Rome is famous for its cute little paved streets and grand cathedrals, letting all of its tourists dive into the secrets of its ancient history and revealing its old legends. Thousands of tourists visit Rome every year (in 2018, 7.4 million people were in just the Colosseum alone). But there are 2 sides of this coin. The capital of Italy has a dark side that both local people and numerous tourists have to deal with every day.
Bright Side was curious if the life in the Eternal City really was so simple. And you know what? It is not.
1. Local tricksters know a bunch of ways to take your money legally.
At any moment when you are in Rome, a smiling person dressed as a gladiator can come up to you and offer to take a photo with you. Only at the end of the photo shoot, you will find out the price of this service and you will most likely be very surprised.
And also, on almost any corner, you might find welcoming strangers who offer to tell you about the local sights and can help you buy a ticket at a train station. But after the service, this “volunteer” loses the smile instantly and starts to ask you for money.