Roman Fun Facts for the Week
By Rosario Mariani, http://www.europebychoice.com
“A Roman Nose”
In Ancient Rome it was considered a sign of leadership if you had a crooked nose, as a crooked nose obviously meant that it had been broken at some point. Most noses were broken in battles, thus it was the sign of a warrior.
Today, Rome still honors the image of a crooked nose in all of its water fountains throughout the city, which have a crooked faucet. The Romans refer to these fountains as “il nasone.”
Did you know there is a city called “Rome” on every continent? There are 13 cities and 4 townships called Rome in the USA alone. But when you sing “Arrivederci Roma” you only think of the original: “Roma non far la stupida stasera…”
Let’s make a Toast!
A toast, meaning a proposal of health, originated in Rome, where an actual bit of spiced, burnt bread was dropped into wine to improve the drink’s flavor and absorb its sediments, thus making it healthier.
Rosario Mariani is the owner/CEO of Europe By Choice, which promotes travel to Italy and other select European countries. He has more than 40 years of experience in the travel industry, previously serving as Director of Italy Product for Italiatour and Club ABC Tours, and also in other positions with EuroFly, Alitalia and Air France.