'In Italy we blow our nose with dollars'. This was a response to a tourist who offered too little for having his photograph taken with a man dressed as a centurion outside the Coliseum. Bruised and battered, his companion nursing a broken foot, they wisely departed for Umbrian vineyards. The Guardian reports,
It would not be the first time Rome's modern centurions have resorted to violence. Arrests were made in 2003 after an argument between rival bands of costumed Romans over turf rights outside the Colosseum resulted in a fist fight in front of tourists.
I am off to Greece. Pericles v Caligula - no contest!