Pickpockets in Rome

Pickpockets exist in every major city in the world. Unfortunately, Rome is no exception. Here are a few rules of wisdom to help you avoid falling victim to thieves while on holiday.
1) Pickpockets choose easy victims! If you appear to be careful and attentive of your surroundings and do not carry valuable items on you, you are less likely to be a victim.
2) Pickpockets often work in groups! Pickpockets are good at their job and try to create situations that capture your attention to shift the focus you have on your belongings. When confronted by a group of people, abide by the golden rule: DON’T TALK TO STRANGERS! Simply, turn your back and walk away.
3) Carry with you only what is needed! Only keep on you the necessary money and items you need for the day. Leave passports and other valuables in the locked apartment you have rented. Any money or personal items you have on you while you are out and about, keep them in closed pockets. It is even a good idea to keep important things in various pockets so you run less risk of losing everything if you are a victim.
4) Don’t carry a backpack on your back! This is especially important in the underground. Pickpockets are good at reaching into a backpack without you even knowing it! It is best to keep everything you have in front of you and securely close of pockets, bags and purses at all time!
5) Don’t wear a camera or video camera around your neck! It is easy for someone to grab something from around your neck and run off. Anything of value should be kept in a closed pocket or in a closed bag that is carried in front of you.
Keep things of value like your apartment keys, identification, and wallets in separate pockets so if you are a victim you do not risk losing everything!
6) Don’t be overly obvious you are a tourist! It is already easy enough to spot a tourist, do not make a pickpocket’s job easier. If you need to refer to a map, go off from a major street or step inside a bar and always be attentive of your surroundings.
7) Always keep under close watch your bags, purses, etc! Especially when you are dining in a restaurant or at a bar, never lose sight of your items and try to avoid leaving items on the floor where it would be easy for a passer-by to grab them and run.
8) Be careful when watching street performers! Oftentimes, these situations offer a prime location for pickpockets because it is easy for people to be distracted. Keep pockets closed and keep bags and purses in front of you.
9) Train stations offer another great arena for pickpockets!
a) People who are at the train station are obvious tourists and are likely to be carrying all of their possessions on them. For a pickpocket, this is one-stop shopping!
b) It is easy to be dis-oriented and distracted in a train station. Always be on alert.
c) Be aware of people who press against you as they are likely trying to pickpocket.
d) When purchasing your tickets and pull out your wallet, be careful of your surroundings as they will be watching where you put your wallet. It is best to buy your ticket in advance or enter the station with the money already set aside in a separate pocket to avoid flashing your wallet about.
From our experience, groups of females, elderly couples, and people travelling alone are more likely to fall victim to pickpockets. If you are victim, report the crime immediately to the police and then contact us at guest@romefortheholidays.com.


Directions to your Home in Rome

Home in Rome is pleased to host you during your stay in Rome. If you haven’t already decided on your transportation to the apartment, here are a few options and the estimated prices for arriving at the apartment you have booked.

When choosing your transportation, please keep in mind the complimentary check-in time indicated on the property page or your booking confirmation email. Check-out time is no later than 10:00 on the morning of departure. In the event you need assistance with your luggage, please visit our luggage storage recommendations!

1.  The easiest and quickest way from the airport, train station, or port is by private transfer.  Rome for the Holidays contracts with PrimaClasse to provide an exceptional transfer service to and from our apartments.  One of our professional, English speaking drivers will pick you up, provide you great information about the city, and call us when you are on your way to confirm your check-in appointment.  The cost of a private transfer during normal business hours from either airport is between €60,00 and €80,00.

You can easily book a private transfer from wherever you will be arriving by clicking here.

2. If you prefer, the next best option is by taxi. Both airports and all train stations in Rome have a taxi stand directly outside the terminal. There may be a line and be sure to only use a Roma Capitale Taxi. The standard rates are posted, but be careful of unethical drivers and always make note of the complete taxi number (ex. Padova 45). The standard rate for an economy-size taxi (usually seats 3-4 with luggage) is €30,00 from CIA and €48,00 from FCO.  Apartments located out of the historical center may incur a meter price. The average cost from the nearest train station is €15,00-€20,00.

3. The last option, reserved only for people with good map skills, would be to jump on a shuttle bus from either airport or the express train from FCO to Termini. Due to traffic, luggage claim, and shuttle/train departure times, it takes approximately two to three hours from the time you land to the time you arrive at our centrally located apartment. The average total cost is between €6,00 and €16,00 per person. You can visit these websites for additional details:

Terravision

Tren Italia

For apartment specific directions using public transportation, please refer to your booking confirmation or your check-in reminder email.


Travel Tips in Rome

The Home in Rome Team wants to remind you of some last minute travels tips!

1. Review your travel documents including airline tickets and passport expiration date.
2. If you are considering renting a car, an International driver’s license may be required.
3. Contact your credit card providers so they know you are travelling abroad.
4. Ask your cell phone provider information about international roaming charges and plans.
5. Pick up an international outlet adapter so you can stay connected with your phone and computer!

Our self-catering apartments are comfortably furnished and centrally located to help you make the most of your holiday. In each of our apartments we offer the essential basics including: a tourist map for your use, an initial supply of toilet paper and soaps, a hairdryer, an iron, a functional kitchen, WiFi and more! We invite you to review your apartment’s complete list of amenities on our website!


Best Practices in Rome

The Home in Rome Team wants to make sure you feel at home while in Rome for the Holidays.  We take great pride in maintaining our apartments.  To be able to provide the best possible apartments, we kindly ask you to keep in mind the following household best practices during your stay as things might be different in Rome than at your own home.

  1. Please keep building and apartment doors securely closed at all times and be sure to use the keys as instructed at check-in.  A key may have a trick, but it should never be forced in or out of the door lock.  In addition, the keys should never be left in the door lock (inside or out).  Guests are fully responsibile for the set(s) of keys provided at check-in.
  2. Doors and windows should be closed properly and never slammed.
  3. Bathroom exhaust fans should be left on for at least 20 minutes after a shower but always turned off before leaving the apartment.
  4. The apartment is non-smoking.  Smoking in a holiday apartment rental is against Italian law and is punishable by fines up to 275,00€.
  5. Where available, please remember that according to Italian law, the air conditioning units are available during the summer months in Rome.  The lowest temperature setting is 26°C with a 2°C tolerance.  Air conditioning units should be turned off when you are not in the apartment and when not needed in the individual rooms where the units are located.
  6. All of our apartments are equipped with a heating system.  Just like the air conditioning system, there are also local laws governing when the heating system can be used, at what temperature, and for how many hours a day.  Typically, in Rome, but always depending on local weather conditions, the heat can be turned on between 15 November and 15 April.
  7. All kitchen equipment should be used as intended.  Kitchen appliances should be turned off and/or unplugged when not in use.  Hot pots, pans, and coffee maker should never be placed directly on a countertop.
  8. No food, coffee grinds, oil or other items should ever be placed down a sink drain.  Please discard of food, coffee grinds, oil, and other kitchen items properly in the rubbish.
  9. In addition, nothing other than human waste and toilet paper should ever be flushed down the toilet.  Feminine products, cleansing towelettes, and other similar product should be discarded in the rubbish and never flushed down the toilet.
  10. The same rules apply for the shower drains.  Only water should go down the drain.
  11. If you use an available washing machine, please leave the door open after the cycle to help the unit air-out.  Remember that the washer door should never be forced open as it remains locked for up to 5 minutes after the cycle.  In the event the apartment you have rented has a dryer, please make sure the condensation tray and the lent trap have been emptied and cleaned after each use.
  12. The linens and towels provided for your stay are provided by the cleaning company.  Please use the towels for the intended purpose only: to dry your body, hands, etc.  Do not use the towels with hair dye or other products that could potentially stain the linens and towels.  Never wash any of linens or towels and never remove any of linens, blankets and towels from the apartment.  If you need extra linens and/or towels during your stay, we can provide you a quote.
  13. While accidents do happen, please be careful not to leave blood stains, urine stains, and nail polish stains on any of linens or towels.
  14. The apartment and its belongings should be left, more or less, in the same condition you found them at check-in.

With ten years of experience in the holiday rental industry, these are the top accidents that occur while staying in a holiday rental.  While normal wear and tear is expected, not following these best practices lead to unnecessary repair costs and more importantly may affect the next guest’s stay.


Safety in Rome

The Home in Rome Team would like to remind you that safety is our priority both in our apartments as well as on the streets in Rome!

So in addition to locking the apartment door with the key when you go out and always ensuring you have the keys in a safe place, remember…

Pickpockets and thieves exist in every major city in the world.  Unfortunately, Rome is no exception.  Here are a few rules of wisdom to help you avoid falling victim to thieves while on holiday.

1) Pickpockets choose easy victims!  If you appear to be careful and attentive of your surroundings and do not carry valuable items on you, you are less likely to be a victim.

2) Pickpockets often work in groups!  Pickpockets are good at their job and try to create situations that capture your attention to shift the focus you have on your belongings.  When confronted by a group of people, abide by the golden rule: DON’T TALK TO STRANGERS!  Simply, turn your back and walk away.

3) Carry with you only what is needed!  Only keep on you the necessary money and items you need for the day.  Leave passports and other valuables in the locked apartment you have rented.  Any money or personal items you have on you while you are out and about, keep them in closed pockets.  It is even a good idea to keep important things in various pockets so you run less risk of losing everything if you are a victim.

4) Don’t carry a backpack on your back!  This is especially important in the underground.  Pickpockets are good at reaching into a backpack without you even knowing it!  It is best to keep everything you have in front of you and securely close of pockets, bags and purses at all time!

5)  Don’t wear a camera or video camera around your neck!  It is easy for someone to grab something from around your neck and run off.  Anything of value should be kept in a closed pocket or in a closed bag that is carried in front of you.

Keep things of value like your apartment keys, identification, and wallets in separate pockets so if you are a victim you do not risk losing everything!

6)  Don’t be overly obvious you are a tourist!  It is already easy enough to spot a tourist, do not make a pickpocket’s job easier.  If you need to refer to a map, go off from a major street or step inside a bar and always be attentive of your surroundings.

7) Always keep under close watch your bags, purses, etc!  Especially when you are dining in a restaurant or at a bar, never lose sight of your items and try to avoid leaving items on the floor where it would be easy for a passer-by to grab them and run.

8)  Be careful when watching street performers!  Oftentimes, these situations offer a prime location for pickpockets because it is easy for people to be distracted.  Keep pockets closed and keep bags and purses in front of you.

9) Train stations offer another great arena for pickpockets!

a) People who are at the train station are obvious tourists and are likely to be carrying all of their possessions on them.  For a pickpocket, this is one-stop shopping!

b) It is easy to be dis-oriented and distracted in a train station.  Always be on alert.

c) Be aware of people who press against you as they are likely trying to pickpocket.

d) When purchasing your tickets and pull out your wallet, be careful of your surroundings as they will be watching where you put your wallet.  It is best to buy your ticket in advance or enter the station with the money already set aside in a separate pocket to avoid flashing your wallet about.

From our experience, groups of females, elderly couples, and people travelling alone are more likely to fall victim to pickpockets.  If you are victim, report the crime immediately to the police.


Tours in Rome

The Home in Rome Team hopes you are looking forward to your upcoming holiday in Rome. Since you are probably planning your itinerary, you may want to consider booking a few tours in advance to make the most of your time while on holiday!
Our past guests have used a variety of online services including the websites listed below.

Discovery Rome Tours – Guest Favorite
Viator Italy
RomaPass
Dark Rome
Free Walking Tour
Hop-On, Hop Off Bus

These tour companies offer both personalized and small group tours to the major attractions in the Eternal City including: the Jewish Ghetto, the Colosseum, and of course, the Vatican. In addition, there are various walking tours including the Fountains of Rome Tour and the Rome by Night Tour.

And don’t forget to check-out a new type of Roman food and wine experience, Eat With as well as one of the best new museums in Rome, Palazzo Valentini.

To make the most of your holiday, book in advance everything you definitely want to see! In the meantime, check-out Romeing to see what’s going on in Rome!


Rome Anytime

Rome is a place full of excitement, culture, history, and delicious food. Whatever reason you to choose to visit
Rome for, remember that it is going to be a worthwhile trip. However, right now
is one of the best times to visit Rome.  Prices the lowest and the lines are the shortest!
If you decide to visit Rome for the, don’t forget to take a ton of pictures. Make sure to take these
pictures in some of the most scenic parts of Rome, such as:
· The Capitoline and Palatine Hills
· The Pantheon
· The Palazzo Barberini Gatepost
· The Ponte Fabricio
· The Great Colosseum
· The Spanish Steps
· And anywhere else you see fit
Rome is a great place for many reasons; when it comes to visiting for the holidays, make sure
to look into Home in Rome vacation homes and private apartments first to find a fabulous, quality apartment at a great new year price.


Love in Rome

The other day we heard a ‘heaven and hell’ analogy involving some common stereotypes in certain counties round the world.

Heaven would consist of a place where the Germans are in charge of organization, the police are British, the bankers are Swiss, the salesmen are American, the chefs are French, and the lovers are Italian.  Conversely, hell would consist of a place where the police are German, the chefs are British, the bankers are Brazilian, and the Italians are in charge of organization!

Well if this were true, you can certainly feel a sense of love in the air in Rome, walking through the historical center, for example, it is easy to spot a handful of couples overtly playing tonsil hockey with each other.  Young, middle-aged, and old alike publicly announce their love with no shame or humility and with such passion!

If only this same intensity could be used to make rubbish collection, public transportation, traffic, and the general Italian bureaucracy a little easier and more organized…but then again the charm of Rome just wouldn’t be the same…


Fall in Rome

Autumn in Rome can be evidenced with the turn and fall of the leaves, the kind of early morning chill in which you can see your own breath, and cumulus clouds spitting afternoon showers through rays of sunshine and oftentimes producing the illusion of a rainbow off in the distance.  Not to mention, the scent of the summer heat has been replaced with the comforting and familiar aroma of fireplaces burning wood and furnaces being turned on for the first time of the season.  As day light savings approaches on 29 October, the days are getting  shorter as the sun sets around six o’clock which serves as a reminder that winter is knocking on our door.

Despite the change of seasons, tourists are continuing to visit the Eternal City.  In fact, the Home in Rome Vacation Rentals are fully booked in October and are filling up in November as well as for the Christmas season.  If you are wanting to plan a Fall or early winter trip to Rome, don’t wait any longer!  Vacation apartment prices are lower with respect to the summer months and there are fewer tourist lines and not too mention the hot Italian sun is much less intense.  Planning a getaway for the Christmas and New Year’s Holidays, just one click and a Home in Rome Vacation Rental could be your gift for the entire family.


Rome is Different

You’ve finally arrived in Rome after hours of exhausting travel and lay your bags down in your apartment, your home away from home. You’re getting the grand tour of your new place and you’re excited, you’re taking it all in, you’re….wait a second, something isn’t right. Things are NOT like this where I come from!

You have a keen eye, and you’re right – things are indeed a bit different in Italy, especially if you’re coming from America. But behind every difference, there’s history and tradition, and in some cases, politics. And you may discover that it’s not, in fact, so bad.

A hint of the first major difference may present itself to you on your way to the apartment, especially if you’re travelling by train. You’re bound to catch sight of clothes hanging from clotheslines from apartment balconies and windows, flapping in the wind. And when you reach your apartment, it’s confirmed. There’s a washing machine, but no dryer. Indeed, most Italian families do not own a dryer. While they are sold in stores, it’s considered by most to be a luxury on the basis of its high energy consumption. But what makes the dryers in the stores here so different from our dryers back home? Well, actually it’s not the dryers that are different at all – it’s the price of electricity. Italy, completely devoid of any nuclear power plants, imports as much as 81% of its energy from surrounding foreign countries, a dependency that significantly drives up the price of electricity for Italian households.

And so, since electricity is pricey, Italian households do what they can do – adapt. If you’re arriving in the sweltering heat of July, you’re lucky to have air-conditioning (many Italians do not!), but you’ll probably notice it’s not central air. No, that would be far too expensive and Italians instead use a split system unit that is mounted on the wall and is reserved only for the hottest days and the most lived in rooms in the house. So pick up the remote controller and get used to clicking on (and off) the air to suit your needs!

While that cool air is churning out, feel free to dry your hair, pop some clothes in the washing machine, switch on the oven for dinner, and see what’s on the tube…right? Wrong! Unless you want to experience a blackout, you’d better raise your consciousness of the energy you’re using. To prevent overconsumption of energy (and sky high electricity bills), each Italian household is allotted a standard of only 3kWh at any given time. While some may find this annoying, others see it as simply an efficient way to prevent wasting energy. Fortunately, the gas-powered stove doesn’t factor into all of this, but if you’re not used to this system, you have to locate the gas valve and it’s a good idea to turn it on and off before and after cooking.

Okay, so we’ve got some electricity differences. Other first impressions? Well, while the front door key is huge, everything else seems…small! Kitchens in particular are lacking in space, which may seem surprising considering how strong the culinary tradition is in Italy. In the past, before the advent of big city life, kitchens were indeed much bigger, accommodating large families that cooked together and ate together. As cities grew and both family and housing size diminished, kitchen dimensions shrank. Italian families today prefer to dedicate what space they have to more accommodating rooms, like the living room.

So, fine, there’s not much counter space in the kitchen, but the refrigerator…how am I supposed to fit anything in here?! Yes, the refrigerator is also small compared to American standards, but it serves the Italians just fine. No, they don’t eat any less than you, but they place a huge emphasis on keeping only the freshest foods and vegetables in stock, going to a produce market or supermarket often multiple times a week. Furthermore, most foods don’t contain preservatives in Italy, so you have just five days to finish a liter of milk and three days to finish that opened jar of tomato sauce. Turns out, for a healthy lifestyle, bigger isn’t really better.

And different isn’t necessarily bad. Let your clothes dry while you are out exploring Rome. Or stay in and uncork a bottle of Italian wine, fling open the balcony windows, and take in the city. You won’t regret it.

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