It’s always great when your friends come to Rome for visit 🙂 they enjoy this beautiful city, they eat the good food, and I revalue some of those very alternative and long lost scenarios I always brag about. Plus my fellow Romans are very fun people.
A few days ago, two friends of mine came from Chile to Italy…
As the weekend came by, I took my friends to lovely places such as Garbatella little streets and wineries, more croweded places like Piazza Navona, Vatican area, and a nice party on Saturday night.
But at some point my friend said “You know what? I love this city, there are rules and nobody cares. What’s the meaning of Vietato?”, to which I humbly answered with “Mhmm.. Vietato means forbidden, prohibited… allegedly”. We were walking inside Garbatella metro station when I actually realized what he was talking about:
Passaggio Vietato people, as in Do Not Pass.
© Stanito, 2013
This guy below happened to walk just in front of me and very conveniently in Termini station. I don’t think he noticed the three signs over their heads:
© Stanito, 2013
Vietato: [vie·tà·to] pp. prevent someone from performing a given action or keep a certain behavior by means of an order, a provision, a law, etc..; prohibit.
Seems either like the word itself doesn’t count anything or else breaking it is just cool. I’m no innocent, I do the exact same thing because in the case of Garbatella station the Prohibited way is faster than the regular one.
Same thing goes for the No Smoking sign, unfortunately I was unable to take a picture with people smoking right next to the No Smoking sign, but believe me, it happens a lot. So instead I caught these photos on the net taken in metro station EUR Magliana in Rome.
Never encourage this kind of behavior, if you see one, as a proper citizen, you should alert the police.
Unless of course, the police gives you no hope because they’re breaking some law as well…
Enjoy Rome, is a unique city, really 🙂