EuroCheapo's Rome Practical Info Articles

Everyone can use a little help with the basics of visiting a city. From Rome’s transportation system to street signs and bike share program, we’re here to explain (and to point out some simple ways to save).

Our Rome articles and guides:

• Our reviews of the best cheap hotels in Rome
• Articles about saving on Rome hotels
• How to save on bars and restaurants in Rome
• Tips for saving on sightseeing and museums in Rome

Shopping in Rome: 5 destinations for vintage designer deals

Shopping in Rome: 5 destinations for vintage designer deals

Rome is one of the best cities for designer shopping in the world. Armani, Dolce and Gabbana, Bulgari and the like line the streets of the city center, tantalizing passerby with their luxurious window displays. But you don’t need to cough up your entire savings to go home with a Prada purse or a Roberto » Read more

Rome: 10 easy ways to save on your next visit

Rome: 10 easy ways to save on your next visit

Lush landscapes, stunning monuments, exciting history, beautiful art, mouthwatering food and free-flowing wine make Rome one of the most popular destinations in the world—and also one of the priciest. But a trip to the Eternal City doesn’t have to be expensive. Underneath the luxury hotels and vineyard tours is a city that runs on middle » Read more

Rome Transportation Strikes: A survival guide

Rome Transportation Strikes: A survival guide

Public transportation strikes are extremely common in Rome (there was one just a fortnight ago). They usually get called with a couple of days notice and have the potential to disrupt even the most carefully laid travel plans. But you can avoid the headaches of “scioperi” (strikes) by keeping an eye out for upcoming strikes » Read more

Rome: A practical guide to Rome’s bus and metro system

Rome: A practical guide to Rome’s bus and metro system

By Nicole Arriaga in Rome— Traveling about Rome can be an adventure at times. With over 100 bus lines, tram routes and two metro lines, it’s no wonder that maneuvering Rome’s public transit system can leave a visitor utterly confused. As many visitors are only stopping through Rome for a short while, there’s no real » Read more

Rome: Understanding the city’s street signs

Rome: Understanding the city’s street signs

By Nicole Arriaga in Rome— Finding your bearings in Rome can at first be tricky. You’ll probably get lost, and those buses can be hard to figure out. Even understanding the street signs can be a bit of a challenge. The first time I ventured about Rome on foot, I remember struggling to even find » Read more

Rome: Finding movies in English (and what to know before you go)

Rome: Finding movies in English (and what to know before you go)

By Nicole Arriaga in Rome— Tourists may not feel inclined to spend a night at the movies when visiting Rome. This is partially because of the language barrier (most films in Italy, especially big American blockbusters, are dubbed from English to Italian) and also because you’re probably too busy seeing the sights. Seeing a film » Read more

Rome Winter Sales: 5 things to know before you shop

Rome Winter Sales: 5 things to know before you shop

By Nicole Arriaga in Rome— There are two times a year when you’ll see Italians go nuts about something other than soccer. Yes, I’m talking about the saldi. For those non-shopaholics or those not in the know, “saldi” are twice-annual sales that are regulated by the Italian government. In Rome, they’re a great opportunity to » Read more

Rome: Doctors, hospitals, pharmacies and medical help for tourists

Rome: Doctors, hospitals, pharmacies and medical help for tourists

By Nicole Arriaga in Rome— Getting sick while on vacation is the pits. Not knowing where to go or who to turn to for medical attention just isn’t fun. Luckily when visiting Rome, if you find yourself in this situation, you won’t be left to fend for yourself.  There are several services and clinics where tourists can » Read more

Rome: How to use the city’s bike share program

Rome: How to use the city’s bike share program

Over the last couple of years around Rome, ATAC’s bikesharing program has become a popular fixture around the city center and the beach resort of Ostia. Taking to the streets in Rome can be scary, as traffic is plentiful, but for the brave and those with padded clothing (those cobbles can be a challenge), it » Read more

Rome: Which neighborhood is right for your trip?

Rome: Which neighborhood is right for your trip?

Whether you like romantic cobbled streets, nightlife, shopping or convenience to the main transport hubs, choosing the right Rome neighborhood can make or break your holiday experience. Here is our guide to help you make your choice. Trastevere For scenic streets and nightlife Literally meaning “across the Tevere” (or the River Tiber), Trastevere is a » Read more

Rome: Five easy ways to save euros

Rome: Five easy ways to save euros

If you are watching the euros during your trip to Rome, fear not. We’re on hand with five simple tips to add a sprinkle of free froth to your freshly served Roman holiday. 1. St Peters Basilica The most famous Catholic church in the world is free to enter. Don’t be deterred by the queue » Read more

Rome Transportation: How far can you go with the €1 metrebus ticket?

Rome Transportation: How far can you go with the €1 metrebus ticket?

One of the things about Rome that never fails to impress me is the value for money offered by the public transport system. While locals complain about the limited metro system (only two lines at present) and the endless strikes, you cannot help but be impressed at the simplicity of the “one ticket fits all” » Read more

Rome: The “Roma Pass” – Deal or no deal?

Rome: The “Roma Pass” – Deal or no deal?

By Samantha Collins in Rome– Note: This post was updated with new prices in May 2013. The Roma Pass is a three-day discount card that gives you free or discounted access to some of Rome’s top museums, as well as free use of the public transport system. Launched to encourage visitors into the museums, the » Read more

Rome Tip: Look the part without breaking the bank

Rome Tip: Look the part without breaking the bank

By Sav D’Souza in Rome—In Rome adherence to the bella figura (beautiful figure) is considered important. And, hey, for some of us – when in Rome – it’s more fun to do as the Romans do. Here are my top suggestions for escaping a visit from the style polizia. For the donna… Ride high! Whether » 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

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

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