Looking for new places to go on vacation? How about a
trip to Rome, Italy? Whether you are visiting Rome with
someone special for a romantic getaway or just simply going
for a unique family vacation, here are a few tips to help
you along the way once you arrive.
Rome is a great place to check out some spectacular
museums, but don't forget to always check the times locally
for museum hours. The hours vary and may change with the
seasons. Also remember that sightseeing in churches during
certain religious rites is often discouraged.
While out and about in the city, keep an eye out for
purse snatchers. This is different from a pickpocket. Purse
snatchers often work in teams on a single motor scooter.
One drives a scooter while another member of the team grabs
your purse. So keep a close eye out.
In addition to purse snatchers, beware of pickpockets,
especially on buses.
Make sure you have a good map showing all street names
and routes. If you get lost, signs are posted on many
corners pointing you in the right direction for the nearest
major landmark. However, don't count on finding a sign on
every street corner if you're exploring in the residential
When dining in restaurants, the bill will not be brought
to your table until you ask for it. So when you're ready to
leave, just ask for the bill. Unless it is otherwise
written on the menu, the tip is included. However, in most
places, it is customary to leave an additional 5% to 10%
tip for the waiter if you have received excellent
Keep in mind there are often dress codes when visiting
places like Basilica di San Pietro and the Musei Vaticani.
It is not too strict, but don't wear things like tank tops,
shorts, or halter tops. In some places women will be
refused admittance if they don't carry a scarf or shawl to
cover their bare arms.
For the romantics, Rome has plenty of beautiful and
romance-filled lanes, restaurants, and parks. Try escaping
the crowds down the quaint medieval lanes leading from the
busy squares. There are a host of pretty corners where you
can escape the major tourist crowds. Strolling along these
lanes hand in hand is quite a romantic experience in
itself, but you can add even more to the experience by
visiting some of the smaller bars and restaurants you'll
find here that cater to locals as well as tourists.
If you're looking for great new places to go on vacation
and wonderful new cities to explore, Rome is truly a great
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