Couple of other things I noticed and found rather charming. Pet dogs are everywhere, in restaurants, luxury shops, trains, I like pets and I think it's great if we can bring dogs into places like that.
And you know how the stereotypical image of a traditional Italian restaurant usually features grandma or a matriarch figure working in the kitchen? Well, that's actually true cos I managed to take peek inside a couple of restaurants and there really is a motherly figure calling the shots in the kitchen!
Now what they say bout Rome being one big public museum is true. Believe it or not, I took waaaay more pix of buildings and museum pieces than of food. Like most geeks, I’m an ancient history buff and I kinda pride myself with being able to name some of the statues on display at the Vatican and around Rome before reaching the inscription.