In today´s day and age, with the economic crisis that we´re going through, people don´t want to spend a lot of money. Despite the terrible situation that we´re going through, few of us give up on holidays, even if it´s just a weekend. In these cases, you have to be careful with how much money you spend to make the most of a few relaxing days. If you were thinking of going on an escapade to Rome, here are 10 things that you can do in the Eternal City with a budget of just 10 euros:
Roma from the heights
With over 400 ft tall, Michelangelo´s dome in the basilica of St Peter is the perfect place to enjoy a great view of the city. There are two ways of going up: comfortably in an elevator paying 7€ or going up 551 steps and paying 5.
Leave aside the city chaos to enter the Ancient Rome that not everyone knows about: the ruins of Ostia Antica, which are 20 minutes away from the centre by Metro, getting off at the Ostiense stop. With just 6.50€ you can discover the biggest archeological complex in the Lazio region, named as one of the most important archeological sites in the world by UNESCO.
Museo Nazionale Romano
The city´s antiques, from the 5th century BC to the 3rd century AD are all gathered here, at the Museo Nazionale Romano. Due to the immense amount of works of art, the museum is divided in four exhibition centres. To visit it all you have to dedicate quite a bit of time to it, so the best solution is to buy a 3-day ticket that gives you access to all four centres. The cost is of 7 euros.
If you want to avoid the long queue of the Vatican Museums but you don´t want to miss out on the papal art, the Museo Capitolini are the perfect option. Projected by Michelangelo in the mid-Cinquecento and located on top of the Monte Campidoglio (the smallest of the seven Roman hills), the Piazza del Campidoglio gives you access to the Musei Capitolini, which are made up of wonderful buildings, gardens, statues, mosaics and paintings. With just 9.50€, you can visit all of this.
What you can find in the Trastevere district as well as its popular nightclubs, are buildings that are rich in history and beauty. For just 5€ you can visit Villa Farnesina to see the frescos of Raffaello close up or, for just 2.50€, the Basilica of Santa Cecilia in Trastevere and the excavations of ancient Roman houses.
An old café
Don´t leave Rome without having tried and authentic Italian coffee in the oldest café in the city, the Antico Caffè Greco. Since its opening in 1760, this place has been frequented by artists and historical celebrities, such as Stendhal, Orson Welles or Marià Fortuny, to mention a few. 3.50€ buys you a coffee, a glass of water and an atmosphere of past times. It´s definitely worth it.
Antiques in an old thermoelectric power factory
A different way of visiting ancient monuments is going to Centro Montemartini, a former thermoelectrical power company transformed into a museum. There are more than 400 ancient sculptures that are exhibited in contrast with the industrial structure of the place, which has remained intact. Entry tickets costs 4.50€.
It´s a restaurant, pizzeria, ice cream shop and a café and it also offers cabaret shows, jazz concerts, etc. I´m talking about Lo Zodiaco, a charming place that overlooks the whole city from Monte Mario. For 7€ you can enjoy a delicious pizza and enjoy incredible views.
From 6pm until 9pm, happy hour begins in many bars in the city. Drinks cost half the price and you can eat delicious snacks for free. With 7€ you´ll feel full and merry.
With his Nuovo Sacher film d´essai, the film director Nanni Moretti supports and promotes Italian independent filmmakers and new talents. Support them yourself by watching a film of the best film d´auteur in the city. Tickets cost 7€.
With these 10 things to do in Rome for 10€ or under, you can now plan your trip to the Italian capital. Find your apartment in Rome and enjoy the beauty in its low-cost version.