The traffic in Rome is very in your face. Other European cities are centered on mass transit, but Rome loves its personal transportation and the Metro, bus system and trams seem a bit like afterthoughts. You'd think the air would taste worse than it does. Walk down a narrow cobbled lane that you think no car could possibly pass through and suddenly an Alfa-Romeo is bearing down on you. Even if the street is blocked off, it won't stop the Vespas and Moto-Guzzis. There aren't many traffic cops around, and people park every which way. To give you the flavor of Italian traffic, I shot this short video in the Travastere neighborhood, just as dusk was approaching:

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Rome: City of eternal traffic
A video minute in Roman traffic. It can be brutal if you're not from around these parts.