Where else in the world would you expect to find a museum of pasta? Definitely Italy! And definitely the country’s most celebrated city – Rome. Called the Museo Nazionale Della Pasta Alimentari (National Museum of Pasta), this museum goes back much further than you think – all the way back to 1824. Now that is impressive.
It is owned by the Agnesi family, who were involved in pasta production. Thus, if you are ever looking to expand on your pasta knowledge or to see the history of something different, why not look up the Pasta Museum next time you are in Rome?
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.
While ancient Egypt is famous for its admiration of cats, this tradition spread to the Roman Empire. After the Roman Empire conquered Egypt in the first century, it also adopted some of its customs, including the admiration of cats. It was forbidden to harm cats, and that practice has been maintained.
Since then, the city passed Law 281, which means harming a cat warrants punishment, cats have the freedom to live where they want, cats have a right to eat in a refuge center, and finally, the locals can sterilize female cats. Pretty good to be a cat in Rome.
The Seven Hills
Seven seems to be a very special number, especially if you are superstitious about numbers and numerology, plus is a prime number, meaning that it cannot be obtained by multiplying two numbers together. There aren't too many around. Or maybe it's so special (the number) because the city of Rome has been built around seven hills that it has endured for so long and will continue to endure.
What is interesting is that the boundaries of Rome are limited to these seven hills: Aventine, Caelian, Capitoline, Quirinal, Viminal, Esquiline, and Palatine. The city was originally founded on Palatine Hill, but it has since then grown. If you want to know where Rome ends and begins – remember these seven hills.
Who doesn’t love a good secret passage? And it is not at all surprising that there is one in one of the oldest cities, Rome. Well, technically, it is a secret passage from Rome to another country – The Vatican City. Okay, it is not that crazy that it runs to the Vatican, but it is still awesome to find a secret passage in Rome.
The Castel Sant’Angelo was built as a mausoleum to Emperor Hadrian. Extending from there is Passetto del Borgo, a secret passage the monks could use to escape to the Castel Sant’Angelo during dangerous times.