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Rome is sixth dearest for a club sandwich

Nevermind ice-cream, Rome is the sixth most expensive city in the world for a club sandwich, according to this year’s club sandwich index (CSI).

Rome is sixth dearest for a club sandwich
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Ordering the chicken, bacon, egg, mayonnaise and lettuce combination between two slices at a hotel in the Eternal City will set you back a cool €17.13.

Still, that’s a few euros less than Geneva, which topped the list with a whopping €23.35.

In Paris, which came in 2nd place, the same sandwich will cost you €21.05.

The rest of the top five was dominated by Scandinavian countries, with Norway in third place, Sweden in fourth and Denmark in fifth.

If such prices make you balk then go to India, where a club sandwich, at €7, is the cheapest in the world.

Hotels.com, which compiled the data, uses the classic hotel staple as a barometer of affordability in each city surveyed.

The CSI average price is calculated from the real price paid by guests in 30 hotels in either the capital or an important tourist city in each country monitored.

“The Club Sandwich, available on hotel menus across the globe, is the perfect spending barometer, helping tourists factor into their travel plans the everyday cost of simple items such as food and drink,” said Alison Couper from Hotels.com.

A furore was sparked in Rome in May when a group of British tourists were charged €63 for four take-away ice-creams in a café by the Spanish Steps.

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Body of missing American tourist found in Rome’s River Tiber

The body of a missing 21-year-old tourist was found in the River Tiber on Thursday morning, according to media reports.

Body of missing American tourist found in Rome's River Tiber

Elijah Oliphant, from Dallas, Texas, was on holiday with his family in Rome when he went missing several days ago.

Oliphant’s parents reported his disappearance after he left his hotel room shortly after midnight on May 24th and did not return.

Hotel security footage showed him leaving the premises wearing a white undershirt and pyjama bottoms, which he was wearing when he was found.

Oliphant’s corpse was reportedly spotted by passersby near the Ponte Sisto bridge in Rome’s Trastevere district around 10am on Thursday morning. His body was positively identified by his parents.

Members of the fire brigade and river police who recovered the body say there were no obvious signs of violence, but an autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of death. Trastevere police are reportedly investigating the matter.

The Oliphant family had arrived in Rome for a holiday on May 23rd. When Elijah went missing the following day, his parents launched an urgent appeal to help find their son.

His disappearance was featured on the missing persons television show, Chi l’ha visto (‘Who’s seen them?’) on May 25th.

Several foreigners have been found drowned in the Tiber in recent years, though there are no indication that any of the incidents are linked.

In 2016, the body of 19-year-old American student Beau Solomon was recovered from the river.

Rough sleeper Massimo Galioto was charged involuntary manslaughter in the case, but was ultimately acquitted in 2020.

Prosecutors said that Galioto pushed Solomon in the course of a violent argument. Galioto’s defense team acknowledged that the two had argued but said the student had accidentally slipped.

In May 2019, 37-year-old Imen Chatbouri, a former athletics champion from Tunisia, was found dead in the Tiber after a night out. CCTV footage later showed she had been pushed from the Ponte Sisto bridge.

A then-26-year-old man whose advances she had rejected earlier that evening was convicted of her murder in November 2021.

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