In the middle of Piazza Venezia, for many years, a policeman with a gesture of rare elegance has managed the passage of millions cars, often giving precedence to Popes and Heads of State.
He is now retired: his name is Mario Buffone (and Buffone, in Italian, means "clown")
His gestures, witnesses report, was so spectacular that the Romans, in homage to the great director, had nicknamed him "the Riccardo Muti of traffic".
The famous Italian actor Alberto Sordi was inspired by him for a very famous movie.
It was known that every time Alberto Sordi used to drive through that square he opened the car window and greet him with a "Ciao Buffone!! (Hi clown!)"