Recently, this title – “The City of Fountains” – might have been claimed by Kansas City, Rome was the previous holder of this title. In total, this city has 2000 fountains. As said, Kansas City recently claimed the title because even though it has 200 fountains, these 200 are in working condition.
Those in Rome are not all working which makes sense considering how old some of them are. They were originally built to transport water outside the city. One of the oldest is The Fountain in Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere which, according to sources, was built during the 8th century.
Natale di Roma
If we believe the legend about Rome’s establishment, then it would mean that on April 21, 2023, Rome turned 2775 years old. That is pretty old and well worth commemorating, and it also means it was probably a great place to be visiting, especially if you are a decoration and party lover.
During the big day, the museums were free, and there were historical reenactments and parades. Thus, there was plenty on show. Furthermore, if you stopped by the Pantheon, you would have seen the sunlight streaming in at noon, making the scene quite a sight to behold. For those who made it, it must have been an experience of a lifetime.
Emperor Gaius Caligula
This Emperor’s reputation definitely precedes him, and that is not a good thing, especially for the Roman senators who wished they could have removed all traces of Emperor Gaius Caligula from the history books. He was not only known for his extravagance and debauchery but also for ruling the Roman Empire through fear and terror.
It is unsurprising that his reign lasted only four years and that he was eventually assassinated. An assassination plot was devised by Praetorian Guards – elite members of the imperial Roman guard. Look, if your own bodyguards take you out, you must be quite bad.
Extension of the Roman Forum
The Roman Forum served as a key location during the Roman Age. It was a market where traders could exchange goods. In other words, it was the marketplace. However, as the city of Rome expanded, the marketplace became a lively and bustling area. In fact, it was so popular that it became the center of the city.
Soon, it became clear that even if the marketplace itself would have to expand. The Saturn Temple and Senate House were added to the Roman Forum. That is why it is just a short walk from these buildings to the original Roman Forum.
One of the best things about Rome is its plenty of fountains. For sure, not all of them are working but considering that there are about 2000 of these fountains, it means just one thing – plenty of drinking water. Planning a trip to Rome? Make sure to bring a refillable water bottle.
Anyone who has visited Rome will remember heading to the nearest tap, one of many scattered throughout the city, to fill up on the deliciously cool water. The only thing we wish is that there would be as many public toilets as well. Well, you cannot have everything.