Rome is one of those bucket list cities that everyone wants to visit, and luckily, you don’t have to be a millionaire to have an incredible experience there. Families, couples and solo travellers from all over the globe travel here each year in their droves, to feast their eyes on the stunning statues and ancient ruins that adorn the city, and they all have very varied budgets themselves.
Whatever your reason for wanting to visit this iconic city, I thought I’d offer up a few key pieces of advice for how to have a memorable trip there, but without breaking the bank.
- Buy multi-passes where possible
First of all, you’ll be pleased to know that ticket vendors have caught on to the fact that so many people want to visit places like the Roman Forum, the Colosseum and the Pantheon. That’s why there are now so many options to buy passes that encompass certain attractions, and you’ll often find that this doesn’t only save you time queuing up at every attraction, but money too.
For example, you can pick up the Roma Pass, which can either last for 48 hours or three days, and includes free public transport in Rome, free entry to the first museum you visit and discounted entry to others, as well as fast track access to the Colosseum. Or, if you just want to see certain sights, you can visit the Colosseum, the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill under the same ticket.
- Buy tickets in advance
Are there any events that you’re heading out there to see? It could be a concert, a food festival or a museum exhibition that’s only in town for a few days, but your best bet at avoiding disappointment is to book them in advance.
There are often early bird offers for event tickets, so you can bag yourself a better the price the earlier you buy them. Plus, with more prestigious shows, such as watching a live opera or ballet performance, it’s always better to book with a credible and reliable company such as www.romeoperatickets.com.
- Don’t be scared of going on foot
Although there are many coach tours and open-top bus tours available, Rome is a fantastic city to get around on foot if you want to save the pennies for things that really matter on your trip. I would always recommend this, because exploring places on foot is the best way to find those hidden gems in cities like this. Whether it’s a flea market selling traditional Italian goods or an eatery tucked away from the main streets, you’ll get the best experience of a new culture this way.
Speaking of which, don’t be afraid of street vendor food. This is where you’ll find the freshest ingredients and true, rustic Roman food, so enjoy it! Try the local pizza style, with an extra thin and crispy base like nowhere else in Italy.
When are you next heading to Rome?