What’s the meaning of “Tutte le strade portano a Roma”?

In this short lesson, we will learn the meaning of the Italian proverb Tutte le strade portano a Roma along with its pronunciation. We will go back to the time of ancient Rome.

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Tutte le strade portano a Roma

Meaning of the proverb

Tutte le strade portano a Roma can be literally translated as “all roads lead to Rome” and it means that there’s more than one way to reach a goal.

In ancient times, Rome was the capital city of the Roman Empire, l’impero romano, and probably the most important city in all of Europe. It was even called caput mundi, a Latin phrase meaning “center of the world”.

roman soldier pointing left - roma caput mundi

Pronunciation of the proverb

Now let’s hear how this proverb is pronounced.

Tutte le strade portano a Roma.
All roads lead to Rome.

You may have trouble pronouncing the stra- cluster in strada. If you need help with Italian pronunciation, check out the lesson on the Italian alphabet and pronunciation.

Where does Tutte le strade portano a Roma come from?

Imagine a circle with Rome in its center. Or imagine a human heart, with its countless arteries leading to it. Now imagine hundreds of roads throughout Europe, all leading to one city in Italy, Rome.

Roads in ancient Rome were considered to start from the Golden Milestone, known in Italian as the miliario aureo, a column erected by the Emperor Augustus, and all distances in the Roman Empire were measured relative to it.

Just as there were many roads in Europe that led to ancient Rome, there are many ways today that lead to the same goal.

The structure of Tutte le strade portano a Roma is similar to that of the proverb Tutti i fiumi portano al mare, “all rivers lead to the sea”.

a river flowing

And that’s the end of our lesson on the Italian proverb Tutte le strade portano a Roma!

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