If you plan to visit Rome for the first time, do a proper research on the things that you should or should not do. You might be focused only on finding a nice hotel or how to get to the main touristic attractions and miss some other important things.
If you want to take a cab from the airport to the city, you should know that there is a fixed rate of €48, which includes the luggage for four people and all other taxes. You will get within the Aurelian wall in 45 minutes, but if your hotel is outside this area, you will have to pay the price showed by the meter.
If you plan to travel to other places in Rome, you can get an online estimate for the cost. If possible, take a picture of the car’s tag number before you get in. This way you will be able to trace the driver if there are any problems.
Do not accept gifts from strangers and be aware of pick-pockets
You might think that the sweet kid is offering you a toy or a bracelet because he likes you or that the nice gentleman is offering you a flower because he likes you smile. Well, the truth is they expect money in return, so you’d better refuse those gifts. Otherwise, they will hassle you until you give them a few coins.
Also, you should be aware of your wallet, camera, phone or purse. Rome is known as the capital of pick-pockets. Don’t keep your money in your pants’ pockets or an accessible backpack. They will usually try to strike when you get off and on the buses by brushing up against you or in very crowded places.
Take advantage of the free sights
If you travel on a budget, you should know that there are certain touristic attractions you can visit for free. For example, the Vatican offers admission-free every last Sunday of the month, as well as many other museums. The Pantheon and basilicas are free and if you derail from the common touristic paths and walk through the Coppede, Testaccio, Trastevere or the Appia Antica Park you will get a vision of the true Rome. Do a research and find out what are the other places that you can see for free.
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