“Time is the most valuable thing a man can spend.” - Theophrastus
Whether you’re going to learn Italian, spending a couple of days to seeing Rome’s historical sites, or exploring the history of the city by visiting absolutely everything it has to offer, it’ll cost you and you’ll need to budget for it.
Rome is the capital of the Eurozone’s third-largest economy, Italy. The cost of living in Italy is around 21% cheaper than it is in New York. That said, it doesn’t mean that it’s cheap.
While it’s cheaper than London, it doesn’t mean that it’s cheap. Capital cities always tend to be quite expensive, after all.
In this article, we're going to see how much flights, accommodation, dining out, and visiting tourist attractions will cost you.
How Much Does It Cost to Get to Rome?
Before you go to the “Eternal City”, you’ll need to compare flights.
Skyscanner is a good site for finding the best flights. It’s really useful if you’re flexible on the dates. You can search for flights to Rome from any airport in the UK and you can even search for flights during an entire month. This is a great way to find affordable flights.
You’ll see that there are some cheap flights available to Rome, even in the high season. Even if you get flights at the last minute, you can get flights for as cheap £40 from London. Of course, it’s easier to choose the dates and get cheap flights if you book in advance.
This is because several low-cost airlines are operating between the UK and Rome. This is good news for anyone going to Rome, but not great for the environment...
Keep in mind that while the cost of flights is quite low, there are usually a few fees and extras you’ll need to pay for. This is because the low-cost airlines will charge you for your seat, hold luggage, and any extras on-board. This can up the cost of flights to closer to £60.
If you can’t go for the weekend, it’ll cost you more to go for longer. You need to be flexible on dates to benefit from the cheap flights. Similarly, you need to buy them well in advance if you want to pay less than £100.
Find out more about visiting Rome.
The Cost of Accommodation in Rome
Once you’ve landed in Rome Fiumicino airport, you’re going to have to pay to get from the airport to the city. You’ll then have to get to your accommodation. It costs around £12 to get the Leonardo Express train to the centre of Rome from the airport. Some buses take you to the Rome Termini station for around £4.
We recommend getting your accommodation before you arrive so you can drop your bags off. This is particularly important if you’re only staying for the weekend.
There are plenty of different types of accommodation available in Rome:
- Youth Hostels
- Bed and Breakfasts
Couchsurfing is the cheapest option since it’s free! It’s simple; you just sign up to the platform, find a host, and you can stay there for free. This is a great way to meet locals, learn some of the language, and find out more about the city.
There are several campsites around Rome but these are outside of the city centre. You could always get an electric bike to get you in and out of the city rather than taking the bus.
You can pay as little as £15 per night in a youth hostel if you’re happy to stay in dorms.
This means you can stay closer to the city’s best sights - the Colosseum, the Sistine Chapel, the Pantheon, the Spanish Steps, the Piazza Navona, St Peter’s Basilica, the Vatican Museum, the Trevi Fountain, etc.
Finally, Airbnbs are some of the most comfortable accommodation available and you can rent out an entire flat in the city centre. Some go for as little as £20 a night but generally, you’ll pay between £35 and £40 a night for accommodation a few minutes outside of the city centre.
Find out more about Rome's different neighbourhoods.
How Much Does it Cost to Dine in Rome?
You can very easily find yourself spending a lot of money on food in Rome given how many great places there are to eat in the centre and neighbourhoods like Trastevere.
The cost will vary according to what you want to eat and whether you eat cheap pizzas or go to nice restaurants, for example. Generally, the cost of food is cheaper than in the UK.
You can spend anywhere between £25 and £50 for dinner in Rome or around £20 for lunch. If you spend a week in Rome, you’ll find that this all adds up. £175 for a week if you spend £25 per day or £350 if you dine out twice per day! £280 a week if you’re spending £40 per meal or £560 if you’re dining twice a day.
Additionally, after a day of visiting the sights, you might fancy getting authentic Italian ice cream.
“Gelato” is Italian for ice cream.
You can get a cornet for as little as £3. Don’t put too much trust in online reviews. Sometimes you’ll end up with a nasty surprise. Have a look for places that are sort of busy with a menu with the prices on.
Find out more about how long you should spend in Rome.
How Much Does it Cost to Visit Rome?
Rome is home to Etruscan and Roman ruins, the Vatican, and over 2,000 fountains. If you want to see them all, you’ll need to dip into your pockets.
Tourist attractions will probably be the second largest expenditure in your budget after accommodation. Rome is effectively an open-air museum. There are ruins dating back to the Roman Empire such as the Roman Forum, the Colosseum, the Baths of Caracalla, the Circus Maximus, etc., Renaissance monuments such as the basilicas and buildings in the Vatican, fountains, and the Villa Borghese, for example.
You couldn’t mention them all in a single breath. Of course, you’ll have to pay to visit a lot of these, too. To save money, you might want to consider getting cards that offer access to different monuments, queue jumps, and discounted entry to other places.
The Roma Pass, for example, is available for either 48 or 72 at a cost of €28 or €38.50. You can find plenty of information about visiting different tourist attractions online.
We recommend that you put together a detailed plan of where to go, especially if you’re not going to have WiFi or if your phone battery runs out.
Here are the prices for some of the most popular sites:
- Colosseum: €12
- The Vatican Museum: €16
- St Peter’s Basilica: €8 (lift), €6 (stairs)
- Baths of Caracalla: €8
- The Sistine Chapel: €16
- Roman Forum: €12
By visiting these six monuments, you’ve already spent more than the Roma City Pass for 1 day.
You can get the following passes for Rome:
- Omnia Vatican and the Hop On Hop Off bus: €113
- Roma City Pass: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, or 7 days: €64.90-€119.90.
- Roma Pass: €28 for 48 hours, €38.50 for 72 hours.
A pass is a great way to save money when visiting Rome.
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Now you know a bit more about the Italian capital and spending some time there. If you want to learn more about the Italian language, consider getting in touch with one of the many talented Italian tutors on Superprof!
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Face-to-face tutorials are between the tutor and the student and are the most cost-effective type of tutorials available. This is because your tutor spends every minute of the lesson focusing on you and the lessons and course are tailored to you.
Online tutorials are similar to face-to-face tutorials but take place remotely thanks to the internet. If you have a webcam, mic, and a decent internet connection, you can learn Italian online. Since the tutor doesn't have to travel and can schedule more tutorials per week, they can charge less per hour.
Finally, group tutorials are useful if you're on a budget. Since multiple students are paying for the tutor's time and expertise, each student tends to pay less per hour. If you and some friends are wanting to learn Italian on a budget, group tutorials might be a perfect choice. Of course, you'll get less individual attention from your tutor.
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