Rome Tourist Traps

  • Glaidators at the Coliseum
    Glaidators at the Coliseum
    by aukahkay
  • Ready For The Horde Of Tourists!
    Ready For The Horde Of Tourists!
    by GuitarStan
  • Spanish Steps
    Spanish Steps
    by sandysmith

Most Viewed Tourist Traps in Rome

  • 1. Colosseum Gladiators

    My expectations were the following: feel like I've travelled back in time, discover the digs from ancient Rome, see how Romans have lived for many years. In reality it was disappointing. The sights...

  • 2. Trevi Fountain

    No but seriously...such a beautiful fountain....once again ruined by too many people and so many other people trying to sell you useless *** while your there. I'm sure in this day and age everyone...

  • 3. Eating Out

    If you go down the long road in front of St Peter, direction Catel Sant'Angelo, (via della conciliazione) there is a restaurant called Don chichote was Universal bar) (but you cannot see the name from...

  • 4. Street Vendors

    Rome of course is a beautiful Romantic Place to visit, so people are playing on your emotions and wallet, when they try to offer /sell couples roses. I am really switched on to these things and call...

  • 5. Taxis

    Basically don't take a's the only sure fire way.....they all pretty much are out to rip off tourists which is annoying and tiring. Some even get their meter altered by shady mechanics to...

  • 6. Colosseum

    Go early to avoid the massive queues. When you see Rome on tv or in films you always see the Collaseum. Like the Eifel Tower in France or the Taj Mahal in India. So you should visit it whilst in Rome...

  • 7. Tours

    My mom and I decided to go to Bici Baci Vespa tours. We figured it was sort of dumb, but what the hell right? Wrong. Even though we told them we had both never been on a vespa before, they allowed me...

  • 8. Souvenir Shops

    It happened to us & to many tourists we spoke with. When shopping at the souvenier shops near the Vatican our purchases were deliberately added up wrong and we were deliberately given wrong change...

  • 9. Piazza Navona

    While Piazza Navona may be a beautiful place to sit, eat and people watch, you should be advised that the restaurants in Piazza Navona are expensive and the food is not good at all. Don't eat in...

  • 10. Spanish Steps

    TOURIST TRAP YES, BUT IT COST NOTHING TO SEE, IT'S JUST STEPS. Socialize and unwind in the fountain square down below the steps. The water is drinkable also, so have a sip. Take a picture on the steps...

  • 11. Water Fountains

    On a typical summer day the average person needs to bring at least a couple of bottles of water to view the forum. The vast majority of people don't, and when faced with the desert like reality, they...

  • 12. Coffee Break

    i ordered an espresso at a cafe just outside the basilica and was charged $7 because i sat at a table. you can avoid this by always standing at the bar to drink the coffee, like everyone else. i was...

  • 13. Sistine Chapel

    Basically the sistine chapel and it's amazingness is so sold out it hurts. The vatican was amazing in the sense of the history etc but first of all it was 16euro to enter per person which is high way...

  • 14. Money Exchange

    I exchanged USD400.- into Euro in Maccorp Italiana S.p.A. in Pisa train station. They charge me 19.9% service in addition to a Servizio Fisso of Euro3,90. I think that is unreasonably high. The buying...

  • 15. Gelati

    When first in Rome, it is not out of the ordinary for gelati or ice cream lovers like me, to have a gelati from the first vendor they see. BEWARE! Do not be tempted to buy your gelati from one of the...

  • 16. Pantheon

    When we arrived at the Pantheon, it was closed. It had been closed for some time and was not due to re-open until the day after we were there in 1998. We had gotten up at the crack of dawn, walked...

  • 17. Time Elevator

    Something called the Time Elevator...a stationary amusement park "ride" coupled with a historical lesson about Rome, located near the Vitorriano. I was talked into this thing by a friend, and agreed...

  • 18. Cafe Vaticano

    We went to Café Vaticano knowing that is was likely a tourist trap, considering it is directly across the street from the entrance to the Vatican Museum. However, we didn’t expect it to be as bad as...

  • 19. Villa Borghese

    I note another reader is irked by the cost of a Coke from the vans, but the real trap is to overlook the delightful small museum in the grounds of Villa Borghese. If you like art even a teeny bit, it...

  • 20. So, how about those Queue's?

    Well, if you're planning on visiting either the Colloseum or the Vatican, either go early, or go late. The Colloseum queue's aren't really all that spectacular,...

  • 21. Bar DANY CAFFE - Outside TIBURTINA Train Station

    KEEP OUT - A bar called DANY CAFFE address 548,CIRCONVALLAZIONE NOMENTANA - ROME just in front of the exit of TIRURTINA TRAIN STATION under a BRIDGE of the...

  • 22. Old hotels don't have good heating system

    When I went to Rome, it was winter time and since I was new in the area, I didn't realize that my group and I reserved a hotel far from the city. On top of the...

  • 23. Umbrellas & bubble guns!

    There are many scammers looking for tourists!They are everywhere in Rome!Bring your own umbrella or try it before you pay - yes they can be talked down - do not...

  • 24. Renting an apartment unseen can be hazardous

    I am an experienced traveler who utilized ApartmentsApart for an apartment on the Campo dei Fiori. When I arrived I found out that every window looked out onto...


    The notebook scam has been around long enough that it is in the guide books. I kept seeing this all over Rome. Someone will have a little table set up and...

  • Rome Hotels

    2470 Hotels in Rome

    306 Reviews and Opinions

  • Ask a Question

    Got a question about Rome? Get an answer from our Location locals and frequent travelers

Instant Answers: Rome

Get an instant answer from local experts and frequent travelers

106 travelers online now


Rome Tourist Traps

Reviews and photos of Rome tourist traps posted by real travelers and locals. The best tips for Rome sightseeing.

View all Rome hotels