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Ah, the large noses. I did last year. Had no issues. There are approximately 2,500–2,800 nasoni in Rome, supplying citizens and tourists with free drinking water. The water coming from the nasoni is the same supplied to the city's households and thus safe for drinking. Further reading: Yes you can drink that - Rome Drinking Fountains The ...


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From Saint-Peter's Basilica site:


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Vatican City is certainly open to visit for tourists at large; as you perhaps know, there is no actual boundary between Rome and Vatican City, meaning that nobody checks the papers of those who move from one to the other. However, when I first read your question, I thought that you meant St. Peter's Cathedral, which takes up so much of Vatican City and ...


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Assuming that decorative fountains with statues and a large water basins are also meant by the word "fountain", these are not a potable source - in history, the water must have been taken from a high-level placed water source, which would give power to the fountain, and that source might be a river or a pond or anything else. Modern fountains like this one ...


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She should report the theft to the police and her embassy. The embassy should provide emergency travel documents fairly quickly. Money can be sent via services like Western Union, often with new passwords instead of a photo id. (Take care how you transmit the password. And I'm not endorsing that particular provider; I used it for a similar purpose a decade ...


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Rome is always full of tourists. The best time (IMO) to visit is September, just after the most popular summer vacation time for most people Your best bet will also be October and November to mid-December or in January, February when the weather is "less nice" Do not go to Rome if there is a Christian holiday or celebration (Christmas, Easter...) For ...


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It's highly likely this box is decorative, my friend has one almost exactly the same that he bought from a department store, keeps small person items in there. A lot of people would use the box for storage instead of leaving smaller items on a surface, especially where they could roll or be knocked off. B&Bs commonly have personal items that the owner ...


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There's no point in bringing US$, Euro is what you need. You can change from CAD before leaving or on arrival. You'll get slightly better rates in the business district (whether in Toronto or Rome) than in the airport. In most countries in the Eurozone, notes up to €20 are in common use. Larger notes may be slightly awkward to spend (you might not be able ...


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Here is a presentation regarding tourism in Italy. It's for 2011 and doesn't show the Colosseum specifically, but does have breakdowns per month for paid and free museum entry. For paid entry, November to February are the months with lowest visitor counts followed increasingly by March, April, May, September and October. August has the highest visitor counts ...


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The Italian Statistics bureau publishes the number of annual visitors per sight as well as the number of visitors per month divided by region (as used in the answer by @Berwyn). This means the monthly data for the colosseum does exist, even though they are not published. I contacted the office via mail and they were kind enough to send me the monthly ...


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Don't directly drink with your mouth; use a bottle or put your finger one the spout and the water will flow up from the small hole. See this example on youtube.


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I'm Italian and I visited Rome as a tourist myself about one year ago. The image which mouviciel so usefully linked is self-explanatory, but it is not true for Rome or Vatican City only, all the churches in Italy have something similar being displayed IF they are regularly visited by tourists (otherwise, the same rule holds but there is no specific warning,...


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With 109 acres (44 hectares) within its walls, the Vatican is easily traveled by foot; however, most of this area is inaccessible to tourists. No reference about Anglicans, Muslims or any other - just tourists. Any where that a Catholic can get in, you can too, regardless of your background. And also importantly, regardless of your gender - a recent ...


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Transportation and getting around wise, your best bet would be to stay somewhere near the Termini train station. That is where the long haul trains arrive, and you are pretty much 10-20 minutes away from pretty much every major attraction. Being close to the Termini station can be helpful if you plan to go/come from Florence, or Civitavecchia, where the ...


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Those are plates that in the 19th century identified individual gaslights, which were installed in Rome from 1854, starting with 44 streetlamps, and then proceeding to install thousands of them. On the nearest building wall the corresponding number on a maiolica plate was affixed, to uniquely identify that particular streetlamp. Later the gaslights were ...


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For flights within the Schengen area, visas don't matter. You can fly between Rome and Prague a dozen times if you want, and exit the airport every time, as well as any other airport in the Schengen area. Only when you board the flight from Rome (or anywhere in Schengen) to outside Schengen area will your visa be used up as you exited. The same is true on ...


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I was in Venice last year on 27th Nov. Based on my experience on that day : You definitely need to wear jacket. It was around 6-8 Celcius. I put some of my photos below. As you can see, all the people wear jackets. On that day, it was sunny. I love photography as you do, and my photos in Venice were my best photos during my trip in Europe. However there'...


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In France you can almost always pay with a credit card but for small amounts (say up to €10,) cash is often preferred. In Paris cards are a little more often accepted than in small towns off the tourist track. I have not been in Italy, so not in Rome, but I have heard the same for there. Get some cash and use your card for the bigger payments. If you are ...


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I would like to put forth my experience. We forgot to take our camera when alighting at Florence; the train was bound to Naples. We had very little time left before boarding the next train to Pisa and from Pisa, the flight back to London. We ran to the Trenitalia counter at Florence, and clearly told them the details of the location and attributes of the ...


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The wagon contains six-seat compartments. This is how a compartment looks like, although the colors are usually faded: Ralf Roletschek - CC-BY-SA 3.0 Unported The seats are reclinable (although not fully). In the end position the opposite seats join up. So, if the compartment is all yours you can even lay down. If it's fully booked it's rather cramped. ...


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I checked out the location of Residenza Paolo VI Hotel on several sites, including the site of the hotel. Nowhere it is claimed to be in Vatican city, it is however claimed to be on St Peters Square. According to Google maps that is right, just outside the Vatican city borders. Here is a link to the map. More searching on booking.com does not result is ...


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You can book this train on my website, loco2.com: http://loco2.com/journey/rome-paris-1q0w3dk Unfortunately we can currently only ship this ticket to a UK address. If you cannot book elsewhere, I would recommend trying http://raileurope-world.com as they ship globally.


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I think it might be difficult, and nearly impossible, but do not dispair! I would ask your hotel; they will be in a better position to tell you how to do it; it is surely not the first time it happens. Rome Marathon information The start time is at 8h40am (up to 8h52-ish). The best runners will arrive around 10h50am; the bulk of the runners will be ...


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You should definitely consider an appeal, not to salvage this trip (there is not enough time) but to avoid having an annulment on your record (in Schengen terminology, an annulment implies fraud and is definitely worse than a revocation or a mere refusal). It is however very difficult to lodge a successful appeal and not something you can hope to do ...


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On Hafas sites (I used the Belgian one), I found 10h41 with one change at Torino: EuroStar Italia - ES 9630: Roma Termini (13h00) to Torino Porta Susa (16h52) TGV - TGV 9248: Torino Porta Susa (17h35) to Paris Austerlitz, (23h51) I got a quote on voyages-sncf.com, the french railways company: 208€ in 2nd class and 262€ in first class. For such a trip, the ...


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The Schengen Agreement is an agreement between several states that created the Schengen Area within which there are little or no border or visa controls. STATI Schengen in Italian means "Schengen countries", so those countries that are part of the Schengen Area. You can find a list of these countries here. I guess your Visa is stating that you can visit ...


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According to historvius.com, among the oldest structures you can visit are the Mamertine Prison, dating back to the 7th century BC, as well as the Temple of Vesta (wikipedia link) on the Forum, which dates from the same period.


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From Wikitravel's great piece on Rome: Rome has excellent shopping opportunites of all kinds - clothing and jewellery (it has been nominated as a top fashion capital) to art and antiques. You also get some big department stores, outlets and shopping centres, notably in the suburbs and outskirts. Main shopping areas include Via del Corso, Via Condotti,...


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My recent experience as an American tourist in several European countries, including Italy (Rome and Trieste): MasterCard is widely accepted. If your card is a "swipe" card (ie, it is neither chip-and-signature nor chip-and PIN), it will work in slightly fewer places, but will still be adequate for your trip. If your card is a swipe card, read on for some ...


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