Religion with the pontifex maximus and later the seat of the Vatican and the pope. Before the arrival of the Christians in Rome, the Religio Romana (literally, the "Roman Religion") was the major religion of the city in classical antiquity. The first gods held sacred by the Romans were Jupiter, the most high, and Mars, god of war, and father of Rome's twin founders, Romulus
Romulus
and Remus, according to tradition. Other gods and goddesses such as Vesta and Minerva
Minerva
were honoured. Rome
Rome
was also the base of several mystery cults, such as Mithraism. Later, after St Peter and St Paul were martyred in the city, and the first Christians began to arrive, Rome
Rome
became Christian, and the Old St. Peter's Basilica
St. Peter's Basilica
was constructed in 313 AD. Despite some interruptions (such as the Avignon papacy), Rome
Rome
has for centuries been the home of the Roman Catholic Church and the Bishop of Rome, otherwise known as the Pope.

Mosque of Rome, the largest mosque in Western Europe

Despite the fact that Rome
Rome
is home to the Vatican City
Vatican City
and St. Peter's Basilica, Rome's cathedral is the Archbasilica of St. John Lateran, located to the south-east of the city-centre. There are around 900 churches in Rome
Rome
in total, aside from the cathedral itself, some others of note include: the Basilica
Basilica
di Santa Maria Maggiore, the Basilica
Basilica
of Saint Paul Outside the Walls, the Basilica
Basilica
di San Clemente, San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane
San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane
and the Church of the Gesù. There are also the ancient Catacombs of Rome
Catacombs of Rome
underneath the city. Numerous highly important religious educational institutions are also in Rome, such as the Pontifical Lateran University, Pontifical Biblical Institute, Pontifical Gregorian University, and Pontifical Oriental Institute. In recent years, there has been a significant growth in Rome's Muslim community, mainly due to immigration from North African and Middle Eastern countries into the city.[clarification needed] As a result of this increase of the local practitioners of the Islamic faith, the comune promoted the building of the Mosque of Rome, which is the largest mosque in Western Europe, that was designed by architect Paolo Portoghesi and inaugurated on 21 June 1995. Since the end of the Roman Republic, Rome
Rome
is also the centre of an important Jewish community,[90] which was once based in Trastevere, and later in the Roman Ghetto. There lies also the major synagogue in Rome, the Tempio Maggiore. Vatican City[edit] Main article: Vatican City

St. Peter's Square
St. Peter's Square
in Vatican City.

The territory of Vatican City
Vatican City
is part of the Mons Vaticanus (Vatican Hill), and of the adjacent former Vatican Fields, where St. Peter's Basilica, the Apostolic Palace, the Sistine Chapel, and museums were built, along with various other buildings. The area was part of the Roman rione of Borgo until 1929. Being separated from the city on the west bank of the Tiber, the area was a suburb that was protected by being included within the walls of Leo IV, later expanded by the current fortification walls of Paul III/Pius IV/Urban VIII. When the Lateran Treaty
Lateran Treaty
of 1929 that created the Vatican state was being prepared, the boundaries of the proposed territory were influenced by the fact that much of it was all but enclosed by this loop. For some tracts of the frontier, there was no wall, but the line of certain buildings supplied part of the boundary, and for a small part of the frontier a modern wall was constructed. The territory includes Saint Peter's Square, separated from the territory of Italy
Italy
only by a white line along the limit of the square, where it borders Piazza
Piazza
Pio XII. St. Peter's Square
St. Peter's Square
is reached through the Via della Conciliazione, which runs from the Tiber
Tiber
to St. Peter's. This grand approach was designed by architects Piacentini and Spaccarelli, for want of Benito Mussolini
Benito Mussolini
and in accordance with the church, after the conclusion of the Lateran Treaty. According to the Lateran Treaty, certain properties of the Holy See
Holy See
located in Italian territory, most notably the Papal Palace of Castel Gandolfo
Papal Palace of Castel Gandolfo
and the major basilicas, enjoy extraterritorial status similar to that of foreign embassies. Pilgrimage[edit]

St. Peter's Basilica
St. Peter's Basilica
at night from Via della Conciliazione
Via della Conciliazione
in Rome

Rome
Rome
has been a major Christian
Christian
pilgrimage site since the Middle Ages. People from all over the Christian
Christian
world visit Vatican City, within the city of Rome, the seat of the papacy. The Pope
Pope
was the most influential figure during the Middle Ages. The city became a major pilgrimage site during the Middle Ages
Middle Ages
and the focus of struggles between the Papacy
Papacy
and the Holy Roman Empire
Roman Empire
starting with Charlemagne, who was crowned its first emperor in Rome
Rome
in 800 by Pope Leo III. Apart from brief periods as an independent city during the Middle Ages, Rome
Rome
kept its status as Papal capital and "holy city" for centuries, even when the Papacy
Papacy
briefly relocated to Avignon (1309–1377). Catholics believe that the Vatican is the last resting place of St. Peter. Pilgrimages to Rome
Rome
can involve visits to a large number of sites, both within Vatican City
Vatican City
and in Italian territory. A popular stopping point is the Pilate's stairs: these are, according to the Christian tradition, the steps that led up to the praetorium of Pontius Pilate in Jerusalem, which Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ
stood on during his Passion on his way to trial.[91] The stairs were, reputedly, brought to Rome
Rome
by St. Helena in the 4th Century. For centuries, the Scala Santa has attracted Christian
Christian
pilgrims who wished to honour the Passion of Jesus. Object of pilgrimage are also several catacombs built in the Roman age, in which Christians prayed, buried their dead and performed worship during periods of persecution, and various national churches (among them San Luigi dei francesi
San Luigi dei francesi
and Santa Maria dell'Anima), or churches associated with individual religious orders, such as the Jesuit Churches of Jesus and Sant'Ignazio. Traditionally, pilgrims in Rome
Rome
and Roman citizens thanking God
God
for a grace should visit by foot the seven pilgrim churches (Italian: Le sette chiese) in 24 hours. This custom, mandatory for each pilgrim in the Middle Ages, was codified in the 16th century by Saint Philip Neri. The seven churches are the four major Basilicas (St Peter in Vatican, St Paul outside the Walls, St John in Lateran
St John in Lateran
and Santa Maria Maggiore), while the other three are San Lorenzo fuori le mura
San Lorenzo fuori le mura
(a palaeochristian Basilica), Santa Croce in Gerusalemme
Santa Croce in Gerusalemme
(a church founded by Helena, the mother of Constantine, which hosts fragments of wood attributed to the holy cross) and San Sebastiano fuori le mura (which lies on the Appian Way
Appian Way
and is built above Roman catacombs). Cityscape[edit] See also: List of tourist attractions in Rome
List of tourist attractions in Rome
and List of streets in Rome

View of Rome
Rome
from the Via San Lucio

Architecture[edit] Main article: Architecture of Rome

The Pantheon

The Colosseum
Colosseum
and the Arch
Arch
of Constantine

Rome's architecture over the centuries has greatly developed, especially from the Classical and Imperial Roman styles to modern Fascist architecture. Rome
Rome
was for a period one of the world's main epicentres of classical architecture, developing new forms such as the arch, the dome and the vault.[92] The Romanesque style in the 11th, 12th and 13th centuries was also widely used in Roman architecture, and later the city became one of the main centres of Renaissance, Baroque
Baroque
and neoclassic architecture.[92] Ancient Rome[edit] Main articles: List of ancient monuments in Rome
List of ancient monuments in Rome
and Ancient Roman architecture One of the symbols of Rome
Rome
is the Colosseum
Colosseum
(70–80 AD), the largest amphitheatre ever built in the Roman Empire. Originally capable of seating 60,000 spectators, it was used for gladiatorial combat. A list of important monuments and sites of ancient Rome
Rome
includes the Roman Forum, the Domus Aurea, the Pantheon, Trajan's Column, Trajan's Market, the Catacombs, the Circus Maximus, the Baths of Caracalla, Castel Sant'Angelo, the Mausoleum of Augustus, the Ara Pacis, the Arch of Constantine, the Pyramid of Cestius, and the Bocca della Verità. Medieval[edit] The medieval popular quarters of the city, situated mainly around the Capitol, were largely demolished between the end of the 19th century and the fascist period, but many notable buildings still remain. Basilicas dating from the Christian
Christian
antiquity include Saint Mary Major and Saint Paul outside the Walls (the latter largely rebuilt in the 19th century), both housing precious 4th century AD mosaics. Notable later notable medieval mosaics and frescoes can be also found in the churches of Santa Maria in Trastevere, Santi Quattro Coronati, and Santa Prassede. Secular buildings include a number of towers, the largest being the Torre delle Milizie
Torre delle Milizie
and the Torre dei Conti, both next the Roman Forum, and the huge outdoor stairway leading up to the basilica of Santa Maria in Ara Coeli. Renaissance
Renaissance
and Baroque[edit] Rome
Rome
was a major world centre of the Renaissance, second only to Florence, and was profoundly affected by the movement. Among others, a masterpiece of Renaissance
Renaissance
architecture in Rome
Rome
is the Piazza
Piazza
del Campidoglio by Michelangelo. During this period, the great aristocratic families of Rome
Rome
used to build opulent dwellings as the Palazzo del Quirinale
Palazzo del Quirinale
(now seat of the President of the Italian Republic), the Palazzo Venezia, the Palazzo Farnese, the Palazzo Barberini, the Palazzo Chigi
Palazzo Chigi
(now seat of the Italian Prime Minister), the Palazzo Spada, the Palazzo della Cancelleria, and the Villa Farnesina.

Panoramic view of Piazza
Piazza
del Campidoglio, with the copy of the Equestrian Statue of Marcus Aurelius.

Many of the famous city's squares – some huge, majestic and often adorned with obelisks, some small and picturesque – got their present shape during the Renaissance
Renaissance
and Baroque. The principal ones are Piazza
Piazza
Navona, Piazza
Piazza
di Spagna, Campo de' Fiori, Piazza
Piazza
Venezia, Piazza
Piazza
Farnese, Piazza
Piazza
della Rotonda and Piazza
Piazza
della Minerva. One of the most emblematic examples of Baroque
Baroque
art is the Fontana di Trevi by Nicola Salvi. Other notable 17th-century baroque palaces are the Palazzo Madama, now the seat of the Italian Senate
Italian Senate
and the Palazzo Montecitorio, now the seat of the Chamber of Deputies of Italy. Neoclassicism[edit]

The Altare della Patria

In 1870, Rome
Rome
became the capital city of the new Kingdom of Italy. During this time, neoclassicism, a building style influenced by the architecture of antiquity, became a predominant influence in Roman architecture. During this period, many great palaces in neoclassical styles were built to host ministries, embassies, and other governing agencies. One of the best-known symbols of Roman neoclassicism is the Monument
Monument
of Vittorio Emanuele II or "Altar of the Fatherland", where the Grave of the Unknown Soldier, that represents the 650,000 Italians that fell in World War I, is located. Fascist architecture[edit]

The Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana

See also: Fascist architecture The Fascist regime that ruled in Italy
Italy
between 1922 and 1943 had its showcase in Rome. Mussolini allowed the construction of new roads and piazzas, resulting in the destruction of roads, houses, churches and palaces erected during the papal rule. The main activities during his government were: the "isolation" of the Capitoline Hill; Via dei Monti, later renamed Via del'Impero, and finally Via dei Fori Imperiali; Via del Mare, later renamed Via del Teatro di Marcello; the "isolation" of the Mausoleum of Augustus, with the erection of Piazza Augusto Imperatore; Via della Conciliazione. Architecturally, Fascism
Fascism
favored the most modern movements, such as the Rationalism. Parallel to this, in the 1920s another style emerged, named "Stile Novecento", characterised by its links with ancient Roman architecture. One important construction in the latter style is the Foro Mussolini, now Foro Italico, by Enrico Del Debbio. Next to it, the most important Fascist site in Rome
Rome
is the EUR district, designed in 1938 by Marcello Piacentini. This new quarter emerged as a compromise between Rationalist and Novecento architects, the former being led by Giuseppe Pagano. The EUR was originally conceived for the 1942 world exhibition, and was called "E.42" ("Esposizione 42"). The most representative buildings of EUR are the Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana (1938–1943), the iconic design of which has been labelled the cubic of Square Colosseum, and the Palazzo dei Congressi, example of Rationalist style. The world exhibition, however, never took place because Italy
Italy
entered the Second World War in 1940, and the realised buildings were partly destroyed in 1943 during the fighting between Italian and German army after the armistice and later abandoned. The quarter was restored in the 1950s, when the Roman authorities found that they already had the seed of an off-centre business district of the type that other capitals were still planning ( London Docklands
London Docklands
and La Défense
La Défense
in Paris). Also the Palazzo della Farnesina, the current seat of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, was designed in 1935 in pure Fascist style. Parks and gardens[edit]

The Temple of Aesculapius, in the gardens of the Villa
Villa
Borghese

Main article: List of parks and gardens in Rome Public parks and nature reserves cover a large area in Rome, and the city has one of the largest areas of green space among European capitals.[93] The most notable part of this green space is represented by the large number of villas and landscaped gardens created by the Italian aristocracy. While most of the parks surrounding the villas were destroyed during the building boom of the late 19th century, some of them remain. The most notable of these are Villa
Villa
Borghese, Villa Ada, and Villa
Villa
Doria Pamphili. Villa Doria Pamphili
Villa Doria Pamphili
is west of the Gianicolo hill comprising some 1.8 square kilometres (0.7 sq mi). Also on the Gianicolo hill there is Villa Sciarra, with playgrounds for children and shaded walking areas. In the nearby area of Trastevere
Trastevere
the Orto Botanico (Botanical Garden) is a cool and shady green space. The old Roman hippodrome (Circus Maximus) is another large green space: it has few trees, but is overlooked by the Palatine and the Rose Garden ('roseto comunale'). Nearby is the lush Villa
Villa
Celimontana, close to the gardens surrounding the Baths of Caracalla. The Villa Borghese
Villa Borghese
garden is the best known large green space in Rome, with famous art galleries among its shaded walks. Overlooking Piazza del Popolo
Piazza del Popolo
and the Spanish Steps
Spanish Steps
are the gardens of Pincio
Pincio
and Villa
Villa
Medici. Noteworthy is also the Pine wood of Castelfusano, near Ostia. Rome
Rome
also has a number of regional parks of much more recent origin including the Pineto Regional Park
Pineto Regional Park
and the Appian Way
Appian Way
Regional Park. There are also nature reserves at Marcigliana and at Tenuta di Castelporziano. Fountains and aqueducts[edit] Main articles: List of fountains in Rome
List of fountains in Rome
and List of aqueducts in the city of Rome

The Trevi Fountain

The Fontana della Barcaccia

Rome
Rome
is a city famous for its numerous fountains, built in all different styles, from Classical and Medieval, to Baroque
Baroque
and Neoclassical. The city has had fountains for more than two thousand years, and they have provided drinking water and decorated the piazzas of Rome. During the Roman Empire, in 98 AD, according to Sextus Julius Frontinus, the Roman consul who was named curator aquarum or guardian of the water of the city, Rome
Rome
had nine aqueducts which fed 39 monumental fountains and 591 public basins, not counting the water supplied to the Imperial household, baths and owners of private villas. Each of the major fountains was connected to two different aqueducts, in case one was shut down for service.[94] During the 17th and 18th century the Roman popes reconstructed other ruined Roman aqueducts and built new display fountains to mark their termini, launching the golden age of the Roman fountain. The fountains of Rome, like the paintings of Rubens, were expressions of the new style of Baroque
Baroque
art. They were crowded with allegorical figures, and filled with emotion and movement. In these fountains, sculpture became the principal element, and the water was used simply to animate and decorate the sculptures. They, like baroque gardens, were "a visual representation of confidence and power".[95] Statues[edit] See also: Talking statues of Rome

Bernini's statues at the Piazza
Piazza
Navona

Rome
Rome
is well known for its statues but, in particular, the talking statues of Rome. These are usually ancient statues which have become popular soapboxes for political and social discussion, and places for people to (often satirically) voice their opinions. There are two main talking statues: the Pasquino
Pasquino
and the Marforio, yet there are four other noted ones: il Babuino, Madama Lucrezia, il Facchino and Abbot Luigi. Most of these statues are ancient Roman or classical, and most of them also depict mythical gods, ancient people or legendary figures; il Pasquino
Pasquino
represents Menelaus, Abbot Luigi
Abbot Luigi
is an unknown Roman magistrate, il Babuino is supposed to be Silenus, Marforio represents Oceanus, Madama Lucrezia
Madama Lucrezia
is a bust of Isis, and il Facchino is the only non-Roman statue, created in 1580, and not representing anyone in particular. They are often, due to their status, covered with placards or graffiti expressing political ideas and points of view. Other statues in the city, which are not related to the talking statues, include those of the Ponte Sant'Angelo, or several monuments scattered across the city, such as that to Giordano Bruno
Giordano Bruno
in the Campo de'Fiori. Obelisks and columns[edit] Main article: List of obelisks in Rome

An ancient Egyptian obelisk in Piazza
Piazza
del Popolo

The city hosts eight ancient Egyptian and five ancient Roman obelisks, together with a number of more modern obelisks; there was also formerly (until 2005) an ancient Ethiopian obelisk in Rome.[96] The city contains some of obelisks in piazzas, such as in Piazza
Piazza
Navona, St Peter's Square, Piazza
Piazza
Montecitorio, and Piazza
Piazza
del Popolo, and others in villas, thermae parks and gardens, such as in Villa Celimontana, the Baths of Diocletian, and the Pincian Hill. Moreover, the centre of Rome
Rome
hosts also Trajan's and Antonine Column, two ancient Roman columns with spiral relief. The Column of Marcus Aurelius is located in Piazza
Piazza
Colonna and it was built around 180 AD by Commodus
Commodus
in memory of his parents. The Column of Marcus Aurelius was inspired by Trajan's Column
Trajan's Column
at Trajan's Forum, which is part of the Imperial Fora[97] Bridges[edit] Main article: List of bridges in Rome

Ponte Vittorio Emanuele II
Ponte Vittorio Emanuele II
at sunset

The city of Rome
Rome
contains numerous famous bridges which cross the Tiber. The only bridge to remain unaltered until today from the classical age is Ponte dei Quattro Capi, which connects the Isola Tiberina with the left bank. The other surviving – albeit modified – ancient Roman bridges crossing the Tiber
Tiber
are Ponte Cestio, Ponte Sant'Angelo and Ponte Milvio. Considering Ponte Nomentano, also built during ancient Rome, which crosses the Aniene, currently there are five ancient Roman bridges still remaining in the city.[98] Other noteworthy bridges are Ponte Sisto, the first bridge built in the Renaissance
Renaissance
above Roman foundations; Ponte Rotto, actually the only remaining arch of the ancient Pons Aemilius, collapsed during the flood of 1598 and demolished at the end of the 19th century; and Ponte Vittorio Emanuele II, a modern bridge connecting Corso Vittorio Emanuele and Borgo. Most of the city's public bridges were built in Classical or Renaissance
Renaissance
style, but also in Baroque, Neoclassical and Modern styles. According to the Encyclopædia Britannica, the finest ancient bridge remaining in Rome
Rome
is the Ponte Sant'Angelo, which was completed in 135 AD, and was decorated with ten statues of the angels, designed by Bernini in 1688.[99] Catacombs[edit] Main article: Catacombs
Catacombs
of Rome Rome
Rome
has extensive amount of ancient catacombs, or underground burial places under or near the city, of which there are at least forty, some discovered only in recent decades. Though most famous for Christian burials, they include pagan and Jewish
Jewish
burials, either in separate catacombs or mixed together. The first large-scale catacombs were excavated from the 2nd century onwards. Originally they were carved through tuff, a soft volcanic rock, outside the boundaries of the city, because Roman law
Roman law
forbade burial places within city limits. Currently maintenance of the catacombs is in the hands of the Papacy which has invested in the Salesians of Don Bosco
Salesians of Don Bosco
the supervision of the Catacombs
Catacombs
of St. Callixtus on the outskirts of Rome. Economy[edit] As the capital of Italy, Rome
Rome
hosts all the principal institutions of the nation, including the Presidency of the Republic, the government (and its single Ministeri), the Parliament, the main judicial Courts, and the diplomatic representatives of all the countries for the states of Italy
Italy
and Vatican City. Many international institutions are located in Rome, notably cultural and scientific ones, such as the American Institute, the British School, the French Academy, the Scandinavian Institutes, and the German Archaeological Institute. There are also specialised agencies of the United Nations, such as the FAO. Rome
Rome
also hosts major international and worldwide political and cultural organisations, such as the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), World Food Programme
World Food Programme
(WFP), the NATO Defence College and the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM).

Panoramic view of EUR business district.

According to the GaWC study of world cities, Rome
Rome
is a beta+, ranking below Milan.[11] Rome
Rome
was ranked in 2014 as 32nd in the Global Cities Index, the highest in Italy.[13] With a 2005 GDP of €94.376 billion (US$121.5 billion),[100] the city produces 6.7% of the national GDP (more than any other single city in Italy), and its unemployment rate, lowered from 11.1% to 6.5% between 2001 and 2005, is now one of the lowest rates of all the European Union
European Union
capital cities.[100] Rome
Rome
grows +4.4% annually and continues to grow at a higher rate in comparison to any other city in the rest of the country.[100] This means that were Rome
Rome
a country, it would be the world's 52nd richest country by GDP, near to the size to that of Egypt. Rome
Rome
also had a 2003 GDP per capita of €29,153 (US$37,412), which was second in Italy, (after Milan), and is more than 134.1% of the EU average GDP per capita.[101] Rome, on the whole, has the highest total earnings in Italy, reaching €47,076,890,463 in 2008,[102] yet, in terms of average workers' incomes, the city places itself 9th in Italy, with €24,509.[102] On a global level, Rome's workers receive the 30th highest wages in 2009, coming three places higher than in 2008, in which the city ranked 33rd.[103] The Rome
Rome
area had a GDP amounting to $167.8 billion, and $38,765 per capita.[104]

Rome
Rome
chamber of commerce in ancient Temple of Hadrian

Although the economy of Rome
Rome
is characterised by the absence of heavy industry and it is largely dominated by services, high-technology companies (IT, aerospace, defence, telecommunications), research, construction and commercial activities (especially banking), and the huge development of tourism are very dynamic and extremely important to its economy. Rome's international airport, Fiumicino, is the largest in Italy, and the city hosts the head offices of the vast majority of the major Italian companies, as well as the headquarters of three of the world's 100 largest companies: Enel, Eni, and Telecom Italia.[105] Universities, national radio and television and the movie industry in Rome
Rome
are also important parts of the economy: Rome
Rome
is also the hub of the Italian film industry, thanks to the Cinecittà
Cinecittà
studios, working since the 1930s. The city is also a centre for banking and insurance as well as electronics, energy, transport, and aerospace industries. Numerous international companies and agencies headquarters, government ministries, conference centres, sports venues, and museums are located in Rome's principal business districts: the Esposizione Universale Roma (EUR); the Torrino (further south from the EUR); the Magliana; the Parco de' Medici-Laurentina and the so-called Tiburtina-valley along the ancient Via Tiburtina. Education[edit]

The Sapienza University of Rome
Sapienza University of Rome
founded in 1303

Rome
Rome
is a nationwide and major international centre for higher education, containing numerous academies, colleges and universities. It boasts a large variety of academies and colleges, and has always been a major worldwide intellectual and educational centre, especially during Ancient Rome
Ancient Rome
and the Renaissance, along with Florence.[106] According to the City Brands Index, Rome
Rome
is considered the world's second most historically, educationally and culturally interesting and beautiful city.[107] Rome
Rome
has a large number of universities and colleges. Its first university, La Sapienza (founded in 1303), is one of the largest in the world, with more than 140,000 students attending; in 2005 it ranked as Europe's 33rd best university[108] and in 2013 the Sapienza University of Rome
Rome
ranked as the 62nd in the world and the top in Italy
Italy
in its World University Rankings.[109] and has been ranked among Europe's 50 and the world's 150 best colleges.[110] In order to decrease the overcrowding of La Sapienza, two new public universities were founded during the last decades: Tor Vergata in 1982, and Roma Tre in 1992. Rome
Rome
hosts also the LUISS School of Government, Italy's most important graduate university in the areas of international affairs and European studies as well as LUISS Business School, Italy's most important business school. Rome
Rome
ISIA was founded in 1973 by Giulio Carlo Argan
Giulio Carlo Argan
and is Italy's oldest institution in the field of industrial design.

Biblioteca Casanatense

Rome
Rome
contains also a large number of pontifical universities and other institutes, including the British School at Rome, the French School in Rome, the Pontifical Gregorian University
Pontifical Gregorian University
(the oldest Jesuit university in the world, founded in 1551), Istituto Europeo di Design, the Scuola Lorenzo de' Medici, the Link Campus
Link Campus
of Malta, and the Università Campus Bio-Medico. Rome
Rome
is also the location of two American Universities; The American University of Rome[111] and John Cabot University as well as St. John's University branch campus, John Felice Rome
Rome
Center, a campus of Loyola University Chicago
Loyola University Chicago
and Temple University Rome, a campus of Temple University.[112] The Roman Colleges are several seminaries for students from foreign countries studying for the priesthood at the Pontifical Universities.[113] Examples include the Venerable English College, the Pontifical North American College, the Scots College, and the Pontifical Croatian College of St. Jerome.

National Central Library

Rome's major libraries include: the Biblioteca Angelica, opened in 1604, making it Italy's first public library; the Biblioteca Vallicelliana, established in 1565; the Biblioteca Casanatense, opened in 1701; the National Central Library, one of the two national libraries in Italy, which contains 4,126,002 volumes; The Biblioteca del Ministero degli Affari Esteri, specialised in diplomacy, foreign affairs and modern history; the Biblioteca dell'Istituto dell'Enciclopedia Italiana; the Biblioteca Don Bosco, one of the largest and most modern of all Salesian libraries; the Biblioteca e Museo teatrale del Burcardo, a museum-library specialised in history of drama and theatre; the Biblioteca della Società Geografica Italiana, which is based in the Villa Celimontana
Villa Celimontana
and is the most important geographical library in Italy, and one of Europe's most important;[114] and the Vatican Library, one of the oldest and most important libraries in the world, which was formally established in 1475, though in fact much older and has 75,000 codices, as well as 1.1 million printed books, which include some 8,500 incunabula. There are also a large number of specialist libraries attached to various foreign cultural institutes in Rome, among them that of the American Academy in Rome, the French Academy in Rome
French Academy in Rome
and the Bibliotheca Hertziana – Max Planck Institute of Art History, a German library, often noted for excellence in the arts and sciences;[115] Culture[edit] Main article: Culture in Rome Entertainment and performing arts[edit] Main articles: Music of Rome and Events in Rome

The Teatro dell'Opera di Roma
Teatro dell'Opera di Roma
at the Piazza
Piazza
Beniamino Gigli

Rome
Rome
is an important centre for music, and it has an intense musical scene, including several prestigious music conservatories and theatres. It hosts the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
(founded in 1585), for which new concert halls have been built in the new Parco della Musica, one of the largest musical venues in the world. Rome also has an opera house, the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, as well as several minor musical institutions. The city also played host to the Eurovision Song Contest
Eurovision Song Contest
in 1991 and the MTV Europe
Europe
Music Awards in 2004. Rome
Rome
has also had a major impact in music history. The Roman School was a group of composers of predominantly church music, which were active in the city during the 16th and 17th centuries, therefore spanning the late Renaissance
Renaissance
and early Baroque
Baroque
eras. The term also refers to the music they produced. Many of the composers had a direct connection to the Vatican and the papal chapel, though they worked at several churches; stylistically they are often contrasted with the Venetian School of composers, a concurrent movement which was much more progressive. By far the most famous composer of the Roman School is Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, whose name has been associated for four hundred years with smooth, clear, polyphonic perfection. However, there were other composers working in Rome, and in a variety of styles and forms. Tourism[edit] Main article: Tourism in Rome

Historic Centre of Rome, the Properties of the Holy See
Holy See
in that City Enjoying Extraterritorial Rights and San Paolo Fuori le Mura

UNESCO
UNESCO
World Heritage Site

Criteria Cultural: i, ii, iii, iv, vi

Reference 91

Inscription 1980 (4th Session)

Extensions 1990

Area 1,430.8 ha

The Spanish Steps

Rome
Rome
today is one of the most important tourist destinations of the world, due to the incalculable immensity of its archaeological and artistic treasures, as well as for the charm of its unique traditions, the beauty of its panoramic views, and the majesty of its magnificent "villas" (parks). Among the most significant resources are the many museums – Musei Capitolini, the Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums
and the Galleria Borghese and others dedicated to modern and contemporary art – aqueducts, fountains, churches, palaces, historical buildings, the monuments and ruins of the Roman Forum, and the Catacombs. Rome
Rome
is the third most visited city in the EU, after London
London
and Paris, and receives an average of 7–10 million tourists a year, which sometimes doubles on holy years. The Colosseum
Colosseum
(4 million tourists) and the Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums
(4.2 million tourists) are the 39th and 37th (respectively) most visited places in the world, according to a recent study.[116] Rome
Rome
is a major archaeological hub, and one of the world's main centres of archaeological research. There are numerous cultural and research institutes located in the city, such as the American Academy in Rome,[117] and The Swedish Institute at Rome.[118] Rome
Rome
contains numerous ancient sites, including the Forum Romanum, Trajan's Market, Trajan's Forum,[119] the Colosseum, and the Pantheon, to name but a few. The Colosseum, arguably one of Rome's most iconic archaeological sites, is regarded as a wonder of the world.[120][121] Rome
Rome
contains a vast and impressive collection of art, sculpture, fountains, mosaics, frescos, and paintings, from all different periods. Rome
Rome
first became a major artistic centre during ancient Rome, with forms of important Roman art
Roman art
such as architecture, painting, sculpture and mosaic work. Metal-work, coin die and gem engraving, ivory carvings, figurine glass, pottery, and book illustrations are considered to be 'minor' forms of Roman artwork.[122] Rome
Rome
later became a major centre of Renaissance
Renaissance
art, since the popes spent vast sums of money for the constructions of grandiose basilicas, palaces, piazzas and public buildings in general. Rome
Rome
became one of Europe's major centres of Renaissance
Renaissance
artwork, second only to Florence, and able to compare to other major cities and cultural centres, such as Paris
Paris
and Venice. The city was affected greatly by the baroque, and Rome
Rome
became the home of numerous artists and architects, such as Bernini, Caravaggio, Carracci, Borromini and Cortona.[123] In the late 18th century and early 19th century, the city was one of the centres of the Grand Tour,[124] when wealthy, young English and other European aristocrats visited the city to learn about ancient Roman culture, art, philosophy and architecture. Rome hosted a great number of neoclassical and rococo artists, such as Pannini and Bernardo Bellotto. Today, the city is a major artistic centre, with numerous art institutes[125] and museums.

Internal view of the Colosseum

Rome
Rome
has a growing stock of contemporary and modern art and architecture. The National Gallery of Modern Art has works by Balla, Morandi, Pirandello, Carrà, De Chirico, De Pisis, Guttuso, Fontana, Burri, Mastroianni, Turcato, Kandisky and Cézanne on permanent exhibition. 2010 saw the opening of Rome's newest arts foundation, a contemporary art and architecture gallery designed by acclaimed Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid. Known as MAXXI – National Museum of the 21st Century Arts it restores a dilapidated area with striking modern architecture. Maxxi[126] features a campus dedicated to culture, experimental research laboratories, international exchange and study and research. It is one of Rome's most ambitious modern architecture projects alongside Renzo Piano's Auditorium Parco della Musica[127] and Massimiliano Fuksas' Rome
Rome
Convention Center, Centro Congressi Italia EUR, in the EUR district, due to open in 2016.[128] The convention centre features a huge translucent container inside which is suspended a steel and teflon structure resembling a cloud and which contains meeting rooms and an auditorium with two piazzas open to the neighbourhood on either side. Fashion[edit]

Via dei Condotti

Rome
Rome
is also widely recognised as a world fashion capital. Although not as important as Milan, Rome
Rome
is the fourth most important centre for fashion in the world, according to the 2009 Global Language Monitor after Milan, New York and Paris, and beating London.[129] Major luxury fashion houses and jewelry chains, such as Valentino, Bulgari, Fendi,[130] Laura Biagiotti, Brioni and Renato Balestra, are headquartered or were founded in the city. Also, other major labels, such as Chanel, Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, Armani
Armani
and Versace
Versace
have luxury boutiques in Rome, primarily along its prestigious and upscale Via dei Condotti. Cuisine[edit]

Spaghetti
Spaghetti
alla Carbonara, a typical Roman dish

Concia di zucchine, example of Roman- Jewish
Jewish
cuisine

Main article: Roman cuisine Rome's cuisine has evolved through centuries and periods of social, cultural, and political changes. Rome
Rome
became a major gastronomical centre during the ancient Age. Ancient Roman cuisine
Roman cuisine
was highly influenced by Ancient Greek culture, and after, the empire's enormous expansion exposed Romans to many new, provincial culinary habits and cooking techniques. Later, during the Renaissance, Rome
Rome
became well known as a centre of high-cuisine, since some of the best chefs of the time, worked for the popes. An example of this could be Bartolomeo Scappi, who was a chef, working for Pius IV
Pius IV
in the Vatican kitchen, and he acquired fame in 1570 when his cookbook Opera dell'arte del cucinare was published. In the book he lists approximately 1000 recipes of the Renaissance
Renaissance
cuisine and describes cooking techniques and tools, giving the first known picture of a fork.[131] In the modern age, the city developed its own peculiar cuisine, based on products of the nearby Campagna, as lamb and vegetables (globe artichokes are common).[132] In parallel, Roman Jews -present in the city since the 1st century BC- developed their own cuisine, the cucina giudaico-romanesca. Examples of Roman dishes include " Saltimbocca
Saltimbocca
alla Romana" – a veal cutlet, Roman-style; topped with raw ham and sage and simmered with white wine and butter; "Carciofi alla romana" – artichokes Roman-style; outer leaves removed, stuffed with mint, garlic, breadcrumbs and braised; "Carciofi alla giudia" – artichokes fried in olive oil, typical of Roman Jewish
Jewish
cooking; outer leaves removed, stuffed with mint, garlic, breadcrumbs and braised; " Spaghetti
Spaghetti
alla carbonara" – spaghetti with bacon, eggs and pecorino, and " Gnocchi
Gnocchi
di semolino alla romana" – semolina dumpling, Roman-style, to name but a few.[133] Cinema[edit] Main articles: List of films set in Rome and List of films set in ancient Rome

Roman Holiday
Roman Holiday
with Audrey Hepburn
Audrey Hepburn
and Gregory Peck

Rome
Rome
hosts the Cinecittà
Cinecittà
Studios,[134] the largest film and television production facility in continental Europe
Europe
and the centre of the Italian cinema, where a large number of today's biggest box office hits are filmed. The 99-acre (40 ha) studio complex is 9.0 kilometres (5.6 mi) from the centre of Rome
Rome
and is part of one of the biggest production communities in the world, second only to Hollywood, with well over 5,000 professionals – from period costume makers to visual effects specialists. More than 3,000 productions have been made on its lot, from recent features like The Passion of the Christ, Gangs of New York, HBO's Rome, The Life Aquatic and Dino De Laurentiis' Decameron, to such cinema classics as Ben-Hur, Cleopatra, and the films of Federico Fellini. Founded in 1937 by Benito Mussolini, the studios were bombed by the Western Allies during the Second World War. In the 1950s, Cinecittà was the filming location for several large American film productions, and subsequently became the studio most closely associated with Federico Fellini. Today Cinecittà
Cinecittà
is the only studio in the world with pre-production, production, and full post-production facilities on one lot, allowing directors and producers to walk in with their script and "walk out" with a completed film. Language[edit] Main articles: Roman dialect
Roman dialect
and Latin

Latin
Latin
inscription, in the National Roman Museum

Although associated today only with Latin, ancient Rome
Rome
was in fact multilingual. In highest antiquity Sabine
Sabine
tribes shared the area of what is today Rome
Rome
with Latin
Latin
tribes. The Sabine
Sabine
language was one of the Italic group of ancient Italian languages, along with Etruscan, which would have been the main language of the last three kings who ruled the city till the founding of the Republic
Republic
in 509 BC. Urganilla, or Plautia Urgulanilla, wife of Emperor
Emperor
Claudius, is thought to have been a speaker of Etruscan many centuries after this date, according to Suetonius' entry on Claudius. However Latin, in various evolving forms, was the main language of classical Rome, but as the city had immigrants, slaves, residents, ambassadors from many parts of the world it was also multilingual. Many educated Romans also spoke Greek, and there was a large Greek, Syriac and Jewish
Jewish
population in parts of Rome
Rome
from well before the Empire. Latin
Latin
evolved during the Middle Ages
Middle Ages
into a new language, the "volgare". The latter emerged as the confluence of various regional dialects, among which the Tuscan dialect predominated, but the population of Rome
Rome
also developed its own dialect, the Romanesco. The Romanesco spoken during the Middle Ages
Middle Ages
was more like a southern Italian dialect, very close to the Neapolitan language
Neapolitan language
in Campania. The influence of the Florentine culture during the renaissance, and above all, the immigration to Rome
Rome
of many Florentines following the two Medici Popes ( Leo X
Leo X
and Clement VII), caused a major shift in the dialect, which began to resemble more the Tuscan varieties. This remained largely confined to Rome
Rome
until the 19th century, but then expanded to other zones of Lazio
Lazio
(Civitavecchia, Latina and others), from the beginning of the 20th century, thanks to the rising population of Rome
Rome
and to improving transportation systems. As a consequence of education and media like radio and television, Romanesco became more similar to standard Italian. Dialectal literature in the traditional form of Romanesco includes the works of such authors as Giuseppe Gioachino Belli
Giuseppe Gioachino Belli
(one of the most important Italian poets altogether), Trilussa
Trilussa
and Cesare Pascarella. It is worth remembering though that Romanesco was a "lingua vernacola" (vernacular language), meaning that for centuries, it did not have a written form but it was only spoken by the population. Contemporary Romanesco is mainly represented by popular actors and actresses, such as Alberto Sordi, Aldo Fabrizi, Anna Magnani. Carlo Verdone, Enrico Montesano, Gigi Proietti
Gigi Proietti
and Nino Manfredi. Rome's historic contribution to language in a worldwide sense is much more extensive however. Through the process of Romanization, the peoples of Italy, Gallia, the Iberian Peninsula
Iberian Peninsula
and Dacia
Dacia
developed languages which derive directly from Latin
Latin
and were adopted in large areas of the world, all through cultural influence, colonization and migration. Moreover, also modern English, because of the Norman Conquest, borrowed a large percentage of its vocabulary from the Latin language. The Roman or Latin
Latin
alphabet is the most widely used writing system in the world used by the greatest number of languages.[135] Rome
Rome
has long hosted artistic communities, foreign resident communities and a large number of foreign religious students or pilgrims and so has always been a multilingual city. Today because of mass tourism, many languages are used in servicing tourism, especially English which is widely known in tourist areas, and the city hosts large numbers of immigrants and so has many multilingual immigrant areas. Sports[edit]

Stadio Olimpico, one of the largest in Europe, with a capacity of over 70,000.[136]

Association football
Association football
is the most popular sport in Rome, as in the rest of the country. The city hosted the final games of the 1934 and 1990 FIFA World Cup. The latter took place in the Olympic Stadium, which is also the shared home stadium for local Serie A
Serie A
clubs S.S. Lazio, founded in 1900, and A.S. Roma, founded in 1927, whose rivalry in the Derby della Capitale
Derby della Capitale
has become a staple of Roman sports culture.[137] Footballers who play for these teams and are also born in the city tend to become especially popular, as has been the case with players such as Francesco Totti
Francesco Totti
and Daniele De Rossi
Daniele De Rossi
(both for A.S. Roma), and Alessandro Nesta
Alessandro Nesta
(for S.S. Lazio). Atletico Roma
Atletico Roma
is a minor team that played in First Division until 2012; its home stadium was Stadio Flaminio.

Stadio dei Marmi

Rome
Rome
hosted the 1960 Summer Olympics, with great success, using many ancient sites such as the Villa Borghese
Villa Borghese
and the Thermae
Thermae
of Caracalla as venues. For the Olympic Games many new structures were created, notably the new large Olympic Stadium (which was also enlarged and renewed to host qualification and the final match of the 1990 FIFA World Cup), the Villaggio Olimpico (Olympic Village, created to host the athletes and redeveloped after the games as a residential district), ecc. Rome
Rome
made a bid to host the 2020 Summer Olympics
2020 Summer Olympics
but it was withdrawn before the deadline for applicant files.[138][139] Further, Rome
Rome
hosted the 1991 EuroBasket
1991 EuroBasket
and is home to the internationally recognized basketball team Virtus Roma. Rugby union
Rugby union
is gaining wider acceptance. Until 2011 the Stadio Flaminio
Stadio Flaminio
was the home stadium for the Italy
Italy
national rugby union team, which has been playing in the Six Nations Championship
Six Nations Championship
since 2000. The team now plays home games at the Stadio Olimpico
Stadio Olimpico
because the Stadio Flaminio
Stadio Flaminio
needs works of renovation in order to improve both its capacity and safety. Rome
Rome
is home to local rugby union teams such as Rugby Roma (founded in 1930 and winner of five Italian championships, the latter in 1999–2000), Unione Rugby Capitolina
Unione Rugby Capitolina
and S.S. Lazio
Lazio
1927 (rugby union branch of the multisport club S.S. Lazio). Every May, Rome
Rome
hosts the ATP Masters Series tennis tournament on the clay courts of the Foro Italico. Cycling was popular in the post-World War II period, although its popularity has faded. Rome
Rome
has hosted the final portion of the Giro d'Italia
Giro d'Italia
three times, in 1911, 1950, and 2009. Rome
Rome
is also home to other sports teams, including volleyball (M. Roma Volley), handball or waterpolo. Transport[edit] Main article: Transport in Rome

Rome– Fiumicino
Fiumicino
Airport was the tenth busiest airport in Europe
Europe
in 2016.

Port of Civitavecchia

Rome
Rome
is at the centre of the radial network of roads that roughly follow the lines of the ancient Roman roads which began at the Capitoline Hill
Capitoline Hill
and connected Rome
Rome
with its empire. Today Rome
Rome
is circled, at a distance of about 10 km (6 mi) from the Capitol, by the ring-road (the Grande Raccordo Anulare
Grande Raccordo Anulare
or GRA). Due to its location in the centre of the Italian peninsula, Rome
Rome
is the principal railway node for central Italy. Rome's main railway station, Termini, is one of the largest railway stations in Europe
Europe
and the most heavily used in Italy, with around 400 thousand travellers passing through every day. The second-largest station in the city, Roma Tiburtina, has been redeveloped as a high-speed rail terminus.[140]. As well as frequent high speed day trains to all major Italian cities, Rome
Rome
is linked nightly by 'boat train' sleeper services to Sicily, and internationally by overnight sleeper services to Munich
Munich
and Vienna
Vienna
by ÖBB Austrian railways. Rome
Rome
is served by three airports. The intercontinental Leonardo da Vinci International Airport is Italy's chief airport, is located within the nearby Fiumicino, south-west of Rome. The older Rome Ciampino
Ciampino
Airport is a joint civilian and military airport. It is commonly referred to as " Ciampino
Ciampino
Airport", as it is located beside Ciampino, south-east of Rome. A third airport, the Roma-Urbe
Roma-Urbe
Airport, is a small, low-traffic airport located about 6 km (4 mi) north of the city centre, which handles most helicopter and private flights. Although the city has its own quarter on the Mediterranean Sea (Lido di Ostia), this has only a marina and a small channel-harbour for fishing boats. The main harbour which serves Rome
Rome
is Port of Civitavecchia, located about 62 kilometres (39 miles) northwest of the city.[141] The city suffers from traffic problems largely due to this radial street pattern, making it difficult for Romans to move easily from the vicinity of one of the radial roads to another without going into the historic centre or using the ring-road. These problems are not helped by the limited size of Rome's metro system when compared to other cities of similar size. In addition, Rome
Rome
has only 21 taxis for every 10,000 inhabitants, far below other major European cities.[142] Chronic congestion caused by cars during the 1970s and 1980s led to restrictions being placed on vehicle access to the inner city-centre during the hours of daylight. Areas where these restriction apply are known as Limited Traffic Zones (Zona a Traffico Limitato (ZTL) in Italian). More recently, heavy night-time traffic in Trastevere, Testaccio
Testaccio
and San Lorenzo has led to the creation of night-time ZTLs in those districts.

Roma Metrorail and Underground 2016

Conca d'Oro metro station

A 3-line metro system called the Metropolitana operates in Rome. Construction on the first branch started in the 1930s. The line had been planned to quickly connect the main railway station with the newly planned E42 area in the southern suburbs, where the 1942 World Fair was supposed to be held. The event never took place because of war, but the area was later partly redesigned and renamed EUR (Esposizione Universale di Roma: Rome
Rome
Universal Exhibition) in the 1950s to serve as a modern business district. The line was finally opened in 1955, and it is now the south part of the B Line. The A line opened in 1980 from Ottaviano to Anagnina stations, later extended in stages (1999–2000) to Battistini. In the 1990s, an extension of the B line was opened from Termini to Rebibbia. This underground network is generally reliable (although it may become very congested at peak times and during events, especially the A line) as it is relatively short. The A and B lines intersect at Roma Termini station. A new branch of the B line (B1) opened on 13 June 2012 after an estimated building cost of €500 million. B1 connects to line B at Piazza
Piazza
Bologna and has four stations over a distance of 3.9 km (2 mi). A third line, the C line, is under construction with an estimated cost of €3 billion and will have 30 stations over a distance of 25.5 km (16 mi). It will partly replace the existing Termini-Pantano rail line. It will feature full automated, driverless trains.[143] The first section with 15 stations connecting Pantano with the quarter of Centocelle in the eastern part of the city, opened on 9 November 2014.[144] The end of the work was scheduled in 2015, but archaeological findings often delay underground construction work. A fourth line, D line, is also planned. It will have 22 stations over a distance of 20 km (12 mi). The first section was projected to open in 2015 and the final sections before 2035, but due to the city's financial crisis the project has been put on hold. Above-ground public transport in Rome
Rome
is made up of a bus, tram and urban train network (FR lines). The bus, tram, metro and urban railways network is run by Atac S.p.A. (which originally stood for the Municipal Bus and Tramways Company, Azienda Tramvie e Autobus del Comune
Comune
in Italian). The bus network has in excess of 350 bus lines and over eight thousand bus stops, whereas the more-limited tram system has 39 km (24 mi) of track and 192 stops.[145][146] There is also one trolleybus line, opened in 2005, and additional trolleybus lines are planned.[147] International entities, organisations and involvement[edit]

FAO headquarters in Rome, Circo Massimo

WFP headquarters in Rome

Among the global cities, Rome
Rome
is unique in having two sovereign entities located entirely within its city limits, the Holy See, represented by the Vatican City
Vatican City
State, and the territorially smaller Sovereign Military Order of Malta. The Vatican is an enclave of the Italian capital city and a sovereign possession of the Holy See
Holy See
which is the Diocese of Rome
Rome
and the supreme government of the Roman Catholic Church. Rome
Rome
therefore hosts foreign embassies to the Italian government, to the Holy See, to the Order of Malta
Malta
and to certain international organizations. Several international Roman Colleges
Roman Colleges
and Pontifical Universities are located in Rome. The Pope
Pope
is the Bishop of Rome
Bishop of Rome
and its official seat is the Archbasilica of St. John Lateran
Archbasilica of St. John Lateran
(of which the President of the French Republic
Republic
is ex officio the "first and only honorary canon", a title held by the heads of the French state since King Henry IV of France). Another body, the Sovereign Military Order of Malta
Sovereign Military Order of Malta
(SMOM), took refuge in Rome
Rome
in 1834, due to the conquest of Malta
Malta
by Napoleon
Napoleon
in 1798. It is sometimes classified as having sovereignty but does not claim any territory in Rome
Rome
or anywhere else, hence leading to dispute over its actual sovereign status. Rome
Rome
is the seat of the so-called Polo Romano[148] made up by three main international agencies of the United Nations: the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World Food Programme
World Food Programme
(WFP) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development
International Fund for Agricultural Development
(IFAD). Rome
Rome
has traditionally been involved in the process of European political integration. The Treaties of the EU
Treaties of the EU
are located in Palazzo della Farnesina, seat of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, due the fact that the Italian government is the depositary of the treaties. In 1957 the city hosted the signing of the Treaty of Rome, which established the European Economic Community
European Economic Community
(predecessor to the European Union), and also played host to the official signing of the proposed European Constitution in July 2004. Rome
Rome
is the seat of the European Olympic Committee
European Olympic Committee
and of the NATO Defense College. The city is the place where the Statute of the International Criminal Court and the European Convention on Human Rights were formulated. The city hosts also other important international entities such as the IDLO
IDLO
(International Development Law Organisation), the ICCROM (International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property) and the UNIDROIT
UNIDROIT
(International Institute for the Unification of Private Law). International relations[edit] Twin towns and sister cities[edit] See also: List of twin towns and sister cities in Italy

Column dedicated to Paris
Paris
in 1956 near the Baths of Diocletian

Rome
Rome
is since 9 April 1956 exclusively and reciprocally twinned only with:

Paris, France

(in Italian) Solo Parigi è degna di Roma; solo Roma è degna di Parigi. (in French) Seule Paris
Paris
est digne de Rome; seule Rome
Rome
est digne de Paris. "Only Paris
Paris
is worthy of Rome; only Rome
Rome
is worthy of Paris."[149][150][151][152][153]

Other relationships[edit]

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Rome's other partner cities are:[citation needed]

Achacachi, Bolivia Algiers, Algeria Beijing, China[154][155] Belgrade, Serbia Brasília, Brazil Cairo, Egypt Cincinnati, United States Kiev, Ukraine Kobanî, Syria[156] Kraków, Poland[157] London, United Kingdom[citation needed] Multan, Pakistan[citation needed] Mumbai, India[citation needed] Madrid, Spain[158] Marbella, Spain[citation needed] Montreal, Canada[citation needed] New Delhi, India New York City, United States[159] Plovdiv, Bulgaria Seoul, South Korea[160][161] Sydney, Australia Tirana, Albania[162][163] Tehran, Iran Tokyo, Japan Tongeren, Belgium Tunis, Tunisia[164] Washington, D.C., United States[165]

Documentaries[edit]

Scam City – Season 1 (2012) The Holy Cities: Rome
Rome
produced by Danae Film Production, distributed by HDH Communications; 2006.

See also[edit]

Rome
Rome
portal Italy
Italy
portal European Union
European Union
portal

C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group List of museums in Rome List of shopping areas and markets in Rome List of tallest buildings in Rome List of theatres and opera houses in Rome Outline of Italy Outline of Rome

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