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My husband and I are traveling to Rome this mid-March for a week and I'm looking forward to it since I have never been to Roma! We are staying at the Hotel Portoghesi, happily conveniently located but in the older part of Rome where I have heard there's less traffic. We have been to other parts of Italy, are both academic-ish and love art and sculpture, and I am also a writer and thus, an avid people watcher.

My husband has bad feet but loves museums so we may take cabs more than buses to save his walking for the sights, but are buses easy to get to and not as dangerous as all the guidebooks make out?(Rick Steves could send one screaming for the hills.) Is a cab stand easy to find?

I've been through the whole money conversion question and am bringing enough euros for a couple days but will be counting on getting to a bank machine by day 3. Are there accessible and working bank machines nearby? One of my friends told me she had bad luck getting euros that way (broken machines). I'm hoping that was a fluke.

I read this online for the Borghese: "It is compulsory to deposit every kind of bag, purse, camera, video camera, umbrella." You have to check a PURSE? I guess just bring money in a pouch and check the purse without credit cards and anything valuable? Sounds very weird, no purses...Is that true any where else?

What about the Roma Pass? Doesn't really seem worth it to me unless you KNOW you're going to be on public transportation, since 36 euros for 3 days would be more than the cost of two museums and the pass gives you 2 free entrance fees.

I know I am a bit of a nervous Nellie, but I want to get all my anxiety out of the way so I can relax and enjoy the trip. So any details I have forgotten that would be good to deal with ahead of time, bring em on! I'm pretty OK with weather/clothes/shoes/food/ but that doesn't mean you won't have tricks of the trade.

Thanks so much ahead of time. Or let me say Grazie.

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