My girlfriend and I were sight seeing in the city center of Rome, and was approached by two men wearing Roman Soldier uniforms. They insisted we take a photo with them which we did. I knew they do this for tips and just took it for granted I would give them a couple of Euro.
After the couple of photos were taken, one of the men told me he wanted 20 Euro for the photos. I explained that was way too much money and suggested he should have said something about the price when they approached us with their photo request. I further explained, I wasn't going to give them 20 Euros.
Both men became angry and started using abusive language. I was really surprised and felt threatened by their demeanor and tried to walk away. They followed us continuing with their abusive remarks where I thought this was going to develop into a physical altercation. I gave them change that amounted to about 5 Euro. After receiving the money and a few more insults by these two guys, they finally left us alone.
I am 70 years old, and I was in Rome to enjoy the sights with my girlfriend who also felt threatened by these two men. I don't think it is in the best interest of the Italian Tourist Board or the city of Rome, to have people like this running around the Rome City Center threatening tourist.
Rome is an interesting city with a lot to do and see. However, when approached by guys dressed as Roman Soldiers wanting to take a photo with you, it would be best to ignore these idiots or get a firm price of what they want before you take any photos.