Rome Sightseeing on A Budget

When you think of Rome it’s doubtful that the first thing you think of is its value for money but it is possible to see Italy’s capital on a limited budget. Here are some top tips for seeing the best sights, experience the local traditions and enjoy the delicious local food without breaking the bank.

The Trevi Fountain

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The Trevi Fountain is one of the most famous attractions in Rome and well worth a visit. The largest Baroque fountain in the city depicts a scene of Neptune, god of the sea, flanked by 2 Tritons which symbolize the ever contrasting moods of the sea. To view the fountain is of course completely free and should you wish to partake in a Roman tradition you can spend a couple of cents by throwing them into the fountain. Legend has it that one coin thrown into the fountain will guarantee a return visit to the city, two coins will lead to a new relationship and three coins could lead to either a marriage or a divorce. A stunning sight in the city that if legends are true could bring you more than you bargained for!

Scale the Spanish Steps

Rome sightseeing attraction - Spanish stepsThe Scalinata di Spagna or Spanish Steps connect the Piazza di Spagna to the Trinita dei Monti, constructed in the 18th Century, the ramps and steps are a feat of engineering that have become a very popular tourist attraction in the city. For a budget friendly afternoon, climb the steps to enjoy the fantastic view of the city below, once you get back to the bottom there are many fantastic bars and restaurants where you can enjoy a coffee or two and watch the world go by. The Steps can get very busy at peak times of day, so if crowds aren’t your thing visit the attraction around sunset when it will not only be quieter but will add to the stunning view you get from the top.

Great local food

Italian cuisine is amongst the best in the world and the locals love of wholesome, fresh food means you won’t have any trouble finding somewhere cheap and tasty to eat. Some of the best trattorias can be found in the side streets around Piazza Navona and Campo de Fiori and they are excellent value for money as well as offering delicious local cuisine. Another great culinary experience in Rome is to visit a geleteria, offering the regional version of ice cream you can enjoy delicious flavours such as fizzy lemon sorbet whilst cooling down in the Italian sun.

This post has been written by travel blogger Rebecca Kelly of – A place for experts from Madrid to New York.

Written by under Attractions, Europe Vacation, Top Destinations.


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