So, you want to spend a day on a budget in the Eternal City, without wasting the limited time you have here? Or may be you are just wondering how costly is your trip to Italy going to be?

In both cases, we have answers for you! Here you will find a plan for a beautiful day in the eternal city, featuring its delicious food, tasty drinks and, of course, enjoying the open-air museum that Rome is!

But before we dig into our plan, let's go through some general money saving suggestions:

Water is free
As you may know, Rome has over 2,500 small fountains (we call them "nasoni", which stands for "big nose", since their nozzle resembles a human nose). The nasoni water is fresh...and believe me: it's delicious! If you want to save money and also protect the environment from the waste of plastic, we highly suggest you to have a sip from these! Here you can find a map of the city with the placement of the nasoni. 

A nasone, one of the symbols of Rome

Enjoy the perks of the city

Rome is literally an open-air museum and Italian love to share their culture! For this reason you will find out that many monuments and most of the parks are free. Moreover, on the first sunday of the month, museums are free, including Colosseum and Roman Forum!

Moreover, besides watching monuments, there are plenty of things you can do in Rome that will not cost you a dime!

One of our favourite places: the beautiful (and free) Giardino degli Aranci

Coffee
You may be used to caffè Americano, but you're in Italy. So why not trying coffee the way Italians drink it?

A cup of espresso will cost you around 1.1 to 1.2 euros in most bars, while a cappuccino would go for an average of 1.5 to 2 euros.

Couple it with a cornetto (which is the italian word for croissant) and your delicious Italian breakfast will cost you just 3 euros!

These prices are of course those you will pay if you drink your coffee at the banco, the way Italians do. If you sit at a table, expect to be charged a multiple of those prices, especially if the bar (the Italian word for coffee shops) you are about to sit to has a special view of a square or of the city skyline.

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Cornetto & Cappuccino,
the classic italian breakfast

Street food is great!

Ok, pasta is great...but Italy is not just about pasta! The boot-shaped country has probably the best street food in the world, and Rome makes no exception.
Besides pizza (that you will find in every city of Italy), one of the most famous street food of Rome is the Trapizzino (whose name comes from a mixture of tramezzino, Italian word for sandwich, and pizza).
It's basically a triangle shaped piece of pizza bread, which you can fill with a variety of stuffings Our favourite one are pollo alla cacciatora (chicken cacciatora, cooked with herbs and winegar) an polpetta al sugo (filled with meatball cooked with tomato sauce). It costs 5€, around the same price you would pay for a panino con la porchetta, a sandwich filled with a seasoned pork meat typical of the Rome area.

The cooler it looks, the more expensive is gonna be


Ok, we know you may find this predictable, but it's also very true!
Compared to some top-notch US cities, Rome is rather cheap, but if you feel like having an aperitivo next to the Colosseum or on a rooftop in Trinità dei Monti, you're not paying just for drinks and snacks, but for the unique experience you are about to have.
Fortunately, even this rule has its exceptions.
Below you will find a list of very quaint places where you can have a drink like areal Roman, without being ripped-off!

Your 10€ Roman plan

Your day starts at 9:30 a.m. in Piazza della Repubblica

First stop is of course for your Italian breakfast: caffè & cappuccino!

Take Via Nazionale, and head towards the Altare della Patria (you will see it ahead of you).
While you enjoy the view of one of the most majestic streets
of the Eternal city, set as destination Bar Taliani or Hespresso: these are two coffee shops located one next to the other.

They bothmake a good coffe and have delicious cornettos and other delights. For a caffè & cappuccino you can expect to pay around of € 2.5.


This is why we recommend you Taliani

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Next, go to a grocery store (you can find a Conad store in Via dei Serpenti) and buy a panino with prosciutto crudo di Norcia and ricotta, which is a cruncy sandwich with the typical ham and cheese from the Lazio area.
This is the typical non-pasta based Italian quick lunch. You can expect to pay around 2,5-4,5€ for this kind of panino.

Once you’re done, head to Piazza della Madonna dei Monti, one of our favourite places in Rome, cozy and relaxing.

 

Piazza della Madonna dei Monti and Woody Allen stretching in it

At this point, our suggestion is to take your time to wander in the Monti area, which is very beautiful and has some hidden and very impressive spots…just take a walk and wander around.

Afterwards, you can go back to the Piazzetta and then head to Colosseum, which is a 5 minutes walk away. Have a walk around the beautiful monument and take Via dei Fori Imperiali, direction Piazza Venezia. Here you can admire the beautiful Altare della Patria (Altair of the Homeland, also known as Vittoriano, because it is a monument to the king of Italy Vittorio Emanuele II).

 

When you have finished admiring the Vittoriano, take Via del Corso, where you can watch the shops and arrive to Piazza del Popolo.
Set as destination Pincio terrace and have a pic-nick in the beautiful park of Villa Borghese.
At this point, you might be tired for the walk, so why not having a sit and enjoying the quitness and the parfums of the park?
Take a rest, and when you are recharged, walk to Trinità dei Monti (5 minutes walk distance) and have a selfie up the Spanish Steps.