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Rome vs Delhi

Sonal Kalra on where Delhi stands when compared to the Italian Capital.

entertainment Updated: Apr 16, 2010 01:52 IST
Sonal Kalra

Rome Traffic
The traffic in Rome is chaotic during the day. It gets especially crazy during the peak hours, with small cars moving bumper to bumper at snail’s pace. Drivers yelling at each other on the roads, lined on both sides by parked cars, is a common sight. Somehow to a Delhiite, it looks familiar.

Delhi Traffic
All those who crib about Delhi’s traffic will appreciate what they have if they happen to visit Rome. Delhi’s traffic is crazy too, especially at bottlenecks, but with the flyovers being constructed and roads getting wider for the Commonwealth Games, the situation is way better than in the Italian capital.

Fine Dining Restaurants
Rome prides itself on high-end restaurants boasting 16th century architecture and authentic Italian cuisine. Wine flows like water with every course. Surprisingly for many foreigners, pizza is not a favoured dish at the high-end, snobbish places.

Delhi Restaurants
Delhi is witnessing a gastronomic revolution with new fine dining places mushrooming every other day. While Indian cuisine is a little hard to find in Rome, Italian restaurants like Diva, Baci, Smokehouse Grill etc are doing great business in Delhi.

Historical heritage
The proverb that ‘Rome was not built in a day’ is evident from the plethora of historical monuments, right from the magnificent Colosseum (amphitheatre) to the famous Arch of Constantine. There is also the beautiful Vatican City, right in the middle of Rome.

Too many Monuments
Delhi doesn’t lag behind when it comes to historical heritage, be it the 16th-century Purana Qila or the 18th-century Jantar Mantar.This city has ruins almost everywhere, including at the centres of busy traffic squares.Not for nothing is Delhi called the city of tombs.

High on style
Rome is one of the best known fashion capitals of the world. The style is not just confined to the city’s rich people. Even the street-side musicians in the city are dressed elegantly. A Delhiite walking through a busy Roman street may feel a little dressed down.

Fashionable in places
Delhi hosts some of the biggest fashion shows in India.But while you find stylish fashionistas in many places, from DU campus in north Delhi to malls in south Delhi, the city also offers sights of men lounging in the streets wearing nothing but pajamas and banyans. Unsightly!