Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Rome Takeaway Thoughts & Tips

So I said I’ll compile a table of expenses on a per-city basis. Still workin’ on it.
  • Rome is a huge city. Unlike the other cities in Italy, the tourist attractions are relatively more  spread out compared to other cities like Florence or Venice.
  • If there is a transportation strike/rally, prepare to walk if you have to.   
  • The metro can get very crowded. Be mindful of your belongings.I didn't try to take a picture of the metro because I was wary of those pickpockets. 
  • Water is potable in the public water fountains. It is free and cool. The locals drink them.

A public water fountain in front of the Colosseum

Public water fountain in the Vatican City
  •  There are a lot of Filipinos in Rome. You’ll find one in every corner. If you are unsure where to head, just find a Pinoy and ask.
  • When exploring the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palantine Hill, wear comfortable shoes and a hat. You will be walking in cobblestone streets, dusty paths and hilly tails. Lather your skin with sunblock. 
  • Plan your itinerary carefully. Rome is worth at least 2 days to visit major sites. Allot one whole day for the Vatican City. If you plan to really spend time in the Vatican Museum, it would probably take you days to explore the whole museum. 
  • Beware of those dang Romans in gladiator costumes. Don’t just snap a picture of them. They’ll ask you to pay them a euro or more. But if you are willing to shell out some cash, you can pose with them. 
  • There are a lot of peddlers of the fake designer bags. Some are more aggressive than others. Just be firm in saying "No". Buying fake bags in Rome in illegal.
  • You can buy Rome souvenir shirts starting at €5. There are shops in Termini Station and its surrounding areas.

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