But there was still hope. The kind, English speaking staff at Cafe New Age told us about a place in Via Nazionale. We jumped on the first bus in that direction to try our luck once again.

The place was OK, they had beer, people, music and dancing Roman babes, but it wasn’t exactly what we’d hoped for I guess.

Rome is an excellent city to visit if you’re a couple. You can stay here for ever, and if you get tired of all the sights you can just get lost in each other. But if you’re two guys travelling, I would recommend spending three days tops in Rome, then move on.

It could be that we’ve just had some bad luck, of course, that we’ve been at the wrong places at the wrong time. For instance, this week a lot of Romans leave the city to go on holiday, and many have left because of the terrorist threats issued last month.