Rome is the largest city and the capital of Italy, while also being one of the top bucket list places across the globe. The city is located in the central-western part of “Bel Paese” (Italy’s nickname, meaning beautiful country) and its history dates back to 753 BC when Rome was founded by King Romulus. Needless to say, such an iconic place with so much history is a magnet for tourists from all parts of the world.Rome is the largest city and the capital of Italy,while also being one of the top unconventional attractions in Rome across the globe.
Stadio Olimpico: Home to Modern-Day Gladiators
One of the main tourist attractions in Rome has always been the mighty Colosseum, which is the largest structure left from Roman antiquity. Then there are also legendary locations such as the Pantheon, the Roman Forum, the Vatican City and the fabulous Trevi Fountain. And while visiting these locations is a no-brainer for those visiting Rome, there are other somewhat unorthodox, yet quite captivating attractions in Rome such as Stadio Olimpico and the city’s casino scene. On one hand, we have the Stadio Olimpico which is one of the biggest football stadiums in Europe and the home to Seria A clubs Lazio and Roma, who managed to reach the semi-finals of the Europa League last season.
The legendary stadium, built in 1927, boasts a seating capacity of more than 70,000 spectators and it is part of the Foro Italico sports complex, which is located in the northern part of the city. In 1990, Stadio Olimpico was restructured and a roof was added as part of preparations for the 1990 World Cup, as it was the main stadium of the tournament. Apart from the 1990 World Cup that was won by West Germany, Stadio Olimpico has hosted a number of other significant football tournaments such as the 1996 and 2009 UEFA Champions League finals, as well as UEFA Euro 1980 and 2020 matches.
Gaming An Under-Represented Roman Pastime
While football, and sport in general, has long been seen as a staple of the Roman diet, other pastimes may not be what comes to mind when people think of Rome and its inhabitants. While city-state Monaco and US-hotspot Las Vegas are widely seen as casino gaming capitals of the world, Italy’s historical center isn’t a destination that many think of when it comes to the humble casino.
That couldn’t be further from the truth, though, as the city is host to no fewer than five video slot casinos. And this is an industry that is growing, especially with the relatively recent introduction of online casino. In fact, many online establishments are looking to replicate the in-person experience by using live-video technology to connect players with real-life dealers, as can be seen in this full review of casino con dealer en Vivo.
While there may not be any casinos in the traditional sense in the city, gaming permeates its culture, as competition and sport has throughout its history. So, while these may not be the first things that spring to mind when planning a trip to the Eternal City, perhaps they’re worth adding to the list.