When In Rome – Part 1

Aside from being a group that wrote one of the most wonderful 80s songs of all time – The Promise – it’s also the start of a pretty famous saying that likely needs no explanation.  But nobody ever talks about what exactly you’d do in Rome if you did as the Romans do.  So I’ve put together a list of ten things that you could expect to do in Rome should you ever make it there.  This post got long, so I broke it into three parts.

1. Drink coffee out of tiny little cups.

Tiny CoffeeOrdering coffee in Italy is like ordering an espresso here for nearly the price of a shot of liquor.  It may be just as strong as coffee packed into a thimble-sized portion, but it’s just not nearly as satisfying as kicking back with a delicious vat of Dunkin Donuts coffee.  If you could care less about doing as the Romans do, ask for “American” coffee.  They probably just water down the espresso, but it’s still better than a lot of coffee you get here in the states.

2.  See a lot of really, really old stuff and more graffiti than you can imagine.

Pantheon – about 1,900 years old


Colosseum – about 1,935 years old


Roman Forum – over 2,600 years old

Roman Forum

Palatine Hill – housed residents for at least 3,010 years

Palatine Hill

The grafitti was out of control in Italy.  It was one of the first things I noticed on the train ride from the airport.  It covered nearly every building with the exception of many of the monuments.  I’m not sure how they managed to keep it off of those.


3.  Get accustomed to only using the bathroom at your hotel room.

Nasty ToiletsYou never knew what to expect when you walked into a public restroom in Rome.  All public toilets were slightly different, but they all had one thing in common:  none of them had a seat.  This means that if you accidentally sat down, not only would you surely be sitting in pee, but there’s a good chance that you’d fall in to boot.  Totally gross.


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