Rome is Eternal City – a huge mega police filled up with the klaxon horns and bell-ringing. Rome is a capital of Italy, the city of contrasts, where the ancient ruins are found side by side with the modern hypermarkets. You can meet cultural and historical achievements at every step. There is always something to see and admire with. Coming to Italy even more than 2-3 times, you cannot stop admiring Rome. What is amazing, the most of interesting places in Rome you can see for free!
The best time for visiting Rome
Going to Italy, you should remember that the hottest time for visiting Rome is June-August. I cannot but agree that summer is the hottest season in Italy. The hotels are the most expensive and overfilled in summer. In spite of everything, it is still the best season for travelling Italy. Tourist’s activity decays in winter, excluding winter holidays. You should remember that Rome can be unpredictable every season: there are hot days in summer, but the lowest temperature the next week.
Thus, the best time for visiting Rome is spring-autumn. The most comfortable months are April, May and October. The choice of hotels is wide. But tourists still prefer booking the apartments beforehand, what is also recommended to you.
The best budget hotels in Rome
Rome is one of those places, recommended to visit for everybody. Italians know about this and make prices higher than ever. It is not a secret that the most of visitors consider that the prices for booking apartments are too high. Don’t worry! It is possible to find a nice hotel for a cheap price in Rome.
Lets’ start from Termini place – this part of Rome is situated near the city train station. The cost for accommodation and meal in La Casa di Amy, one of the popular and easy-to-get hotels, is about 65EUR per night. Going little further, you can reach the Monti region. Here you should find Grifo and Hotel de Monti, with the average price about 80-90EUR per night.
Auditorium di Mecenat, the next budget hotel, offers the reasonable prices for 10 rooms only. Living conditions are plain and limited here, but the service is really high. Moreover, the hotel is situated not far from the Termini underground station, what makes it pleasant and comfortable place for tourists. The breakfast and Wi-Fi access is also free.
The best budget restaurants and cafes in Rome
It is not a secret that walking the city you can meet cozy cafes and restaurants at every step. Keep in mind that eating in such popular places, like at the Trevi fountain, or with an eye to Coliseum, costs more expensive than spending time in places, situated far from the historical tourists ways. So, the best method to save your money is avoiding the central cafes and restaurants, offering the special menus for tourists. Usually, the prices there are really high! Try to eat far from the center, having the same tasty dishes for cheaper price.
Do you think it is easy? You are wrong, as Rome is full of different cafes and restaurants, drumming up customers at every step. If you need to have a light snack, you can visit a supermarket or market, stocking up with olives, cheese, sausages and fruits, like the Italians do.
There is another, the most budget variant for travellers: you can have breakfast in the hotel. The cup of coffee and omelet is included in the cost of your room. You can have your evening meal at the roof of your hotel (cheese, wine and other products you need, can be bought in the nearest shop beforehand). Dinner and lunch time can be spent in the city cafes and restaurants.
There is one more secret! If you want, you can catch stuzzichini – a kind of aperitifs, offering by local bars and restaurants for free in the evening. The range of offers is really wide. You can try olives, chips, cookies, sandwiches, cheese, pizza, fritatte (special Italian pie), and sweet smelling bread. The pleasant bonus will be the tastiest sweets of all shapes and sizes. Walking from one bar to another you won’t feel hungry. The best new is that it is almost free. Ordering a cup of coffee you can have a substantial meal.
The best budget entertainments in Rome
To see the city at one dash it is enough to visit the biggest park in Rome – Villa Borghese, climbing up the Napoleon stairs right from La Piazza De Popolo. Park is a perfect place to rest, take your mind off the problems, troubles, or just have fun with children. At the beginning of 16th century there was a beautiful palace. Also, you can visit a couple of museums here, walking through the calm nature, sculptures, and alcoves.
What can be better than famous Roman fountains, situated all over the city? Most of them were made by Bernini, Borromini and other great sculptors. The most famous of them is Trevi fountain. It is really beautiful and there are a lot of tourists there, standing the line to throw down a coin and make a wish. Such fountains, as Fontana di Quattro Fiumi, Fontana della Barcaccia are also worth seeing.
Walking the city you can rent a car, the prices are also adequate, and get the next Romanian place of interest you should visit – Basilica Sancti Petri. To enter the church you don’t need money. It was built according to Michelangelo project: beautiful paintings, sculptures, frescos. It looks like a page from the history book. In contrast to other churches in Rome, you can take a lot of pictures here.
Jump in your car and visit Vittoriano museum complex in Piazza Venezia. There are always a lot of interesting and informative exhibitions of Italian artists: painters and photographers. The famous Coliseumis not a cheap place. Having no money, it would be better to put it into perspective and walk the ancient Forum ruins, situated just opposite the Coliseum.
To get Rome experience you don’t need a lot of money. Tourists with a low budget can have a good rest in the Italian capital, visiting its interesting historical places, walking down the ancient narrow streets, ruins, churches and patios. The atmosphere is amazing, as your impressions are.
Lily Berns is a travel writer. She uses every chance she gets to travel around the world with her family and friends. Experiencing new places and cultures, meeting new people and learning something new every day – are her life aims.