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REVISED OPINION ON ROME

SIRS—
Just yesterday I denounced all of Italy and even cast aspersions on their entire gene pool thanks to my experience in the area I’m staying in. This of course is self inflicted, since I was traveling with 5 people and hated the 1200 per night hotel rates and opted for Airbnbs instead.

Let this be an eternal opinion for all of you traveling: you get what you pay for and there are no shortcuts. When you rent an Airbnb you instantly become a local poor and with that status you are beset with their bedraggled lifestyle. Instead of receiving 5 star quality service and a clean room, you roll the dice. The part of Rome my $700 per night Airbnb is in is like Sunset Park Brooklyn or maybe Jackson Heights Queens. It’s filthy, authentic, and wholly disgusting. I’m living amongst the proles and the plebs, in other words.

But today I visited the Spanish Steps area of Rome proper and let me tell you — it was beautiful. If I could do it again, the entire trip, I spend another $15,000 on hotels and live amongst the most rarefied parts of the destinations I chose, not because I wanted to or because it was the right thing to do, but because I could.

I’m up 52bps early on as I was heavily short overnight.

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3 comments

  1. duuude

    Never skimp on lodging or food or travel or cars. These trips don’t come around often. We now fly 1st class as well. Why get exhausted and angry ? Life’s too short. What’s the money for anyway ?

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    • metalleg

      First class is the last place I’m spending my money on. I’m a big guy (tall) so I’ll pay for more legroom but to me, it’s not worth the additional cost for first class for the 6-7 hours I’m in the air. I’d rather put the money toward better accommodations, food, activities, etc.

      Fly, my family rented a 4BR AirBnb in Florence a few blocks from the Duomo. It was walking distance to the train station (10 minutes) and in the heart of the action. Place was clean and very nice. You don’t need to stay in a hotel. You just need to do some research and find the right places.

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  2. Dr. Fly

    Shut up

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