With its immense past, Rome, the city of seven hills, was once the capital of the ancient Roman Empire, and that today is the capital of Italy. The city is situated in the Lazio region of the country, with the River Tiber splitting the city in two.
Millions of tourists pass through Rome each year....attracted by the temples, museums, monuments and roman ruins. The Coliseum and St Peters Square act as emblems of the city, as does the Vatican city, an indepedent state within Rome, where resides the pope.
The origin of the city, according to the legend, comes from Romulus and Remus who were abandoned at birth and brought up by a wolf. After growing up, Romulus killed his twin and founded the city of Rome. A more realistic theory states how the name is derived from the italian word for river, and later became home of the Roman Empire..
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