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Rome Business Travel Guide - - ROME -

ROME HAS QUITE the rep­u­ta­tion for its busy and of­ten con­fus­ing roads, so be­fore you start-out into the city, it is ad­vis­able to col­lect a map from your ho­tel to avoid adding un­nec­es­sary de­lays to your busy sched­ule.

One of the real gems on of­fer when it comes to find­ing your way around Rome is the Roma Pass. If you’re stay­ing in Rome for more than three days, for the cost of €36 you will be en­ti­tled to free ad­mis­sion to the first two mu­se­ums or ar­chae­o­log­i­cal sites vis­ited, full ac­cess to pub­lic trans­porta­tion, re­duced mu­seum tick­ets (Vat­i­can Mu­se­ums not in­cluded) and mu­sic events.

It has to be said that cars are per­haps the worst way to see Rome, un­less you have at least two weeks in the city, in which you can master the com­pli­cated Ital­ian way of driv­ing. When driv­ing in Rome, it is com­monly ac­cepted that the driv­ing is done in a very chaotic way, and tak­ing it in turns to let peo­ple go in front of you is very rare.

Also take note to be par­tic­u­larly care­ful when driv­ing in cer­tain parts of Tes­tac­cio, as cer­tain parts are lim­ited purely to res­i­dents and there­fore you could find your­self with a hefty fine.

Taxis are per­haps the most ex­pen­sive way to get around Rome, how­ever, when tak­ing into ac­count both the con­ve­nience and speed which is im­por­tant when you need to get across the city to meet­ings quickly. Rome’s taxis run on me­ters and will typ­i­cally only pick you up from taxi stands; these can be found eas­ily all around the city in the pi­az­zas.

Once you are in the city cen­tre, it is per­haps most ad­vis­able to move around on foot. How­ever, it is im­por­tant to re­mem­ber that you will of­ten find your­self shar­ing space with cars, as the green man light that usu­ally in­di­cates it is safe to cross is the same for traf­fic turn­ing right. It is def­i­nitely im­por­tant to al­ways be very aware of your sur­round­ings in this city burst­ing with life.

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