You never know who you might meet while in Rome. After the rain today yours truly was just taking a noon stroll after buying a cool fountain pen when suddenly this guy walked by with his wife. "Hey, that's HRH!" I thought.
Meet the King of Italy, Vittorio Emanuele IV di Savoia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vittorio_Emanuele,_Prince_of_Naples).
After WWII he was not allowed to set foot in Italy, but in 2002 the Berlusconi government changed the law and allowed him back in. A lot of history here in the old world!
He's a really nice guy. We chatted as we walked and he asked questions, spoke of San Diego which he likes and he only spoke in English as I spoke in mostly Italian.
After we crossed the Via del Corso he said: "I think I've lost my wife!" as at some point they had bolted ahead and it was a bit funny and awkward for a very long moment as we searched for her until I spotted her smiling way, way down the Corso with her friends.