When in Rome, speaking to locals is one of the things you'd better not skip: here's a list of 5 things you could get to know by speaking to a native Roman.
1. Roman locals often speak English
When speaking with a local, especially young ones, you may discover that many native Romans speak English, although many of us are just afraid to speak it. To an Italian ear, English is very different and has sounds which we’re not used to; that’s why locals are shy to speak English: it makes Italians feel strange!
2. How to cross the streets in Rome
It may seem an impossible mission, but it’s not that difficult. To a visitor’s eye, Roman drivers are crazy, they don’t stop at the crossing points, they often don’t stop at red lights, they think they are always in the right to do everything.
There’s a solution: ask a local how he crosses the street, he’ll explain it’s just a matter of showing yourself confident to the driver’s eye!
3. How to drink from the water fountains
This is fun. Water fountains in Rome are so many, and everybody drinks from them in the easiest way. Romans have their own style. Ask a local how to do, it’s going to be a sweet discovery: you just have to stop the main water flux with a finger and wait until it'll come out from the smaller hole! Easy-peasy!
4. The name of their favorite wine
Have you ever heard of the phrase “In Italy, we are 60 millions football managers”? It’s pretty much the same for wine. Everybody has his favorite brand which he’s very proud of and he looks for everywhere. Speaking to a local would be a great occasion to get to know something new.
5. What their favorite coffee shop is
Speaking with a local can be useful even to understand where to go have your coffee. You know that Italians are creatures of habit and coffee in Italy is almost a religion: everybody has his favorite place where he goes every day. Every Bar is different, although remember that in Rome the average coffee is a high quality one!