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Looking for easy ways to save on your trip to Rome? Check out the articles below for tips on spending less on the city’s hotels, restaurants, most famous sights and more.

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Rome Cheap Eat: Panificio Firenze

Rome Cheap Eat: Panificio Firenze

Looking for a delicious, super-cheap meal in central Rome? Local hot-spot Panificio Firenze, a tasty joint serving as grocery store (alimentari), bakery (panificio) and deli (salumi), has been delighting locals with fresh breads, meats, and cheeses since 1929. At lunch time it’s as busy and chaotic as the trading floor at the stock exchange. Made » Read more

Rome Neighborhood Spotlight: Trastevere

Rome Neighborhood Spotlight: Trastevere

The scene at Porta Portese’s market in Trastevere; photo by Tara Bulba Today we bring you another neighborhood spotlight, this time we’re focusing the lens on Trastevere in Rome, Italy. Ciao down! Across the river… Trastevere, which literally means “Beyond the Tiber,” is an area directly west of the Tiber River in Rome. Not only » Read more

Rome cheap souvenir: Shopping bags

Rome cheap souvenir: Shopping bags

As Cheapos, we can’t exactly advocate an indulgent spending spree, but we can advise you to keep those glossy shopping bags, if such a spree should occur. (Hey, we’re all human, right?) The homeland of Armani, Prada, Versace, Dolce and Gabbana, and Gucci offers some of the snazziest fashions in Europe and most purchases come in fancy bags with pristine packaging. » Read more

Rome Crush: Pensione Papa Germano

Pensione Papa Germano Via Calatafimi, 14 Rome, Italy Doubles: shared bath: €50-85, private bath: €65-110 The Pensione Papa Germano in Rome, Italy, is a tried and true friend to Cheapos. It ain’t fancy, but rooms are attractive and clean… and affordable, with doubles starting at €50. The best part? The owner, Papa himself, is as » Read more

Rome: Capuchin Crypt offers free visits, anatomy lesson

No bones about it, Rome’s Capuchin Crypt is an incredible (and intense) way to spend an hour. Located underneath the Church of Santa Maria della Immacolata Concezione on Via Veneto, this burial chamber is unique in its decorative technique—rooms are adorned extensively with human bones. More than 4,000 monks are buried within the crypt’s six rooms, all of whom died between 1528 » Read more

Rome: Historic bus tour for €1!

Let’s face it: We’re already big fans of European public transportation. But when a bus or tram offers a freebie historical tour of a city, we’re downright nutsy about it. Next stop, Rome! In Rome, one of the best ways to get around the city (especially if you’re tired of walking) is to get on » Read more

Rome tip: Michelangelo for free!

Rome tip: Michelangelo for free!

During his time in Rome, Michelangelo charged the ancient city with works of incredible beauty. His sculptures, frescoes, and architecture still inspire a city-wide love affair. And, his priceless work is on view at no cost to modern admirers. Angela K. Nickerson, author of A Journey into Michelangelo’s Rome, takes us on a very cheapo-friendly » Read more

Rome Q&A: The best neighborhood for “real” Roman cuisine?

Rome Q&A: The best neighborhood for “real” Roman cuisine?

A reader asks: “Do you have any advice for inexpensive, authentic Roman restaurants in the center of town?” Annie Shapero responds: Here’s the bad news: Rome is a gaping hell mouth of overpriced restaurants aimed at the hungry, innocent traveler. The good news is that real Roman cuisine is actually a cucina povera, or poor » Read more

Rome Hotels: Three central and unusual sleeps

Rome Hotels: Three central and unusual sleeps

At EuroCheapo, we’re all about hotels with a little extra flavor. And when in Rome, why settle for a normal night’s sleep? These three hotels in Rome have traipsed through history, from ancient history to 19th-century, but all of them today offer modern amenities so you can sleep comfortably. 1) Casa Banzo Campo de’ Fiori » Read more

Rome: A list of free tourist sights

Rome: A list of free tourist sights

  Alas, with Roman hotel rates higher than ever and the dollar at depressing lows against the euro, it can be difficult to find any budgetary relief for tourists in Italy’s capital city. Or is it? This morning we were doing a little research on the value of “all-in-one” tourist passes in Rome, when we » Read more

Rome: Film Fest Takes Center Screen This Week

When in Rome, do as the locals do and attend the city’s annual film festival, which kicks off this Thursday, October 18th, 2007. The opening night will be celebrated with a screening of Second Wind, a wild French film about bank robbers. We’re there. You can snag screening passes for the 10-day event online or » Read more

Rome: City Will Party All Night on “La Notte Bianca”

Rome: City Will Party All Night on “La Notte Bianca”

We’re big fans of the city-wide all-night party trend in Europe. Paris seems to have come to the party first in October 2002 with its “Nuit Blanche” of performances, gallery openings, monument tours, and late-night shenanigans. Rome followed the next year, launching “Notte Bianca” with great success. Indeed, according to party planners, the party has » Read more

Rome Flash: Fab Federici B & B

Directly outside of the Saint Peter’s Metro station is the delicious Federici B&B. Aside from the fabulously convenient location, rooms are big and bright, ranging from €80 to €120 for a double. Francesco and Roberta (an adorable couple) run the the place with their son, Fabio, who speaks a smooth Australian English. The hotel is » Read more

Rome Flash: Espresso To Go!

Could it be? After years of Italian influence on the American coffee scene, the tables have finally turned. The latest coffee craze in the country that practically invented the stuff: Eraclea espresso drinks, available in three sizes: €1.10 for a small, €1.90 for a large, and €1.50 for a takeaway. It appears that Italians have » Read more

Rome Flash: Beer, Burgers, and the Beatles at Sergeant Pepper’s Pub

Rome Flash: Beer, Burgers, and the Beatles at Sergeant Pepper’s Pub

It’s funny what Rome can come up with. Just when good old pub nostalgia gets the better of you, low and behold you discover places like Sergeant Pepper’s Pub, where juicy burgers, cold beer, and even baked potatoes are on offer. Best of all, prices barely cross the €10 barrier. Opened by a pair of » Read more

Rome: Mercato Trionfale, Prati

Rome: Mercato Trionfale, Prati

The Mercato Trionfale, in the Prati neighborhood, goes often without mention in the guidebooks. While it isn’t particularly charming, it’s one of the largest, cheapest, and most authentic city markets in Rome. The market stretches up and down both sides of Via Andrea Doria. Clothing, housewares, fruit, vegetables, meat, cheese, wine, and even breads are » Read more

Rome Flash: Photography Festival

Rome Flash: Photography Festival

The Sixth Annual Rome Photography Festival is well underway, and over 100 venues in the city are displaying the work of Italian and international photographers. This year’s version of the multi-site festival is dedicated to “Questione Italiana,” namely, the state of photography in Italy. The vast majority of the exhibitions are free or come at » Read more

Italy: Looking for a little latte? Try a marocchino!

Photo by Annie Shapero According to Starbuck’s Chairman Howard Shultz, he was greatly inspired by the good times and camaraderie of Italian cafés. Today, the company tries to emulate that ambiance. Too bad it doesn’t emulate the prices, as well! In Italy, cafés charge far less for coffee and related coffee drinks (free of whipped, caramelized » Read more

Rome: Cheap Sleeps at RetRome

Photo courtesy of RetRome Just over a year old, the cute and kitschy RetRome guesthouse, located on the safer, prettier side of Termini Station, has been booked solid for months. The once word-of-mouth-operation is making waves in Europe and beyond, probably for their radically low rates. Doubles range from €36 to €80! This is Rome, » Read more

Italy: High Fashion at Half Price

Italy: High Fashion at Half Price

Gucci, Fendi, and Prada … Three perfect excuses to plan a trip to Italy. You probably didn’t expect to hear those names on Eurocheapo, but we’re going to let you in on a little secret: Twice a year, fashion retailers, from mass chains like Benetton to swanky designer boutiques, hold a sale that will blow » Read more

Hidden Rome: Monteverde Vecchio

Take the 44 bus from Piazza Venezia and you’ll find the unimaginable: a slice of Rome untouched by tourists. Monteverde Vecchio, situated on Rome’s highest peak, is almost exclusively residential. Shopping is limited to neighborhood establishments. In addition to priceless views from Janiculum Hill, Monteverde offers a snapshot of everyday Roman life. Get off the » Read more

Ultra Roman Dining at Betto e Mary in Casilino-Mandrione

The slum-ridden Casilino-Mandrione neighborhood was once home to a bedraggled collection of gypsies, prostitutes, and violent criminals. It was such a zone of desperation that Pasolini turned to Madrione when he wanted to capture utter squalor. These days, the ‘hood is on the upswing. While (gratefully) far from any sort of SoHo makover, Mandrione has » Read more

Rome: Deep-Fried Arancini For A Two-Dollar Dinner

One of the cheapest eats in Rome is also one of the most sinfully delicious, deep-fried foods you may ever sink your teeth into: Arancini. These tasty little temptations are baseball-sized rice balls stuffed with anything from prosciutto and mozzarella, to squid ink and pistachios. Gourmands may recognize them as the fat Sicilian cousins of » Read more

Rome tip: See Caravaggio for free

Rome tip: See Caravaggio for free

Caravaggio is best known for rendering biblical figures in a realistic light (and for his swaggering braggadocio). His work was all but forgotten until the early 20th century. Since then, Rome has essentially become Caravaggio central. In past years, there have been many illuminating Caravaggio exhibits in Rome, namely the one held at the Ala » Read more

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