- By John
- On Oct 16, 2018
- Travel Tips
Begin your day trip Rome to Pompeii by our travel guide on the site. Lap up the dolce vita lifestyle and enjoy Italy’s capital with the help of these handy Rome travel tips. After spending three incredible years in the Eternal City, I learned the ins and outs of Rome and saw the places where tourist struggle or are taken advantage of. This are my insider tips to make sure that doesn’t happen to you.
Always carry cash
Italy still largely functions on a cash economy, so be sure to carry cash with you during your time in Rome. Coins, or spicci, are especially welcome at cafés small shops so hold on to your euros—they’re a precious commodity in the city! Most stores and large restaurants will process cards, but restaurants don’t traditionally split the bill so cash is always useful to have, especially if you’re travelling in a group.
Tipping is not obligatory, but it’s appreciated
Tipping has not traditionally been part of the Italian culture, as service charge is generally included in the bill as the coperto (cover) or bread basket, but leaving a few extra coins at the table is often appreciated. Depending on the final price of your meal, the level of service you received and the number of people in your party, you can leave anywhere from 5-10% on the table.
Order coffee at the bar
Order your coffee directly at the bar to avoid paying a service charge for being served at a table, which often doubles your bill. When you enter a café, locate the cashier and place your order, then take your receipt to the bar to receive your beverage of choice. Italians don’t linger over coffee and an espresso only takes a minute to drink so it’s easy and enjoyable to drink standing up.
Enjoy free-flowing water
Rome may be famous for its monumental fountains like the Trevi Fountain and the Fountain of the Four Rivers, but the city is also filled with drinking fountains everywhere you look. These small fountains are affectionately called “Nasoni,” or little noses, because of their curved shape. They deliver free-flowing water, free of charge, so save your empty water bottles and fill them up at these fountains around the city for delicious H2O.