Rome Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old rome quotes, rome sayings, and rome proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

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

Rome was a poem pressed into service as a city.     

Anatole Broyard

She had always been fond of history, and in Rome was history in the stones of the street and the atoms of the sunshine.     

Henry James

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

Francesco Petrarca

How is it possible to say an unkind or irreverential word of Rome? The city of all time, and of all the world.     

Nathaniel Hawthorne

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

A great city, whose image dwells in the memory of man, is the type of some great idea. Rome represents conquest; Faith hovers over the towers of Jerusalem; and Athens embodies the pre-eminent quality of the antique world, Art.     

Benjamin Disraeli

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

Venerable Bede

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

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

Pietros Maneos

In Rome one had simply to sit still and feel.     

E.M. Forster

Find Cupid everywhere in Rome because we'd clipped one of his wings and he was forced to fly in circles.     

André Aciman

Italy has changed. But Rome is Rome.     

Robert De Niro

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

Giotto di Bondone

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

Saint Ambrose

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

Richard Meier

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


Every one soon or late comes round by Rome.     

Robert Browning

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

Miguel de Cervantes

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

George Eliot

New Rome will be destroyed. By the attacks of new vandals. God always remains silent.     

Dejan Stojanovic