To get a feel for urban life in Rome, it’s essential that you spend some time lingering in the city’s many alfresco cafes. These casual eateries are where the majority of local residents start or end their workday (or take their lunch breaks)—so there’s no quicker way to steep yourself in Roman culture than to join them. Although cafes are scattered throughout the city, you’ll find several of the oldest and most famous around the main plazas of Piazza Navona, Piazza del Popolo, and Campo dei Fiori. In the morning, it’s traditional to order a cappuccino e cornetto (cappuccino and a croissant); if you want to use the local lingo, order your cappuccino scuro—“dark,” i.e. prepared with less milk, or chiaro—light.
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