S.P.Q.R (or “the funky side of Roma and other short stories”)

(warning: may contain jokes that the non-Greek speaking would NOT find funny. We are just kidding, and we have no intention of insulting anyone. ANY RESEMBLANCE TO REAL PEOPLE, PLACES AND SITUATIONS IS COINCIDENTAL)

As we were walking, I said to Kathy “I think I stepped on something”… Who could imagine that someday, I, Antonio, as Italians would call me, would step on the very emblem of the Roman Empire.

Well, not exactly, it was just a sewage manhole lid, and you can find S.P.Q.R everywhere in Rome, from public announcement boards to the city hall, from the garbage trucks to bus stops. I can only have one reasonable question because of this… Does S.P.Q.R still stand for “Senatus PopulusQue Romanus” (The Senate and the People of Rome), or has it changed to “Sono Pazzi Questi Romani”? (“Those Romans are crazy”, according to the Italian version of Asterix — just kidding around, apologies to Roman friends.)
Anyway, we continued walking down the street and we got lost for a little while. Then we turned to the (very well indeed) indicated street name and … ecco! there we were:

… exactly at the corner of Via Della Scrofa with Via Portoghese! OK. The guy who named a street Scrofa, must have suffered much from Scrofas all around.
So we found our way in the city, and we continued strolling around. They told us about bars being great in Rome and all, but we would never imagine we’d find a place like this:

…this sounded veeeerrry promising! (if the same thing was read aloud in Greek, that is)

The queue at the Colloseum

The next day we went sightseeing… or what someone would call queueing in Rome.

We enjoyed it, so we did it again the next day:

…and the next…

The Queue at St. Peter’s Basilica

…and the next.

Queue at the Vatican Museum

Then we took this street…

…and we thought we should have something to eat. As Greeks, the most important thing on the table for us is, of course, BREAD. So with everything else we ordered in a vineria near Centro Storico, we asked for bread. Actually , the service everywhere was very nice, people were very polite, even when they could not understand wtf you where saying to them. This was the conversation that took place:

-Could we have some bread please?
-Bread? You know…uhhhh…. pane? (“pane” is Italian for “bread”)
-oh… yes… just a moment…
So this guy makes a call with his phone to the kitchen, goes down there and returns:
-Sorry… it’s finished! I’ll go bring some…
AND HE ACTUALLY DID!!! He went to the baker’s and bought bread! And we were ecstatic when we saw him returning with the bread, we said “hey, I don’t believe it… he did it just for us”.

Rome was great, we recommend it to everyone. Apart from being a bit expensive , it is a city that is fun to walk around. Some friends of ours went to Rome in the winter, but we think that the best time to visit Rome is spring, when the temperatures are still low and the weather is good enough to be able to get around.

Hey, where else could you see this..

…and this…

…at the SAME place?


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  1. Xa,
    liges boltes akoma kai 8a briskate kai ti “Via Giossa”

    bre ts’keratades ti ftiaxn’ !

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