THEATRES. SHOPS. POST-OFFICE.
II sottoscritto, che si trattiene a Roma con lo scopo di proseguire in quesla
capitate i suoi studi artistici (storici, etc.), si prende la libertd di rivolgersi
con questa a Vra Eccellenza Revma pregando La perche voglia accordargli %l
grazioso permesso di far degli studi (dei disegni, delle notizie, etc.) nel Museo
(nella Galleria) Vaticano. ^
Sperando di essere favorilo da Vra Eccellenza Revma e pregando La di
gradire anticipatamente i piii sinceri stwi ringraziamenti, ha Vonore di pro-
lestarsi col piii profondo rispelto _
di Vra Eccellenza Revma
Roma li . . . . Ufhmo Obbiho SerMore
A Sua Eccellenza Revma Ar. N.
Luigi Arcivescovo di Petra
Maggiordomo di Sua Sanlila.
In the Government Collections artists who can prove their right to that
character receive through their consuls free admission and permission to
make copies. Archaeologists and scholars obtain similar privileges through the
Archseological Society (p. 133) or other learned society. Those who desire
to draw, take measurements, or photograph (with tripod-cameras, not with
hand-cameras) in the Forum or on the Palatine require similar permessi.
Theatres. Performances in the large theatres begin at 8, 8.30,
or 9, and terminate at midnight or later, operas and ballets being
exclusively performed. The first act of an opera is usually succeeded
by a ballet of three acts or more. The pit (platea) is the usual re¬
sort of the men. In addition to the ticket of admission (biglietto
d'ingresso) a second ticket must be obtained for reserved seats (pol-
Irone or posti distinti) or for a box (palco), and usually for the pit
also. Ladies frequent the boxes, which must always be secured in
advance. — The theatre is the usual evening-resort of the Italians,
who seldom observe strict silence during the performance of the
Shops rarely have fixed prices. As a rule two-thirds or three-
quarters of the price asked should be offered (contrattare = to bargain).
'Non volete' (then you will not?) is a remark which generally has
the effect of bringing the matter to a speedy adjustment. In the
case of extensive purchases, part at least of the price should be
retained until the purchaser has had an opportunity of personally
ascertaining whether the articles have been delivered as selected.
If the shopkeeper object to this arrangement, it is usually safer
not to buy. Purchases should never be made by the traveller when
accompanied by a valet-de-place. These individuals by tacit agree¬
ment receive at least 10 per cent of the purchase-money, which of
course comes out of the purchaser's pocket. English is spoken in
many of the shops.
XII. Post Office. Telegraph.
In the larger towns the Post Office is open daily from 8 a. m. to
8 or 8.30 p.m. (also on Sundays and holidays), in smaller places it
is generally closed in the middle of the day for two or three hours.
Letters (whether 'poste restante', Italian lferma in posta', or to
the traveller's hotel) should be addressed very distinctly, the sur-