The most annoying people i met in my life. on the way from the bus to the theatre and back they just jump on you and throw you things to sell! ok i understand that they are poor and they want to get some money....but no way in that manner....and of course they tell you impossible prices at the beginning!
......from the moment you step off the bus, or come near to the amphitheatre. These are people making their living in a country where living standards are much lower than many others.
There are stalls all the way along the side-road which leads to the entrance....hats and scarves and carvings and models and jewellery and leather goods and anything and everything.
If you are not interested, just say 'Non, merci' or 'No thank you' and keep walking. If you engage, or stop, it is much more difficult to extricate yourself.
It's rude to show interest if you have no intention of buying. So if you don't want anything, just keep walking.
It would have been much the same in Roman times, after all! :-)
Watch out for the street vendors! They accost you as you walk to the entrance to the colosseum and tell you everything is half a dinar and try to put the item in your hands or on you somehow. Don't stop and look or you will never escape them! If you have children with you keep them close because they hold on to the kids and try and give them the souvenir and before you know it even your children are captive!
Some of the ruins and antiquities one can visit are over 2000 years old and are not in the best of conditions anymore, since neither Phoenicians nor Romans can come back to fix them anymore. Hence it is a silly idea to climb onto the ruins and destroy them for others to see, or to get injured in the course of it.
Beware of the locals hanging around outside,they called to my husband and son to buy some hats which they did,only to find out a few days later they fell to bits.