Rome Warnings Or Dangers Tips by craic
Rome Warnings and Dangers: 505 reviews and 219 photos
But I have nowhere to wear this frock!
... at Dior in Via Condotti, don't bother to read this tip.
While Gillian was visiting she wanted to buy a stack of one hour one euro bus tickets. So she bought ten at a newstand at the top of Via Nazionale, I think it was Via Nazionale. May have been Via Cavour.
Anyway, she handed them to me because I was in charge of bus tickets - and being a suspicious wench I counted them. Guy in the newstand started to look a bit sick.
Yes, there were only nine tickets. And yes, he almost instantly handed over another one without a fight.
It may have been a genuine error. But if the pennies matter to you and you are buying in bulk be sure to check.
Camcorderman and Bernishand in St Peters
If you are in a wheelchair - Rome is possible but it is very hair raising. Cobblestones are enough to kill you. Tree roots. Crowds of people determined not to lose their place in the queue. Hills! Ancient sites do not do wheelchair accessible very well. Stepping out to cross a Roman street is always exciting - but when you have a down ramp on one gutter and no up ramp on the opposite gutter - woo woo! Here comes the Roman traffic and no way off the road!
Not a great deal of public toilets in Rome - mostly you have to use the gabinetti in the backs of cafes - very small! and hard to negotiate. Even for an abled person. Badly lit. Lights on time switches that go off suddenly.
One great thing - if you are in a wheelchair go straight to the front of any queue. A wheelchair is a queue buster - and I must say the guys who do the wheelchair accessible lifts are very very nice.
PS One thing it took me a while to notice. Carl was having a lot of trouble pushing Berni's chair - the pedestrians seemed to be leaping in front of the chair as he was trying to dodge them.
Everyone was getting very cranky. Then I twigged.
In Rome they drive on the wrong side of the road - and they walk on the wrong side of the footpath. So Carl and the on coming pedestrians were on a collision course.
You may need need a minder if you are unfit
But please be on top of your game when you visit Rome. Train as if you were going to hike the Milford Track or the Appalachian Trail or attempt the North face of K2.
Rome is a difficult and exhausting city.
Many of the people who came to visit me - I am sorry people but it is true - were not ready for such difficulty.
It gets stinking hot. It gets freezing cold.
If there is sciopero (strike) you will have to walk home.
I was visiting a friend, a local, and let the last bus go and he rang a cab - sciopero!
I had to walk home but it was in fact very pleasant because I can take a 5 k hike especially if it is past the Colosseo - and when there is sciopero there are always plenty of people on the streets doing the same thing - and I was almost disappointed when I got to Largo Argentina and saw the tram was running.
To go to the Vatican Museum and see the Sistine Chapel is a hike up stairs and down dale (once! you have negotiated the legendary queue) and then you are shoulder to shoulder as if you have been packed into a cattle truck while two gorgeous Italian guys stand up by the altar shouting at you - SHHHH! BE QUIET! NO TALKING! NO PHOTOGRAPHS! - as everyone merrily talks and photographs around you.
There are thieves everywhere, there are cons and scams and blatant over chargings enough to freeze your blood.
I had got to not look like a tourist but while my mother and my sister were there - I am sorry but you did look like tourists - twice I had cynical waiters vanish with my fifty euro note for a 30ish euro bill and act as if the rest was a tip.
A ringing and succinct "Il resto, per favore" got the change back on a plate - and no tip for the wait person - but it was so blatant!
But mostly it is the walking. Up hill and down dale. Please be fit and ready for anything.
When you come to Rome - think - Survival of the Fittest.
That is what Rome is all about.
And that is why I love her.
Novita! Carne Equino.
... to be a bit grossed out about the idea of eating equino.
In menus it is often called cavallo.
If you buy meat from a butcher's shop it may not be marked.
I bought some meat for my mother and sister that looked like beef, but when I was about to slap it on the griller - I suddenly noticed it had a different grain from beef. A slightly different colour.
Funny story. I went to a restaurant with a friend and on the menu HORSE BUFFET.
No no - I said to her. I can sit at the table with you while you eat flesh - but please don't get the HORSE BUFFET.
But it turned out it was a loose translation of Hors d'Oeuvres.
Now here is some really useful info. I wish I had known about it when I really needed it. When my bag, containing the keys to my flat, was snatched, and the new portiere didn't know that she had my spare set of keys, and I was locked out I just didn't know where to turn.
I mentioned this to my friend in Venice and she said - "You should have rung the Fire Brigade."
Then she told me about her friend whose key had snapped off in the lock and the Fire Brigade came and sorted her out, no charge. Plus the friend who dropped her bag into a canal when the strap broke, and again the Fire Brigade came and fished it out for her.
I checked with my Roman friend to make sure it wasn't just a Venice thing. And no. He assured me they do it in Rome too. He locked his keys in his flat and he rang the Fire Brigade and around they came, got his door open, asked him to prove he lived there, quite easy as his cats were giving him a big welcome, and that was that.
I really wish I had known this when I got locked out.
Apparently the Fire Brigade are a sort of rescue squad. I did see them one day in a cherry picker going up to a fourth floor flat to rescue a woman who had collapsed on her balcony. She must have collapsed against the door and the paramedics couldn't get to her from inside the flat.
My Roman friend tells me it is because as most dwellings are stone and non combustable there aren't that many house fires.
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