After years of watching films and TV set in Rome, and hearing all about Roman history in school, I definitely had big expectations when I finally made it to the “Eternal City”.

Thankfully, the city lived up to all the hype.

Below, you’ll find all the most famous quotes on Rome, plus a bunch of caption ideas for all the photos you’ll be wanting to post when you visit!

Rome Quotes for Instagram


”Italy has changed. But Rome is Rome.”

Robert De Niro

“Her smile, I’m sure, burnt Rome to the ground.”

Mark Z. Danielewski

“Ready to move to Rome full-time.”

“Fulfilled my lifelong dream of riding a Vespa.”

“These #views are worth waking up early for.”

“Rome more, worry less.”

“Rome is always a good idea.”


“There’s no time to be bored in a world as beautiful as this.”

“Eat pasta, love, pray.”

“My happy place is anywhere with pizza, wine, and sunshine.”

“From Rome, with love.”

“When in Rome”

“I’ve got a crush on Rome.”

“La Dolce Vita.”


“Let’s cancel our plane tickets home and stay in Rome forever.”

“Life’s short. Get the double scoop of gelato.”

“Living like Lizzie McGuire.”

“Roman Holiday”

“History is calling, so I must go.”

“In crust we trust.”

“Current status: never leaving.”


“Veni, Vidi, Vici.”

Julius caesar

“A fool is one who admires other cities without visiting Rome.”

Francesco Petrarca

“All roads lead to Rome.”

“When thou art at Rome, do as they do at Rome.”

Miguel de Cervantes

“Dear, Rome. We’re better together.”

“Stepping back in time (ruins).”

“The road has finally led me to Rome.”


“Sometimes, you just can’t find the right words to describe Rome.”

“Came to Rome for the sights, stayed for the gelato.”

“Rome is magic.”

Maria Grazia Cucinotta

“I thought I knew everything when I came to Rome, but I soon found I had everything to learn.”

Edmonia Lewis

“Rome is the city of echoes, the city of illusions, and the city of yearning.”

Giotto di Bondone

“There’s no place like Rome.”

“I instantly fell in love with Rome.”

“Ah! Rome. This is what dreams are made of.”

Romantic Quotes About Rome

Romantic Quotes About Rome

“Rome was a poem pressed into service as a city.”

Anotole Broyard

“Meet me under the stars in Rome.”

“An eternal love for The Eternal City.”


“People don’t believe in love at first sight. I do, now that I’ve been to Rome.”

“That’s Amore.”

Funny Rome Quotes


“When in Rome, live as the Romans do; when elsewhere, live as they live elsewhere.”

Saint Ambrose

“Rome was not built in a day.”


“They say Rome wasn’t built in a day, but I wasn’t on that particular job.”

Brian Clough

“In Rome, it seems as if there were so many things which are more wanted in the world than pictures.”

George Eliot

“Rome seems a comfort to those with the ambitious soul of an Artist or a Conqueror.”

Pietros Maneos

“Rome is a city wherein every corner you have a reminder of the sacred world. That’s why I have sacred music, minimalist sacred music, which is also music I like because, at the end of the day, that’s what I want to do.”

Paolo Sorrentino

“I’m sure when they partied when Rome was burning, that was a really great party.”

Adam McKay

“Oddly enough, I’m not religious but I’m also very fond of St Peter’s in Rome. When I’m there, I always know there’s a good meal not far away.”

Jonathan Pryce

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“Rome holds my psyche in balance. Whenever I’m there, it’s like a holiday.”

Giambattista Valli

“I found Rome a city of bricks and left it a city of marble.”

Caesar Augustus

“The thing I love about Rome is that it has so many layers. In it, you can follow anything that interests you: town planning, architecture, churches, or culture. It’s a city rich in antiquity and early Christian treasures, and just endlessly fascinating. There’s nowhere else like it.”

Claire Tomalin

“Rome is the city of echoes, the city of illusions, and the city of yearning.”

Giotto di Bondone

“If I’m in Rome for only 48 hours, I would consider it a sin against God to not eat cacio e pepe, the most uniquely Roman of pastas, in some crummy little joint where Romans eat. I’d much rather do that than go to the Vatican. That’s Rome to me.”

Anthony Bourdain

“Rome is a place almost worn out by being looked at, a city collapsing under the weight of reference.”

Graham Joyce
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“If we could be reborn wherever we chose, how crowded Rome would be.”

Francine Prose

“Rome is a city wherein every corner you have a reminder of the sacred world. That’s why I have sacred music, minimalist sacred music, which is also music I like because, at the end of the day, that’s what I want to do.”

Paolo Sorrentino

“All the bad things that have ever happened to me have always happened in Rome.”

Richard Burton

“Going around Rome, you can find beauty because, quite simply, Rome is very beautiful. But the beauty of the people is sometimes harder to discover.”

Paolo Sorrentino

“From the dome of St. Peter’s one can see every notable object in Rome… He can see a panorama that is varied, extensive, beautiful to the eye, and more illustrious in history than any other in Europe.”

Mark Twain

“I like things that are kind of eclectic when one thing doesn’t go with another. That’s why I love Rome. The town itself is that way. It’s where Fascist architecture meets classic Renaissance, where the ancient bangs up against the contemporary. It has a touch of everything.”

Giambattista Valli

“Oh Rome! my country! city of the soul!”

Lord Byron

“Rome is a little bit different. There is something in Rome, incredible, like in a Fellini movie. Everybody’s screaming and laughing very loud.”

Alessandro Michele

“Italy will never be a normal country. Because Italy is Italy. If we were a normal country, we wouldn’t have Rome. We wouldn’t have Florence. We wouldn’t have the marvel that is Venice.”

Matteo Renzi
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“Rome has grown since its humble beginnings that it is now overwhelmed by its own greatness.”


“Rome is not like any other city. It’s a big museum, a living room that shall be crossed on one’s toes.”

Alberto Sordi

“The beauty of Rome is that you can wander into a pizzeria just about anywhere and get a real Italian pizza that’s thankfully worlds away from the Super Supreme I used to order at Pizza Hut as a kid.”

Ed Stoppard

“Rome has not seen a modern building in more than half a century. It is a city frozen in time.”

Richard Meier

“I am a sucker for those old traditional places, and Rome is as good as it gets, particularly when you throw in Italian food.”

Roger Federer

“I wanted to get across the idea that underneath Rome today is ancient Rome. So close. I am always conscious of that, and it thrills me.”

Federico Fellini

“Rome is one enormous mausoleum. There, the past lies visibly stretched upon his bier. There is no today or tomorrow in Rome; it is perpetual yesterday.”

Thomas Bailey Aldrich

“You look at passers-by in Rome and think, ‘Do they know what they have here?”

Frank McCourt

“There’s one thing that I like about Rome that was stated by Napoleon: that from sublime to pathetic is only one step away. And in Rome there’s a constant shifting between sublime and pathetic.”

Paolo Sorrentino

“I think there are two cities in the world – New York and Rome.”

Frank McCourt

“In Rome, I particularly love the history, churches, sculptures, and architecture and the fact that you can walk along a tiny cobbled street and turn the corner to find the Trevi Fountain.”

Philip Treacy

“All things atrocious and shameless flock from all parts to Rome.”


“All roads indeed lead to Rome, but theirs also is a more mystical destination, some bourne of which no traveler knows the name, some city, they all seem to hint, even more eternal.”

Richard Le Gallienne

“Ancient Rome was as confident of the immutability of its world and the continual expansion and improvement of the human lot as we are today.”

Arthur Erickson

Quotes About Rome Falling


“The fall of Rome seemed unthinkable to people at the time but inevitable to historians reflecting upon it with the benefit of context.”

Mary Pilon

“Rome was great in arms, in government, in law.”

Goldwin Smith

“Ancient Rome declined because it had a Senate, now what’s going to happen to us with both a House and a Senate?”

Will Rogers

“Ancient Rome was a violent place.”

James Purefoy

“Rome-the city of visible history, where the past of a whole hemisphere seems moving in funeral procession with strange ancestral images and trophies gathered from afar.”

George Eliot

Colosseum Quotes


“Rome will exist as long as the Coliseum does;
when the Coliseum falls, so will Rome;
when Rome falls, so will the world.”

Saint Venerable Bede

“Yes, I have finally arrived to this Capital of the World! I now see all the dreams of my youth coming to life… Only in Rome is it possible to understand Rome.”

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“Rome is not like any other city. It’s a big museum, a living room that shall be crossed on one’s toes.”

Alberto Sordi

Final Thoughts


I hope this list of quotes on Rome has inspired you to put the “Eternal City” on your bucket list (assuming its not already there).

If you found this post, while looking for the perfect Rome Instagram caption, I hope you found one you love. Please tag me in your photos. I love seeing my reader’s adventures!


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