How Much Money Do You Need For a Day in Rome?
While Rome is the second most expensive city in which to live in Italy (Milan comes first), it lags a long way behind, say, Zurich, London or Oslo. And as a visitor, it's possible to enjoy so much of this historic, vibrant capital while spending very little money.
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It's easy to see most of the city's historic landmarks on foot. The Colosseum, the Pantheon, the Roman Forum, the Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps, for example, are all within walking distance of each other.
If you prefer to travel by public transport, a 24-hour ticket will set you back a mere €7.00. What's more, you can use it on the city's buses, trams and metro system.
Many of Rome's must-see attractions are free to enter – the aforementioned Pantheon, for instance. And the Il Vittoriano (The Altar of the Fatherland) is too. This vast monument provides amazing city-wide views; the climb to the top is free – or you can choose to pay €7.00 to take the lift.
If you want to enter the Colosseum, prices are €12 per adult and slightly less if you're aged between 18 and 25.
To get the very best out of paid attractions, pick up a Roma Pass, the cheapest of which is a 48-hour version that costs €28.
Since Rome is a major city, it offers plenty of shopping opportunities. The capital's main thoroughfare, Via del Corso, showcases lots of brands that you'll be familiar with in the UK and elsewhere. Like-for-like shopping in Rome is cheaper, on average, than London. However, if you venture into Via Condotti – which is worth it for the window shopping alone – you'll come across some very high-end boutiques that sell fashionable items at very high-end prices.
Italians like to eat well, and without spending huge amounts of money in order to do so. Sampling tasty, affordable food is easy in Rome. For instance, you'll come across a number of street food vendors that sell delicious, inexpensive treats. And it's really not difficult to find a trattoria that serves excellent cuisine that doesn't come with a huge bill.
It's well worth visiting Trastevere, a delightful, traditionally working-class area of the city. Here, you'll discover a number of eateries that make it possible to sample affordable and deeply satisfying Roman cuisine.
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Please note that all prices quoted are correct at the time of writing.