Top 10 Budget Traveler Must-Dos in Rome

Drink local

When in Rome, do as the Romans do. And this includes drinking the delicious, cheap local Italian wine. It’s under $10 per bottle even in restaurants!

The restaurant wine (or table wine) tends to be a high quality blend, and is usually a semi-dry red, though if you prefer something else you should feel free to ask.

Watch the sunset in Gianicolo

While the hike up to Gianicolo hill may seem a bit steep (especially for anyone who has been doing nothing but chowing on pasta and vino the past week), but it is so worth it. It is the best sunset in the city, and more of a local scene than a tourist hotspot.

With a beautiful fountain gurgling behind you, and comfy benches to sit and take in the scene, all you need to do is bring some snacks and a bottle of wine. Don’t forget the opener, and take in the most stunning sunset in Rome in style.

Get a hop-on hop-off bus pass

The bus passes are so much cheaper than constantly hailing taxis, and the stops are conveniently located everywhere you’ll want to go. Many tour companies and agencies will offer their own hop-on hop-off buses, make sure to check how frequently they make the rounds. A good wait time is between 15 and 30 minutes, and the bus should connect to a metro stop to make it easy for you to get home.

Aside from the obvious transportation benefits, an added bonus is the for-free commentary – just bring a set of headphones and listen to the provided audio tour. You don’t need to pay a guide when you can get it for free on your bus!

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