Rome, Italy


Rome On A Backpacking Budget

The eternal city of Rome offers an array of activities, ancient ruins and accommodation for the budget savvy traveler. Visiting Rome on a backpacking budget is an adventure I recommend for anyone who doesn’t have a lot of money and wants to immerse themselves into Roman culture. With a little planning and preparation you can have a great time in ancient Rome and not break the bank.

Rome has plenty of affordable accommodation and a bed can be procured quite easily most days. That being said, I would look a few days out during the high season just to check and see where the price per night is. It can vary widely during the busier summer months.


Exploring Rome

Rome is great for budget travelers because of it’s unique ancient history that is all over the city and can be enjoyed mostly for free. Things like the Colosseum and the Roman Forum take a fee to enter, but you can see them from the outside and other monuments such as Trevi Fountain for free.

A couple other free activities you can do while out exploring the city are visiting the Trastevere neighborhood and soak up it’s vibrant and unique atmosphere. A great free activity that is uniquely Roman. You can also hang out at Piazza Navona. Piazza Navona offers monuments, street performers, artists and plenty of tourists and Italians enjoying life and the lovely scenery surrounding them.


Rome Was Made For Backpackers

With most the city accessible by foot or a short bus, tram or train ride, it is a great place to explore and discover. I recommend staying at least 3 days to really see and soak up what the eternal city has to offer. The trains, trams and buses cost 1 Euro 50 and is valid for 100 minutes. If you’re staying longer and plan on riding public transport more you can purchase a 7 day metro and buss pass for 24 Euro.

I try and stay close to Termini Station when I’m in town. There are plenty of affordable hostels within walking distance and also tons of affordable food. You never have to walk too far for something good to eat around Termini. Pizza, classic Italian, Indian and American food is everywhere and there’s all kinds of different cuisine for any kind of budget. I’ve never went hungry while in Rome and you shouldn’t either.

When In Rome

 Visiting Rome on a backpacking budget was a lifelong dream of mine and brought such a feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction that I hope anyone who has dreamt of visiting Rome can and does. It’s definitely doable on a budget and I hope this article gives you a little insight on how it can be done. If you have any questions or comments about independent world travel or this article, please leave them in the comment section below.