BUDGET BREAKS TO ROME
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Rome is like an open-air museum, so you can marvel at the sights for free. Head to the stunning Colosseum, the Roman Forum and the wonderful Villa Borghese for an inexpensive day among iconic monuments. Or cross the river over the famous Ponte Sant’ Angelo and see the medieval castle, before walking to Vatican City. Browse through fantastic trinkets and antiques at the Porto Portese Flea Market in Trastevere on the banks of the Tiber. Then, in the evening, Testaccio and San Lorenzo offer affordable trattorias and good company – don’t miss out on delicious supplì for a cheap treat.
City breaks can be expensive, especially when you factor in museums, food and going out in the evening. But it doesn’t have to be, as there are plenty of ways to keep in budget, even when travelling to some of the major cities of the world – like Rome.
There are very few cities where you can glimpse remnants of a 3000-year old culture on every corner. That is what makes Rome so exciting, the whole city is a life-sized museum – see the Pantheon, the Colosseum and many other ancient architectural masterpieces without paying a penny. Head to Vatican City early on the last Sunday of the month to see the Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica for free, but be aware the queues are very, very long. The city’s plazas offer a chance to people-watch, arguably the most Roman experience you can have, all for the price of a coffee or glass of wine.
Forgo the expense of a hotel breakfast and do as the Romans do. Visit a café for pastries and cappuccino, or grab an espresso. Head to the market for cheese, prosciutto and bread for lunch, then picnic in glorious sunshine in one of the many parks – the Villa Borghese is especially beautiful. In the early evening, go to a bar for a glass of wine or two, accompanied by free appetisers. Don’t miss out on supplì, mozzarella balls wrapped in rice and then deep fried. Head to the Pigneto district, just east of the centre – with a hip younger crowd – to enjoy cheap trattorias. Remember, when dining out you’re not obliged to tip and rounding up to the nearest Euro is perfectly acceptable.
Shopping in Italy doesn’t need to be designer stores and chic boutiques. Markets are often a lot more fun, and you are able to sample some delicious food in the process. In the heart of the old city, you will find the Campo dei Fiori Market, which has been serving the Roman populace since 1869. Every morning you can find meats, vegetables and fruits on the stalls, providing both a visual and culinary treat. You can haggle for goods on sale at the sprawling Porta Portese Flea Market in Trastevere. Shop for vintage clothes, furniture, books, even old art works portraying visions of a Rome long disappeared.
Whilst Rome’s nightlife can be some of the most expensive, there are still plenty of places offering a great night for those on a budget. The bars in Testaccio are full of younger, unpretentious crowds, making it perfect for after dinner drinks in popular but shabby-chic hangouts. Or the hip student area in San Lorenzo is also very popular and affordable, as well as being alternative. Head to the Piazza dell’Immacolata to sit and chat alongside the locals, and grab a cheap beer from the many neighbouring bars. You will also find some of the city’s coolest street art in the area.
It’s easy to enjoy Rome on a budget. On arrival, take the train from the airport to Roma Termini – just buy a ticket from a machine or at any newspaper vendor at the station. Buses and trams are easy to navigate inside the city, with only three lines on the Metro, and all prices are integrated meaning you can use your ticket on all public transport. However, the beauty of Rome is that it is a compact city, and you can get almost everywhere on foot – so pack a pair of comfortable shoes, grab a map and explore the city’s streets, it is the only way to see the real side of Rome.