My recent trip to Rome: Useful travel guide 

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Text author: Jully Elexa

Rome: the birthplace of Caesar and the seat of the Catholic Church

Rome has long been seen as the hub of the Western world. Additionally, it is brimming with ages-old historical ruins and tons of delectable food. Budget visitors on European vacations enjoy backpacking here, history buffs arrive to study the ruins, couples flock to Rome for their honeymoons, and the jet set spends lavishly on the city’s luxury cuisine and nightlife.

Rome will not disappoint, whatever your interest is. You can organize your vacation and traverse the countless places and attractions in Rome with the aid of this inexpensive travel guide. Thinking of all these possibilities, even I thought to travel to Rome. I was here for five days and visited so many places. Now I want to share my experience with you so that you too can plan a perfect itinerary for your Rome visit.

How to reach Rome?

In its very own Leonardo da Vinci airport in Fiumicino, Rome is well connected by both domestic and international flights. Another airport, Ciampino, is primarily utilized for domestic fly-ins. All major airlines fly to Rome and ticket booking is very easy.

Best time to go to Rome

Rome’s fall season, when the sun is warm and the afternoons are softly lit, is famous for being beautiful. If you want to avoid the crowds, travel in January or February or in the early to mid-December window before the religious pilgrims begin to arrive for the Pope’s Christmas address. Nevertheless, I suggest going between late September and early October, which are the shoulder seasons. The atmosphere is a little less frantic than in the summer, and it’s a comfortable 18°C (64°F) or so outside.

Tips to travel to Rome

Ponte Sant'Angelo, Rome
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  • You can get by in Rome on a daily budget of roughly 60 EUR. This is possible if you’re lodging in a hostel, preparing all of your meals, and consuming little alcohol. You have to also travel primarily on public transit and participate in free activities like walking tours and seeing free attractions. 
  • Avoid touristic restaurants when eating in Rome; instead, choose the sandwich and pizza shops. Additionally, visit Trastevere across the river if you want to eat exceptionally nice meals at a low price.
  • At the shop, a fantastic bottle of wine will cost between 6 and 10 EUR. Compared to a bar, it is far less expensive.
  • You may significantly reduce the cost of lodging if you’re willing to stay outside of Rome. Additionally, food outside of the city is significantly less expensive, and traveling to Rome by train for sightseeing is simple.
  • You must print copies of all of your identification documents and personal papers, including your passport. Send loved ones a copy of your itinerary so they can track you down.
  • The most crucial piece of advice I would like to share is to get quality travel insurance. You will receive travel insurance coverage in the event of illness, accidents, theft, and cancellations.

Hotel choices

Hostel Prices

Planning to stay in a hostel to spend less money on accommodation? Well, then expect to pay between 17 and 35 EUR off-peak and 33 to 49 EUR during peak season for a bed in a dorm with 6 to 8 beds. In the high season, private rooms cost between 80 and 120 euros per night, and between 55 and 75 euros off-peak. Many hostels also offer free breakfast, and free Wi-Fi and self-catering options are considered standards.

Budget hotels

Budget two-star lodgings start at 60–100 EUR per night. The off-season offers roughly 10 to 20 EUR each night in savings. Expect standard features like free Wi-Fi, TV, air conditioning, and a coffee/tea maker. There are many bed and breakfasts where the price of the stay includes breakfast.

How to get around Rome?

A legendary yellow Fiat 500 in the city of Rome
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While in Rome, you will need to take a commute to travel from point A to point B. There are many transportation options available there and you may choose the most affordable one.

Public Transportation

Rome is home to a sizable public transit system that includes buses, a metro, trams, and trolleys. The quickest method to go about the city is via the metro. There are three lines and a single trip ticket with a 100-minute validity costs 1.50 EUR. Tickets are available at the stations via vending machines, newsstands, and local cigarette stores. Additionally, the bus may take you to locations that the metro system doesn’t serve, but because of the continual traffic, it is much slower than the subway. The ticket costs 1.50 euros.


I don’t advise using taxis as they are highly pricey in this area. Starting at 4, the meter increases by 1.20 EUR for each additional kilometer so always stay away from them!

Bike Sharing

Rome’s heavy traffic and steep hills may make cycling around the city seem a little frightening. But there are bike lanes all around the city center which makes it feasible. Rental rates for bicycles begin at 14–20 EUR per day.

Car Rentals

Rome has awful traffic, therefore I wouldn’t recommend hiring a car there. Finding parking and navigating the city will be a problem, even if you are leaving the city.

Ride Sharing

In Rome, Uber is an option, and the costs are typically less than those of a cab. Nevertheless, they’re still not dirt cheap, so avoid Uber as well!

Places I explored

On my visit, I was fortunate enough to check out so many places; I have listed them down below.

Vatican City

Vatican City
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The city of Rome encloses the separate city-state of Vatican City. The smallest city-state in the world, it fully declared its independence from Italy in 1929. Keep some time aside before leaving Rome to visit the Vatican City, St. Peter’s Basilica, the Sistine Chapel, and all of the amazing museums. The Basilica has a rigorous dress code, so we dressed up modestly. Tickets cost us 17 euros, whereas skip-the-line tickets run about 27 euros. Remember that during the hot season, tickets may sell out weeks in advance.

Spanish Steps

Spanish steps in Rome
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The Spanish Steps, erected in the 1720s, is a long and stately stairway in Rome with the Piazza di Spagna at its base and the Trinità dei Monti rising above. While the Spanish stairs were once a social hub where you could hang out and people-watch, we didn’t get permission for sitting on the stairs. This is part of new preservation procedures established in 2019 to ensure that the monument will be around for future generations. While you can’t stay on the steps for long, visiting this renowned sight is a must, and you can still ascend them to the summit.


Girl in front of Colosseum
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The third place on the list is the Colosseum, which is an oval amphitheater in the heart of Rome. The Colosseum, sometimes referred to as the Flavian Amphitheater, was purposefully constructed close to the Roman Forum. This makes it one of the most astoundingly well-liked tourist destinations in the nation, with over 6 million visitors annually. You must see the Colosseum if you find yourself in Rome and just like us, get mesmerized by the environment.

Trevi Fountain

Trevi fountain
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The Trevi Fountain, also known as Fontana di Trevi, was constructed in 1762 by the artist Nicola Salvi and is a must-see for anybody visiting Rome. Many people mention throwing a penny into the fountain. The narrative that supports this long-standing custom is based on the quantity of money thrown into the fountain. We did the same and also took dozen of photos as a part of collecting the memories.

Villa Borghese Gardens

Statues in the Borghese Gardens in Rome, Italy
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The Piazzale del Museo Borghese in Rome is home to the park known as the Villa Borghese Gardens. This 80-hectare property is a great place to unwind and admire some priceless Roman artwork. Renowned works of art by Raphael, Leonardo da Vinci, and Caravaggio, as well as statues like “Apollo and Daphne” by Bernini, are on show in this city’s Borghese Gallery. The Rome Zoo (Bioparco di Roma) houses 200 different species of animals. If you prefer to explore the park in this way, you can rent scooters, bicycles, and rollerblades. On my visit, I rented a scooter and roam the entire garden.


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One of my favorite parts of the city to visit is this formerly working-class neighborhood that is now a bohemian community. Spend some time roaming about – you won’t regret it! The narrow, cobblestone-lined streets and ivy-covered buildings are very gorgeous! Compared to the ancient center, this area sees far fewer tourists, giving it a much more genuine Roman vibe. Additionally, there is some extremely delicious cuisine available here. For 45 EUR, I had some delicious local food excursions.

National Roman Museum

The National Roman Museum is a collection of museums spread throughout Rome. These museums were created to house a large collection of prehistoric and early historical artifacts found during excavations in the neighboring areas. It took us about 5 to 6 hours to see all the museums. But a day spent learning about the city’s culture through the exhibits is undoubtedly worthwhile.

Orange Garden Rome

Orange Garden, one of the charming parks on Rome’s Aventine hills, spans an area of 8,000 square meters. The lush parkland complements the view, from the Tiber River to the Santa Maria and Janiculum. Orange perfume fills the lawn, creating a pleasant atmosphere for a breathtaking sunset view. There are several places to sit on the garden terrace that looks out over the Tiber River so you may unwind in the peace.

Bottom Lines

So folks this was all about my experience visiting Rome. I hope you got a fair idea of how to plan an amazing trip to the capital of Italy. So gear up, book flight tickets, book accommodation, and set up a trip to Rome.

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