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Money Saving Tips for Rome

Beautiful landscapes, stunning monuments, beautiful art and delicious food make Rome one of the most popular destinations in the world. 

While it can seem like a luxury destination, there are plenty of ways to save money on your trip. Tips we offer you below will help you save your time and money, and some of them will even bring you an authentic experience of the local life.

Travel to Rome out of season

Visit Rome out of season and experience true Italian life style

If you wish to visit Rome on a budget consider travelling out of season. In Rome this would be the period starting from mid-November until April with exception of Christmas and New Year's holidays as well as Easter. Out of season you will find great deals on hotels and private accommodation throughout Rome (some prices are reduced for almost 50%). This ways you will also avoid large crowds in the city and will have a better experience of Rome. Check out here our selection of affordable hotels in Rome.

Visit free Rome sights

Pantheon is one of the free sights in Rome

Wander through Old Rome, in what was the city’s mediaeval and renaissance centre with its gorgeous piazzas and winding streets, including the Jewish ghetto. For Italian food with a Jewish twist, eat in one of the many Jewish restaurants and cafes that line the streets.

Close by is Rome’s well-known Via del Corso with its side streets that lead you to the famous Trevi Fountain – legend says if you throw a coin in, you will return to Rome– and don’t forget to head for the Spanish Steps and join the locals and tourists lounging on this iconic walkway.

Some of the most beautiful Rome sights are free to visit. The most popular ones are the exterior of the Colosseum, Piazza Venezia, Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps and the Pantheon, The Victor Emmanuele Monument. You can also visit Piazza del Popolo in the northern Rome. 

Saint Peter's Square in front of the Saint Peter's Basilica is the most visited square in Rome. This beautiful place, created by Bernini, and surrounded by colonnades from both sides is ideal place to sit, enjoy and take some amazing photos.

Piazza Navona is beautiful square in the historic centre of Rome which features three magnificent fountains and is popular place to sip a cappuccino, shop or watch street performers.

Visit the Imperial Forums - the ruins of ancient Roman squares which are situated close to Colosseum and take some amazing photos of them.

Apart from these popular places, visit some off the beaten path locations in Rome such as the historic library Biblioteca Angelica, the public park Villa Doria Pamphili, the Aventine Keyhole, the Protestant Cemetery and the Pyramid of Cestius.

Also do not miss the panoramic views from the following locations: Giardino degli Aranci, the Gianicolo Hill and the terrace of the shopping centre Rinascente Roma Tritone.

Take advantage of free entrances and discounts to sights & museums

While in Rome you should not miss the amazing art and archaeology museums in the capital.

On the first Sunday of each month, state museums offer free entries for everyone. Some of the most important ones are the Colosseum and Roman Forum/Palatine, Museo Nazionale Romano (Palazzo Massimo, Palazzo Altemps, Crypta Balbi, Termi di Diocleziano), The Borghese Gallery, Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Antica-Palazzo Barberini and Galleri Nazionale Arte Moderna.

Don't forget that on the last Sunday of each month, the entrance to the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel is free.

Note that following people can have free entrance to the main museums and sights:

  • youths under 18 and seniors over 65
  • people with disabilities and carer if necessary
  • journalists
  • groups of students that have booked in advance
  • tour guides and interpreters
  • professors and students of Architecture, Archaeology, Art History and Fine Arts.

Students (aged 18-25) will, in most cases, enjoy discounts when buying tickets to the major attractions in Rome.

Rome City Cards

The Roma Pass Card is a tourist card designed specifically for those over 25 and less than 65. It gives free access to two museums and/or archaeological sites and reductions to other exhibitions and top attractions.

There is also OMNIA Vatican and Rome Card which offer free entrance to Vatican Museums as well as free entrance to other Rome sights.

Book Online Rome City Cards

Affordable eats and drinks

"Pizza al taglio" is the most popular street food in Rome

It is very easy to find amazing street food like pizzas, pasta, panini and snacks anywhere in Rome. On every corner you will find pizza places where you can get a piece of pizza known as "pizza al taglio" for €2-3.

Also you will find good places for panini and small bites like suppli (fried rice balls). If you dine at a restaurant, skip desserts and have a gelato instead for only €2-3 per person. 

Try to avoid touristy restaurants, where the food is often not worth trying but is very expensive.

If you are having a coffee in Rome note that if you have it at the bar is cheaper than having it at a table. If you sit at the table they charge a "sitting fee". One of the best places for coffee is Sant'Eustachio Il Caffé.

Save on public transport

The city centre is easily accessible by foot so, unless you are staying far from the heart of Rome, there is no need to use the public transport or taxis to get around. If you don't want to walk consider taking a metro which costs only €1 instead of taking a taxi which will cost you around €10-15 for short destination within Rome.

If you realise that you do need to use the metro, bus or tram to get to the city centre every day, it is worth taking a look at the different travel cards available or purchasing the Roma Pass Card or OMNIA Vatican & Rome Card which include free public transport in Rome.

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