The city of Rome, Lazio, Italy – center of one of the world’s greatest civilizations, center of one of the world’s greatest organized faiths; truly one of the world’s great cities. While it may seem like a crazy difficult dream vacation, a trip to Rome can actually be done on quite the budget.
1: Flights. Flights are always going to be the most expensive part of the trip, but Rome is a major city, with flights connecting to most major cities. However, if you make plans to go in January-February or November, the off-season months, you can find cheaper flights, like the AirCanada flight from Dulles International to Rome for $511 round trip. You’ll also be avoiding the rather brutal months of July, August, and September, in which Rome gets very, very hot.
2: Food. Great food at a reasonable price is not at all hard to find in Rome. Since almost certainly you won’t be eating much other than pizza and pasta, it’s worth mentioning that both can be procured deliciously, and cheaply, almost everywhere.
3: Sights. Speaking as a person who visited the Colosseum at 12 pm on a Saturday in July, I would say it’s difficult even in such over-saturated conditions to be depressed by the number of tourists. There’s just so much to see, from St. Peter’s Basilica to the Vatican Museum, to the Colosseum and the Roman Forum, to Castel St. Angelo, to the giant palace built by Mussolini. You can assume that between art museums and monuments of history, you should set aside probably about $200 dollars for these, depending on how long you intend to stay.
4: Lodgings. The Star of Rome B&B is located in the City Center, close to St. Peter’s Basilica. Refrigerator in the room, comfy mattresses, and free breakfast and WiFi, it has everything you need to help you relax after a long day of exploring. With rooms ranging from $67 to $102, it would be easy to delegate about $400 for good, convenient, and comfortable lodgings. Of course, you could stay at one of the Holiday Inns and save even more money.
5. Transport. There are street buses, trains, and a metro running through the city, all of which can be covered by the Roma Pass, and all access keycard costing 50 euro for a week and swiped as many times as need be on buses or the metro. Many great sights are right off of the metro, and the bus system will help you navigate to any smaller attractions you want to see.
So between lodging, sightseeing, and transportation, $650 has gone to the great city, with $350 left over for pizza and Barolo!