Europe on a Euro: Rome

Europe on a Euro: Rome

by Mary Del Rosario
Stripes Europe

Traveling to a major city like Rome may seem intimidating to your wallet, but with this money-saving itinerary, you can enjoy beautiful Roma without breaking the bank.

1. Appreciate the “Eternal City” with a free walking tour via New Rome Free Tour. Tipping is highly appreciated.

2. Make your wishes come true by throwing a coin at the Trevi Fountain. Rumor has it, you will return to Rome if you make a wish.

3. Be like Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday and take a stroll down Via Margutta, a narrow         cobblestone street in Rome’s city center adorned with ivory. It doesn’t cost anything to channel your inner Audrey.

4. ”Marble” the Vittoriano, a massive mountain of white marble that towers over the Piazza Venezia. Take a lift and enjoy the view from the top. Tickets are 7 euros.

5. Leisurely stroll down the Via Appia Antica, a famous road in ancient Rome adorned with pine trees and Roman ruins. 

6. Take a free look inside the Pantheon, a formal Roman temple that is now a mesmerizing church. 

7. Be impressed by the mosaics in the Chiesa di Santa Prassede. The mosaics in this 9th-century church were produced by artists that were brought in from Byzantium.

8. Take the kids and travel back in time at one of the most iconic ruins in Rome, The Colosseum. To be a part of history, have a photoshoot session of your children in ancient Roman costumes, which can be found outside the Colosseum. Buy tickets online for cheaper prices. Children 17 and under are free.

9. People watch on the Spanish Steps. At the top of the 135 steps boasts incredible frescos by Daniele de Volterra.

10. Grab a bite to eat at Pastificio Guerra located near the Spanish Steps. This quaint shop sells fresh pasta as well as other Italian favorites.  The menu changes daily and most dishes are 4 euros which include bottomless water and a glass of wine.

11. Be cultured in art with the Rome Art Tour. This tour includes the works from Michelangelo to contemporary street art. Tickets are 28 euros with Like a Local, a travel planning guide made by locals. The meeting point is at Borgo Pio.

12. Hit up Rione Monti, a trendy spot for shopping and nightlife. From 8 p.m. onwards, this square becomes a meeting place for friends.

13. Indulge in some gelato at Palazzo del Freddo Giovanni Fassi. This decadent low-priced dessert will be much needed, especially on a hot day.

14. A trip to Rome wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Vatican and the Sistine Chapel. Buy tickets online ahead of time for the cheapest option.

Tip: You can always buy a Roma Pass for 48 hours. One pass cost 28 euros which gets you unlimited access to public transport and over 80 discounted tickets for exhibitions and events.

Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither was the money in your wallet. Take the time to save up for an incredible trip to Rome! 

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