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Curiosities about Rome that not everyone knows

Discover the curiosities about Rome!

Are you sure you know everything about the Eternal City? Let’s see if you are familiar with the curiosities about Rome that few people know.

Dear Insideaters, today we want to take you to the discovery of a different Eternal CIty, revealing some secrets and curiosities about Rome that you might not yet know. Let’s begin!

The first curiosity about Rome and its fountains 

Walking through the streets have you noticed the vast presence of fountains, some simpler and more linear, others with a more bursting structure to take your breath away, but were you aware that Rome is the city with the most fountains in the world? You read that right, it has over 2000 fountains.
In fact, the city has a deep relationship with water and over time the shape of the fountains has changed: in the beginning they were decorated with dragon heads and made up of three vents, later they were replaced by the curved tube that takes the name of nasoni, since it resembles the shape of a big nose.

A curiosity about churches

If you are a lover of history and culture, Rome is definitely the city for you, a real open-air museum. Surely you know that there is a massive presence of churches and in fact it is considered the city with the most churches in the world, over 900 and among the oldest we find the Basilica of Santa Prudenziana and the Church of Santa Prisca.

In all the squares of Rome there is a church, except one, do you know which one it is? Campo de ‘Fiori, because executions were carried out in this square in the past!

The curse of the lovers of Piazza Navona

Another of the curiosities about Rome: If you are a couple in love and pass by Piazza Navona you must be careful!

There are many legends about Rome and one of these advises lovers not to turn counterclockwise around the Fountain of the Four Rivers: a witch in the past hurled here the “lovers curse”, which condemns the relationship of the couples who make this tour.

The Roman hills: how many are they really?

We have all heard about the 7 hills of Rome at least once (Aventino, Celio, Esquilino, Quirinale, Viminale, Campidoglio and Palatino), but no one knows that over time the city limits have extended beyond the Tiber and with them, also the number of hills of the original settlement have increased: the Vatican, the Pincio and the Janiculum hills were included.

Dear Insideaters, the hills of Rome are 10 and not 7!

Vatican and Passetto di Borgo: the places of salvation or the way to imprisonment?

Everyone knows this, but no one has ever really thought about it, do you know what we are talking about? The greatest peculiarity of Rome is that it is the only one in the world to have another state within it: Vatican City!

But it does not end here because the Basilica of St. Peter, which is located within the Vatican State, is connected to Castel Sant’Angelo through the “Passetto di borgo”, called in Roman “Er corridore”. This path, 800 meters long, was used in the past by the fleeing Popes or to lead famous people to the prisons of the Castle. In short, a way to salvation or a direct road to hell!
Rome is magical and carries with it secrets and anecdotes concerning its streets, beautiful squares, countless churches, majestic monuments and all those unique places of the Eternal City.

There are so many that it is impossible to know them all, but keep reading our articles here to stay updated on the most curious and particular.

Dear Insideaters, in the meantime we hope to have filled some of your hunger for knowledge with some of the curiosities about Rome that not everyone knows.

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