- By Kevin
- On Sep 13, 2017
- Travel Tips
With only 60,000 permanent residents but 16.5 million tourists,Rome is a city that caters to the visitor in almost every respect.As a result,it can be challenging to find genuine local fare.But with a little bit of effort,you will find that Rome will reward you with a unique regional Italian cuisine worth traveling for.Explore Rome and its common life,travel around Rome.
Rome was founded on a group of seven hills in what is now known as the Lazio region of Central Italy.The city straddles the Tiber River,which divides the city into east and west halves.The Aniene River also intersects the Tiber just north of the main city center.The city of Rome was built inland but its territory really extends to the Tyrrhenian Sea and the port area of Ostia.Rome lies at an altitude as low as 43 feet and as high as 456 feet above sea level.
Italy’s unusual topography effectively provided a cradle and protector for the ancient city of Rome.To the north,the Italian Peninsula is protected by the European Alps,which are virtually impassible during the winter months.The Apennine Mountains to the east also protected the city from attack during the age of empire.The famous seven hills on which Rome was founded(the Capitoline,Palatine,Aventine,Caelian,Esquiline,Quirinal and Viminal)are actually not very pronounced though they did play a role in the original layout of the city.Palatine Hill was the original site of the city due to its defensibility and positioning near an island that facilitated crossing the Tiber River.