Rome, also nicknamed Caput Mundi or The Eternal City, is of course one of the most renown cities around the world. It's the capital of Italy and also the country's most populated city, with around 3 million people living there. Since Rome is one of the oldest cities in Europe, the city's history is quite long but very interesting. It was founded before Christ, in 753 BC, to be more exact. It's also the seat of Papacy since the 1st century AD. Rome is one of the World Centers because of it's importance in the global economic system. Well, that shouldn't be a surprise, the oldest shopping mall in the world is Trajan's Market in Rome, of course. Looks like the Romans have always had a thing for shopping. Not to mention that Rome is famous for it's designer clothes and accessories. The city of Rome is very appreciated by tourists too. When you think of Rome, surely you think about the Colosseum as the main attraction. The Colosseum is one of Rome's symbols, being the largest amphitheater ever built in the Roman Empire. Romans used to watch gladiators fight and found this to be a great recreational activity. But there is a lot more to be seen in Rome. The largest Church in the world is here, in Rome. St. Peter's Basilica, located in the Vatican City, is the most renowned building of Renaissance architecture and also one of the holiest Catholic sites. Speaking of the Vatican City, the smallest state in the world, here are some interesting facts worth mentioning. The Sistine Chapel's ceiling was really decorated by one man only, Michelangelo, and it took him 4 years to complete it. He wasn't even known as a painter at the time, but as a sculptor. The Vatican City also has a large group of museums, each displaying their own part of roman history. Rome is also known for it's "talking statues". Starting with the 16th century, anonymous poems and critic notes are posted on famous statues around the city in order to express people's opinions on politics or social aspects. The most famous statue of Rome is not a talking statue though, but the statue of the she-wolf taking care of Romulus and Remus. Legend says that the twins were adopted by a she-wolf a long time ago, after they were abandoned by their own family. When the two brothers grew up they decided to honor the she-wolf and built the city of Rome. Recent studies have shown that the statue might be a medieval sculpture after all, dating from the 13th century. There is so much to be seen in Rome: the Roman Forum, the Domus Aurea, Trajan's Column, the Catacombs and many more monuments and sites. There are over 7 million tourists that visit all of them every year. Another legend involves the famous Trevi Fountain. Legend says that if you throw a coin into the fountain, you will surely return to Rome. An average of 3,000 euros worth of coins are thrown into the fountain each day, proving once again how everyone wants to come back to visit this city at least one more time!