One of Europe’s oldest continuously occupied sites, Rome’s history dates back thousands of years. According to Roman mythology, it was founded on 21 April 753 BC, but the area has been inhabited for much longer, with archaeological evidence of human occupation dating back 14,000 years.
The Eternal City
Ancient Roman civilisation has spawned the foundations for modern language, art, literature, architecture and politics and thus provided the inspiration for many modern republics. Over thousands of years, the Italian capital has grown into a bustling cosmopolitan city, interceded with old with the new architecture – home to approximately three million people.
Such was the power and might of their empire, Ancient Romans believed Rome would last forever, irrespective of whatever happened to the rest of the world, and so it became known as the ‘Eternal City’.
Until Formula E ushered in a new era of motorsport in Rome in 2018, street racing hadn't taken place in the city for 62 years. Now celebrating five years on the streets of the Italian capital, the Formula E circuit pays tribute to Rome's racing roots with the track using parts of the old Tre Fontane circuit from the 1920s - with the start line on Via delle Tre Fontane.
Home race heroes
Maserati MSG Racing drivers Maximilian Guenther and Edoardo Mortara will be certain of passionate support in the grandstands this weekend as the iconic Italian automotive racing brand competes at home as a team in single-seater world championship motorsport for the first time since 1957. Juan Manuel Fangio took to the podium in Monza then and heading off the back of a first win for the marque since that same year at the hands of Fangio, Guenther will be hoping to replicate his Jakarta drive on home soil for Maserati.
The brand is also set to shout about its all-new GranTurismo Folgore EV at the event, with a show on Friday by the Palazzo di Congressi.
Return to EUR
EUR is a residential and business district in the Italian capital and stands for Esposizione Universale Roma - an area built for the World Exhibition of 1942. Although the fair never took place, the district has been the backdrop to all five rounds in Rome since Formula E made its debut here in 2018.
The Circuito Cittadino dell'EUR
While the backdrop remains the same, the 19-turn 3.385km Circuito Cittadino dell'EUR underwent a number of amendments in close collaboration with local authorities for Season 7, which saw the track become the second longest in Formula E history after Beijing.
The Palazzo dei Congressi, Piazzale Marconi are major landmarks as the circuit winds its way around the iconic Palazzo della Civilta Italiana, known as the "Square Coliseum". Ninfeo Park will also form a part of the circuit’s perimeter.
It's a perfect mix of high-speed runs and tight, complex sections and undulations with plenty of opportunities for overtaking at the hairpin and some 90-degree bends - peak Formula E and a big favourite of the drivers.
A minor tweak for 2022 saw the start moved between Turns 3 and 4 with the finish on the approach to Turn 19.