Rome. An Italian city that travels through time, and showcases the remnants of one of the world’s greatest empires. It’s a special moment when you’re walking down the cobble-stone sidewalk, with the colosseum in the distance, knowing you are walking through history; on the same road that emperors and gladiators took to the Roman empire’s hub of entertainment.
What was once the world’s largest city, is now a tourist playground filled with great food, a lively night life, and rich history. It’s no wonder why Rome is at the very top of most people’s bucket list. Too many people miss out on experiencing the Eternal City because of the presumed price tag. I want to change that.
I have included in this guide flights, accommodations, activities, food, and transportation for a week in Rome for under $1000. I’m not a special person that gets special deals, or a travel agent. I’m just a flexible traveler who isn’t picky about where I sleep, and wants to see the world. If you know where to look and willing to make some comfort sacrifices, you,too, can see the world on a dime!
This is an actual trip you can go book yourself for September 3rd, 2018-September 10th, 2018 from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. This will include all flights, accommodations, activities, food, and transportation. As with Paris, some of Rome’s coolest sights are completely free to visit, so once you get there, your largest expense is going to be food. Flights first, though:
Rome Flight: Norwegian.com
Norwegian is my go-to sight whenever booking flights to Europe. It’s not the best if you need to land in smaller airports, but if you’re traveling to a big city, it usually has the best deals. Keep in mind that you will have to pay extra if you plan on taking a checked bag, so save yourself some money and the pain of dragging around luggage, and pack lightly.
This flight departs on September 3rd, 2018 from Fort-Lauderdale, Florida and arrives in Rome’s Fiumicino Airport.
Round-Trip Flight Total: $587.70
Rome Accommodations: Booking.com
We like using booking.com to make our reservations because of it’s advanced filter options. It allows us to order by cheapest first, and then by distance from city center. If you use this link to book, we both get a $25 credit after your first stay! This hostel is only $126 for the week and though most hostels at this price point can be a little sketchy, this hostel has 1,700 reviews that say it’s amazing!
Accommodations Total: $126.00
In Rome, you’re going to be relying on some public transport to get around. For the places you can’t walk to, you can buy a week pass for the bus and metro system (called CIS) for 24 euro or roughly $30 USD.
Transportation Total: $30
Italy is known for absolutely delicious food and Rome will not disappoint! Italians traditionally have small breakfast consisting of a croissant, and a cappuccino. You can find that for about 5 bucks in a nearby coffee shop. For lunch, you can always score a panino (panini is the plural form) for around 8 euro, but here’s a pro-tip: Buy lunch at the grocery store and splurge on dinner. Italy’s dinner scene is much more diverse, and delicious. By saving on lunch you’re still able to experience the glory of Italian food, without breaking the bank. The key to staying in budget is balance. Save on the things you don’t care for, to have the resources for the really special experiences.
Food Estimate: $25/day or $175/week
The Colosseum is a landmark recognized around the world, and very likely near the top of your bucket list with good reason! It’s beautiful exterior masks a violent history filled with bloodshed. For over 390 years the colosseum was used for entertainment, showcasing theatrical works, and gladiator battles. Historians estimate that over 400,000 people, and over a million animals were killed in its walls. Despite its violent history, the colosseum is beautiful astonishingly well kept for a 2000 year-old building. You absolutely cannot miss it!
Vatican-$46 with Tour Guide
The Vatican is by far the most incredible place we saw in Rome. If there is one regret we have about our trip is not spending more time here. The price a bit steep, but believe me when I tell you it’s worth it. In the price, I’ve included the cost of a 3 hour group tour of The Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica. You can go into the Vatican without a tour for about $22, but personally I would have been completely lost without the tour which is why I’ve deemed it a necessary expense.
Roman Forum- Free
The Roman Forum is included in the price to the colosseum, and is a continuation of what is left of the Roman Empire. Though not nearly as impressive as the colosseum, it’s definitely worth checking out.
Trevi Fountain- Free
Nestled in the middle of a quaint corner street in Rome, you will find this beautifully sculpted fountain. The Trevi fountain is the largest fountain in the city, and one of the most famous fountains in the world. Don’t forget to throw a coin with your right hand, over your left shoulder into the fountain! Legend has it that it will guarantee your return to Rome in the future.
The Pantheon is a true feat of architecture, and and just SO COOL to visit. It is almost 2000 years old, and is the best preserved building of all of Ancient Rome. Originally created as a Temple to worship all of the Gods, the Pantheon is now a church dedicated to St. Mary of the Martyrs. It’s completely free to enter, and there isn’t even a line to get in.
Rome’s Spanish Steps- Free
I’ve included the Spanish steps in this list because it’s known for being in many famous movies and is completely free to visit. Personally, they just looked like a bunch of normal stairs to me, but if you know of a special significance, please tell me in the comments below!
Altare della Patria- Free
When we were walking through Rome, we stumbled upon the building and were instantly curious about its significance. It’s HUGE! Well, this building is Rome’s Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, as well as a shrine to Victor Emmanuel. The king known for unifying Italy.
Attractions total: $60
Grand Total: $978.70
There you have it, folks! Rome for under $1000.
If you want to read about our favorite city in Italy, click here. And remember: Travel Changes you. It turns you into a storyteller, and broadens your horizons. Make this the year where you stop making excuses and get out there.
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