Doing the Tourist Dance at a Festive Fountain in Rome, Italy
In the Eternal City, the crowds themselves can seem eternal at certain hotspots. This is not necessarily a bad thing. The scene around Rome's Trevi Fountain late at night, for example, has a carefree, festive air, lively without being rowdy. The people-watching is nonpareil, as an international crowd of giddy gawkers mills around the fountain, tossing coins into the water and just hanging out. At any given moment, you can spot a handful of people doing a tourist dance of sorts, holding cameras out to nearby strangers, trying to communicate in a stumbling mixture of languages: "Bonjour, you take my fotografia, por favor?" Join the fun and do the dance. It's a great ice-breaker, a surprisingly effective way to meet new people from all over the world—with whom, if you'd like, you can continue the conversation at one of the many nearby bars.