There are an estimated 900 churches in Rome. The main religion is Roman Catholic, along with the rest of Italy. There was a religion called "Roman Religion" before Christianity appeared and worshipped many gods, such as Jupiter. Italian is spoken by most of the population of about 2.8 million residents.
Art is an imprtant part of history in Rome and includes theatrical performances, paintings, fountains, and mosaics from many time periods. Rome has one of the largest musical venues; Parco Della Musica. There is also an opera house and many other musical institutions, theaters, and schools for arts.