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A lesson in Speed touristing

Rome


View Nov - Dec trip 07 on jamienrach's travel map.

Our three days in Rome were a prime example of how to be a speed tourist. There is just so much to do and see and we were determined to fit all in to the time we had.

The first morning was spent going round Vatican City. We were just going to mosey round ourselves but the line to get in was huge so we allowed ourselves to get hawked by one of the guides outside. He was pretty funny and insisted that we looked like students. So we got the whole 3 hour tour for only 10 euors more than the entry fee.

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The Vatican museums are pretty impressive, statues galore and the detail that has gone into everything (floors ceiling and walls) is pretty mind boggiling. We asked why all of the male statues had their wee wees broken off to which Andrei (the guide) replied one of the more ‘conservative’ popes went around knocking them all off because he thought it was pornographic. Anyway, big thumbs up to Andrei (if your going there he’s the 6 ft 4 bald guy).

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So as per our speed tourist plan we walked past the Spanish Steps, they were ok but crammed full of people.

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and then jaime got lost, but no worries soon back on track

We flew passed the Trevi Fountain, which was very cool and again packed full of people

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We threw a coin over our shoulder which apparently means you will return to Rome again

Next on the list was the Pantheon, Oldest and best preserved ancient Roman building in Rome. And surprise surprise it was also packed full of people. Still another thing seen another thing done.

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The next day of speed touristing was spent going around the Colleseum and Roman Forum.

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And of course at the end of each day we were going out for pizza and insanely cheap wine.

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So rome....
lots to do and entriley possible to do it in the time we had.

Posted by jamienrach 10.01.2008 07:58 Archived in Italy

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Visiting Rome in a couple of days is worst that one of the 12 challenges of Herakles :)
I always suggest to spend not less than 4 days in Rome, and just a have a general idea about the city.
However, you have seen all the main and most touristic attractions, so you can be satisfied.
Beawre of join the guides that approach you outside the Coliseum or Vatican Museums: I'm a Tour Guide in Rome (http://www.romeguides.it) and I can explain you that they are not authorised, so that if there's a security check made by Police, you have to interrupt your visit because the Guide is not regular!

23.05.2013 by Romeguides

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