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Melbourne to Rome $793 Return on Etihad Airways @ IWTF

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Etihad Airways are having an incredible sale on flights to Rome, Italy. Travel in Feb - Mar/20. Bags and Meals included.

$793 Return Melbourne to Rome Flights. Click Here for more travel dates.
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  • +2 votes

    Note two stops on the way home… via LHR with Alitalia.

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      Dang. Deal breaker

    • +1 vote

      Nasty.

    • +4 votes

      Oh no not Alitalia! I flew with them in Rome and they were the worst haha…..Their approach on the plane was "everyone just sit wherever you want" so no one was in their assigned seat. it took 2 hours to check in, as they just let the whole plane queue up before they would actually start letting you check in. Then all their machines broke and they couldn't print out luggage bags. Good times haha

    • +4 votes

      For an extra $6 you can fly London return with Etihad for $799, Saw it on Statravel.com.au
      No brainer for me!

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    Any deals during 28th March and 13 April?

  • +1 vote

    Rome is such a shit place to visit, everyone there is trying to rip you off all the time and it's dirty and is just a horrible tourist trap that i actually regret ever going there.

    • +3 votes

      Don't ever go into the restaurant(s) without prices on the menus. You eat and then they charge you whatever they want or call the cops on you.

    • +10 votes

      I visited in 2013, and aside from having lunch at a restaurant with a "Tourist Menu" (which I absolutely did not want to do in the first place…), I very much enjoyed it and will go back again in the future.

    • +4 votes

      I went there last month and it was good to see the tourist places but once that is done, the rest of Italy is so much nicer.

    • -3 votes

      Yeah I've never been keen on Rome either. Never been there and have no plans to.

    • +4 votes

      It's a great springboard though. You can land at the airport, get on a train, 30 euros and an hour or two later and you're in Napoli or Florence, Pisa or Bologna.

      Plus you can tick some tourist boxes while you're in Rome proper. Keep your head down and walk with purpose and nobody will try to rip you off, you can just ignore them if you do.

      Yes it's dirty, there's a lot of corruption among other things in Italy and governance is not that great. It's no Canberra or Wellington in that regard, but it's not exactly disgusting.

      • +16 votes

        What! Can't believe the negative reviews of ROME. So much history, good food etc. Make sure you research the restaurants etc on google and tripadvisor and you won't be ripped off. It's the same anywhere you go, not unnique to Rome I think.

        • +13 votes

          This! Use your common sense and look at prices before committing. Don't sit down to have coffee, drink espresso at the bar for 1 euro etc
          Get some pizza by slice from Antica Forno Roscioli ($5-$10 for a serve amazing pizza)
          Grab some carbonara ($15 or so)
          Gelato is cheaper there than here (I went to Frigidarium)
          Get a pass to go into colloseum and Roman forums/palatine Hill ($20 or so)
          Beer is super cheap in mini-marts (like <$2 for a large bottle)
          Water is free all over the place via fountains

          I was in Rome recently for few days and probably cost me less than $200 including accommodation and transport (using an Airbnb where I stayed with an older couple - their apartment was over 300 years old in an old wall that was part of an aquaduct). I just walked around taking in the scenes/sites…
          Awesome place.

        • +3 votes

          Italy is beautiful and I found Florence to be best. Venice is very nice but in the early morning there is that stink smell from the water around you. Rome is smelly and full of illegal migrants and gypsies trying to rip you off or pick pocket you. And don't try to ask for help, it will cost you. I remember asking someone at the Rome railway station as she had a tag and you would think they are railway staff helping tourist, then when finished she asked for money. And do not I repeat do not trust hotel ratings, a 3 star label is a zero to our standards and a hotel front view on catalogues may actually be the nicer hotel next door.

      • +1 vote

        For me the trains out of rome were all over 100 euros per ticket whether it was to Florence, Napoli, Venice or Milan. I did go in August though to be fair.

        • +2 votes

          The express ones are expensive but you can get regular ones cheaper, they just take longer.

        • +1 vote

          Install Flixbus, even they do not officially cover Italy they get you a bus for peanuts.

      • +3 votes

        Credit card machine mysteriously always not working. You have no cash? Ah! It's working again.

        Scumbags.

      • -2 votes

        Good to hear the corruption isnt as bad as Canberra.

    • +3 votes

      You can say the same about a lot of large European cities, however I loved the architecture, food and just romeing the streets (pun intended)

      • +2 votes

        Yes. To say that Rome isn't worth visiting is crazy. But like France, great place, shame about the locals.

        To be fair, Southern Italians are great if money isn't involved.

    • +2 votes

      Sorry you had this experience man, I went in 2017 and it was amazing. I made sure I knew which places to eat at, read the forums back to front, knew what to look at for, no bank fees etc. etc. I was prepared and it was simply a great time.

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        Yes. Some restaurants are very professional. If you do your research, you'll probably be ok.

      • +1 vote

        That applies to life in grneral. Prepare and for the most part you'll get 'lucjy'. Don't and things will rarely go your way. I'm definitely in your camp

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      After backpacking China and India, Rome is spotless clean in comparison. Like any capital if you look for issues you will find them. With the right approach Italy is still the friendly place (ignoring refugees). Known as the prettiest region the Toscany is worth visiting but the season starts later.

      • +3 votes

        Cmon man, when i say Rome is dirty obviously it's not in comparison to 3rd world countries, it's in comparison to other major European cities. Rome is a trash compared to Paris.

        • +1 vote

          If you enjoy peeing up a wall then France is your paradise. Even Barcelona has in its oldest quarter just pee streets if you can handle the smell. Both countries have their sights, France wins heads down with no hassle accommodation. The Autist will prefer France as you do not get bullied as long as you do not start trying to show off with French words. If arrogance bothers you, Italy has still emotions where mostly elegant male waiters show off artistic flair in food creations.
          Some people travel to show off to others where they have been while some others enjoy different cultures and Italy lets you indulge so much more. So I drove down the wrong way down a one way street: Oldies kept jumping wanting to call police. Young folks showed up laughing at us saying Gatto Comunism sort of saying no worries nothing works anyway.

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            @payless69: I wasn't LOOKING for issues in Rome though, they were just there. The nicest areas of Rome still had dirty streets when i went, the same was not at all true for Paris which was clean and beautiful. Also i have experienced French rudeness on a past trip when i was younger and with a group of similarly aged friends but going there this year with a family and people were polite and helpful in all the interactions we had.

            I also wasn't commenting on Italy as a whole but Rome specifically and in comparison to other capital cities in Europe, other spots in Italy were of course much much nicer and the people better but that's not what the comment was on.

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              @Dowhatuwant: 50 years of dreams to reach St. Tropez: We managed to get a free car park in the back of town and approached the old town from behind. The council was waterblasting the usual pee the millionaires do who dine on the small esplanade. The detergent laden with pee drifted to the local fruit and veggie market to settle on the goods. Hygiene? Thank you France! Some interesting yachts some overpriced restaurants but really it is a 3 times at once town, visit the first, the only and the last time all in one go!

    • +1 vote

      I just got back on Saturday night and I totally agree. I stayed Milan, Venice, Florence and Rome and if it wasn't for the big cities containing the major attractions, I would avoid them like the plague.

      I enjoyed taking day tours outside of the cities to smaller towns to avoid the tourist traps. My best way to describe the Italian major cities are they are amazingly beautiful from your shoulders upwards. Beautiful buildings, art, architecture and amazing vista but you start looking below eye level…. Filthy, people trying to scam you, stinks like piss most places because locals don't want to pay 1 euro to use a public toilet so I literally saw people during the middle of the day walk off the side walk and take a slash. One lady even popping a squat in a bush.

      Sad because Italians are such proud (arrogant) people about their history and heritage but treat their country like absolute crap. No respect. Like how hard is it to walk 10m to put your rubbish in the bin.

    • +1 vote

      It will be heaps better once they finish building that Colosseum thing.

    • -1 vote

      You sound like an amateur. Sure rome isn't the nicest city in Italy but we had a great time and great deals on restaurants. We came across many dumb tourists though. Tip: avoid the touristy shit. You can google that stuff. Live like a local.

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    Anything from Perth?

  • -2 votes

    Just so you know. It's actually one meal and one drink per flight. Everything else on Etihad is BOB.
    Well that's from my recent experience.

    • +4 votes

      That can't be right - I've flown Etihad several times and on MEL - AUH there are always 2 meals, and several snacks. It's a full service airline, they're not going to give you 1 meal for 14 hours. I never had a problem with drinks either (alcoholic or non-alcoholic)

    • +3 votes

      That's completely false - it's two meals for the long haul flights - see here for an example: https://www.etihad.com/content/dam/eag/etihadairways/etihadc...

      And drinks are as many as you want, but they'll now offer more premium options for a fee. Standard booze is still not charged.

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      That sucks, basically low cost carrier level. I'm flying them to the UK.

      But they were easily the cheapest lol

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      False but on a sidenote I cringe everytime I see your avg bogan drinking non stop on flights just because it's 'free'. Are people seriously that hard up and cheap?? On the flipside every now and again I fly business class and rarely see that sort of behavior.. except of course when there's an ozber on board cashing in their 58 free ff cards lol

  • +4 votes

    To those going to Rome (and a few other European places) - pickpocketing and con-artists are rife! So stay safe and don’t let them steal/con your hard earned savings that you have saved for OzB.

  • -2 votes

    Italy is over-hyped. They dont like tourists and after being there once, I dont think I would want to go there again.

  • +4 votes

    Incredible deal. People complain about everything these days…

  • +3 votes

    Etihad is a wonderful airline and sells tickets below cost so grab them while you can! They are technically broke but the Emir is loaded and his pride will keep it going. Ignore negative remarks, use common sense like keeping valuables inside deep pockets and avoid even responding to fake refugees and you will have a good time. Early in the year it is still cool and uncrowded. People have grown up to accept English. Just be friendly and smile, yeah some restaurants try to charge for using cutlery so ask when sitting down, carry just the right cash and all is fine. If you do not score a cheap train there are heaps of modern coaches getting you around Europe very cheap. Must have a mobile phone with working data, such busses like Eurobus are all done on your phone. Greet people with a friendly "Ciao" and if they are real Italian you will notice quickly.

    • +1 vote

      Had some appalling flights with them in the last year or two. a380 legs are ok. I’d fly again in a pinch but have basically sworn off them otherwise. The worst was the overworked and tired staff. Gave the vibe they were like slaves.

  • +1 vote

    People who complain about Rome being dirty are the same ones that go to Bali every year. Go Figure. Rome every day of the week at these crazy airfare prices. Catch a train to or even down to Sorrento.

    • +3 votes

      It's all about people's expectations. People visiting Bali and expect it to be a developing country and are more alert for scams and con artists.

      People visiting Rome have been sold on the idea of Rome, when the reality is worst than how they envisioned it to be, and as many have pointed out, you are less vigilant about scams and tourist traps.

  • +2 votes

    I have been to Rome 3 times and the worst thing to happen to me was being smacked in the face on the Metro by a gesticulating Italian who was very sorry afterwards. I adore Italy and still have not done everything I want in Rome so another trip is on the cards at some point. So much to see and do and yet so cheap. Pensions are cheap, eating out is cheap and damn the supermarkets are cheap! $1 for a large bottle of ice tea… mmm… Yeah Florence is good too, bit smaller and more manageable but the dog poo obstacles gets a bit trying.
    Oh and spotting horrendous Roman parking is pretty fun too if you don't drive there!

  • +4 votes

    ❤️Rome great Jazz scene,awesome locall trattorias so much history,, walk the city at midnight and have all the sights to yourself.

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    From personal experience, Etihad is the worst carrier compared to regular airlines and even some budget ones. They are cheaper, but they overbook and cancel tickets without even letting the customers know, and as far as I'm aware no other respectable airlines would do that.

    As for Rome, do like the Romans do (not like the tourists do) and you will ozbargain a great time :)

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      Flying is a hit and miss! Got treated on Emirates like an animal! Treated on Etihad like a King same on Qatar air. Security personell is a different cattle of fish expect zero brains! Many sulk about Jetstar but no complaints from me, more issues with Virgin. BA gets hated but we loved them.

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    Any similarly cheap business class ?