The 5 most annoying things about Rome that give me mixed feelings about the Eternal City.

Tutte le strade porteno a Roma (All roads lead to Rome), so goes the saying. Rome is indeed one of the top tourist destinations worldwide but that prestige comes with a toll.

In a place with such an historic impression, in the Eternal City of Rome you don’t have to look too far to find examples of stunning art, architecture and charismatic places. Places that have filled your imagination since a child. Nevertheless, there are always two side of the coin and Rome sure can take its toll, specially on summer months.

 

 

1 | THE TRAFFIC

During my first trip to Rome in 2010, I was nearly runned over by a police car while I was crossing the road on a pedestrian crosswalk. Sometimes I feel I am at Pamplona’s Running of the Bulls. And you are NOT the bull. Since that event, I know it is a bit survival of the fittest in the roman streets. If you value your life don’t even try to rent a car in Rome.

2 | THE RESTAURANTS

It’s a given: Romans are not the kindest human species out there. They aren’t rude, but they sure aren’t nice for the customers. But that’s not the worst. You need to have a keen eye at your bill: they often like to charge an extra few items you didn’t consume or overcharge the service (servizio). After our first complain, our bill was reduced in almost 10€ (!).

3 | THE TOURISTS

I know I am a tourist too, I know I count for the statistics. But MAN most of the time it’s hard to find a local during summer time. Everywhere I looked there was someone with an umbrella or a ridiculous flower leading a huge group of asians who will photograph all the mundane and trivial things around them. This was particularly common in The Vatican. And how annoying it is when you are contemplating a monument, trying to embrace history, and a giant iPad blocks your view? No prejudice here, these are facts. You start to feel like cattle, which leads me to the next annoying thing about Rome.

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4 | THE LINES

There are lines for everything in Rome, including to enter restaurants and public WCs. The only place you won’t find a line is to enter your hotel room (or maybe you will?…).

While these huge crowds can desperately slow down your entrance in monuments and museums, there are some ways to bypass this. The most obvious one is DON’T VISIT ROME IN THE SUMMER PEAK. As for the most iconic monument in Rome, the Colosseo, I am still amazed how people still do not know there are alternatives to spend half a day in a line under the blazing sun. I bought the ticket at Roman Forum at lunchtime, visited it and hit the Colosseum at 15:30. Sailed into both sites with minimal wait.

5 | TERMINI STATION

What to say about this place? It’s confusing, there are people selling crappy stuff everywhere, it smells bad and the area is most known for the pickpockets during the day and the hookers by night. How pleasant, hun? For me, the most annoying were the people staying next to automatic ticket machines, imposing offering their help to buy you a ticket, expecting to keep the change in return. For our weekend city break in Florence, we used a credit/debit card to buy our train tickets.

Yet, for those on a budget like myself, the Termini area is likely to be where you end up based in Rome. For safety reasons, try not to stay too far away from the main streets. I stayed on Termini Station Rooms in Via Cavour, one of the main arteries in the city. Excellent value-for-money.

 

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  1. I hate it in rome when that man with the white t- shirt and trousers comes up to you whenever your walking past and asks you if you want roses and you feel like telling him to piss off .My little brother calls him the the rose monster and he runs away from him whenever he walks past him.I have actually never been to Rome before but that’s how the way you guys describe IT!

  2. You say you love me, I say you crazy
    We’re nothing more than friends
    You’re not my lover, more like a brother
    I known you since we were like ten, yeah

    [Refrain: Anne-Marie]
    Don’t mess it up, talking that shit
    Only gonna push me away, that’s it!
    When you say you love me, that make me crazy
    Here we go again

    [Pre-Chorus: Anne-Marie]
    Don’t go look at me with that look in your eye
    You really ain’t going away without a fight
    You can’t be reasoned with, I’m done being polite
    I’ve told you one, two, three, four, five, six thousand times

    [Chorus: Anne-Marie]
    Haven’t I made it obvious?
    Haven’t I made it clear?
    Want me to spell it out for you?
    F-R-I-E-N-D-S
    Haven’t I made it obvious?
    Haven’t I made it clear?
    Want me to spell it out for you?
    F-R-I-E-N-D-S
    F-R-I-E-N-D-S

  3. Hey
    Havana, ooh na-na (ay)
    Half of my heart is in Havana, ooh-na-na (ay, ay)
    He took me back to East Atlanta, na-na-na
    Oh, but my heart is in Havana (ay)
    There’s somethin’ ’bout his manners (uh huh)
    Havana, ooh na-na (uh)
    He didn’t walk up with that “how you doin’?” (uh)
    (When he came in the room)
    He said there’s a lot of girls I can do with (uh)
    (But I can’t without you)
    I knew him forever in a minute (hey)
    (That summer night in June)
    And papa says he got malo in him (uh)
    He got me feelin’ like
    Ooh-ooh-ooh, I knew it when I met him
    I loved him when I left him
    Got me feelin’ like
    Ooh-ooh-ooh, and then I had to tell him
    I had to go, oh na-na-na-na-na
    Havana, ooh na-na (ay, ay)
    Half of my heart is in Havana, ooh-na-na (ay, ay)
    He took me back to East Atlanta, na-na-na (uh huh)
    Oh, but my heart is in Havana (ay)
    My heart is in Havana (ay)
    Havana, ooh na-na
    Jeffery
    Just graduated, fresh on campus, mm
    Fresh out East Atlanta with no manners, damn
    Fresh out East Atlanta
    Bump on her bumper like a traffic jam
    Hey, I was quick to pay that girl like Uncle Sam (here you go, ay)
    Back it on me, shawty cravin’ on me
    Get to diggin’ on me (on me)
    She waited on me (then what?)
    Shawty cakin’ on me, got the bacon on me (wait up)
    This is history in the makin’ on me (on me)
    Point blank, close range, that be
    If it cost a million, that’s me (that’s me)
    I was gettin’ mula, man they feel me
    Havana, ooh na-na (ay, ay)
    Half of my heart is in Havana, ooh-na-na (oh, ay, ay)
    He took me back to East Atlanta, na-na-na (oh no)
    Oh, but my heart is in Havana (ay)
    My heart is in Havana (ay)
    Havana, ooh na-na
    Ooh na-na, oh na-na-na (oo-ooh)
    Take me back, back, back like
    Ooh na-na, oh na-na-na (yeah, babe)
    Take me back, back, back like
    Ooh na-na, oh na-na-na (yea, yeah)
    Take me back, back, back like
    Ooh na-na, oh na-na-na (yea, babe)
    Take me back, back, back
    (Hey, hey)
    Ooh-ooh-ooh
    Ooh-ooh-ooh
    Take me back to my Havana
    Havana, ooh na-na
    Half of my heart is in Havana, ooh-na-na (oh, yeah)
    He took me back to East Atlanta, na-na-na (ay, ay)
    Oh, but my heart is in Havana
    My heart is in Havana (ay)
    Havana, ooh na-na
    Uh huh
    Oh na-na-na (oh na, yeah)
    Oh na-na-na
    Oh na-na-na
    No, no, no, take me back
    Oh na-na-na
    Havana, ooh na-na

  4. This man once came up to me and said I was hot and asked Me to go out and he sat opsasit my table nd sweared at me I was so sad and mymummyand daddy went on a honeymoon with mum and then we were left on my own ☹️

    1. The roses and the spinner… I even dont know what is the purpose of that stupid thing.