Whether you are a first time traveler or a frequent traveler, travel safety starts with you. To some people, traveling overseas form part and parcel of their office work. More »
If you have a tour in your mind and you want to travel the free way, a good backpacker travel insurance policy is a thing you must consider before tour. Backpacking trips are bit riskier than regular planned travels. So in such case good backpacker travel insurance becomes a mandatory criterion for a hassle free tour.
Most of the insurers don’t know all the benefits of insurance as they are unaware but these insurance policies help a traveler in many ways.
A Backpacker insurance policy is basically for those who are low on budget. You don’t have to pay high for regular insurance policy but you will surely get the essential coverage with backpackers travel insurance policy. It covers you and your luggage at very less cost, as this type of insurance is designed for backpackers who are known for their low budgeted and unplanned travel schedules.
Before going through you must know backpacker insurance policy and its features.
Features provided by backpacker travel insurance
There are some important features and coverage that backpacker travel insurance policy can provide, these are as follows;
In case if you have to extend you trip due to any unexpected reason, backpacker insurance covers it too.
You get all covers round the clock all the year no matter what time or circumstances are there.
If you get sick during you trip, all the medical expenses will be covered by backpacker insurance providers. Most of the time such insurance policies also covers personal incidents that occur during travel (please confirm this before buying insurance policy from you insurance provider).
Many travel insurance firms provide option to opt out which they don’t want to be covered and ask for the things which they want to be covered. This flexibility is an added advantage for insurers.
Many travel insurance firms provide the option to the insurer that what they really want to be covered in their policy. This flexibility is an added advantage for insurers.
Many backpacker tours for winter sports, some travel for scuba diving. Such adventurous sports have high risks involved which can lead you to physical damages. Covers for such sports are also available as an optional measure. You can add such sports covers in your existing insurance for added safety.
You can extend you insurance any time with a single click sitting at your home in front of your computer.
Make sure that insurance policy covers the location in which you are planning to travel. Some travel insurance companies provide insurance policies only for a certain country.
Now the biggest which every travelers generally asks is “Do I really need a backpacker insurance policy? And is it really worth it? ”
Backpacker travel insurance is surely recommended for you if you fell into any of these categories
You travel alone at places which are expected.
Your travel schedule is unexpected and never planned.
You have medical history or you are above 50 years of age.
Backpacking is surely an adventurous trip but it has its own risks too. Backpackers are very prone to injuries, robbery and related issues. There are some possible issues in which backpackers can easily get coverage. These are as follows:
Tour cancellation – Trips are cancelled many times due to many issues. Sometimes due to bad weather and sometimes due to some personal reason, one has to cancel his/her trip.
Emergency medical care – backpackers are very much prone to issue like food poisoning, diarrhea and other infections. Such diseases can lead to serious health issues which can be covered by purchasing insurance.
Accidents – accidents are common and can be occur at any time. Insurance not only covers for your injury but also the person affected by your mistake.
Theft or robbery – backpacker usually travel alone. They also stay at budget hotels. All this makes them prone to things like baggage theft and robbery.
Considering the current global scenario which is quite unsafe, having proper backpacker travel insurance is very necessary.
A backpacker insurance policy can be a great help for every traveler who wants to travel the free way. So what are you waiting for? Get a backpacker travel insurance for yourself and roam free
Author is an travel insurance adviser who is spreading awareness about backpacker travel insurance
Whether you are a first time traveler or a frequent traveler, travel safety starts with you. To some people, traveling overseas form part and parcel of their office work. They are exposed to risks whenever they go for an overseas trip.
People going on overseas business trips for various reasons, such as:
– attending business meetings / seminars / workshops,
– presenting academic papers / giving lectures,
– participating in trade missions / exhibitions / cultural presentations,
– signing agreements / memorandum of understandings (MOUs),
– collecting materials for articles or books,
– participating in students’ exchange programs,
– perform Hajj or Umrah, etc.
The writer, being a frequent traveler, tries to list down as many types of risks as possible that are likely to be faced by an overseas’ traveler. It can be categorised into five parts, namely early preparation; at the airport; while in the host country & personal safety; hotel safety; and return journey.
Travelers should bear in mind that security precautions are tight at the airports and hotels and thus they must learn to take wise and prudent precautions when traveling. Readers should also take note that ideas given here are not exhaustive, they are intended to be used only as a guide and safety traveling tips derived from other sources should also be considered.
Based on writer’s own experience, there are not many risks involved here except for a careful preparation. This will usually include: a passport; two-way flight reservation; hotel reservation; host country’s visa requirement; currency; any required vaccination; and travel insurance.
The passport is considered as your own life. It is also the most frequently used document whenever you travel. It is used during visa application, check-in counter at the airports, immigration & customs counters, check-in counter at the hotel, cashing of travelers cheques (if applicable), etc.
In terms of packing, it is up to an individual’s taste. However, the golden rule to follow is – always travel light. Petty thieves and pickpockets love to exploit or prey on tired travelers burdened with heavy luggage. Other safety reminders when packing: pack your luggage yourself; lock your check-in luggage, so that nothing can be put in or taken out; use plain-looking luggage, (designer, fancy or expensive-looking luggage attracts attention of potential snatchers); use luggage tag and place another one inside the luggage; remove old airline destination tags; and carry the appropriate clothes.
For those carrying a notebook, always check first the type of plug the host country is using – it can be British three-pin, European two-pin round, American two-pin flat or others. If in doubt, bring along an international adapter. To avoid attracting attention, travelers are encouraged to place their notebooks in non-notebook bags.
Perhaps you may also want to bring along reasonable supply of medicine for common illnesses, such as fever, diarrhoea, cough, cold, etc. One last reminder, do not carry any sharp object, inflammable items and check-in at the airport at least 3 hours before departure.
It is to your advantage if your organization has a local contact to take care of you while you are in the host country.
At the airport
Business travelers should be aware of following security & safety precautions: refrain from carrying luggage or packages for others; never leave your luggage unattended at the airport, even in perceived safe place, e.g. Golden lounge; always carry your cabin luggage with you when getting off from the plane during a stopover or transit flight; avoid talking about your office work, purpose of travel, accommodation, itinerary, etc. with strangers. If you need to put down your luggage, place them in between your legs.
While in the host country & personal safety
After completing all disembarkation formalities, the first thing to do is to wait for the check-in luggage, if any. The luggage claim area is normally situated just immediately after the immigration counter. Upon collecting the luggage, check properly if there is any sign of it being tampered with. Somebody who is working in the airport complex may have tried to tamper with passengers’ belongings, perhaps at random. If this happens to your luggage, report to security desk immediately.
Before leaving the airport, call your local contact if you have one. It is advisable to change some money into local currency. You may need to pay for the taxi fare from airport to the hotel in local currency. At some places, however, you may use the service of one of the reputable taxi company counters and the fare is charged to your hotel bill.
Travelers may want to take note that in some countries, U.S. Dollars is considered as a commodity. Tampering of notes will affect the value of exchange rate. The exchange rate may vary according to notes bill – higher notes bill commands a higher exchange rate.
If your business meeting will be held outside your hotel, book the hotel’s taxi for your transportation needs. It may be a bit more expensive, but it is safer. Always go out in pairs, whenever possible. In many cities, taxis are reliable, however, get ready with some small change as many taxi drivers do not have it. Small change can also be conveniently used as a tip, if you feel like giving it for the good service rendered.
As a reminder, it is normal for a building’s security personnel to request for your ID in exchange for a visitor’s pass. You may give any form of ID, but never your passport.
To minimise personal risks while traveling overseas, it is suggested that you follow simple tips as follows: inform or register with your country’s High Commission; inform or register with Country/Area Manager’s Office (applicable to certain multinational corporations having offices overseas); keep a low profile and do not show-off; do not display money or jewellery in public; carry cellular phone at all times; learn not to trust just anybody; as much as possible, try to look like locals, e.g. dressing; learn to break from routine; do not get caught in local’s civil strife – stay indoors; do not drive, therefore road accident can be avoided; if arrested, contact your High Commission immediately for assistance; use shoulder wallet to keep your passport, airplane ticket, cash, etc; never get involved with drugs; avoid going out alone and reduce time spent on the streets; women should not walk alone on the streets to avoid unnecessary harassment; and beware of criminals who pose as plainclothes police personnel in order to rob foreign tourists.
Other useful travelling tips include: keep both hands free; keep passport, plane ticket and cash on you at all times; make photocopies of passport and plane ticket, but keep them separately from the originals; be careful about using your maps as they portray that you are a foreigner or a tourist; keep blood type identity in your purse / wallet, if available; place cellular phone properly, for theft is common in certain countries; suggest to bring along passport-size photographs; avoid buying too many expensive items using credit cards. Always check the amount on the credit card sales purchase slip before signing; eat only cooked food and drink bottled drinking water or bottled mineral water; bring a signalling device, e.g. a whistle with neck cord; practise using local public telephone, if possible; learn to divide placing valuable items you are carrying; do not accept food or drink from strangers – they may be drugged; and when ordering bottled or canned liquid, ensure that it is opened only in front of your eyes.
In beefing up security, hotels in certain countries install metal detector arch or are using hand-held type metal detector to screen guests as well as visitors.
As a safety precaution during your hotel check-in, request for a room that is located not higher than the sixth floor, if available. It is easier to escape during an emergency, e.g. fire. Travelers should be security aware that rooms on lower floors provide easy access for burglars or intruders. During check-in, place your luggage in front of you.
After check-in, carry your own luggage to your room. Women travelers who arrive late at night may want to request a bell boy or porter to carry the luggage direct to the room, with you accompanying him. When you first enter your hotel room, check the room thoroughly (in the bathroom, connecting door, behind the curtain, in the closet, etc.) to ensure that the room is really empty and safe before closing the door.
To reduce or minimize risks while staying at the hotel, the following do’s and don’ts are useful: choose a newly built hotel. Surely the management had installed the latest safety gadgets available in the market; check the location of fire exit and staircase, etc. It is useful when you need to move out or evacuate quickly during an emergency, e.g. fire, bomb threat, terrorist attack, earthquake, etc. Remember that the lift is out of service during an emergency; for an extra protection of you and your valuables, consider using a rubber wedge or door stopper that you usually use at home; always have a torch light with extra batteries – to be used when electricity supply is cut off. Some hotels provide a torch light, usually placed in the closet; verify callers before opening the door; display “Do Not Disturb” sign on the door; check with the hotel if tap water can be used for drinking. In certain countries, you cannot drink the tap water, even after boiling it for it may upset your stomach. Boil the supplied mineral water to make drinks; place your belongings at one or two places only. It is easier to pack them again should you need to move out quickly, e.g. in case of emergency; to avoid hotel theft, keep all belongings under locked when going out from the room; and if you have scheduled your meeting in the same hotel where you are staying, it is to your advantage to check the location of the room first at your earliest convenience.
For security reason, it is safer to travel direct from your hotel to the airport. Travelers should plan ahead as to when to leave the hotel for traffic conditions in certain cities are unpredictable.
Departing passengers are required to fill in the Embarkation Card. They are also required to pay for airport tax, if this is not included as part of plane ticket fare.
Again, do not carry any sharp object, inflammable items and check-in at least 3 hours before departure.
Always remember that travel safety begins with you.
Useful safety tips for first-time or frequent travelers as it was written based on writer’s own hands-on experience as a frequent traveler.
While the recent advancement of online travel services has made a tremendous transformation in the world of travel, there is still no doubt to the fact that travel consultants still have a fundamental role to play in this field. Their services are very valuable in assisting clients travel to both local and international destinations. To ensure this, travel consultants must have a good understanding of travel business, marketing, geography and travel industry as a whole. The outcome of a travel, holiday or vacation largely depends on how travel consultants handle their responsibilities of facilitating travel.
Evaluate travel destinations
When hiring the services of a tour consultant, travelers expect that the tour facilitator is well informed about the particular destination to be visited. In this regard, on top of studying travel guides and literature, most agents undertake personal visits to various tourism facilities in a destination to evaluate and ascertain the extent to which they will please the client. As such, they critically examine attractions, entertainment facilities, resorts, restaurants and even hotels to assess their quality and advice their clients accordingly.
Travel assistance and guidance
Actually assisting and guiding tourists is the major responsibility bestowed on tour consultants. In fact, this is not only limited to arranging travel and hotel accommodations as it also involves securing discounts and even educating their clients on key aspects of a destination. Such involves availing helpful information regarding the culture of the location, climate and travel laws and regulations in a destination. In addition, they must also assist travelers on issues to do with exchange of currencies in the destination and assisting them acquire any travel documents required such as passports. Still, they escort the tourists to the various travel destination offering guidance services to them.
Developing a travel package
While working in conjunction with their employers, travel consultants also play a vital responsibility of developing travel packages that suit the needs and requirements of clients. This is very beneficial to clients as such a package allows them to pay a lump sum for the travel services they will need including transportation, entertainment, accommodation, meals and tours at a given destination. In addition to this, they also assist in promotion of the packages they create to walk in clients and even to other prospective travelers either online or through other means. In short, they still have a responsibility of developing promotion materials and presenting the same to the clients.
Are On-line Travel Portals and Travel Search Engines advanced than ever?
Large or Small, Travel companies are continually looking to use the latest technology to enhance their on-line presence. This is the main reason on-line travel website technology has grown faster than any other on-line related industry. The On-line Travel Hotel Accommodation Booking marketplace is a very competitive area and ultimately the user’s decision to purchase depends on 3 key factors:
Availability of the chosen travel package, flight or hotel
Most of the leading online travel agents or online tour operators who are connected with one of the highly recognised flight suppliers, hotels and/or transfer wholesalers via XML. Through these suppliers they can search online users’ needs relate to any destination around the world.
These Online Travel Websites are continuously growing their supplier base by regularly adding boutique, destination specific XML suppliers. This will offer more hotel, Flight and Transfer options to their web users, allowing us to broaden their exposure to new market segments.
Most of the Online travel websites use the latest “filtration technique” across a number of supplier feeds in real-time. Meaning that they can always deliver the latest availability information and most importantly the best available rate to the consumer. Further to above most of the leading travel and leisure websites have;
Ability to manage, adapt and dynamically improve the system according to the marketing and usability purposes
Flexibility to handle the load according to the business improvement
Easy to find and fix bugs and issues
System is guaranteed for 95% up time
Secure backup and recovery processes
Ability to launch new sites for their new markets.
Travel Website and GDS Development Overview.
Leading Travel websites and corresponding Systems are based on an open architecture concept which is an independent platform and multi tier internet technology.
Systems are built according to SOA (Service Oriented Architecture)
Mostly built on JEE technologies
Use of web services for external connectivity and data processing
Distributed / multi team development using SVN
Market analysis summary to get an idea about OTA marketplace.
The travel sector is a growing marketplace. With traveller numbers set to double in size over the next 10 years there has been a steady increase in the number of people booking their travel independently i.e. book flights, accommodation etc. separately and not as a package online.
In spite of occasional shocks, international tourist arrivals have shown almost uninterrupted growth from 25 million in 1950, to 277 million in 1980, to 438 million in 1990, to 681 million in 2000, and the current 880 million. By 2020 international arrivals are expected to reach 1.6 billion.
The total capacity in hotels and similar establishments worldwide is estimated at 18.4million rooms. This has been growing at about 3% over the last five years.
America 6,500,000 rooms
Asia Pacific 4,460,000 rooms
Europe 6,550,000 rooms
Middle East 355,000 rooms
Africa 485,000 rooms
The estimated value of hotels booked through Online Travel Agents (OTA) in 2010 is over $22 bn. as per Online Traffic and Conversion Report Second Edition – February 2011.
Online Travel Agent (OTA) focus will be on driving sales exclusively through the Internet. This is a well established and ever-growing marketplace. Online travel revenues in Asia-Pacific, Europe and the US, 2006-2010 (% of total travel):
2006: 49% (US) / 23% (Europe) / 9% (Asia-Pacific)
2007: 52% (US) / 27% (Europe) / 11% (Asia-Pacific)
2008: 51% (US) / 33% (Europe) / 14% (Asia-Pacific)
2009: 56% (US) / 37% (Europe) / 18% (Asia-Pacific)
2010: 59% (US) / 43% (Europe) / 21% (Asia-Pacific)
Since 2008 the percentage of UK adults booking their overseas holidays online has risen by 15% to over 54% (one-in-two consumers). 45% of the hotel bookings in 2010 was made via the Internet.
Travel trade competitive edge compared to market leaders.
Main competitive edge will be your product pricing. As you have to manage your OH relatively low by automating most of the administration functions using latest technology. Then you will be able to offer Hotels, Flights and Travel packages at a rate that the larger OTA will find difficult to match. Whilst they work on margins of about 25% you will be able to run profitably at 10%. This gives us a significant advantage in the marketplace.
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Traveling is one of the best ways to relax, meet new people, and visit beautiful places you have seen in movies. Many people can only dream of traveling to exotic places and seeing breathtaking views. Here are important Travel tips to consider. Get a good deal on a hotel. Unless you are staying with friends or family, you will probably be in the market for a good hotel room. Normally, you can spend your entire budget on hotels and motels. I suggest trying a site like priceline.com. You can name your own price, and get some really great deals on rooms and car rentals.
When you make your reservation, double-check that pets are allowed. An important advantage of reserving online is that you can see – in writing – whether or not pets are permitted and any restrictions. Online, you can print out your reservation receipt that includes the “pets allowed” information. Verbal reservations leave more room for misunderstanding and miscommunication. If reserving by telephone, ask the reservation person to mail you a confirmation receipt that includes the -pets allowed- information. Special Promotions “- Cruise Lines sometimes offer cabin upgrades as an incentive based on a qualifying factor. The qualification may be membership in a past passenger group, a group promotion, payment with a certain credit card, frequent flier promotion, or other qualification. Check with your agent at the time of booking to confirm whether any of these promotions are available.
Make other travel concomitant arrangements on time:
It is important that you make the arrangements for transport, that is, taxis or cabs on a prior basis so that you do not have to wait unnecessarily when you reach your travel destination. In fact, you should also book your accommodation previously so that you are saved of running around in an unknown territory looking for places to find a shelter at. Your travel agent can help you out in both these areas very easily as travel agents have contacts with all good accommodation keepers and transportation companies in various travel destinations. Travel mugs come in a variey of volume sizes too. If you only drink a small amount, consider a smaller 8 oz. travel mug. On the other hand, if you want a large amount of coffee or tea to drink, consider a larger 16 or 20 oz. travel mug. Online discount travel sites are websites that proffer valuable cheap airfare information. You can get cheap airfare by comparing and contrasting air prices on travel websites. Travel websites have one of the most exhaustive lists of cheap airfare information. Set your itinerary. Choose exactly the places that you want to visit. List your itinerary in a piece of paper and also, do not forget to book and reserve your visit especially if you want to go to museums etc.
If you plan to hire a car at your favorite destinations here are the tips for a safe and happy travel. During holiday driving spending hours together behind the wheel may cause fatigue and end up in undesired consequences.
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With travelling being such an important and frequent part of our life, promotional travel gifts will always top any list of corporate gift ideas because travel accessories are used by almost everyone during their trips and tours. Even if a business is not well aware about its target audience, promotional travel presents are ideal to suit its needs and demands. Among travel accessories, there are innumerable items that can make a journey or trip secure, comfortable and smooth. A travel wallet is a wonderful item in this list which is an essential (and perhaps the most important) accessory when travelling, as it holds the most valuable things needed for a trip like travel tickets, documents, currency, credit cards and more.
Generally, wallets are considered as a safe and secure storehouse of valuable items. Since the late 17th century, they have been in use and the first one was designed soon after the invention of paper currency. Even before this, pouches were used to keep metal coin currencies which were functionally similar to money holders.
Now as these wallets are designed especially for travelling, some changes in design and style will be obvious. Unlike the design, pockets and stitching of regular purses, travel wallets feature more sophisticated features to ensure that the contents inside remain safe and intact even after the rigors of travelling. Such money holders are generally made from genuine and high quality leather, PU leatherette, polyester or imitation leather, and each of these materials are durable and long lasting. Among all these varieties, a leather travel wallet is obviously the most stylish, elegant and sophisticated option but other materials are also classy and elegant in their own way.
Whatever the material used for crafting such purses, the outer surface is always soft and smooth with a feather touch feel and the interior design is almost the same in every type of wallet. As the zippered or buttoned closure is opened, an ample number of inner slots, pockets and compartments are seen. Each of these slots and pockets are designed in a perfect way to hold specific items like currency notes, coins, credit cards, debit cards, passport, tickets and other travel information and documents. The coin pockets are usually designed with a zippered closure to make the entire wallet perfect for travel. A travel wallet helps to hold all the essential and valuable travel documents together in an organized manner.
Versatile, highly functional and stylish, they make a perfect business promotional gift for any company. When one is offered to clients, customers or employees, each recipient will be highly pleased and will realize that the company also takes care of its valuable assets. promotional travel wallets will always accompany them on every tour, and each time they unzip it to take out necessary items or documents, they will remember your company. Moreover, surrounding people will also notice the brand and logo customized on the travel wallet and this will help generate new customers. The most important advantage of promotional travel accessories is that these items are generally used during trips and people in distant places get the opportunity to know more about the brand and its services. Many times, this brings prospective leads for a business and helps to extend your business network in distant regions.
When it comes to promotional gifts, importance is always given on proper customization because this is the only factor that can increase brand visibility among existing and prospective clients or customers. Generally, for travel wallets, the favourable imprint area for imprinting the brand name and logo is on the front surface. Colour choice is another important part of customization because proper choice of colour makes the customization visible from a great distance, clearly and distinctly, helping the company earn more and more prospective leads.
In The southern area of France, you will find one area identified as Roussillon that you probably have never heard before. It’s the most historic counties in this country as it once belonged to the Principality of Catalonia and then belongs to Eastern Pyrenees, an unit of Southern France located in the north. Not a great deal detail is known relating to this small county though but its heritage is full. As well as its old capitalis Perpignan and that is now that of Pyrenees-Orientales, one more department of Southern France.
Roussillon took its name via Ruscino (Castel Rossello) which is a modest place to be found in close proximity to its previouscapital, modern Perpignan. The location has been a subtle witness to the majority of fights throughout the possession of the land. Quite a few of its people do a living by collecting grapes and various other crops that grows very best in their local weather. At the time you check out the place to check out its coasts, you cant help but obtain a picture like it is really breath-taking and thank its residents for safeguarding such great beauty. At the same time, Perpignan that is already mentioned as being the original capital of Roussillon is slowly but surely starting to be one of the most-visited regions in France.
As well as growing and collecting fruits, the travel and leisure in those areas are really picking up since several of the citizens earn a livingby accommodating vacationers. To fit thecommercial preferences of foreigners, its citizens can lie-low frompursuing most old fashioned practices as a way to provide you with accommodation or lodging. Even though, you will still find a few small cities in the position to relive their abundant tradition yet still have time to give the visitors.
Due to the effort of the towns government, Perpignan is now more populartovaried tourists yet still able to maintain a few of its tradition over the years. It is still with out letting the comfort of the tourists are afflicted with their practices. The various special occasions being commemorated in there would be the Sanch procession plus the Guitares au Palais. A fore mentioned is a festival linked with the Palace of the Kings of Majorca, one of thesight seeingattractions in thatparticular capital including the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist and the walls developed by Vauban which surrounds thiscity.
Its weather conditions are also a wonder for many individuals who’ve definitely visited the site since a day won’t be that too hot or too cold compared to other areas and countries. And the better that your potential following trip should reallybe the above places to enable you to experience a new sort of weather in addition to tradition.
There are many great places to experience when in Rome, but one especially cultural place is located in the Testaccio area, where open air markets are all the rage. The Testaccio Market is preferred by locals, because of the great restaurants and cafes available there. A visit here means an avoidance of tourist traps. If you want to immerse yourself in local shopping and dining, the Testaccio Market is the place to be. Testaccio’s restaurants are famous for some very interesting dishes, such as oxtails and tripe. Though perhaps not to everyone’s tastes, the food is fondly enjoyed by the local residents.
Of course, there is much more to the Testaccio dining experience than oxtail and tripe. Once you start walking down Via Marmorata, your nostrils will be tantalized by a wide and strange array of enticing smells. Italians are very generous with their cuisine. Fresh fruits and vegetables line the street and lead you to the restaurants offering local Italian cuisine. Locals shop this street for the freshest ingredients to put in their daily dishes.
Looking for a palatable, yet affordable meal? Testaccio Market is the place to go. The variety of foods and dishes are not only delicious, they are also inexpensive. Try a salami and cheese combination at one of the open vendors, or enjoy your choice of a wide variety of fresh vegetables, such as broccoli, chicory, artichokes and leafy, green lettuce. The fruits are just as fresh and delicious at Testassio market.
The Mastroianni Brothers offer a fantastic selection of fish. The Mastroianni Brothers enjoy claiming the famous Italian actor Marcello Mastroianni as their kin(and they have the pictures to prove it). The fish offerings include the commonly known fish, shellfish, mollusks, and more exotic species. If you enjoy fish, you just might end up spending hours by their stall, checking out the merchandise.
A few hours of shopping can leave you hungry and the nearby Monte Testaccio is a great place to enjoy a lunch of cooked meats, cheese and produce. This unique and “false” mound is composed of broken amphorae that dates back to the ancient times.