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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

If you wish to save on accommodation in Rome 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%). The off-season period also brings fewer crowds which makes sightseeing more pleasant. You may risk slightly more rain, but you could avoid the hottest months of the year. Check out here hotels that we recommend for staying while in Rome.

A great way to save money is to stay outisde the city centre where the accommodation prices are lower. If you are worried about being too far away from main sights, choose your place close which are connected by tram or metro stop to the city centre.

Despite the fact that in this period the number of flights to Rome decrease still a number of airlines fly to Rome from Europe and the rest of the world. The flights are much cheaper than during the summer.

Visit Rome sights that are completely free

Pantheon is one of the free sights in Rome

You could easily spend a lot of money on visiting Rome sights but luckily some of the most beautiful one are free to visit. Head to Spanish Steps in the centre of the historic Rome and enjoy people watching and taking some photos.

Not so far from here you will find the Trevi Fountain, which is also free to visit but we advise you to visit it early in the morning when the crowds are not so large. Entrance to the Pantheon, one of the best-preserved sights from ancient Rome is free to visit.

Wander throughout the Rome and visit beautiful Roman squares - Campo dei' Fiori, Piazza del Popolo or Piazza Navona which features three magnificent fountains and is popular place to sip a cappuccino or watch street performers.

While in Rome you shouldn't skip a visit to Saint Peter's Square with Saint Peter's Basilica. Take some photos on this square created by Bernini and surrounded by colonnades from both sides.

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.

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.

Instead of paying to take the elevator up the Vittoriano monument or to climb the stairs of Saint Peter's Dome, you can get a free view from many hills of Rome. Rome's best view is from Janiculum Hill, between the Vatican and Trastevere. The best sunset view is from the Pincian Gill, above Piazza del Popolo, where you can watch the sun sink behind Saint Peter's Dome.

Take advantage of free entrances and discounts to sights and 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 
  • the Roman Forum/Palatine Hill
  • Museo Nazionale Romano (Palazzo Massimo, Palazzo Altemps, Crypta Balbi, Termi di Diocleziano)
  • the Borghese Gallery
  • Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Antica - Palazzo Barberini
  • 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.

Free entrance to the main sights and museums have following categories:

  • 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.

Free things in Vatican

The Pope's weekly audience is held every Wednesday and usually starts at 10:30 a.m. in Saint Peter's Square. You can pick up free tickets on Tuesdays from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. (summer) or 6:00 p.m. (winter). 

Rome City Cards

The Roma Pass 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 food and drinks in Rome

Pizza al taglio
Italian gelato

One thing is for sure, you will not be hungry while in Rome. In every corner you will find small food places with a great choice of delicious food - starting from "pizza al taglio" (pizza sold by slice with a really huge choice of toppings), suppli - (fried rise balls filled with mozzarella), pannini (small sandwiches with delicious prosciutto, ham or mortadella) etc.

In  you will find a great Sicilian street food - arancini (similar to supply) as well as their popular sweets - cannoli which comes in different flavours (fried pastry crust filled with ricotta filling).

Instead of eating at the restaurants you can have these street food for just €3 - €5. If you are looking for a cheap breakfast head to one of their cafés to have a cappuccino or espresso with popular Italian pastries. Save a few Euros having coffee at the counter because they charge a "sitting fee" in the bars. Find here our our recommendations for restaurants and snack in Rome.

Don't forget gelato which is also one of the favourite treats among Romans and tourists. Authentic gelato will make you full and can replace the meal.

If you are staying at self-catering apartment you can save by preparing your meals by yourself instead of eating at restaurants. Rome has great outdoor market with wonderful choice of fresh fruits and vegetables as well as other food such as pasta, cheeses, cured meat.

If you're staying in the city centre, check market in Campo dei Fiori, or if you re near the Vatican head to Mercato Trionfale, Piazza Vittorico, Circo Massimo and Trastevere host large markets as well. In the markets you will get involved with locals and experience true local life. Usually apartments are stocked with minimum necessities like oil and salt, so it's easy to eat at least one meal a day at home

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.

Also if you're heading out of the city, consider taking the regional trains which are cheaper than fast trains. 

Shop during the winter and summer sales

The city of Rome is popular shopping spot with great stores offering clothes, shoes, cosmetics, jewelry etc. The sales in Italy are two times a year - the beginning of January for winter clothes and beginning of August for summer. 

The winter sales period starts in January, usually near the beginning of the month, and lasts through mid-February. The summer sales begin in July and last through about mid-August or until inventory is gone. 

The most popular shopping streets in Rome are following: Via Cola di Rienzo in Prati, Via Nazionale, Via del Corso and the street close the Spanish Steps with expensive shops.

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