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Do you have some crazy travel stories from any destination? Today, I will be sharing my crazy travel stories from Rome.

Having that we had only a few days to spend in Rome during Christmas, we had an action-packed holiday. 

In our adventure to explore Rome, we decide to narrow down our focus on where to visit. This is because Rome is a big city with a lot to offer.

What happens in Rome, stays in Rome, right? In this case, I really don’t think so. To have great travel content writing for my readers, I think that it’s important for me to write about all both the positive and negative of a destination.

While traveling, there so many encounters that are breathtaking, memorable and also unexpected. All these experiences are the ones that make traveling interesting. In this post, I have decided to share the crazy travel tales or even embarrassing moments from our adventures in the capital city of Italy.

In the real sense, these crazy travel stories might make you wonder if I will go back to Rome. And without a doubt, I will go back to Rome.

Indeed,  while traveling or even in real life, the unexpected always happens!

Have You Ever Heard Of The Rose Scam?

Trust me, the rose scam in Rome is real.  This was my first crazy travel experience in Rome.

On our first day in Rome, our very first adventure was the famous Spanish Steps. This is a climb of stairs between the Piazza di Spagna and Piazza Trinita Dei Monti.  

This is interesting and at the same time an exhausting climb of stairs. And that’s why we decided to take a break. While at it, a  middle-aged man shortly approached us and he offered me a rose. Honestly, I was confused and I didn’t understand why I deserved a rose from a stranger.

Looking closely at the rose itself, it was not a fresh one. I accepted the rose because I thought that the act was kind.

Immediately, the guy followed us and he wanted the money for the rose. The shock on me! I then tried to give the rose back to him,  but then he refused to take it back and he asked for money. 

He even went ahead and asked my husband for the cash. My acceptance of the rose ended up being dramatic and embarrassing. At the end of it all, we finally realized that it was a scam to get a few euros.

If you are visiting Rome, don’t fall for it or accept the rose at your own risk!

✦ Crazy Travel Stories From Rome: The Pickpockets

While traveling you always have to be careful, especially in big cities.  It’s also important to do some research about places that are known for pickpockets in those big cities before traveling. 

Indeed, the city of Rome is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe. Unfortunately, this city has a large number of pickpockets than any other city that I have visited.

During our adventures in Rome, My encounter with the pickpockets was while at the Colosseum. There were several guys that were selling selfie sticks and then all over sudden they followed us walking quite fast.  This trick brought them within arm’s reach of my handbag.

I held my handbag in front of me tightly. Fortunately, we were aware of the pickpockets in Rome and their tricks. This is because we had been warned by the hotel. And therefore we took all the precautions.

Sadly enough,  many tourists are unaware of what to do to reduce the chance of this type of incident from happening!

✦ Crazy Travel Stories From Rome: Traffic In Rome

Last but not least, it would be an injustice if I wouldn’t share with you about my crazy travel tales from the traffic in Rome.

Back in our adventures in Rome, we decided to explore the center of the city of Rome on foot.  It’s unquestionable that if you’re relying on public transport, it can be tough to visit the off beaten paths of Rome.

The truth of the matter is; crossing the streets of Rome was a little bit of a challenge. We had to watch out for numerous mopeds. And I mean a lot of them.

I found the traffic also intimidating and the traffic lights were also confusing.

From these Rome’s crazy travel experiences, I learned not to let these experiences sabotage my vacation. 

Regardless of everything that happened, we really enjoyed our Christmas in Rome!

Some Tips

  • Public transportation is a hotspot for the pickpockets
  • Go without expensive jewelry
  • Carry or use a sling bag