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Rome on a Shoestring

Brimmed with historical architecture, culture and great food; it is no surprise why Italy's capital, Rome, holds the title of the 3rd most popular European city and the 11th most popular in the world! If a visit to Rome is on your bucket list, why not check out our travel tips and find out how you can experience all that Rome has to offer... on a budget!

Getting around:


A lot of the sights are close together with some areas in central Rome completely pedestrianized, making this a safe and cost efficient way of getting around.

Public Transport

Tickets for public transport in Rome are very cheap costing ‚€1 for a single ticket. The ticket is valid for 75 minutes and can be used on any combination of transport including buses, trains, Metro and tram lines.

Day, three day and weekly passes are also available to purchase although to make it worthwhile you will need to make 5 or more journeys.

Remember! Be careful and vigilant when riding crowded buses, trains and trams. In particular, the number 64 bus that travels between Stazione Termini and Piazza Stazione to the Vatican is well-known and has acquired various nicknames including the "œPickpocket Express". It is very important to keep hold of your belongings, wallet and purse at all times on your trip - never leave them unattended or out of your sight for even a second.


Trevi Fountain

Completed in 1792, the statue features Neptune (Roman god of the sea) at the centre. It is said that if visitors throw a coin in to the water over their shoulder they will return to Rome. Every night, the fountain is cleared and emptied of the money and donated to various charities.

Vatican Museum

Although you will normally need a ticket, did you know that entry is free if you are visiting on the last Sunday of the month? Visit between the hours of 9am and 12 midday and they will waiver the entrance charge - just be prepared to get there early!

The Vatican also holds a number of free music concerts such as Pontificio Istituto di Musica Sacra. A full list of concerts can be found on the Vatican website.

Free Guided Walking Tours

Guided tours are great for exploring the city whilst learning at the same time. There are many tours widely available across Rome that take place all year round. Take advantage of this excellent free resource simply by showing up at outside the Piazza di Spagna at 5:30pm for a 2 hour tour across the streets of Rome.

Discount cards:

Roma Pass

The Roma Pass is valid for three days, currently costs ‚€34, and enables you to gain two free entry passes to selected museums, as well as further discounts for some of Rome's most popular visitor attractions. It is a good idea to use your Roma Pass at the more expensive attractions on your itinerary for the best savings.

The pass also allows you to travel free of charge on the city's public transport network! This includes trips made on the city buses and trains. An excellent way to reap the savings!

Remember that the pass is only valid for three days and begins when the card is first stamped at a museum, bus or train... not when purchased. The pass expires at midnight on the third day so it is a good idea to begin using it early each day.

Archaeologia Card

If you have a love for Ancient Rome, consider purchasing an Archaeologia Card which gives you completely free entry to the Colosseum, the Caracalla Baths, the Mausoleum of Cecilia, the House of Augustus, the Round Temple and many more!

The card costs around ‚€25 and can be purchased online or via any one of the participating sites.

Photo ID Cards

Remember to always carry a photo ID on your person while sightseeing as you may be able to get in for free! If you are under 18 or over 65 and an EU citizen, you will usually be eligible for free admission. If you are aged 18-25 a reduced fee may be applicable.

Another thing to remember it that whatever age you are, selected attractions also allow free or discounted entry to those who work as Teachers, Journalists, Artists or students who are studying a design or history based course including Art, History, Archaeology and Architecture. It is always worth asking the staff if you are eligible.


Eat for free!

We like this one... If you're after free food, head on over to Société Luté¨ce at Piazza Monte Vecchio and Pepato at Via del Politeama. All you have to do is purchase a drink (at the most ‚€5) and in return you will be given a plate to fill up with a generous amount of free food. The food is typically served in buffet form consisting of sandwiches, pasta and nibbles. Great for taking the family out for lunch on a tight budget!


We hope that this has given you some inspiration for your next trip! Have you got any travel tips for sightseeing in Rome? Why not let us know in the comments!

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