A visit to Rome, The Eternal City is (or should) on everyone’s list of great places to visit at least once in a lifetime. The beautiful and romantic city (don’t forget – they invented the word romantic’) offers more to see and do than one can experience in one trip, and visitors find themselves wanting to return and again. If are able, there are various of ways to spend money on your vacation in Rome, but for the budget-minded (and who isn’t these days?) it is still possible to experience all of Rome’s romance and glory without needing the wealth of an Emperor.
The first step is to book an off-season trip to the city – and there are other good reasons to do this – when airfares are much lower, and hotels offer off-season rates. Aside from saving a substantial amount of money, you’ll be in the city at a time when there aren’t so many other visitors clamoring to see the same sights and lining up in impossibly long queues to do so. The winter months are much less crowded (except for the Christmas season), and there is plenty to do in the city when the weather is not so good. But Rome has relatively mild winters, so you’re likely to see some sun and temperatures should not be too extreme.
Eating out can be very inexpensive – be sure and visit some of the trattorias off the beaten tourist path to get a taste of real Italian food for a reasonable price – or grab a slice of pizza for a quick, cheap and filling snack.
Also, take advantage of the many free churches and museums available, these are often less touristy but still offer a wealth of exciting and wonderful things to see. You can also get discounts if you are under 25 or even enjoy free entrance if you are over 65 or under 18.
In the off-season it’s easy to find cheap rooms – there are four-star hotels in Rome that start at well under 100 euros per night during the winter. And if you’re really on a budget, you can book a room in one of the convents for a very small amount of money (and you do not have to be a Catholic).
So, Rome is a fantastic place to see whether you are on a budget or not. It offers everything from beautiful nature on adventure holidays to foreign culture on city breaks. You can make traveling in Rome anything you want it to be by setting and sticking to your budget. This will allow you to do and see all the things you want without damaging your bank account too badly and leaving you with many amazing and interesting memories of your time Rome.