“Useful Hints” from Rambles in Rome, S. Russell Forbes, 1895
- Avoid bad odours.
- Do not ride in an open carriage at night.
- Take lunch in the middle of the day. This is essential. It is better to take a light breakfast and lunch, than a heavy breakfast and no lunch.
- No city in the world is so well supplied with good drinking water as Rome. The best is the Trevi water. Do not drink Aqua Marcia; it is too cold.
- If out about sunset, throw an extra wrap or coat on, to avoid sudden change in the atmosphere. There is no danger beyond being apt to take a cold. Colds are the root of all evil at Rome.
- Do not sit about the ruins at night. It may be very romantic, but it is very unwise. There is no harm in walking.
- Close your windows at night.
- If you get into a heat, do not go into the shade or into a building till you have cooled down.
- Do not over-fatigue yourself.
- Follow these hints, and you will avoid that great bugbear, Roman fever.
“A hint on the spot is worth a cart-load of recollections.” — Gray