Budget Travel Holiday Ideas: 7 Tested Tips for Visiting Rome

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7 Tested Tips for Viewing Rome

(Courtesy Kaeli Conforti)

Even when on vacation, it’s hard for a travel editor to stop working. In May of 2012, my entire family embarked on an 11–afternoon Italian adventure, including stops at Venice, Lake Como, the Cinque Terre area, Pisa, Florence, and lastly, Rome. Obviously, I kept jotting down little tidbits of advice and notes share you with all — and to bring home together. To deflecting street salesmen that are interstate from free sites, here are a few points.

(Free) artwork is anywhere

In a place as Rome, you don’t have to look too far to come across art and architecture, especially in places of worship. Most churches around Rome house magnificent works of art which you are able to see free of charge–we seen Caravaggio paintings at Santa Maria del Popolo, and saw Bernini’s statue of St. Teresa in Ecstasy at Santa Maria della Vittoria. The Vatican Museums are usually closed on Sundays, except for the final Sunday of every month when they provide free entry from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.. We could save roughly $25 each by braving the crowds (the lineup to acquire in wrapped around the block, but only lasted 25 minutes). Well worth it to get entry to Michelangelo’s masterpiece in the Sistine Chapel.

Plan ahead for popular sites

Attempt to book tickets to popular places such as the Borghese Gallery and Vatican Museums ahead of time on the internet to prevent long lines. Or invest at a Roma Pass . Which provides you a three–day subway pass and entry to sites such as the Colosseum and Roman Forum (although not the Vatican) with a much shorter line.

Take a water bottle and umbrella

The sun can be harsh in Rome. It might accumulate fast while water bottles just cost a few bucks each. Bring a refillable container and stop at any of the public drinking fountains around town (but observe for signs stating “acqua non-potabile,” or even non-potable water). In addition, I suggest carrying an umbrella about in case of a shower, for both colour from the sun and at all times.

Just say “no” to persistent street anglers

The biggest pet peeve of our trip to Rome has been the seemingly omnipresent salesmen on the road, offering scarves, umbrellas, knock–off bags, parasols, and– eventhe biggest scam–“free roses.” They can be very persistent–a single man even put a rose in my jacket and then attempted to charge me for it. Just avoid direct eye contact, say no, and continue walking.

If you can not find a Fantastic hotel bargain in town centre, enlarge your geography

We scored a great price at Villa Paganini B B; . An 18th century villa four stops by the Colosseum. The Rome subway is simple to navigate–its just two primary subway lines which intersect at the Termini railway station–and rides price a mere 1.50 euro each. Or choose to remain at one of our favorite secret hotels of Rome to become closer to town centre and stay within your budget.

Budget for airport transfers

You have two options here: taxi or subway. Rome’s airport is 25 miles outside the city centre, and a taxi ride costs 50 euro (about $62) each way. It is the more economical choice for several people, but when there are just two of you, take the Metro. The 45–second ride around the Leonardo Express train prices 15 euro (about $19) per individual and puts you directly at Termini station.

And, most importantly, eat your weight in gelato

Paradoxically, gelato, the most flavorful portion of our trip. We stumbled upon Gelateria della Palma directly near the Pantheon and compensated about 3 euro each for 2 colossal scoops. You will find 150 tastes to pick from; my favorites were melon (it tastes just like cantaloupe!) , strawberry, mango, and anything else involving chocolate. Yes, we travelled. They had a screen of Pope Benedict lollipops for sale–the perfect souvenir for everybody stuck back at the workplace.

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