In Rome, do as the Romans do - which means travelling to and from work four times a day.
In Rome, do as the Romans do - which means travelling to and from work four times a day. VISNEWS filmed recently a typical day in the lives of the average Roman worker. At just before 10 am gulp down that last cup of cappucino and dash for the bus. It's crowded as always.
For the next three and a half hours the streets are fairly quiet as the population works. 1:30 pm and the rush starts again, for lunch and siesta. Streets are thick with buses, cars, cycles and hurrying pedestrians - the road accident rate is at its peak.
Until three the city is quiet; tourist companies seize the opportunity to show the city off to their paying visitors. It's even possible to park the car.
Suddenly the streets are filled again by thousands of rushing people.
And the same happens in the evening, for the fourth time. Six days a week this goes on.
In protest, May 9, 80,000 Rome bank clerks went on strike. They demand that Saturdays be free and the siesta cut to make up for the lost time.
Several draft bills have been introduced in the Italian Parliament to eliminate this long midday break. Traffic engineers, wives - who rush home from work to prepare a meal and return to work more tired than at the beginning of siesta - and many thousand Romans approve the proposed legislation.
There isn't unanimous support for it. Tradition-bound pedants argue the solution is to make the siesta longer.