How Big Is Rome?
The size of the Eternal City and its historic center

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Map of Metropolitan Rome and the Historic Center superimposed on a map of the New York area.

Above is a map of the New York area with concentric “rings” representing the boundaries of modern metropolitan Rome and inside the roughly rendered boundary of the Centro Storico or historic center of Rome. This is where you’ll find about 90% of the tourist sites mentioned in Internet sites like these.

Rome is 4292 miles from New York, just so you know.

The area inside the boundary of Rome is 1,285 km2 or 496.1 sq miles. The area of New York City is 468.9 square miles.

The Historic center of Rome is considered to be the area inside the city walls, an area of just over 5 square miles or just under 14 square kilometers.

The outer tracing is actually of the ring road around Rome, the GRA or Grande Raccordo Anulare, which is usually used as an estimation of the area of the Eternal City.

Population of Rome

How many people live in Rome? During the reign of Emperor Augustus, Rome was the largest city in the world with a population that approached 1 million, a number widely speculated upon. According to Wikipedia, “Glenn Storey estimates 450,000 people, Whitney Oates estimates 1.2 million, Neville Morely provides a rough estimate of 800,000 and excludes earlier suggestions of 2 million”. The fall of the Roman Empire caused the population to fall drastically; it wasn’t until the early 20th century that Rome reached a million people again; the benchmark occurred between the two world wars.

Today, in 2018, the population of the city is estimated as 3,772,000, a number provided by the UN World Urbanization Prospects.

Find Information About Visiting Rome

Our neighborhood map shows the Centro Storico of Rome outlining the Italian administrative divisions called rione which corresponds to our idea of “neighborhoods”.

Rome Map: Neighborhoods

Rome’s Tourist Favorite Rione: Trastevere.

Rome Transportation Map

And finally you might ask, “How big is Italy?” Well, we have an answer for that, too.


You might also ask, how did you make this map? Well, it was easy with the help of MapFrappe

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How Big Is Rome? originally appeared on WanderingItaly.com , updated: Sep 11, 2018 © .


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