A few years ago, I went to Rome. I can tell you one thing: it was crowded and hot. So hot, that I almost fainted. I don’t know the exacte date, but anyway, it was fun with or without that temperature. If you don’t know Rome, what I doubt you do: Rome is the capital of Italy in Europe with must-sees all over the city (Colosseum, Trevi Fontain, Pantheon, etc.). So don’t be shocked when you hear that Rome is a expensive city. That’s why I collected my tips and tricks for a (budget) stay in Rome. Want to know more? Keep on reading then!
Like I said in my Dutch articles; eat as many gelato’s as you can. Forget your diet, forget the voice saying: “no don’t eat that!”. Just let go and eat the goddamn ice cream. Italian ice cream is known for its best taste in the whole world. So why would you hold yourself together for those few dollars or euros, or whatever currency you convert? If you want my advice by the way; take the banana and cocos!
Taxis in Rome are expensive, especially from and to the airport. You can consider taking a rental car, but the traffic in Rome is super busy in my opinion. But it’s cheaper anyway. There are many other transport options that you could use: for example the bus and the metro. But the cheapest? Rome is big, but you want to see as many as you can, right? Don’t take any transport, just walk around!
Behold the weird people?!
You know when you have lost money when you see men or women before a busy attraction, like the Colosseum. They have dressed them up and want to take a picture with you. Totally free! They’re kindly, but once you say yes to pose for a camera: that’s when they ask you to pay. And be warned, the amount of money for such a little photo? I don’t know why they ask so much to be honest…
Pizza à la …
Of course you want to taste Italy’s unique and famous dishes! Of course you want pizza, pasta or another more adventurous dish when you’re in Rome. But I’m going to give you my best advice; take a step back from famous attractions. Maybe they’re good, but they’re more expensive than local restaurants in the neighborhood and a bit less tasty. So go as far as you can from the Trevi fontain and there’s where the magic happens. I went to a village behind Rome and I can tell you: I ate the most delicious and biggest pizza of my entire life!
Don’t you speak fluent Italiano? That doesn’t matter! Just keep in mind that there are many people who -of course- speak their mother tongue: Italian. Other languages are rare. So it doesn’t matter how many or how less words you can speak in Italian, the people will appreciate you (and they will be more friendly, I’m serious).
Are you planning to visit Italy?