How to visit Rome on the cheap
We’ve been back from our amazing trip to Rome, Italy for 21 days. For an anxiety driven person that’s long enough to understand that I did not get Ebola while riding the trains, buses, and subways while over there. Whew! Yes, I was worried about that. We had an amazing trip. We saw things that were built before Christ was even born. There’s very little here in America that’s been around that long. There’s such rich history and incredible architecture to be seen here.
Here’s how we visited Rome, Italy on the cheap.
Our first thing we did was purchase our tickets (6 months) ahead of time and book our hotel. We went through a travel agent and did this. We did purchase insurance because in this day and age you just never know what could be around the corner. Insurance, so that if we had a bad storm and couldn’t fly out, we were okay. If a volcano erupted and stopped flights in or out we would get another flight another day. Get the insurance you never know when you might need it.
After we purchased our tickets we bought Rick Steves Italy 2015 (well we actually bought the 2014 book). This book we took everywhere we went. It gave us the confidence to take one taxi when we first arrived to get to the hotel. The rest of the time we rode the bus, subway and train. Rick recommends a lot of things that were spot on. We bought Roma passes and Omnia passes because of him. That allowed us to walk right in the Vatican(while there was a huge line waiting to get in) and then got us into 2 other museums for that price. It also gave us one of those double-decker open air buses for us to ride around the city and go from one museum to another. It was fabulous. The thing about these passes is that they are good for 3 days in a row. So after you use it one time you have 2 more days to finish using it. Since we weren’t with any formal touring companies this worked perfect for us. My mom had been on those formal tours in the past and she wasn’t a fan. She felt rushed everywhere they went, they had bad food and were not able to see what they wanted to see. So we did it all ourselves and had a blast and ate amazing food.
Make no mistake we walked 8-10 miles each and every day. And it was worth it. I’ve had so many people tell me they’d never do that. You are missing out on the trip of a lifetime. It was so incredible. Those 8-10 miles were so worth it. Our hotel gave us a map that we used to get us around the city. The lady at the front desk also helped us understand the subway system. My son used that map to get us everywhere. We’d walk to the subway and take it to the next tourist spot. He had never been on a subway and neither had I. He was a great navigator. Our hotel was 2 blocks from the subway. We did that on purpose too. It made a huge difference. We were always able to get to our destination and back without any problems.
Check back next week as I begin to write about each of the famous locations, food and people we saw and went to! My next segment is How to Eat on the Cheap in Italy. Check out my article on the views of the Coliseum.