Budget Rome



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Rome may be full of expensive museums, historical sites, and restaurants, but that doesn't mean you can't explore the history of this incredible city. Finding the free admission and tours, the family-owned restaurants, and the lesser-known landmarks is the way to experience the ancient feel of Rome without emptying your pocket.

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Day 1 - Rome


For its perfect central location, the Hotel Parlamento is surprisingly inexpensive. Rooms aren't huge but are clean and quiet (requesting a quiet room is your best bet), and there is outstanding service and delicious breakfast included. Best of all, many of the best landmarks are within 15 minutes walking distance. Begin with an afternoon walk around one of Rome's most beautiful gardens in the grounds surrounding the Villa Borghese, which overlook the Piazza del Popolo. Walk down to the Piazza, where there are churches on all 4 corners, including the Santa Maria del Popolo, which charge no admission and feature works from Michelangelo, Bernini, and Caravaggio. Have fresh fish pastas and soups at nearby L'Antico Porto, famed for its seafood.


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Villa Borghese

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Location:

piazzale del Museo Borghese 5
00196 Rome, Italy

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tel: +39 6 48 8991 (Tourist Information)
fax: +39 6 481 9316 (Tourism Board)
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Santa Maria del Popolo

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Location:

via del Popolo 12
00187 Rome, Italy

Contact:

tel: +39 6 48 8991 (Tourist Information)
fax: +39 6 481 9316 (Tourism Board)


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L''antico Porto

Location:

via Federico Cesi 36
00193 Rome, Italy

Contact:

tel: 39 063233661


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Hotel Parlamento

Location:

Via delle Convertite 5
At the intersection w/Via del Corso
00187 Rome, Italy

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tel: 06-69921000
fax: 06-69921000
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Day 2 - Rome


In the morning, take a walk around the exterior and the grounds of the Castel Sant'Angelo, a mausoleum and a former Pope's refuge. Share huge pizzas or plates of pasta for lunch at an outside table at the homey and inexpensive L'Archetto. A visit to St. Peter's Square, which features the Vatican obelisk as the center of a massive sundial, is free, and free admission and tours of the Basilica are given by missionaries during the week that begin at several different times during the day at the tourist information office right outside on the square. Have a classic Abruzzi dinner and wine at Tre Pupazzi, a family-style restaurant in a historic old building.


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Castel Sant'Angelo

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Location:

Lungotevere Castello 50
Near Vatican City
00193 Rome, Italy

Contact:

tel: +39 6 328 691
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L'Archetto

Location:

via Germanico 105
00192 Rome, Italy

Contact:

tel: 39 6 323 1163


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Basilica di San Pietro (St. Peter's Basilica)

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Location:

piazza San Pietro
Piazza San Pietro
00193 Rome, Italy

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tel: +39 (0)6 48 8991 (Tourist Information)
fax: +39 (0)6 481 9316 (Tourism Board)
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Piazza San Pietro

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Location:

piazza San Pietro
00193 Rome, Italy

Contact:

tel: +39 6 48 8991 (Tourist Information)
fax: +39 6 481 9316 (Tourism Board)


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Obelisco Vaticano

Location:

piazza San Pietro
00193 Rome, Italy

Contact:

tel: +39 6 48 8991 (Tourist Information)
fax: +39 6 481 9316 (Tourism Board)
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Tre Pupazzi

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Location:

via dei Tre Pupazzi 1
00193 Rome, Italy

Contact:

tel: 39 6 686 8371


Day 3 - Rome


Head to the southeast side of the city center in the morning to wander around Trajan's impressive ancient market (forum) and column, which has Trajan's victory carved in fine detail into the stone. Share a huge and cheap but good pizza at Alle Carrette for lunch. Admission is charged to enter the Colosseum, but you can walk around the perimeter and around the nearby Arco di Constantino, one of Rome's most important victory arches, for free. Much of the nearby Roman Forum is also still free to explore. Feast on antipasti and sample the great Italian wine collection at Cavour enoteca to end your day.


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Markets of Trajan

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Location:

via 4 Novembre 94
00187 Rome, Italy

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tel: +39 6 679 0048
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Colonna Traiana

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Location:

vicolo di San Bernardo
00187 Rome, Italy


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Alle Carrette

Location:

via della Madonna dei Monti 95
00184 Rome, Italy

Contact:

tel: 39 6 679 2770


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The Colosseum (Colosseo)

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Location:

Piazza del Colosseo
Piazzale del Colosseo, Via dei Fori Imperiali
00184 Rome, Italy

Contact:

tel: +39 6 700 4261 / +39 6 700 5469
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Arco di Costantino

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Location:

via San Gregorio
Piazza del Colosseo
00184 Rome, Italy

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tel: +39 6 48 8991 (Tourist Information)
fax: +39 6 481 9316 (Tourism Board)
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Roman Forum

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Location:

Via Romolo Artioli
00186 Rome, Italy

Contact:

tel: +39 06 3996 7700
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Cavour 313

Location:

313 Via Cavour
00184 Rome, Italy

Contact:

tel: 39 066785496


Day 4 - Rome


Walk by the Portico d'Ottavia, built over 2000 years ago, on your journey through the Jewish Ghetto. Part of Rome's lesser-known history, this was the place where Jews were confined for hundreds of years, and is now a sophisticated and trendy neighborhood. Have lunch at the classic and homey Sora Margherita. Spend the afternoon getting lost in the narrow alleys and streets of the quaint Trastevere neighborhood, full of medieval-age houses and buildings. The Santa Maria in Trastevere is never crowded, and is a beautiful and peaceful little church. Eat dinner at Da Augusto in Trastevere, an exciting and authentic trattoria.


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Portico d'Ottavia

Location:

via del Portico d'Ottavia
00186 Rome, Italy

Contact:

tel: +39 6 48 8991 (Tourist Information)
fax: +39 6 481 9316


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Ghetto (Il)

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Location:

via del Portico d'Ottavia
Sant'Angelo (Area 1)
00186 Rome, Italy

Contact:

tel: +39 (0)6 48 8991 (Romaturismo)


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Sora Margherita

Location:

piazza delle Cinque Scole 30
00186 Rome, Italy

Contact:

tel: 39 6 686 4002


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Trastevere

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Location:

Viale di Trastevere
00153 Rome, Italy

Contact:

tel: +39 06 060 608(Tourist Information)
fax: +39 (0)6 481 9316 (Roma Tourismo)


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Santa Maria in Trastevere

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Location:

via della Paglia 14
Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere
00153 Rome, Italy

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tel: +39 6 581 4802
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Da Augusto

Location:

piazza de' Renzi 15
00153 Rome, Italy

Contact:

tel: 39 6 580 3798


Day 5 - Rome


On your last day, tour the Pantheon in the morning, the breathtaking temple to the gods. Have lunch before leaving town at the Armando al Pantheon, whose very superb, very local cuisine is the perfect goodbye to Rome.


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The Pantheon

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Location:

piazza della Rotonda
Piazza della Rotonda
00186 Rome, Italy

Contact:

tel: +39 6 6830 0230
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Armando al Pantheon

Location:

31 Salita de' Crescenzi
00186 Rome, Italy

Contact:

tel: 39 06 6880 3034
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