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Blending in while travelling is one of the best ways to see the city you’re visiting all the while not attracting unwanted attention.
At FlightHub, we know that our travelers are looking for the best travel experience they can get, so FlightHub Review has gathered everything you need to know about traveling your favorite cities like a local!
Using Public Transit in Rome
Rome has an extensive public transit system that allows its citizens to move freely around the city without a problem. FlightHub would like to remind travelers that the Italian Metro system (named Metropolitana), brings commuters around the city rather than through it.
Though the metro lines are accessible to famous sites throughout Rome, you may still need to walk. But you can also easily organize a Rome taxi.
For the Metropolitana, there are three lines that operate daily from 5:30 AM to 11:30 PM every day and on Saturdays until 12:30 AM. Of the three lines, there’s one express line that brings you directly to and from Fiumicino Airport, while the other lines (MA and MB) bring commuters through Rome.
For €1, 50, users can purchase a time integrated pass (or Biglietto Semplice B.I.T). This means the ticket is valid for 75 minutes and can take any means of transportation, but with a maximum of only 1 metro trip.
Priced at €6, 00, one-day tickets are also available for travelers (or Biglietto giornaliero B.I.G). This ticket is valid for 1 day of travel on any means of transportation. Tickets must be stamped and presented to metro controllers prior to your entry into the metro. Additionally, FlightHub would like to remind travelers that a day-pass does not mean it’s valid for a 24 hour period, rather, valid until during operating hours only.
Much like the Metropolitana, the local trams and bus systems are an integral part of commuter and traveler life in Rome. Ticket prices remain the same, and these means of transportation are safe, efficient and will get you to your destination, wherever that may be! Cost for the tickets are the same as those purchased for the metro.
FlightHub Review recommends purchasing public transit tickets in advance at newsstands, bars, tabacchis, vending machines, or at the stations themselves.
Get Your Coffee, and Get it Right!
While in Rome, it’s important to recognize how seriously Italians take their coffee. If you’re craving your caffeine fix and want to blend into the crowd, only order long coffees (or Americano’s) in the morning.
Lattes or latte macchiato, and other diluted coffees are meant to be consumed only in the morning. After 11:00 am, stick to espresso. In addition, FlightHub urges our travelers not to sit down while you’re in the bar (or café), since the moment you do prices of what you order can easily be doubled.
Any Italian will tell you to drink your coffee and eat your cornetti while standing. But fair warning – drinking Italian Espresso may leave you wanting to buy one of the best Espresso machines when you get home!
Remember That You’re Charged for Everything
Much like all touristic areas, eating, drinking or playing in busy cities can cost you. FlightHub doesn’t want you to be taken off guard when you get your bill after partying all night, so remember these tricks:
Water will cost you approximately €2, and to ask for tap water is typically considered rude. FlightHub suggests bringing your own water and filling it up at one of the many public fountains Rome has if you want to avoid these charges.
Pane e Coperto charge is a charge assumed by the number of people sitting at the table. Though itemized as bread, the restaurant is actually charging you for the pleasure of sitting down. This charge can range from €2 per person and upwards.
Always, always, always ask for an itemized bill. There’s no real way to know what you’re paying for unless you see it clearly written in front of you.
Remember these FlightHub tricks the next time you visit Rome, and roam like a local!
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