When you stay in hostels, they...
When you stay in hostels, they try to get you to do a tour of some sort. But if you go to the information centre they will give you a walking self-tour brochure which makes things easier on the budget. It will tell you the best way to catch all the sites. Fondest memory: it would have to be when we finally ditched the american that was hanging around. He was bad karma...
One of traditions of Italians and Romans too is playing cards.
We use mostly two types of Italian cards, Piacentine (from the city of Piacenza) and Napoletane (from Napoli). The games are the same and the most famous are "briscola", "scopa", "tresette" and many many others !
Ask me if you want to know the rules !!! :)
did you buy it from the back of a truck?
Ask around at your hotel or hostel, but there are plenty of small shops that offer Italian clothes at very low prices. I was sent to the center of town to investigate these bargain paradises. I know all the sweatshops are in Romania, but for some reason Italy is the place to go to get cheap designer clothing. Such good quality too! Everything seems to be sexy and clingy, so don't go overboard or you'll be mistaken for a transsexual. € 20,- to € 50,- for things. expect massive discounts.
Things you should beware of
The most dangerous things on the roman roads are scooters. The larger these are, the more treacherous they are, since their drivers tend to consider them as bicycles, but they have the size of a small lorry.
The second most dangerous things are Smart cars (those ugly two-seaters made by Mercedes and Swatch, which tend to be driven by bimbos and teenagers with more gel on the head than brain inside).
The third most dangerous things are pedestrians who don't follow my previous tip on walking rules and do one of the following: suddenly start crossing very fast, then stop two metres away from the pavement; start crossing then back off; start crossing slowly without looking; then start running when they see a car approaching; start crossing outside the zebras (they are indeed very important); start crossing, then answer the mobile phone or (even worse) start texting their friends, looking for their lost mates, search a lipstick in their bag, and so on.
Piazza Augusto Imperatore, 9/Via della Frezza, 23 [Center] Tel. 06 322 6273. Open until 2am.
Reservations recommended: specify restaurant or pizzeria. The wait staff are multilingual.
Under one roof, something for everyone: a pizzeria, a wine bar, fine dining, and a gourmet shop. Yet, each of the individual parts somehow has great integrity, style, and quality. The pizza's almost as good as you can get anywhere (but forego the greasy deep-fried snacks), and the upstairs risorante menu, which adds international influences to traditional Italian fare, is exceptional. Debuting in 1998, 'Gusto quickly found its soul in the fun-loving 20-something set, who flock to surround its largest refectory-style tables, but the atmosphere and food easily appeal to people of any age.