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Rome on a budget 2023

Traveling to Rome on a Budget: Tips and Tricks for a 2023 budget-friendly trip.

The Eternal City- Rome is a must for travelers seeking a glimpse of ancient history, art, and culture. From the iconic Colosseum and the Vatican City to the charming piazzas and cobblestone streets, Rome has something for everyone. However, many travelers shy away from this dream destination due to its reputation for being expensive. In this article, we will share some tips and tricks for traveling to Rome on a budget without compromising on quality.

One of the most effective ways to save money on your trip to Rome is to plan ahead. Start by researching the best time to visit Rome. The peak tourist season is from June to August when prices are high and crowds are at their maximum. Consider traveling during the shoulder seasons of April-May or September-October when the weather is mild, and the crowds are fewer.

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Keep your eye on travel websites, and book your flights during off-peak hours or on weekdays when prices are lower. You can also opt for budget airlines but make sure to check their baggage policy and additional fees to avoid unexpected expenses.

We never got a daylight pic since we were gone from dark to dark
Our little $23.00 cottage outside the touristy area. Airbnb was our friend this trip in 2018

1. Choose Affordable Roman Accommodation

Rome has a wide range of accommodation options, from luxury hotels to budget-friendly hostels. If you are traveling on a budget, consider staying in a hostel or an Airbnb. Hostels are a great way to meet fellow travelers and save money on accommodation costs. Most travelers think that hostels are strictly for singles, but this is far from the truth. Many hostels offer couples rooms but be prepared to share a bathroom. Look for hostels located in central areas, close to public transport, and with good reviews.

Alternatively, you can also opt for an Airbnb, which offers affordable accommodation in local neighborhoods. This option gives you a chance to experience the city like a local and save money on food and transportation costs. Make sure to read the reviews and choose a host with a good reputation to ensure it is safe.

Rome has an extensive public transportation system, including buses, trams, and the metro, which is a cheap and efficient way to get around the city. There is also a transport ticket to save money on transportation costs. You can also use the Citymapper app to plan your routes and navigate the city like a pro.

This restaurant was in the Trestevere area
Our waiter with our mascot :Fake Marisol"

2. Eat Like a Local in Rome.

One of the best things about traveling to Rome is the food. However, eating out at restaurants can be expensive, especially in touristy areas. Instead, opt for local street food, such as pizza al taglio (Roman-style pizza sold by the slice), supplì (fried rice balls with tomato sauce and mozzarella), and panini (sandwiches with fresh ingredients).

Visit local markets like Mercato Centrale or Campo de’ Fiori to buy fresh fruits, vegetables, and cheese at affordable prices. You can also shop for groceries at supermarkets like Coop or Conad and cook your meals at your Airbnb or hostel kitchen.

This stone was key to the movie!
My husband Tim, at Vatican City. Have you seen "The Davinci Code"?

3. Visit Free Rome Attractions

Rome is home to many iconic attractions, such as the Colosseum, the Vatican City, and the Trevi Fountain. However, visiting these attractions can be costly, especially if you want to skip the queues. Instead, opt for free attractions like the Pantheon, the Spanish Steps, and the Villa Borghese Gardens.

You can also visit the public parks and gardens in Rome, such as the Appian Way Regional Park, the Aqueduct Park, and the Villa Ada Park. These parks offer a chance to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy nature for free.

As you can tell I am a Conor MacGregor fan!
Thats me in line to tour the Colosseum with Conor MacGregor in line with us!

4. Free Rome Tours.

Take a Free Walking Rome is on foot. Free walking tours explore the city’s hidden gems and learn about its history and culture from a local guide. Many tour companies offer free walking tours, such as Free Tour Rome and Rome Free Walking Tour. These tours operate on a “pay-what-you-want” basis, which means you can pay what you think the tour is worth at the end of the tour. Please do not be "those" cheap travelers who do not pay anything. If the tour is good, a 20 euro note should cover it.

The other markets around the area pale in comparison.
Porta Portese flea market.

5. Shop Roman Smart.

Rome is known for its high-end fashion boutiques and designer stores. However, if you are traveling on a budget, opt for affordable shopping options, such as street markets and outlet stores.

Visit Porta Portese, the largest flea market in Rome, to shop for vintage clothes, antiques, and souvenirs. The Castel Romano Designer Outlet, where you can find discounts on high-end brands like Armani, and Gucci.

Instagram worthy and FREE
Tivoli Gardens is a day in itself!

6. Explore Outside the City of Rome.

Rome is surrounded by beautiful towns and villages that are worth exploring. Take a day trip to Tivoli, a charming town known for its stunning Villa d’Este and Hadrian’s Villa. also visit Ost, an ancient Roman port city that is home to well-preserved ruins and mosaics.

This trip into the Vatican Museum was a full day experience. Don't plan anything else for the day!
My husband being a goof ball.

Final Thoughts

Traveling to Rome on a budget is possible if you plan ahead, choose affordable accommodation, use public free attractions, take a free walking tour, shop smart, and explore outside the city. With these tips and tricks, you can create a memorable experience without breaking the bank. So, pack your bags and get ready to explore the Eternal City on a budget!

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