I remember being so excited prior to my Rome Oct 2018 trip. I made a huge saving on my package deal with Expedia. However, I almost made the mistake of thinking that my whole holiday was paid for. Not the case. Flights and hotels are one thing. Expenses when you land at your new destination are another matter. Attractions can easily become very pricey. Particularly when in locations like Rome.
The price of visiting monuments such as the Vatican Museums and the Colosseum can easily add up. So here is a list of places to visit, and tips on how to enjoy Rome on a Budget.
You must visit the Colosseum! Even if you don’t plan on going inside. It is breath-taking. I’m sure it’s on your to see list. The quickest and cheapest way for me to get to the Colosseum was to take the Metro. Take line B and get off at Colosseo (single metro ticket cost 1.50 euros).
A ticket for entry into the Colosseum also includes two entries into Palatine hills and the Roman forum (all located by Piazza del Colosseo). A standard ticket will cost you 12 euros. To save money, I opted to omit the audio guide. Instead, I listened to several free audio guides on YouTube.
Take a water bottle. Then visit an archaeological site for free
The ancient aqueducts constructed during the Roman empire still distribute fresh water across Rome. So, stop at a fountain and refill your water bottle. It’s free. Visit Rinascente mall (Roma via del tritone) to view the Aqua Virgo Aqueduct.
The Virgo Aqueduct provides water to Trevi Fountain
Go to Vatican City and climb the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica
When visiting Vatican City, most people head straight for the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel. I would recommend climbing the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica. One of the largest churches in the world. How often will you have the opportunity to do that?Entry into St. Peters Basilica is free.
It cost 8 euros to climb the actual dome. Climb the dome after midday for the best photos. The views of Vatican City and Rome are stunningly scary.
Segway at Castel Sant’Angelo
Go for a bit of Segway fun at Parco della Mole Adriana. This is the park that surrounds Castel Sant’Angelo. It is a 10-minute walk from Vatican City. 15 euros to ride a Segway for thirty minutes. Not a bad price when considering that Segway tours are often more than 70 euros.
Take some pictures at Ponte Sant’Angelo (St. Angelo Bridge)
Shop the streets rather than the main road
The closer you are to a tourist attraction the more expensive items become. This tends to be the case with restaurants. If you are looking for somewhere to eat, walk 10-15 minutes in a straight line to save money on your food bill.
The most famous fountain in the. Whole. Entire. World. No, I didn’t toss a coin in. One thing I did do was take plenty of pictures. Don’t be afraid to ask people to move out the way so you can get a better shot. Most people are willing to stand aside if you are willing to do the same for them.
There is a store directly opposite Trevi Fountain. Go up to the first floor of the store and get a clean shot of Trevi fountain by the window. Aren’t you glad you’re still reading this post! The Pantheon isn’t too far from Trevi Fountain and is also free to enter.
Bonus tip number seven. On your first day in Rome take part in a free tour. Going on a tour allows you to appreciate the historical and monumental sites more. It allows you to make links with the history of other places you have visited. The narrative of the Romans in Rome is very similar to that of the Romans in York!! I could go on, but I don’t want to bore you. I decided to tour with New Rome Free Tour. They visited popular sites, alongside sites in Rome that I had never heard of. And because it was free.
Places I visited on the tour included the Spanish Steps, Bernini’s Angles, Pantheon, The Tomb of The Kings, and Trevi Fountain.
Check out my Instagram for more pictures, and my YouTube for more info on all that I got up to while I was in Rome.