With its historic monuments, priceless artwork, and sunny weather, Rome is one of the world's premiere travel destinations. However, you don't have to be wealthy to plan a memorable visit.
There are plenty of ways to shave expenses off costs for flights, accommodations, and dining. If you're frugal, you can visit the Eternal City without emptying your bank account.
There are a variety of "travel hacks" you can use to make a trip to Rome less expensive. Here are five ways to save money:
If you plan to tour museums, you can save money with a Roma Pass. At a cost of 38.50 Euros, a 72-hour Roma Pass gives tourists free admission to two museums or archeological sites of their choice and free use of public transportation. It also provides discounts for certain events and exhibitions.
For 28 Euros, a 48-hour Roma Pass gives you free access to one museum or exhibition and free use of the public transportation system. More information is available online at the Roma Pass website.
Booking a cheap flight to Rome can be difficult, since airfares change quickly. The key is to do some research so you'll recognize a bargain when you see it and be ready to book your trip. USA Today notes that there are websites that allow you to set up airfare alerts by email. To improve your chances of finding the lowest fare, sign up with more than one website.
If you plan to travel to Rome from another European country, Triphckr recommends using budget carriers such as EasyJet and Ryanair. They may offer flights that are much cheaper than larger airlines.
There are plenty of hotel reservation websites you can use to compare accommodations in Rome. Many use a star rating system to measure quality. USA Today suggests that you avoid flight, hotel, and transportation packages online. They may be expensive and involve hidden costs.
Try to strike a good balance between price and convenience when looking for accommodations. Cheaper hotels often are farther from main attractions. However, if you like to walk or use public transit, this could be your best bet.
For the adventurous traveler, Couchsurfing.com enables you to connect online with local residents who are willing to rent you a room in their home for a modest fee.
Another way to save money is to stay at a hostel, where guests typically rent bunk beds in dormitory settings. If privacy is important to you, this may not be appealing, but it's a great way to meet people from around the world while saving money.
No matter how you get there, where you eat, or which accommodations you choose, a visit to Rome is always special. Enjoy your time in the Eternal City.