Italy Tourist Traps

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    Glaidators at the Coliseum
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    Ready For The Horde Of Tourists!
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    Todi - on top of a hill, like so many...
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Italy Tourist Traps

  • Colosseum Gladiators

    Rome Tourist Traps

    As you walk along outside of the Colosseum, you will see many methods used to take your money – horses wait patiently with their carriages for their next fare, hawkers selling sunglasses, toys, and other trinkets, tour guides, and gladiators. Yes, gladiators! They still exist, only from my impression, they are no longer in the prime of their life...

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  • Gondole

    Venice Tourist Traps

    Guys like this one, dressed in the traditional Venetian clothes, can be seen all over the place, especially in the most crowded areas of Venice. But if the season is good and the city of Venice is overcrowded by the tourists, you wont see them around. Their job is catching tourists around and canvassing them for a gondola drive. In case they...

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  • The Duomo

    Milan Tourist Traps

    Be very careful with guys who come up to you and thrust corn into your hands to feed the pigeons in from on the Dumo. Even though this makes a fantastic picture with the dones eating from your palm... they guys who give you the corn try to rip you off. They are you where you are from and ask to be compensated like wise... as we were from New York...

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  • Shopping in touristic areas

    Pisa Tourist Traps

    There are small markets everywhere that charge anywhere from two to four times what you would pay for staples in a supermarket. Prices can vary widely for anything from bottles of water and especially if you need something like shampoo or shaving cream it's like shopping in an American convenience store with a 200% markup. Ask the hotel where the...

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  • House of Christopher Columbus

    Genoa Tourist Traps

    Or what is left of it. Says the sign. But it is not. It is the remains of a house from that period. No reason at all to believe CC lived here. He may have, of course. It's very close to the Palazzo Ducale and on the edge of the old quarter, so no harm to spare it a glance. It really is no sweat because it doesn't cost you anything to have a look,...

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  • Lipari

    Palermo Tourist Traps

    Lipari, you don´t really need to go there, it´s full of tourist and I didn´t really discovered something special ! The famous White Beach: all you can see is a ruin of a house and of corse the beach (I wouldn´t say that is something special) There are some tours around Lipari, possible interesting, just try it.

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  • Eating Out

    Rome Tourist Traps

    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 the street) that is just legal theft. At noon, we had (we were 4) 2 salads, one 1/2 chicken, 1 omelet, some bread, 3 diet cokes and 2 beers. 95€...

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  • Fake handbags, street sellers

    Venice Tourist Traps

    watch out for the African Vendors selling 'Gucci' 'Fendi' and 'Prada' purses. They are not real of course, but if you are willing to spend $50-$100 Euro for a pretty good imitation then go for it. You can always get them to come down on price if you say all you have it X amount of money. It's alo funny to watch them run through the streets when the...

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  • Shopping

    Milan Tourist Traps

    This is a special WARNING for all male visitors of Milan! There are two streets in Milan which you have to AVOID: first one MONTENAPOLEONE, and the second one Via della SPIGA! This two streets are probably the most expensive streets on earth. There are no prices at all in the shop-windows. DO YOU KNOW WHAT THUS IT MEAN!!! Remember it well!

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  • Silly photos

    Pisa Tourist Traps

    As soon as you arrive in the Campo dei Miracoli you will spot them. Dotted around the Leaning Tower are pairs of people, one with a camera and one a short distance away. The photographer will be calling: “left a little … no, right … back up a bit … hand a bit higher”. Their friend will be shuffling around, trying to follow the instructions while...

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  • Galeon

    Genoa Tourist Traps

    Well, it's not a "real" tourist trap from any point of view, but better to tell you something about this (looking) old ship. It's not a 17th century galeon, it was built in the 80s fot Roman Polanski's movie "Pirates" with Walter Matthau! So it could be interesting for movie-fans, but remember that it just a reconstruction of a similar old...

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  • Taxis

    Rome Tourist Traps

    Basically don't take a taxi....it'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 get almost triple the normal taxi fares of a regular driver. Also the weird thing is if you ever call a taxi they charge you depending on the time it...

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  • Harry's Bar

    Venice Tourist Traps

    As a Venetian , really, I tell you Not to go inside Harry's Bar unless you understand before what this place means : Harry's Bar is part of the City's history , the place has an incredible Charme and atmosphere , Mr Claudio Ponzio the Chief Barman is one of Italy's best , the Food is quintessentially venetian and made with products from the area (...

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  • Galleria Vittorio Emanuele

    Milan Tourist Traps

    The souvenir shops in this arcade are too expensive compared to others in the city. Restaurants are also expensive, but for the crowd and the location they deserve that. If you came to Milan for shopping, definitely this is the place for sightseeing rather than shopping. Try to look around and compare the prices. You will find better deals around...

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  • Street Vendors

    Rome Tourist Traps

    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 me unromantic, but I would not be wanting someone to buy me an overpriced rose that someone is tormenting him to buy. Anyway you sort of smile and say...

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  • Pigeons

    Venice Tourist Traps

    Watching the pigeons swarm all over the people in the piazza (and how silly they act). One sits at the cafe calmly sipping on a cup of coffee. By far the most expensive cup of coffee i have ever had in my life ( i think it was like 9 euro for the privilege of seeing this grand scene.) Get a drink elsewhere, it's not worth sitting on the square....

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  • Trevi Fountain

    Rome Tourist Traps

    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 has their own camera and they don't need a random man at the fountain selling you pictures for 5 or 10 euros. Try the gellato place right there tho its...

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  • Tours

    Rome Tourist Traps

    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 to drive one on the VERY crowded street just outside of their location. After a minute and a half of lessons I was out on the road, and was in an...

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  • Colosseum

    Rome Tourist Traps

    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 just so you can point and say 'been there' . No alternative. Just go and have a look-see.

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  • Spanish Steps

    Rome Tourist Traps

    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 to say you been there, done that. Walk up and back down...sit on the steps and have a conversation. I myself had a smoke and enjoy the scenery Trevi...

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  • Water Fountains

    Rome Tourist Traps

    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 become victims of the conveniently located street sellers and their over priced water. So long as you have a container there really isn't any need to...

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  • Piazza Navona

    Rome Tourist Traps

    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 Piazza Navona instead sit at the fountain or if you have to sit in a patio, order just a coffee, although expensive it is 5euros or less and the coffee is...

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  • Souvenir Shops

    Rome Tourist Traps

    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 (both to the shopkeepers advantage by several Euro). Arguing loudly with the shopkeeper, forcing him/her to write the amounts down and add them up by...

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  • Sistine Chapel

    Rome Tourist Traps

    Those complaining about paying 12 Euros to see some of the world's greatest and most important pieces have no business being in Rome. 12 Euros is scrapping the barrel, it's about as inexpensive as you can get for anything. Those screaming 'tourist trap' - please - the Chapel's location is where it is for historical reasons. It's not a Disney...

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  • Gelati

    Rome Tourist Traps

    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 vendors selling from a trailer along the road. You will pay anything up to three times the price of the same gelati in one of the little shops that...

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  • Pantheon

    Rome Tourist Traps

    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 down a mountain, caught a bus to Formia Station and spent an hour on the train then walked and walked and walked some more, only to be disappointed to...

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  • Coffee Break

    Rome Tourist Traps

    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 clueless and had to learn the hard way. i think the real price is around 2 euros.

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  • Money Exchange

    Rome Tourist Traps

    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 rate was already high at 1.69397. I want to lodge a complain, anyone knows the Authority that supervise money exchanger? Although in the web-site of...

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  • Time Elevator

    Rome Tourist Traps

    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 to it because I needed a history lesson about Rome. The information it gives is minimal at best, and the stationary "ride" made me feel nauseous for...

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  • Cafe Vaticano

    Rome Tourist Traps

    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 it was. It’s a cafeteria style restaurant. You go up to the counter and order something that is already made and has probably been sitting there for...

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  • ITALIAN TRAINS ARE CRAP

    DO NOT USE TRENITALIA THEY ARE THE WORST TRAINS IN EUROPEA WEBSITE THAT DOESNT WORKARROGANT STAFFTICKET MACHINES NOT WORKINGCONDUCTORS NOT GIVING CHANCEAlways give the conductor the correct fare. I gave him 50 euros and he wouldnt give me my stinking cha Get a coach if you can or try to find a TGv service that goes through italy get a coach if...

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  • Gondolas in Venice - when is the best...

    Gondolas are perhaps the most "touristy", well known things to do in Venice (or even in all of Italy). We ended up taking a night time gondola ride, and were so glad we did! It was a little bit chilly, but it was quiet and enchanting. Half the time all we could hear was the gentle lapping of the water against the gondola and the gondolier calling...

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  • Private beaches

    The idea of private beaches just does not appeal, these beaches are kept very clean and beds and umbrellas all nicely matching and uniform. But really if you are on a budget which most of us travellers are, then who is going to pay £25 or more to lie on a beach. The local municipals have a section of the beach which is available free to all and...

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  • Utmost trash: M. di Blasi, Frances Mayes

    I am well aware that a storm of protest might result now, and even if these women I am referring to here find this, they should look deep into the mirror and maybe they realise that there is a point to what I write now. Maybe, but most probably maybe not.Some time after my trip to Venezia I looked for books about this magic city. That’s how I found...

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  • The Vatican- Cattle gates and billions...

    Easter weekend at the Vatican is a fond memory... Hundreds of tourists waiting to enter the Vatican and people wishing to see the Pope. If you don't mind direct sun, a bursting bladder and lines of people herded like cattle to the slaughter then try to see the Vatican on Easter weekend. Expect a long wait in line and keep conversational skills...

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  • pick pockets, gypsys

    Me and my wife went to Rome back in March-2007 and it was great, i've heard winter is one of the best times to go to Rome, all i can say... goto Google maps, search for Rome... the image you'll see there (satellite) will show a lot of brown dusty areas... well that's because that picture was taken in summer time... now imagine all those areas in a...

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  • Venezia: buy Murano (and not Chinese...

    You came to Venezia to marvel at their glass manufacturing mastering? And want to bring some glass souvenir back home? Then please understand that this is not a third world country and that the artists’ pieces do cost some money. There are marvellous small pieces for good value (like pendants or bowls, ear rings and small animals, and even “sweets”...

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  • Free guided walking tour in Vatican City

    Beware of free-lance tour guides positioned outside St. Peter's Basilica! They attract unsuspecting foreign tourists with their promotion on free guided walking tour of St. Peter's Basilica. They are definitely not sanctioned by St. Peter's Basilica as admission to St. Peter's Basilica is free. Each one of them will lead a group of approximately...

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  • The Leaning Tower of Pisa

    We consider climbing up the Leaning Tower of Pisa a tourist trap. Most foreign tourists were not satisfied after climbing up the tower! It is certainly not worth the 15.00 euros admission fee to climb up the staircases to the top! During the summer months, the queue to climb up the tower is extraordinarily long. You may have to wait between half an...

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  • Train ticket vending machines

    Be careful with ticket vending machines. I had a ticket Verona to Rimini bought, but somehow got only Bolognia to Rimini, and found out only when the ticket collector was complaining.

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  • venice masks

    there are vendors everywhere......shop around...the masks,get the paper mache ones...away from St.Marco's Sqr...it'll be much more economical! Plus..i was informed this is closer to the authenic ones...not the porcelains.

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  • Trenitalia and Express-2 does not work...

    No surprise: Trenitalia uses a different reservation system than (ex) Soviet Express-2.Surprise: in their Very Infinite Wisdom (r) Trenitalia/FS and RZD could not agree, how to run a sleeper with reservation properly.Result: the weekly Moscow-Kiev-Budapest-Zagreb-Ljubljana-Venezia-Ljubljana-Zagreb-Budapest-Kiev-Moscowsleeper does not show up in...

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  • Outlet Mall-Outside Florence Italy

    Most tours companies have to charge you for an excursion to the outlet malls outside of Florence. Beware: It is an outlet mall for the rich and size 2s of the world: something may be 50% off but it's 50% off of 2400 euros! The salespeople did not acknowledge any of the shoppers in our group (EVERY STORE), even to say hello in English or Italian....

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  • Eating near the Vatican - don't!

    Bottom line is don't! We stayed at the Hotel Bramante adjacent to the Vatican Walls (actually built against the wall). Asked at reception for somewhere to eat close by. They were very diplomatic and gave us walking directions to Piazza Navona. We were tired (just arrived from Canada) and trolled Borgo Pio! Mistake! Go to Piazza Navona!

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  • rental car - hidden costs

    We rented a car with Europcar for four days with full insurance (extra 15 euro/day) for peace of mind. We asked the receptionist about any possible extra costs. The answer: only fuel (always return car with full tank) and police tickets. Sounded ok. During the renting time we had a flat tire which was replaced with the spare tire without...

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