I'm not going to go in-depth here in this topic or this post would be the longest ever written. It's just to explain a teensy bit of Italian history.
Julius Caesar is the one everyone first thinks of when we think of Roman leaders. Apparently he was born through a cesarean, the word coming from his name. He ruled strongly and well, famously having a love affair with Cleopatra, she with the nose (sorry, had to add that bit, they say had her nose been slightly smaller the world would have been different). Actually on the subject of noses and Romans the Roman nose is slightly hooked or crooked, it's distinctive, something that you can often distinguish an Italian from a non Italian, I have it myself.
Other, non Caesar leaders were Hadrian who built the long wall in North England to keep out those pesky Picts from Scotland who painted themselves blue and put up a good fight against being taken over. Marcus Aurelius who was a Good Leader and also a Philosopher. Commodus, who was called cowardly and weak as a leader. And Nerva, a short lived but wise leader.
Back to Nero, he had a holiday home, or holiday palace, in Anzio, then named Antium. This is where he is said to have played the fiddle while Rome burned, the Great Fire of Rome destroyed much of the city and rumours put it that Nero started it so he could build a new palace on the land. There is no way to establish how or why the fire really started. Anzio has new statue of Nero which is erected looking over the sea, his palace there is all in ruins and not much left much of it being under the sea where he now looks over. My Gandmother's home is built on top of it and I have tried to establish exactly where it would be placed and think I know, now.