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What to NOT Do While In Rome

There are so many things that tourists and locals tell us to do when in Rome. But did you know that there are some things we should not, under any circumstances, do? Not only will it ruin your holiday, but it will leave other tourist and locals looking at you as if you are the ultimate weirdo. The saying “Do as the Romans do” also has a sister one: “Don’t do what the Romans don’t.”

Piazza Navona, Rome

  1. Don’t keep your money visible places

Rome is full of pickpocketers, so if you leave your stuff in places easy to get to, it’s like you’re begging them to rob you. Don’t put the money in the same place as your documents on travel papers, and make a habit of checking on your stuff every now and then, to make sure that they are in the right place. Also, don’t leave your stuff unattended to even if you are only planning to leave for just a few minutes. It will disappear as fast as you can say “tourist”.”

  1. Don’t visit without researching

If you go to Rome without researching the history for a bit first, you will not be able to appreciate the constructions to their full extent. Read about the history of the city and the historical attraction that you’re planning to visit, so that you can get an actual feeling of knowledge when you visit the places themselves.

  1. Don’t wear a tank top when you’re visiting churches

Indeed, it may be hot, and that tank top you just bought may look extremely cute, but it’s not ethical to enter a church with your skin showing. Now only will Romans will see it as a lack of respect, but you will not even be allowed to enter if they see you with your shoulders bare and wearing shorts.

Piazza di Spagna in Rome

  1. Don’t plan any museum visits on Mondays

Generally, all public museums are closed on Monday, which is why you may want to work your way around the program. Visit other outdoor attractions that are open that day, and go to the museums on another day of the week.

  1. Do not accept toys, flowers or anything from strangers

Many people will try to scam you by giving you “free” stuff such as flowers, bracelets or other small stuff like that. At first, they will tell you that it’s because “you’re beautiful” or because “it’s for good luck,” but afterwards, they will give you a hard time if you don’t give them money. If you see such strangers approaching you with “gifts,” simply refuse as firmly as possible and keep walking.

To each attraction that you’re planning to visit, consider the Fiumicino airport transfers in Rome. They will ‘collect’ you straight from the airport, and they will take you exactly where you want to go. The advantage of these services is that you will not have to wait in long lines to wait for a taxi which you may also risk overpaying. These transfers are cheap, reliable and classy-looking.

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