One of the most popular European cities to visit, Rome became one of the major tourist spots on the continent. This popularity led to higher prices.
Still, it is possible to explore Rome in 3 days spending just 150 euros or less.
Find out how you can do that.
3 days in Rome for €150. Tourist Prices
I’ve already proved that it is possible to spend a day in any city very cheap. In the first post of the series ‘1 day for €50’, I proved that it is possible to visit Paris spending just 50 Euros per day, and I found the way to spend 2 days in Valencia for 18 euros.
Here, I will give you three options to spend 3 days in Rome for €150: backpacker option, visit the most option and the comfort option. I don’t like giving a step-by-step guide, as planning every minute of your trip makes it too predictable and boring. Instead, I will tell about several places to visit and things to do in Rome, and you will be free to choose the order.
You don’t have to visit the main attractions of the Italian capital, as the city is like an open-air museum with lots of beauty outside. So, let’s start.
Prices of Attractions in Rome
Many Roman attractions are outdoor ones, so they are free. Still, you want to visit some of the popular places of interest like the Colosseum, Vatican museum with the famous Sistine Chapel, Sant’Angelo Castle, and some other attractions (I will have a separate article of all Roman attractions later).
Here is a table of prices of the most typical and some lesser-known attractions in Rome. Further, you can find out, which places are free to visit.
Borghese Museum and Gallery
Without entering the St. Peter’s Basilica, you can come close to it and walk around Vatican for free. Colosseum and Castel Sant’Angelo are also very impressive from the outside, so it may be enough for you just to see them. If you have just one day in Rome, you better don’t visit Colosseum, or take a guided tour to avoid the long line. Below are some more tips and free places to visit in Rome.
Free Attractions in Rome
You can take pictures and sit on the Spanish Steps, take pictures at the Trevi Fountain, as well as enter the Parthenon for free. Most of the numerous Roman churches are also free. Obviously, the famous bridges like Ponte Vittorio Emanuele II and Ponte Sant’Angelo, as well as the well-known squares like Piazza Navona and Piazza Venezia with the monumental Altare della Patria don’t charge anything too.
Food Prices in Rome
Second category of expenses in Rome is food. You might want to have a meal with a view to the Altare della Patria or Colosseum (I don’t recommend to do that, as the food there may be very expensive and have a low quality, find out more tips to travel the world cheap), or cook pasta and drink wine on the balcony of the apartment, where you stay.
If you are a vegan, here is what vegan food you can find in Italy.
So, here are the Roman restaurant and supermarket prices.
Dinner in a Mid-Range Restaurant
Pizza to go
House wine (0,5L)
Chicken Breast (kg)
Local Cheese (kg)
Apples, oranges (kg)
I recommend trying supli – breaded riceballs with cheese inside. One supli costs just 1-2 euros in a restaurant, 3 of them are enough for a meal. House wine costs sometimes even 2 euros for 0,5l, and it is really good.
Best district to find a good restaurant is Trastevere, on the other side of the river from the most typical Roman attractions. It is a very pleasant place to spend an evening, walk and have a meal. The prices there are lower, the food is better, and there are less tourists.
Transportation Prices in Rome
If you live not too far from the city center, you will probably not need any public transport. You just don’t want to miss any of the beautiful streets, churches, and popular attractions. Still, if you want to get somewhere far, or if you live far from the center, think of the following options:
Transportation in Rome
Train from airport to city center
Ticket to public transport
Rome Pass for 3 days
24h Public Transport Pass
72h Public Transport Pass
Rome Pass allows you to visit the first two museums for free, and then get a discount for the next ones, it also includes public transportation and entrance to various events and performances. With a public transport pass, you can use any of the city’s public transport.
Roman Accommodation Prices
Accommodation in Rome can be very inexpensive. There are many hotels, hostels and apartments close to the Termini train station, where you will get by bus or train from any of the airports, with very low prices. You can stay in Rome for just 16 euros with breakfast, and don’t spend money on public transport, as the city center is close.
Here are the accommodation prices in Rome in 2 months from the moment of the article publication for a night from Friday to Saturday.
Cheapest option for 1 person
Cheapest option for 1 person with central location and 7+ rating (with breakfast)
Cheapest 3-star hotel room for 2 with central location and 7+ rating
Cheapest 5-star hotel room for 2 with central location and 9+ rating
I’ve been to Rome twice, and both times I stayed in an apartment from Airbnb (Here is a link that you can use to get 24 Euros off your first booking), because it was cheaper and better.
How to Spend 3 Days in Rome for €150. 3 Options
Now, knowing the tourist prices in Rome, we can check, how you can spend 3 days Rome for €150.
If you are a backpacker trying to save money and visit new places as cheap as possible, here is what you can do in Rome.
You can stay in a hostel close to Termini train station for 16 euros with breakfast, visit most of the free attractions in Rome and walking around the city. For lunch, you can buy a pizza to go somewhere near the Piazza Navona and sit near the fountain with great monumental buildings around you. For dinner, cook some pasta and try local wine bought in the nearest supermarket, which would cost around 5 euros in total.
Second day can be similar. You can make a sandwich in your hostel to take with you for lunch, and have a dinner in the Trastevere district for 10 Euros. As for attractions, you can visit Vatican museum for 16 euros (if you’re a student, it is just 4 euros for you).
For the third day, you can go to Colosseum and take a walk in the surrounding area, have a lunch in a nice restaurant in the center for 15 euros (or just always eat sandwiches and cook for yourself), and make a sandwich for your way back home.
Total cost of 3 days in Rome: 32 euros for accommodation + 4-16 euros for attractions + 15-40 euros for food + 3 euros for transportation = 54-91 euros for 3 days in Rome.
‘Visit the Most’ Option
Here, we will take a hotel for 2 close to the city center with breakfast included, and a Rome city pass to enter 2 most expensive attractions gratis. In addition, we will have 3 dinners in a restaurant (15 euros per person) and sandwiches for lunch.
Total cost of 3 days in Rome: 58 euros for accommodation + 55 euros for food +36 euros for Rome 3-day city pass = 149 Euros in Rome for 3 days.
Here, there will be no hurry to visit all of the attractions, it is an option for people, who prefer to relax and enjoy their time in such a beautiful city as Rome. Only one paid attraction will be included: 12 euros for Colosseum, but it will also include a bus city tour for 25 euros. Same amount of money for food.
Total cost of 3 days in Rome: 58 euros for accommodation + 55 euros for food + 37 euros for attractions = 150 euros for 3 days in Rome.
So, it was a full overview of the prices in Rome and the three ways to explore Rome in 3 days with different preferences. As you can see, you can visit the Eternal city spending just 54 euros for 3 days. Next post at the same time in a week. Read also about unusual attractions in Berlin and travel more!
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