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[–] CANCEL-CAT-FACTS 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago  (edited ago)

I went to the Vatican (great museum) and the Coliseum and to an underground ancient city. They still had water pouring in from an ancient 2000-year-old aqueduct and I drank a few handfuls and it was ice cold and delicious. I saw a lot of gypsy beggars in some areas. In some places there were gladiators charging 3-euros to be in a picture with them. The food was delicious. The streets were dangerous with traffic -- I am from the USA and I am accustomed to orderly traffic lights and crosswalks, but apparently in Rome, people just walk out into traffic and hope the cars stop.

At a mall, a pack of gypsy kids stole my nephew's bag of souvenirs because he put it down on a chair and left it for a few seconds. There was a ton of graffiti on all the railroads and subway trains -- reminded me of gritty 1980s NYC.

Rome was a great experience for me -- would recommend 100%. Thanks.

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[–] TAThatBoomerang 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Yes. It was alright, not that satisfied by it as others in here seemingly are. The best was WITHOUT A DOUBT the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican. Words cannot describe how beautiful those paintings are. I was speechless then and I'm speechless now just thinking about it.

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[–] CujoQuarrel 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Went about 15 years ago and it was great. Can't remember the names but saw the underground catecombs, the Vatican, the forum , the racetrack and on and on.

As for traffic I was told that you walk across the street at an even pace and the cars will miss you. We compromised. We would find a little old lady crossing and walk with her. Surely they'd miss a grandmother.

As for food had some great stuff. The ice cream was amazing. But they sure don't know how to make pizza.

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[–] vandilx [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Yes, the gypsies were unreal. They were in full force in Paris and Rome. Not only would some just outright beg, but several others would start trying to strike up a conversation in hopes you would sign their pledge form and pay them money, or some wacky set up like that. Super crazy.

In Rome, many just collapsed on their hands and feet right in front of you or along the side walk, prostrating and begging.

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[–] Prettylion 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Yes this year.

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[–] cameronbabiak 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Yes, 2 years ago my wife and I spent a week in Rome and a week in Florence. We rented a loft near the Termini MTR station and St. Maria Maggiore and it seemed like we were a reasonable walking distance from most attractions and anything else we could train it to easily.

We hit most of the sites: the Coliseum, the Roman Forum, the Vatican, the Pantheon, Castel Sant'angelo, Villa Medici etc. We had that graphical tourist map of the area and essentially if there was a picture or a name marked on it - we went there. The day we went to the Colloseo/Roman Forum we spent all day walking the general area and and seeing the ancient ruins. As well since my wife is an art teacher a lot of time was spent at churches and art galleries - which were amazing. Another day we trained it Pompeii and spent all day walking around the ruins.

Rome was amazing, but we thought that Florence was an overall nicer experience - for two reasons. First, we went during the summer which is tourist high season and second, it was in the middle of the migrant crisis - so the city was filled to the brim with both foreigners and migrants. It was a pity going to a beautiful park with roman ruins and art only to be disgusted by the site of piles of garbage, people loitering everywhere and 50 - 100 people sleeping on flattened cardboard boxes in the middle of the day.

Overall 10/10 would recommend to anyone who is interested in going.