The Rome tourist season is always alive, but we are now backing out of low season and making our way up to the high season once more. Rome is the opposite to most other resort towns as the summer months of June, July and August are normally peak season with prices soaring in places like Sicily, Adriatic Coast etc... as the hot and bothered head to the seaside, or the mountains to escape the summer heat.
Here in Rome however you will find the prices drop considerably, especially in August. We have had some of our 4 star hotels offering rates comparable with a single room in a youth hostel - seriously - that cheap. If you can put up with the heat, humidity, lack of places to cool off and having not even a bit of fresh air then maybe Rome is the place for you in the blistering summer months!
It's not for me, and I hope, really, really hope that this is the last summer (or winter for that matter) for the bel ragazzo and I in Rome.
Now as the nights are getting a little cooler (ok, well last night I noticed a slight, almost refreshing edge to the air) the tourists are coming back in force and filling the ancient streets once again with their funny and foolish ways.
The ticket inspectors are out too on most of the main line bus routes. So tourists entering Rome - BEWARE. Please buy and validate your tickets or you will get fined! The other day I had inspectors on each of my four buses I was taking around town and it was so funny to listen to the poor unsuspecting ticketless people try and talk their way out of the situation.
One woman tried to convince them she did not speak very good Italian, and in her stress about getting fined she forgot she did not speak Italian and came out with a fluent insult of every curse under the Italian sun.
Don't try to jump off the bus at the next stop either. I have seen that happen many a time and they'll just jump off and chase after you!
Here are some more shots of Random Rome:
On Sundays the road by the Colosseum is closed to traffic but I still find it funny that people use the zebra crossing even when there are no cars!
There are shrines to the Madonna all over Italy. Some are behind bars:
And some are out in the open: