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love bottled water...
are the leading consumers of bottled water in the
world, drinking more than 40 gallons per person annually.
But as their environmental consciousness deepens,
officials here are avidly promoting what was previously
unthinkable: that Italians should drink tap water.
In Venice, officials took a leaf from the advertising
playbook that has helped make bottled water a multibillion-dollar
global industry. They invented a lofty brand name
for Venice’s tap water - Acqua
Veritas - created a sleek logo and
emblazoned it on stylish carafes that were distributed
free to households.
(New York Times 2009)
Vatican Museums can be a daunting
and overwhelming experience so it is necessary to
prepare both mentally and physically to get the most
out of your visit. Here's a few tips to make life
a bit easier.
your best to avoid Saturdays and Mondays, unless there
is a free Sunday. Remember that the Vatican Museums
are free the last Sunday of the month which takes
some of the pressure off adjacent days that are as
a rule pretty busy. My pick of the best days to visit
the museums are Tuesday to Friday, with Tuesday and
Thursday afternoons being the least crowded days.
Generally afternoons after 12:00 will be much less
crowded than mornings, except for Saturdays and free
Sundays. Crowds in the Vatican Museums
are not just about the wait in line, they are also
about a lot of confused people in relatively tight
hallways taking pictures and constantly bumping into
one another. However, lines and crowds have significantly
diminished since the Vatican extended the museum hours
in 2008. I have even heard that sometimes the line
to pick-up reserved tickets is longer than the non-reserved
the restroom directly when you enter into the museums.
After you make the line and arrive in the entrance
hall (actually before purchasing tickets) use that
restroom. There are a few others throughout the museums
but for the most part the one in the main entrance
is the best and most convenient.
a snack and water. Food and water are not readily
available in the museums so I recommend having some
food ready to nibble on to keep your strength up.
I am not suggesting that you chow down while taking
in the Raphael Rooms
or under the Sistine
but there are a couple of outdoor venues that would
be appropriate. And being discrete about taking a
couple of bits won’t hurt anyone.
Chris Carriero is the editor and creator
- Digital Travel Guide. You
can also find him at www.twitter.com/ikangaroo
a Rome Pass...
Nancy Aiello Tours to share my passion and expertise
on Rome & Italy with all Travelista. Here's a
tip I think you will like:
advantage of the Rome Pass that can be purchased at
Airport Terminals or at Tourist Information Points
located downtown. The pass lasts 3 days after stamping
it and costs € 23.00. It includes free access
to two museums or archaeological sites of your choice,
free movement on the entire public transport network
and reductions on entrance to other museums, exhibitions
and shows but includes also Health Assistance and
access to the city’s bike sharing scheme. Tour
Rome by bike and move freely through the city while
respecting the environment; operates 24 hrs a day,
each ½ hour is €0.50 with €5.00 registration
Nancy Aiello's website is www.nancyaiellotours.com
You can reach her on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/ItalyTravelista
women in Italy...
It is no accident,
writes cross-cultural expert Robert T. Moran, that
the two most popular and common expressions in Italy
-- Mamma Mia! and Madonna -- refer to female icons.
In Italy the woman is the backbone of the family.
This, combined with the renowned Italian love of beauty,
gives the role of women a special place in the world
(Source: Do's and Taboos Around the World for Women
in Business, ISBN 0 471 14364 2)
This respect for women doesn't always extend to female
tourists. Catcalls and an occasional pinch on the
bum are not unheard of in the big cities. You can
usually cut down this unnecessary attention by dressing
like the locals (sunglasses, lots of black, lots of
attitude, shoes not sneakers, etc.) and ignoring the
men who try to get you to respond to them.
When a man just
doesn't get the message, answer loudly with the word,
"Basta," which means "Enough!".
I try to do this only when lots of bystanders can
hear. This shames the silly man and he usually slinks
away. If there is nobody else around I walk purposefully
and quickly trying to put as much distance as possible
between him and me.
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