Rome is the capital of Italy. It played a major role in European history as the seat of the Roman Empire, and is regarded as one of the cradles of Western civilization.
Rome, also known as The Eternal City, has a history going back more than 2,500 years. It is now one of the most-visited cities in the EU. It is home to many international companies, and also an important hub of fashion and design. The Vatican City, an independent country, is located within its boundaries. This is an automatic compilation of DW content about Rome.
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An estimated 80 percent of streets in Rome are damaged, meaning that people living there are likely to come across a pothole about every 15 meters (about 50 feet). It's a nightmare for drivers on the Italian capital's busy roads. Which is why some citizens have decided to take matters into their own hands and rescue their city from these dreaded potholes.
Rumors of a draft law granting Austrian citizenship to German-speaking South Tyroleans — but not to Italian-speaking ones — sent sparks flying between Rome and Vienna. Many in South Tyrol see Austria as the "motherland."