Originally, the ancient Romans took inspiration from Greeks and Etruscans from where they inherited their culture. However, Romans incorporated their unique stamp to their influences and it never seems as if it has been inherited from the other civilizations, In fact, with its tourist attractions, the Roman Empire spread its culture to other places too.
If we go further to discuss the Roman Gods who pepper our constellations, it becomes clear how prevalent roman culture is in the world. The Rome culture which dates back to thousands of years is mostly gone, but it still holds great intrigue around the world. Some of the lasting effects of this culture and history are death games and gladiators performing in the arena.
Archaic Cultures and Traditions
The connection of past and present within the Roman culture is what makes it intriguing. For instance, the architecture which dates back to 17th century by Bernini is still incorporated into modern buildings. Artistic creation in the Renaissance by masters of that time and the Baroque periods still exist in the pieces of modern day museums and galleries. The famous Roman Forum and Coliseum is an example to that as well.
The busy cosmopolitan city, Rome, holds an eclectic culture that preserves its past like its present. Much of its culture and traditions are a reflection of the people who represented Rome at different points in history. Gladiators, master artists, learned men, and pagan deities left a lasting influence on the city. This is why it is also called the Eternal City.
Tourists from all over the world flock to the exotic Vatican city, the Forum Museum, the Palazzo Altemps, the Galleria Borghese, Domus Aurea, and the Palatine to behold the stepping stones of Roman archaic culture and traditions.
Holidays in Rome
Rome traditions portray strong Christian culture at the arrival of Easter and Christmas holidays. According to the tradition, locals go to St. Peter’s square on the occasion to receive blessings from the Pope. When the season of Lent comes, a traditional procession of the Cross starts from the Coliseum to the Palatine and the Forum, on Good Friday. An outdoor mass further gathers on the Sunday morning of Easter in St. Peter’s Square.
Food and Festivals
Food is the integral part of Roman culture. The cuisines are full of flavor and reflect the old Roman taste. Inexpensive cuts of meats, fresh vegetables, pasta, and cheese are the typical ingredients of Roman food.
Many food stalls and restaurants are located within the city including pizzerias, trendy restaurants, and family-run trattorias. The restaurants are mostly crowded with people at all times.
Food is celebrated with frequent food festivals that are inaugurated in the city center where people walk among the stalls, eating and having fun. There are different food festivals for different seasons. They celebrate the Roman heritage and pass on the old traditions which the locals take pride in. For instance, The Sagra del Csarciofo which celebrates artichoke cooking in a Roman style. This springtime festival showcases many different ways to cook an artichoke.
Rome’s culture is exotic as well as interesting, even for the tourists that belong to different cultures. The entire city unites to represent its past as a reflection of all its cultural practices