Rome bike-sharing a disaster

Most major European cities now have bike-sharing programs that enable you to rent a bike and use it, free, for short errands, or for a low price (electronically-charged) for longer periods. But not the Italian capital. Bike-sharing was first introduced here in 2008 , with 19 bike-stations and 160 bikes, But it has been downhill […]


Since I live alone, these days this is is generally the first face I see in the mornings. Fabio, 43, is the barista at the Café della Scala, the entrance to which is maybe five yards to the right of my doorway. So when I stagger downstairs to put out the day’s garbage of choice (bottles and plastic, paper or non-recyclables), it makes perfect sense to have a cup of espresso, or even two before going back upstairs.