22 Tips on How to Visit Rome on a Budget
ROME TRAVEL GUIDE
Rome is one of the most visited Capitals of the World. Beautiful, stunning, breathtaking, romantic, and timeless adjectives come to mind when I think of Rome.
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Famous for the Vatican city, the gladiators, and the roman empire, you cannot miss visiting Rome, the capital of Italy, at least once in your life and falling in love with Italy's language and everything this city has to offer.
I wrote many articles about this incredible city, so I am sure you will find here everything you need to plan your Roman holiday in the best possible way.
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As legend has it, Rome was founded in 753 B.C. by Romulus and Remus, twin sons of Mars, the god of war.
Left to drown in a basket on the Tevere river by a king of nearby Alba Longa and rescued by a she-wolf, the twins lived to defeat the king and found their city on the river's banks in 753 B.C.
After killing his brother, Romulus became the first king of Rome, which is named after him.
Visiting Rome doesn't mean learning only about its history and seeing its museums and churches. Visit Rome also means tasting its famous local recipes (prepare yourself to eat a lot).
Are you in?
It is such an intriguing legend that I remember learning at school.
Because everything about Rome, even its myths, are incredible.
When you walk through its alleys, you will see the magnitude of this capital, and at the same time, you will smell the aroma of its delicious cuisine.
HOW MANY DAYS DO YOU NEED IN ROME?
Rome is a pretty large city, the most famous sites and museums are in the city center so you can easily explore one area of Rome each day of your holiday and see everything Rome offers.
Many travelers spend only a couple of days in Rome, but they end up seeing only a tiny part of the fantastic city that is Rome.
I advise you to spend at least one week in the capital of Italy. Rome has many beautiful places, including museums, archaeological sites, markets, and restaurants where to taste real Roman food. And if you worry about the money, I can teach you how to visit Rome on a budget!
WHAT IS THE BEST TIME TO VISIT ROME?
I honestly believe that every season could be great to visit Rome.
Rome is located in central Italy, and that means it isn't very cold during winter like north Italy.
Of course, there can be some exceptions (like the snowfall in the February of 2018) but usually, during winter, there are not less than 12 degrees during the day and around 4 degrees at night.
Spring and summer are the most popular seasons to visit Italy, so book early to save money and get the best accommodation (isn't it better to save on accommodations and spend them instead on good food and activities?).
If you are planning a trip around Italy and include some days at the beach, in that case, a holiday in summer could be perfect for you.
In May, Rome can be pretty hot, like during summertime, so I advise you to avoid the summer months because it can be too hot to walk all day and as with all the major tourist cities, Rome can be very crowded and much more expensive than in Autumn and Spring.
IMPORTANT BASICS KNOWLEDGE
What is the currency in Rome?
The currency is Euro.
What is the language spoken in Rome?
The primary language is Italian, although most Romans speak the Roman dialect. But the staff speaks English in every hotel, restaurant, city center, and museum.
Is it easy to use credit cards and ATMs in Rome?
Atm and card payments are available almost everywhere. Only in the market stalls are cash required.
Is Rome expensive?
Like most European capitals, Rome is expensive, but if you are on a budget, just read how to visit Rome on a budget, and when it's time for you to book accommodation, don't miss my budget accommodation in Rome guide. It will help you a lot.
EUROPE TRAVEL ALERT
If you are from the US and want to travel to European countries within the Schengen Area, you'll need to fill out an ETIAS visa waiver form before your trip and pay the €7 ($7.25) fees. This easy-to-complete form should give you instant approval, but it's recommended that travelers plan and submit their forms a few weeks before their departure date.
HOW TO MOVE AROUND
One of the best ways to visit Rome is by walking.
Once you get to the city centre, almost every vital sight is within walking distance, so bring some comfortable shoes and enjoy this magic city.
There are plenty of Buses to move around in case you have to get to one place faster.
The Metrebus Rome system offers a wide variety of tickets and passes BIT (€ 1.50) 100 minutes from the first stamping. ROMA 24H (€ 7.00) valid 24 hours from the first stamping and for an unlimited number of trips in Rome.
Rome has probably the cheapest Metro in Europe.
One-way ticket costs only 1.5 euro. L'Atac offers also 24h tickets for 7 euro, 48h for12.50 euro, 72h for 18 euro or 1 week for 24 euro.
You can purchase tickets at every metro station.
Renting a Vespa could be a great idea to visit what is around Rome, but not the city centre. The traffic is quite crazy.
But in case you know how to drive it and want to explore what is around the capital, check out my article "How to Plan a Trip to Rome" where I added how and where to book every kind of transport you may want to rent out.
PRACTICAL TIPS TO VISIT
This Rome Travel Guide is the perfect resource for those exploring Rome. Here you will find essential tips for your first time in Rome, a complete guide to visiting Rome on a budget, mistakes to avoid, and everything you need to know before your visit - leaving you prepared, stress-free, and ready to have the best time in Rome.
WHAT TO SEE AND DO IN
Rome is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and it is jam-packed with unique places to explore.
The best places to visit in Rome include St Peter’s Basilica, the Pantheon, the Trevi Fountain, and the Spanish Steps. There is much to do in Rome, from taking a tour of the Colosseum to exploring the Vatican Museums.
For more ideas and tips, check out my Rome travel guides.
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THE BEST PLACES WHERE TO EAT IN
Rome is a foodie's paradise, with its unique and delicious Roman cuisine. From the mouth-watering carbonara and cacio e pepe pasta dishes to the exquisite Roman-style pizza and the succulent deep-fried supplì, Rome has something for everyone.
The city's traditional recipes, made with fresh, local ingredients, will tantalize your taste buds and leave you wanting more. Whether you're looking for a romantic dinner for two or a casual meal with friends, Rome's cuisine is sure to satisfy.