Crossing the roads in Rome
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I love Italy, and have done for the last 12+ years, yet it's funny that what I remember so vividly about Rome, is how difficult it is to cross the roads. Being British I am so used to waiting for cars to stop at a red light or at a zebra crossing but in Italy the drivers do not stop they carry on driving. When I first arrived in Rome, I headed over from where I was based near the Trevi Fountain to the Colosseo, I remember waiting for ages to cross each road. After a while of getting fed up with this, I started to watch the locals and I was shocked because if you did what they did in Britain you would more than likely get knocked over and in Germany receive a fine for jaywalking! Regardless of whether or not there were cars coming, regardless of how fast the cars/mopeds were driving, regardless of whether there were any Polizia or Carabinieri, the locals would just walk across the road and the cars/mopeds either stop or manouvre around them. After watching a few of the locals do this, successfully, a couple of times I decided to give it a go. Low and behold I was shocked that it actually worked, my nan stayed on the pavement watching until the cars stopped and casually crossed the road! I have found this "technique" to work in other places in Italy too.