The famous saying rings true even today.
A tour guide at the Roman Forum commented that nothing could ever be done quickly in Italy’s Capital. “Every time developers try to build something new, or dig into the ground, they hit another priceless treasure” he said with a wry smile.
The latest line of the Metro has taken over a decade to complete and, according to the tour guide, this was partially due to negotiations with Fondo Ambiente Italiano (the Italian National Trust), and the care with which the dig had to be undertaken.
Last year, while work was carried out on the newest line of the Metro, excavation crews unearthed a Roman barracks and burial ground dating back to the second century. Around 40,000 individual pieces were discovered ranging from pottery to weaponry.
Mayor Virginia Raggi enjoyed a sneak peak of the new San Giovanni station where the best of these artefacts will be on display. The station will be open to the public later this year and archaeologists are calling it a “trip back in history.”
Indeed, as one of the world’s oldest inhabited cities, Rome has a lot to offer.
Rome was founded in 753 BC. It has survived countless wars, and political uprisings. It experienced monarchy and one of the earliest examples of republic governments in the world.
In post-classical times, Rome saw the construction of Old St Peter’s Basilica. In the middle ages, it was the heart of the Holy Roman Empire.
Rome’s renaissance brought about artistic enlightenment and produced some of the world’s most famous masters such as Raphael and Michelangelo.
It is home some of the world’s oldest and most treasured sites, welcoming between 7 – 10 million visitors every year.
Rome is a history-buffs dream, with reminiscent art that captures a bygone era and echoes of stories long come to pass.
There is nothing on earth quite like it.
“Rome was a poem pressed into service as a city.”