On the day I arrived in Rome, took a walk down the Via Nazionale after Repubblica metro at about 10pm. After passing the Via Torino junction, a middle eastern man speaking English and also holding a map asked me for directions. With a dumbfounded look, he realised I was a tourist too and explained that he too arrived an hour ago from Saudi Arabia. He claimed he was a VP of a construction company and even game me his card. He seemed well travelled and talked about himself running the family business getting to where he is today. I too am running my own business and soon we began a conversation. He showed me a card (Millionaire Bar) that his hotel recommended for a piano bar and suggested that we go for a drink. As I did not have any plans and did not immediately smell a rat, I went along. However, as we walked, he seemed to be more familiar as he did not refer to the map at all. When we arrived, there were 2 bouncers standing at the door and I immediately sense that something was not quite right. The inside was dimly lit and only 1 table was occupied. However, the guy on the piano was like 65 years old and I immediately let my guard down. We ordered a drink each and we were soon approached by 2 women. A waiter then asks if we would like to buy drinks for the girls. My "friend" says sure and I went along. I did not ask what they were drinking but it seemed like champagne. I enjoyed the company so far but I was also trying to leave soon as it was getting late. She asked me to dance and offered her services which I declined tactfully. I told him I had to go and needed to make an urgent phone call. The waiter brought 2 seperate bills, each was for euro1035. The guy was cool and handed over 50 and gave his Visa for the balance as it was his 'limit' for the day. I only have 150 with me and he was trying to convince me to cough out my Visa so that we could leave together. He offered to stay and wait as they escorted me back to my hotel to get my card. On the way, I wanted to make a dash for it at the traffic lights as the manager who was driving was in his 70s but I had already revealed my hotel. I did not consider returning to the bar and paid him in CASH. Thats one expensive lesson learned on my 1st day in Rome. I even asked the hotel receptionist to escort me and negotiate but there was nothing he could do. Well, I now hate Rome and my stupidity and will forever caution everyone heading there. I can only hope the scams affect tourism there and let them be in ruins forever.