To explore Rome it is not necessary to spend a lot of money. Even a budget traveler can have fun in Italian capital and see all the most interesting and important sights. You might be surprised how much you can do and see in Rome for less or no money at all. We want to present you a couple tips and tricks that will help you organize budget friendly holiday.
All trips start with a question “how to get there?” Finding cheap flights to Rome is actually not that hard. But you should keep in mind that it requires some work. First of all, you’ll need to create a route. Often direct flights are more expensive that ones with connections. Second of all, when searching cheap tickets make sure to check low-cost airlines like Wizzair or Ryanair. These airlines usually have lots of discounts and flight rates will not ruin your budget. And the last thing to remember is that planning your trip beforehand and buying tickets in advance may also be a great way to save money. Airlines sell tickets at reduced rates about 3 month before the flight date.
Before settling into a hotel, make a research on prices. Usually hotels near train and subway stations in Rome have higher prices and definitely do not fit into “budget” category. But that doesn’t mean that there are no cheap comfortable hotels in Rome. In fact hostels and apartments are very popular and can be a great alternative to a traditional hotel. If you don’t mind living with other people, hostels offer beds in a 4 to 8 people rooms for much lower prices.
While everybody is using booking.com give a try to an app called “Hotel Tonight”. This app helps you find last minute deals on accommodation, which are usually cheaper. CouchSurfing is another option not only to save money, but also make new friends. Basically couchsurfing is a network of people who are willing to share their home with other travellers for free. Approximate number of couchsurfing members all over the world is more than 6 million.
No surprise that all the popular areas in Rome are full of restaurants and cafes. Although, dinner in a restaurant with Colosseum view might be too expensive. One way to save money is to stray from the traditional tourist routes and explore neighbouring areas. Or at least stay away from cafes with tourist menus. If you need a snack, great idea is to simply go to the supermarket. There you can always buy fresh cheese, olives and fruits. Experienced tourists prefer to buy products in local stores and markets and then have a picnic in the park or a nice romantic dinner at the hotel’s terrace.
All the major attractions in Rome are actually located close to each other. Therefore walking might be a great way to explore the city. Plus it is so much fun to wander around picturesque little streets to fully soak up Italian culture.
But if you decide take a ride, use public transport instead of a taxi. Public transportation in Rome includes subway, buses, trams and a trolley. On the streets of Rome there are separate lines for public transport, so there’s less chance to get stuck in traffic. All network is operated by one company, therefore tickets are the same for all types of transport. Single trip ticket will cost you 1,50 EUR and will be valid for 100 minutes. During this time you can ride bus or tram and change it as many times you like. Subway can be entered only once.
Another great feature for budget travelers is Roma Pass. This is a special tourist card that comes in two types. It can be used for 48 or 72 hours. Among all kinds of advantages this card allows you to use all public transport. You can buy this card at all museums, archeological sites, exhibitions or at the Termini station. Make sure to have an identity document when buying Roma Pass, since it will be registered under your name.
Roman history can be explored right on its streets, and therefore for free. Seems that everywhere you step there’s an ancient ruin or hundreds years old architecture. But if you really want to attend museums try to schedule your trip for it. Every first Sunday of the month state museums in Rome as well as galleries, archeological sites and national monuments are absolutely free of charge. You can check the full list of facilities on the official website of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage. Vatican, on the other hand, has its own rules. Its magnificent museums are available to public for free on the last Sunday of each month and on September 27th (World’s Tourism Day). Rome also has a bunch of small museums that are always free, plus lack of tourists there is always a bonus.
One more option to save some money is to buy Roma Pass. This card allows free entrance to two museums and gives discounts on all future trips to the sights.
Guide services can be easily replaces with self-guided tour of the city, especially since a lot of historical buildings, such as churches, are open for free. From time to time Rome hosts various free events, for instance festivals or concerts. Thanks to that you can not only diversify your stay, save your budget, but also get acquainted with contemporary Italian culture.