I’ve never seen a free Rome guide that includes talking to the locals as something to do, but I don’t understand why this is. Not only is it the best of getting to know the local culture on a personal level, but it’s a great way to make some friends in Rome
as well. It is true that we Romans may seem like we sometimes don’t interact with people very much, and might not speak the best English, but it is also true that for thousands of years Rome has been a city where anyone is welcome. Romans are usually very interested in your life too - so if you get talking to anyone, they might end up asking you where you are going, when you’re going there and why you are going. But just relax, this is just how we are sometimes! Go to the Trastevere district because it’s the best place to come to mix with locals and tourists - it’s everyone’s favourite place to spend an evening
. It’s still very authentic here so people are much more friendly and trusting, especially after some Roman wine, and if you’re trying to do Rome on a budget it’s a winner because it’s beautiful, traditional and cheap.