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How to Enjoy Rome on a Budget
The Eternal City is, for many visitors, the ultimate sophisticated city break. And while it’s perfectly possible to burn through mountains of euros in a relatively short space of time, those who are careful with their money will have an equally enjoyable experience for a fraction of the cost.
Getting to Rome is straightforward and flights are available at good prices. Sometimes splitting your journey up and getting separate onward cheap flights to Greensboro or Birmingham, or wherever else you’re heading afterwards, can work out less costly. Whether you book in advance or at the last minute, make sure you compare prices online.
ome has held bustling open-air markets since the third century BC. They’re a great place to browse and people watch without spending a penny. The city’s oldest still-functioning market is the Campo de' Fiori, which has been attracting bargain hunters for more than 140 years.
Many of Rome’s most beautiful sights are free – the Pantheon, the Spanish Steps, and Trevi Fountain all cost nothing to visit. Churches are also a good bet for those on a budget. Santa Maria del Popolo and Il Gesu are both free, with the former having the added bonus of displaying a couple of Caravaggio paintings. At the Vatican, St Peter's basilica is free to enter.
Eating and Drinking
Avoid buying sit-down food and drinks from areas popular with tourists. For example, a coffee at a cafe in the Piazza Navona costs around £5.50. Stick with bottled water and takeaway coffee. Food-wise, the cheapest options are pizza and pasta from bakeries, trattorias and pizzerias.
Staying in Rome is never going to be cheap. One option is to stay outside the city. Another is to book a few nights in a hostel. Some of the best include Alessandro Palace on Via Vicenza, the Pop Inn on Via Marsala, Pensione Ottaviano on Via Ottaviano, and Colors on Via Boezio.