Day Four – When in Rome …

30th October 2010 – 437 miles

After a hearty breakfast, we set off this morning with no hiccups to report.

It’s a shame that we were so time limited as we had to drive straight through Tuscany and Umbria on the autostrada.

Once in Rome, we set out on a wild goose chase, firstly to find the guesthouse (as we were supplied with an incorrect address) and then in search of the local Bangladeshi community (input error on the satnav).

When we finally did meet them, we were greeted by Monir uz Zaman, the Italy representative for NTV, who was kind enough to buy us dinner, introduce us to fellow Bangladeshis and show us around his beautiful city.

There is a large population of Bangladeshis here in Rome that have created a very hospitable and welcoming community in Torpignattara.

We interviewed Bangladeshis, as they quizzed us, and as with Paris, we found that life was not so easy for them.

For the first time on this trip, we met a couple of Bangladeshi ladies who had created a club whereby women can improve their grasp of Italian, develop a greater understanding of the culture and also gain financial independence within their household but they found it difficult as tradition dictated certain standards.

Everyone was excited about our plans and bid us farewell for our onward journey.

To round off a great evening, we were shown around Rome and caught various sites including the Colosseum, Pantheon and Piazza Navona.

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