To ensure you arrive the other side of the road alive, it's highly recommended that you cross the road with any combination of the below:
Any member of the various Italian police forces
An elderly man/lady
One or more young children
The above rule applies to crossings which don't have traffic lights to control the flow of traffic; however it is still recommended that you are highly careful even if there are traffic lights, as Italians are known to drive through them if they think nobody is crossing the road. A polizziotto or carabinere etc etc at either end of the crossing will also be enough to make sure that the Italians are behaving at their best.
Yeah. Risking my life crossing the road first thing in the morning gets tiring.