One of the more progressive features of Roman society and law was that owning property was open to all Roman citizens. Since the property was neither controlled by a religious nor political institution, it meant that it became more and more important for individual Romans to own their own. And many of them did.
A lot of the Roman citizens were landlords, even if it was only a small piece of property. Interestingly, we had to go through a whole Feudal Age to revert back to what the Romans had done almost 2,000 years ago. So a lot has changed, however, plenty has remained the same.
The First McDonalds
Close to the Spanish Steps located in the Piazza di Spagna (meaning "Square of Spain"), you will find a McDonald's restaurant neatly tucked into the row of street stores and shops. This McDonald's happens to be the first of the franchises built in the country of Italy.
It officially opened its doors in 1968, but there had been much resistance to its construction. Personally, if we are in Italy, we prefer to stick to local pizza and pasta, but if you find yourself close to the Spanish Steps and want a bit of familiarity or just a familiar old treat, why not visit the first McDonald's in Italy?
It is well-known that the Roman Empire did not mess around when it came to its military. Some of the best military tacticians were Roman generals, including Gnaeus Pompeius Magnus – aka Pompey the Great – Marcus Antonius – on whom Shakespeare based his “Anthony and Cleopatra” – and the most famous of them all, Julius Caesar.
It was not only the might of Rome's generals, but the Romans constructed roads allowing their troops easy access during wartimes. For instance, Roman soldiers could cover 50km in one day thanks to their network of roads. Walking the streets of Rome today easily takes you back in time.
Rome Was Not Built in a Day
Everyone has probably heard this expression once in a lifetime. When someone tries to give you words of encouragement, they might use this proverb, “Rome Wasn’t Built in A Day.” Since Rome was originally founded in 753 BC, century after century saw the addition of monuments to this eternal city.
Additions include the Pantheon, Saint Peter’s Basilica, the Spanish Steps, and the Victor Emmanuel II monument. How many days exactly has it taken for Rome to be built? The answer is about 1,010,450 days. That is an incredible amount. No wonder Rome is a dream destination for so many, and no wonder it took more than a day.
The City of Obelisks
When you think of obelisks, you think of Egypt, and more specifically, you think of ancient Egypt. Well, you wouldn’t be wrong for thinking so. The only thing is that obelisks are more common in Rome than in ancient Egypt. There are a little over 20 obelisks worldwide.
Five of them are in Egypt, and 13 are in Rome. We can say that the Romans were inspired by the Egyptian pharaohs, except their inspiration took the form of snatching them up and shipping them back home. Not building new ones. There is also an obelisk in Paris, New York, and London.