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Me - Posing in Rome

After an enjoyable couple of weeks in Sicily there was time for a visit to Rome for a couple of days afterward. I was suitably impressed with the grandeur that is Rome - it's Big and Busy for sure and encompasses a blend of the modern and ancient world with something to see of each almost everywhere. This observation struck me the first time and remains true of my impressions on subsequent visits here. There was some opportunity to walk about for a couple days, visit the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Vittorio Emanuele Monument, Trevi Fountain, St. Peter's Cathedral, Piazza di Pepoli, and some assorted lesser well known places. I've heard it said that you could spend a lifetime in Rome and still not see everything.

Via dei Fori Imperiali view
I was satisfied with a sampling of the things I did see in Rome, realizing there would be opportunities to see more later. I won't elabotate on the tourist sights too much (that's what reviews are for I think), but I do have an entertaining story to tell.

Everyone who goes to Rome wants to see the Colosseum, of course, and it is impressive, but I rather thought it smelled sort of stongly like urine in places (they don't tell you that in the tourist books) and there are annoying street hawkers around this area that won't leave you alone. It's also a den of thieves as me and my friend Gang discovered. They have this tactic (working in pairs) where one person comes up to you and distracts your attention with a newspaper, baby (yes, a baby!) or such, while the other tries to pick your pocket. In one instance, my friend felt a hand in his pocket and grabbed at the thief - all the contents of his pocket (money and all) fell all over the ground.

Me @ Arch of Constantine
The thief fell to the ground too and my friend shouted in a loud voice, "What do you think you are doing?". That attracted attention and a burly Italian fellow who observed the incident, ran over and picked up the thief by her feet before she could get away and held her upside down while calling for the Police. Italians are very good samaritins it seems and several got in on the action in locating a policeman. The Police were not long to arrive and began asking questions. Statements were made by my friend, myself and some others who witnessed the incident. The police were satisfied and the thief was taken away. I got the impression nothing serious would happen and the thief would probably be released after being held for a bit and reprimanded. We thanked the people who assisted and the burly fellow gave us some advice to avoid a similar incident in the future. Nevertheless, we were more careful after this and learned a lesson from it. Otherwise we had a splendid time in Rome, and enjoy my photos from 1995. Just as an aside, and this is a retro blog of mine, I thought I would include an interesting link here for some vintage pictures of Rome if anyone is interested in it: Rome as You've Never Seen. Salute di Roma!

spocklogic says:
There's a thousand tricks out there for the unobservant traveler. We don't have to be paranoid about it, but watchful of our safety and keeping a vigilant eye on what's going on around us. Something unusual or outside the normal usually is a good indicator to pay attention, assess the situation, and act accordingly in the best interest of safety. Thanks for sharing your experience here.
Posted on: Apr 22, 2013
TB_Weet says:
Thanks for your write up. Much to learn. It's the same in Paris. Do be extra alert. I saw syndicates of pickpockets especially notorious around areas such as Gare Du Nord, Eiffel Tower, Sacre Couer and The Lourve. They carry pocket knives to cut bag straps. A friend of mine lost a wallet while going up the Eiffel Tower. Also, beware of dark alleys at night. There were tourists being held a knife point. An Eastern European woman tried to con me by selling the idea of exchanging so called gold ring she found on the road without documents (a fake) for money to purchase food. Novel trick but I did not fell for it.
Posted on: Apr 22, 2013
missandrea81 says:
Right. I bet that does make a huge difference, especially in the summer months.
Posted on: Apr 07, 2013
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Me - Posing in Rome
Me - Posing in Rome
Via dei Fori Imperiali view
Via dei Fori Imperiali view
Me @ Arch of Constantine
Me @ Arch of Constantine
Arch of Constantine
Arch of Constantine
Resting near a column fragment
Resting near a column fragment
Colloseum
Colloseum
Me @ Colloseum I
Me @ Colloseum I
Me @ Colosseum II
Me @ Colosseum II
Vittorio Emanuele Monument I
Vittorio Emanuele Monument I
Vittorio Emanuele Monument II
Vittorio Emanuele Monument II
Me @ Vittorio Emanuele Monunment
Me @ Vittorio Emanuele Monunment
St. Peters Cathedral
St. Peter's Cathedral
Inside St. Peters I
Inside St. Peter's I
Inside St. Peters II
Inside St. Peter's II
Inside St. Peters III
Inside St. Peter's III
Norm & Me @ St. Peters Cathedral
Norm & Me @ St. Peter's Cathedral
Piazza di Popoli as its called,…
"Piazza di Popoli" as it's called…
Me @ Fontana della Dea di Roma e t…
Me @ Fontana della Dea di Roma e …
Me at the base of the LObelisco F…
Me at the base of the L'Obelisco …
Me @ Fontana di Trevi
Me @ Fontana di Trevi
Sitting at a cafe having a drink a…
Sitting at a cafe having a drink …
Foro Romano I
Foro Romano I
Foro Romano II
Foro Romano II
Piazza di Spagna (column with stat…
Piazza di Spagna (column with sta…
Not sure where this was taken, but…
Not sure where this was taken, bu…
Rome
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