Rome. The Do’s and Don’ts…

Your quick guide to some of the fundamental Do’s and Don’ts whilst in Rome.

DO: Wear your bag on your front. Something that the Roman’s and Italians alike are very fond of, it not only makes you look less touristy (would you believe it!) Making sure you use a rucksack instead of a handbag is an essential; handbags are the perfect target because it is so easy to cut the strap/steal. But wearing your bag on your chest means you can see where your belongings are and people are going to have a lot harder time prizing it from you.

DON’T: Stand close to the street when you’re waiting to cross the road. Something that I’ve seen time and time again is people chatting at the side of a busy road and being dragged halfway up it by some scoundrel on a moped intending to steal tourists bags at any cost. Seriously dangerous, people have been known to be seriously injured in these kinds of attacks.

DO: Make sure you get your Rome apartment or Rome hotel as centrally located as possible. This means that you will be able to see all the fantastic sights Rome has to offer such as the Spanish Steps, St Paul’s Cathedral, The Vatican and The Coliseum.

DON’T: Choose Rome accommodation out in the sticks. Rome’s transport systems are ok, but you won’t be able to take advantage of the fantastic restaurants and bars in Piazza Navona, Piazza del Popolo or Piazza della Repubblica if you have to catch the train back to your accommodation before the trains stop!

DO: Wear sun cream when walking around the city, it still surprises me that people don’t understand how sunburn occurs. You don’t have to be sunbathing on a beach to still get completely frazzled you know! Take your valuable belongings with you, as a lot of the time you need your passport for discounts in museums and galleries and as identification when paying with your credit or debit card. If you are going to put valuables in your pockets, make sure your pocket has a zip and padlock!

DON’T: For goodness sake draw attention to the fact that you are a tourist in a foreign country. Wearing Jesus sandals with socks, oversized Union jack flags as t-shirts and walking around with your nose in a map are ways of drawing negative attention to yourself in a chaotic city like Rome. Don’t get me wrong, not everyone in Rome wants to mug you – but there are a hell of a lot of people that do.

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