11 ways to make your holiday in Rome cheaper!
As the most of the big touristic cities, Rome can be very expensive. But with few tricks, you can make your stay unforgettable without unnecessarily wasting all your money! We selected for you eleven tricks that will change your holiday turning your stay in a fantastic experience!
11 ways to make your holiday in Rome cheaper!
1) Use the bus to move from/to FCO Airport
The bus is a good choice, especially if you need it in the early morning or in the night. Just pay attention not to stay tight with the timetable.
2) Drink the tap water!
Rome has got very fresh water, you don’t need to spend money and trash hundreds of plastic bottles: Rome is full of the so called “Nasoni”, the public fountains, that are both very useful (drink a lot of water is healthy!) and also interesting: some of that are very old, maybe of centuries! If you are wander in Rome, starving for the hot of the summer, don’t panic, you can find a fountain fast: use the app “I Nasoni di Roma” that shows where to find the famous public fountains of the Eternal City. Free for iOs (you also got good alternatives for Android).
3) Eat Local & Street food
Avoid the touristic places: have your lunch tasting the local specialities and the street food, you will find plenty of open air market, where you can find not only local products (a perfect gift from your travel!) but also the traditional roman kitchen as well as pizzas, ice cream or all the other specialities you were thinking to try including vegetarian and gluten free ones! It’s cheaper and tasty!
For a list of the Markets of Rome, visit mercatidiroma.com
4) Take part in the free Walking Tour
They are a very good chance to get historical information and to meet new friends. Ask to the staff of your hostel, they will have the best suggestions for sure and check our article about the free walking tours provided in Rome.
5) Drink Wine!
If you like to end the day with an aperitive or to accompany your meal with a good beverage, Rome is not the place where to spent money with cocktails and long drinks: try the local wine! Rome and its nearby are famous in Italy for the “Vino dei Castelli”, aka the wine from the Roman Castels, a very beautiful countryside of the Eternal City literally covered by wine yards where there is an ancient tradition of wine production. So, if you are at the restaurant, ask the local wine and don’t buy cheap, and disgusting wine in the supermarket: find the local choice, it will be cheaper and it is also wealthy, especially the red one! Search for infos before, 100% the staff of your hostel or other locals can help you with the best tips!
6) Enjoy the city by walking
Prevent the stress of being captured in a traffic jam or in a busy underground: yes, Rome is huge, but its precious historical center, full of the typical little alleys, is perfect to be crossed by walk. Find your start point and a good map, and lose yourself following the beautiful squares and statues, the Tiber and the Villas… More you go on walking, more you won’t believe how much you still have to see! But don’t worry: Rome is also full of parks, hills, and the beautiful gardens of the Villas where you can find the perfect place for your rest… Don’t you know where to start? Try the map we prepare for our guests.
7) Buy the ticket before to get on the public transport!
Somebody will find this suggestion a bit weird, but not everywhere in the world you can buy the ticket when you are already in a train/bus… Italy is one of these countries! If you’re taking a train, you can buy your ticket in the machines all around the station or at the ticket office. If you’re taking the metro or the bus, go to a Tobacchi or newspaper shop and buy your ticket before getting in, and pay attention: if you’re taking the bus, you should validate your ticket as soon as you get inside it and you can use the ticket for 100 minutes for the buses, taking as many as you want during this time, but just one time for the metro: once you’ve used it in the underground, it will not be valid anymore! With this little shrewdness, you will prevent fees of 30 and more euros!!!
8) Search for farmers market… or buy your food at the “Alimentari”
The real “Made in Italy” comes from the countryside: farm to fork food is something you cannot miss! From vegetables and fruits of the season to ice-cream, from pizzas to fresh eggs, milk, different kind of cheese, the typical dry meet but also the fresh one… and of course the unmissable wine! Search for the local farmer’s market, even if you have to cross the city and move outside the chaotic, touristic part: you won’t regret it! If you don’t have the chance to go at the farmer market because it’s not during the days of your stay, no problem, there is always a plan B: find a traditional “Alimentari”, the old, little, traditional shops that sell food (mostly local). It will not be easy as finding a huge, showy SuperMarket, but you will be happy about the cheap and tasty choice!
Don’t be lazy: the best place are in the country side. In the Rome nearby, you cannot miss the famous Zagarolo’s Farmer Market, rated as one of the top 20 in Italy!
9) Search the secrets!
Once you see it, avoid the touristic part of the city! Rome is very full of things to see, so you can prevent very expensive places by moving in the less known areas.. From a Water-Clock till the marbel column’s scar, from the Heart of Nerone till the best view point.. Don’t you know where to find them? Check on our blog 🙂
10) Visit the museums for free
Every 1st sunday of the month, Rome offers for free its museums. Just prepare yourself, probably they will be busier than normally: we suggest you to go in the early morning! Remember that Vatican is not part of Rome, so is not included: if you want to see for free the Vatican Museum, you can go every last sunday of the month!
11) Stay in the country side!
All the world goes to visit Rome, but not everybody knows that the Eternal City gots an enchanting countryside: it is surrounded by hills and mountain where you can find plenty of typical little old town that will make you taste the real italian flavour. If you want to abandon the chaos of the city, these are the right places for you: surrounded by the nature you will discover that double experience Rome, with one one side the unmissable eternal beauty of the city and all its history and the unforgettable, secret experience of the country side, where you can wander from the wine yard to the local restaurant, enjoying the relax of the real Italia Bella! You just have to organize yourself a little more checking the train time table, but once you’ll see how much it’s easy to exit Rome you won’t regret about the choice: it’s cheap, tasty, relaxing… and if you know the right places, you will also find a lot of global trotters and young locals!