Rome Survival Tips – Subways

 

 

Another main form of transportation in Rome is the Metro or Subways. When I first arrived here the only knowledge of subways that I had came from TV and a 10 minutes ride on one when I was in New York City. I have to say that although not all of the stereotypes are true, some of them are. I know have to take the morning metro that is full of people commuting to work, so it is normally packed like a sardine can. After a few days of trying to stuff myself on the train I finally asked one of my co workers, who is Italian and has lived in Rome, what is the best way to do it. This is when I learned the best method is to go all the way to the last car; there are generally less people because everyone likes to get on in the middle. I’m not saying this is a foolproof method, there are still times when I will wait for the next train because I don’t want to stuff myself on, but this seems to work a lot better than the alternative. Rome is a large city and like most big cities around the world it has some problems with pickpockets. Pickpockets like to stay around the subway because they get so many different people (tourist especially) and it is always so packed. This doesn’t mean that you have to be scared when getting on the subway (or any public transportation) it just means that you have to be aware. If someone is really close to you on the subway when there is a lot of open space, it might be a sign that you need to move. Over time you start to get a sense of things that aren’t partially right around you. I will do a post on pickpockets later, but for now as long as you stay aware and ready you will have no problems handling the subway commute.

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