In many large cities people are encouraged to keep moving. In Rome, the architecture seems designed to ask you the question: ‘are you really in that much of a rush that you don’t have time to sit and rest for a few moments?’
The sheer number of benches in Rome says lots about the city and it’s general approach to life. As these pictures show, there’s lots more you can do on a bench than just sit. And i’m sure the activities drag on well into the deep of the night…
So, when in Rome, please do run around all over the place. But, between things, ‘perfavore accomodatevi’, which is how we invite someone to sit down. The literal translation is ‘please, make yourselves comfortable’.