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Tour Rome Avanti in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Rome in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
First appearance Mario is Missing! (1992)
Latest appearance Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Booster Course Pass, Wave 6) (2023)
Greater location Italy
Inhabitants Humans, Animals, etc.

Rome (Italian: Roma) is the capital city of Italy. It appears in Mario is Missing! and Mario Kart Tour, as well as being referenced in the Donkey Kong Country television series by Donkey Kong in the second song from the episode "The Big Chill Out".


Mario is Missing![edit]

Rome from Mario is Missing!.
Luigi and Yoshi in the SNES version of Mario is Missing!

Rome is one of the locations visited in Mario is Missing!. Alongside Beijing, Nairobi, Moscow and San Francisco, it is one of the five cities Luigi must visit in Mario is Missing! in order to defeat Ludwig von Koopa in the SNES version and Larry Koopa in the PC version. In the NES version, it is part of the first pair of levels alongside New York City. Several items were stolen from famous landmarks by Bowser's Koopalings: in the NES and SNES versions, these include a gladiator's spear from the Colosseum, some coins from the Trevi Fountain, and the Sistine Chapel's ceiling. In the PC version, alongside the spear and coins, Michelangelo's Paintbrush is stolen instead of the Chapel's ceiling, a column is stolen from the Pantheon, and a bannister is stolen from the Spanish Steps. When in Rome, Luigi must ask the locals questions about the area and answer geographical and historical questions to return the items to their rightful place.

Mario Kart series[edit]

A course set in Rome, titled Rome Avanti, appears in Mario Kart Tour starting from the Night Tour. Rome is the sixth European city to be added to the game as a race course, after Paris, London, Berlin, Amsterdam, and Athens, and is the first of them courses to be set at night. Landmarks visited in the course include the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Piazza del Campidoglio, Piazza Navona, Piazza del Popolo, Campo de' Fiori, the Spanish Steps, the Villa Borghese gardens, the Trevi Fountain, and Trajan's Market.

Rome Avanti returns in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe in the sixth and final wave of the Booster Course Pass. In that game, it is the first course of the Acorn Cup.


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Information from Mario is Missing![edit]

  • Boy:
    • "Maybe I should wear a suit, because this country is shaped like a boot."
    • "You could try 'Rome-ing' around to figure it out."
  • Tourist:
    • "Changed my money to lira at the border. 'To the Tiber' was my order."
    • "I like pizza, I like pasta. Ciao baby, I'll see you!" (NES/SNES)
    • "I like pasta, I like wine. Ciao baby, I’ll be fine." (PC)
  • Business Woman:
    • "You're on a boot-shaped peninsula in southern Europe, somewhere in the Mediterranean."
    • "If you brought Italian shoes from home, we could climb the Alps for a peek of Rome."
  • Scientist:
    • "This city was built on 7 hills in 753 B.C. It was home to Caesar, the original Italian Stallion."
    • "This is sort of a riddle, remember Nero and his fiddle?"
  • Police Officer:
    • "Your capital is now lira in this capital city. Just do as the Romans do."


  • Mario Kart Tour Twitter: Here's a sneak peek of what's to come in #MarioKartTour! Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong went ahead to check out the new tour location and sent a picture back. It looks like they're having a blast in a city of beautiful streets and ancient ruins.[1]


Mario is Missing![edit]

Mario Kart Tour[edit]