My Personal Photo of the Trevi Fountain in Rome and its crowd.
Toss a coin into the water over your shoulder and you will return to The Eternal City.
I had heard that Rome, Italy wanted to tax tourists staying in hotels and I just found out it's official. Thank you J for forwarding me this link:
Rome to tax tourists instead of locals
Starting January 1st, there will be a tax of up to 3 euro (which is like $4) added to your hotel bill per person per night in Roma. You skip this at a hostel. If you're on a budget or staying more than a couple of days in Rome, it could add up and have an impact.
The money actually goes to preserve the city's art and architecture. I love Italy for its art, so that's not a bad cause, and even though I'm not crazy about it, I don't really mind. From all the Italy-based travel narrative I read [Current book: Head over Heel], I'm aware that many Italians try their best to evade taxes, so maybe taxing tourists would be a more successful way of raising revenue than charging the locals!
In addition, Venice is currently talking about taxing tourists to come in. ...and that's my major stop on my next trip to Italy in March!
I hope this doesn't deter people from seeing Rome, which is incredible and endlessly fascinating. ...or Italy since it may become a trend!