How to organize a cheap trip to Rome

How to organize a cheap trip to Rome

The city of the ‘dolce vita’ is one of those places that must be visited once in a lifetime: for being a great open-air museum, for housing some of the most spectacular places on the globe or, simply, for the joy of its streets.

And it is that Rome has as many attractions as we can imagine: the Fontana di Trevi, the Roman Coliseum, the Vatican, the Boca de la Verittá, the Pantheon of Agrippa, the Roman Forum or the Castel Sant’Angelo are some of them.

But what is truly magical when walking through its streets are its hidden corners, those in which we find the most authentic Rome. An example of this is its coveted Trastevere, which can be seen as one of the liveliest areas of the capital. But it is also because the color of its streets, its crowded terraces or the taste of its ‘Gelatto’.

Rome is essential no matter where you look at it because it is a city that has it all: culture, history, festivals and stunning landscapes. Do you want to enjoy it but do not want to spend a lot of money? Don’t worry, we give you all the keys.

Best days to buy flights

There are days and days, and although it is true that we cannot say clearly when it is better to buy some flights so that they come out well for you, there are times when they can come out cheaper.

According to the Wall Street Journal “Weekends should be avoided to book flights”. This is because the companies know that people have more free time and that they will spend it searching for flights.

They also point out that “many offers come out on Mondays, and if they don’t work as the company expects, they start to lower prices.” Hence the conclusion to be drawn is that the best days to buy cheap airline tickets are between Monday and Tuesday. But you have to be careful.

We can go a little further… and the study reveals that the best time to buy flights is 3:00 p.m.. It is a time when there is more supply in the market and, consequently, prices drop.

cheap restaurants

Da Baffeto Pizzeria

It is, without a doubt, one of the most popular cheap eats in all of Rome. A place, with a terrace included, where we can taste their delicious crispy crust pizzas made to order. That yes… we recommend that you go at a prudent hour if you do not want to spend a long time queuing, since it is a highly valued restaurant by tourists and inhabitants.


In the heart of Trastevere we find not one, but two of these restaurants. This place, in addition to being cheap, offers both the famous Italian platters with sausages, lasagna, pasta and a delicious pizza that, we recommend, you enjoy when night falls. And it is that Trastevere at night becomes a place with a special magic.

Old Rome

We can define this restaurant as one of those authentic taverns where there are, those in which we can still feel the magic of Rome from before. If you feel like eating a good lasagna, we advise you that this is the perfect place to do it.

What to see without paying admission

Fontana di Trevi

It is, without a doubt, one of the most visited monuments in all of Rome… and it is not for less, because we are facing one of the largest monumental fountains of the baroque in Rome. Of course, it’s free because it’s right in the center of Rome. Although it may cost you a little money that you want to throw into the fountain to make a wish…

Mouth of the Truth

It is one of the most curious places in Rome. Specifically it is an ancient marble mask placed on the wall of the Church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin, built on an ancient temple of Hercules.

This sculpture, with a diameter of 1.75 meters dates from the 1st century, represents a masculine face that, according to legends, is capable of cutting off your hand if it denotes lies. Of course… everything is a legend.

Papal Basilica of Saint Peter in the Vatican

It is one of the largest basilicas on the entire planet and just walking through its doors will take you to one of the holiest places on the planet. Admission is free throughout the cathedral, except if you want to climb the dome.

Monument to Victor Emmanuel II

If you walk near the Colosseum and the Roman Forum you will notice this imposing monument, located in Piazza Venezia. This huge memorial is made in honor of the first king of unified Italy, Victor Emmanuel II. Before our eyes it can be seen as a true architectural treasure.

Pantheon of Agrippa

It is one of the most recognizable icons of Rome. Specifically in an ancient circular Roman temple with a portico of large corinthian granite columns. Today, it is converted into an impressive church that can be visited without paying a single euro. Of course… it is common to find long queues to enter, although it is well worth doing it.

Villa Borghese

It is one of the largest urban parks in Europe and is the perfect combination between nature and the art of Rome. A perfect place to disconnect from the bustling city where we can admire buildings, sculptures, monuments and some fountains by famous artists from different eras.

What to see paying entrance

Although there are many things that we can see and enjoy completely free of charge, there are also others that are worth visiting even if you have to pay to see them. They are the great known of Rome and, if you go to the city, you must visit them.

Colosseum and Roman Forum

Rome cannot be conceived without the Colosseum and the Roman Forum. Two of the clearest examples of the history of Rome and the importance that the city had years ago. A walk through the Roman Forum, which can be covered in 2-3 hours, or admire the amphitheater of the Colosseum is one of the things you must do on a visit to the city.

Vatican Museums

They are, without a doubt, one of the most amazing museums in the city and, possibly, in the entire planet earth. This museum, in addition to housing the Sistine Chapel, is the owner of mummies, sculptures, paintings and all kinds of papal relics. Without a doubt, it is one of the visits that, yes or yes, you have to do once in your life.

Castel Sant’Angelo

Is a monument located on the right bank of the Tiber, is located a few steps from the Vatican and is linked to the Vatican City through a fortified passageway called the Passeto. It is another of the visits that you must do in Rome. Of course… don’t forget to have an apperol spritz on one of its terraces overlooking the river when you leave.



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