Compared to other top-notch cities, Rome is not expensive. However, like any other touristic cities, some attention must be made to not waste money in touristic low value expenses.

Let’s go then through some general money saving suggestions, that will allow you to do more stuff and get the most of your trip, not wasting your money with avoidable expenses.

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!

Villa Borghese, Giardino degli Aranci, Monti, Via dei Fori Imperiali and Trastevere are just a few of the many place you can visit without having to spend a penny!

One of our favourite places: the beautiful (and free) Giardino degli Aranci, where you can have one of the most beautiful views of the city

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.

Cornetto & Cappuccino, the classic italian breakfast

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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 a triangle shaped puffy bread sandwich, and pizza). It’s basically a triangle shaped piece of pizza bread, which you can fill with a variety of stuffings. Our favourite ones are pollo alla cacciatora (chicken cacciatora, cooked with herbs and vinegar) and polpetta al sugo (filled with meatball cooked with tomato sauce). It costs 5€, more or less the price that 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 it 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.

If you enjoyed this content, give also a look to our 20€ budget beautiful Roman day plan