Roma is a breeze at Bronze level. Jobs run between 4 and 18 Energy per click, with quick mastery. You will collect a bunch of Skill Points in a hurry in Roma.
Lira are plentiful - not like finding Baht in Bangkok was. You can also send, and ask for, a Satchel of Lira in the Free Gift section. You should have no problem buying the Italy -Inventory items you'll need to do the jobs.
Roma Loot: So far, I've found 5 Roma loot items dropping from jobs...
*Arma di Ordinanza* (Weapon)
*Vachelli CP* (Weapon)
I did not see this until ROMA Ruby Level
Italian Loot CANNOT be gifted or put on your Wishlist (yet...). I sense the Wishlist Police left Las Vegas and flew to Italy.
Roma Property: The Villa
Italy Regions 1 through 5 give you access to a Property in your Village. In Roma, you will get your Villa. At first, it will look like a hut. When it's complete - 10 levels here, instead of the 5 from Las Vegas - it will look like this, as part of the completed Italy Village.
That's a long ways off, so here's something to look forward to in terms of upscale living. Midway through your upgrading, your Villa will look like this:
When you finally upgrade your Villa to Level X (get it? Roman numerals!), you will own this palatial estate...
...and earn the Meditterranean Maestro Achievement and one Skill Point.
You upgrade your Villa, and other Village Properies, as you did with your Las Vegas Casino: with upgrade parts.
Each Italy Village Property requires increasing quantities four upgrade parts (Marble Slabs, Hardwood, Columns, Tiles), plus a part unique to that property, to upgrade. For the Villa, the unique upgrade parts are Volcanic Bricks, which drop from Roma jobs on both the Energy and Fight paths.
Italy upgrade parts are NOT able to be traded on your Wish List, though Marble Slabs and Italian Hardwood can be sent and received as Free Gifts. The Stone Columns and Terracotta Tiles are harder to come by... until you use this trick.
Roma "Gate Loot": The Severed Pinky
Like Las Vegas, certain Italy jobs drop items that are needed to do later jobs. In Roma, one job drops a Severed Pinky, which is required "Gate Loot" to do a later job. The Severed Pinky is like the Alarm Code, Security Key, and Hot Tip from Vegas.
The Severed Pinky -cannot be traded, gifted, or Wishlisted.
You may recall my advice in Las Vegas Districts 7 and 8 - where the loot started getting top-notch, NOT to complete the Silver/Gold/Ruby levels, but instead to do jobs over and over again at low Energy costs to stock up on the top loot. (I quickly ignored my own advice and have regretted it ever since).
While I intend to use that strategy in Italy, Roma is not a Region worth staying at Bronze level - there is very little of use here in the way of drop loot. For that same reason - since Region 2 (Palermo) opens up as soon as you complete Roma, it's also not worth GOING to Silver, Gold, and Ruby levels in Roma yet! The only advantage is better stats in the Boss Fight item.
Roma Boss: Don Antonio Di Rossi
Each Italy Region ends with a Boss Fight, which gets harder as you go from Bronze to Silver to Gold to Ruby levels. In Roma, the boss is Don Antionio Di Rossi
In Roma-Bronze, Boss DiRossa/DiRossi (his name changes from one screen to the next) has 300 heath, and is aided by two henchmen.
This fight took four attacks and no consumables. The henchmen each died with one attack, and the Boss was down in two.
The Boss Fight loot item in ROMA is DiRossi's Shotgun, a Weapon with respectable 75/51 stats at Bronze Level.
Di Rossi's health, and the Shotgun's stats, each increase on successive levels in ROMA. But all four Boss Fights are relatively easy:
ROMA - Gold Level
ROMA - Ruby Level
Severed Pinkies and Volcanic Bricks: On Roma-Silver level, you can still get complete the jobs to get Volcanic Bricks for 5 Energy points, and the Severed Pinky for 19. When you get to Silver, it may well be worth stocking up on hundreds of Volcanic Bricks (so you can max out your Villa) and thousands of Severed Pinkies (you'll need them in all four levels of Palermo).
Fortunately, on Roma's Silver Level you can do the jobs in any order. (This is true in all 5 Regions, and presumably on Gold and Ruby as well).
This is especially helpful since you can go right to the Severed Pinky job on Silver without completing all of the jobs that come before it on the path.
You will truly see how useful this is in later Regions in Italy. But for now...
On to Region 2 - Palermo!