Wednesday, May 26, 2010

3 things to watch out for in Rome

Unfortunately, Rome, like many other large cities, has it's down sides too. Being aware of certain 'troubles' can help prevent problems though.

Pickpockets

Especially when on public transport or in crowded tourist areas. In a lot of cases those doing the pickpocketing are children or pregnant woman. Always put your wallet in a safe place and make sure you bag and pockets are well guided.

Traffic

Italian drivers are manic. Cars will weave in and out of each other much like the motorino do. The official rules of the road are often overlooked so it's best to be aware and look in ALL directions before crossing the street.

Fines

In Rome you can be fined for various things. Here's a few to be aware of:

- transport tickets. You must buy a ticket to travel on public transport. That ticket MUST be validated using the machines or you risk being fined €100.
- Eating in piazzas. Some piazzas are also monuments and as such you can be fined for eating and drinking in them. An example of this is Piazza di Spagna.
- Bathing in the fountains. With the summer heat it's tempting to take a quick dip in the many fountains but be warned, you risk a fine if you venture into some e.g. the large fountain in Piazza del Repubblica.

Use common sense, have respect and you should be ok.

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