--Romans in one section of the city or another will complain about the "movida"--that is, late-night public partying by large groups of young people. These complaints are especially likely to come from residents of San Lorenzo, Testaccio, Campo de' Fiori, Pigneto, and the area around Ponte Milvio.
--A young tourist will have used a tool of some sort to gouge a piece out of a public monument, carve an initial, or otherwise deface one of the city's treasures.
|Rome garbage is eternal. The photo was taken|
in Tor Bella Monaca.
--Romans will be on holiday most of the time, or so it seems, celebrating every aspect of their long and complex history: unification, the Republic, the day when Rome was freed from German occupation, various canonizations, and so on. When these holidays fall on a Thursday or Tuesday, the Friday after or the Monday before - or both a Friday and Monday - will also be holidays, resulting in a long weekend of play called a "ponte"--that is, a "bridge." In common parlance, a "ponte" translates as "long weekend."
--There will be complaints and newspaper stories about the high cost of going to the beach--mostly about renting a space and an umbrella.
--Romans will become sick of tourists, even before the peak of the season, loathing especially the big, ugly tour buses that clog the narrow streets, pollute the air, and park in large numbers where they shouldn't. At the same time, and without a hint of irony, there will be gnashing of teeth over the decline of tourism in Rome.
--Alitalia, the national airline, will be in the news, grappling with its decline.
|Neighbors complained about this "abusivo" sidewalk sale near|
San Giovanni in Laterano.
|"Prati, the abandoned city: 'a bazaar of street sellers invade streets|
--Lots will be written about corruption, at all levels. This year, a postal employee who drove a delivery truck was found to be carrying mail not delivered for four years.
|Anticipating a June 6 strike of thousands of government|
So stay home. You know what's going on.