Eric Dregni (above, pictured with the legendary Fabio), author of In Cod We Trust and the forthcoming Never Trust a Thin Cook and Other Lessons from Italy's Culinary Capital, has a travel piece in Sunday's Star Tribune about surviving the streets of Rome via Vespa (aka scooter).
Here are a few standout pieces of transportation advice he received from locals:
-"The only way to get across the street is to cross with arrogance. Act like you don't see the cars, and they will avoid you."
-"It's even safer to cross at the zebra stripes because if the drivers hit you, they pay double."
-"Never pay on the bus; people will know you're a tourist."