Working in a hotel you get used to be asked certain questions very often. I guessed that means many people may be wondering the same things while preparing their trip, so I decided to share them with you. Here they are:
Buses don’t tell the stops
Rome is not completely covered by the subway system, so you’ll find that the only way to get to certain places is by bus. The problem is that the buses almost never show the stops (some models have monitors that show them as you travel, but they are not the rule), and may skip some altogether if nobody is getting in or off. The best way to go about this is to find the bus you need to take and then ask the driver to tell you where to get off.
You don’t need your passport to go to the Vatican
Understandably, we get this question very often. Even if the Vatican is a different state you don’t need a passport to visit Saint Peter’s or The Vatican Museums. However, is a good idea to carry a photocopy of it with you at all times while you are abroad.
Tap water is drinkable
In fact, one of the greatest sumer pleasures in Rome is to drink from the Nasoni, the public little fountains that dispense the thirsty with deliciously fresh water all-year long.
Get your ticket before getting on the bus
Again, buses versus logic. Some buses are equipped with ticket-vending machines, but most of them don’t have them. You can buy the tickets at the Tobacco shops (you recognize them by their typical sign: a big T), news stands and subway stations. In fact, maybe to alleviate the pledge of the foreign bus users, the ticket vending machines are quite easy to use and have a very clear, multilingual interface. You can buy a day pass for 4 Euros, a 3 day ticket for 11 euros and a week ticket for 16 euros, and let’s not forget the good ‘ol Roma Pass: 30 Euros for transportation for 3 days and entrance to 2 museums.
Well, I hope this helps you in you trip. Do you have any other random (but useful) questions to make about Rome? Send me a line and we’ll answer them and share them with everybody!