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Rome: Spending Christmas in Rome!

Rome: Spending Christmas in Rome!

Whether your idea of a good Christmas break is ice-skating under the watchful eye of an ancient castle, sharing midnight mass with the Pope, or simply eating and drinking too much, Rome is the perfect place to indulge and celebrate. So just how should you spend the festive season in Italy’s Eternal City? The Christmas » Read more

Rome Art Walking Tour: See Caravaggio’s finest works for free

Rome Art Walking Tour: See Caravaggio’s finest works for free

There is something about Caravaggio that fascinates people. Even those who would normally prefer to cross a street of hot coals than spend time looking at paintings seem happy to make an exception for this rebel of Counter-Renaissance Art. To celebrate Rome’s Caravaggio exhibition that has just opened at the Villa Borghese (and runs through January » 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 Day Trips: Hillside villages of the Castelli Romani

Rome Day Trips: Hillside villages of the Castelli Romani

As the age old saying goes, “when in Rome, do as the Romans do.” Many Romans (the Pope included) who have tired of eating glorious food, sipping on a hearty red, and throwing down a few espressos head for the hills. Literally. More specifically, they get themselves to one or more of the tiny villages, » Read more

Rome Entertainment: Movies, music, and theater on a budget

Rome Entertainment: Movies, music, and theater on a budget

Undeniably, Rome is a remarkable city with a thousand things to see and do. It’s not difficult to spend an entire day pounding the cobblestones taking in all that there is to experience. So when night falls, it’s often nice to just chill out and let yourself be entertained. Here are some of the best » Read more

Rome day trip: Ostia Antica, Italy’s best-kept secret

Rome day trip: Ostia Antica, Italy’s best-kept secret

Ostia Antica, one of Italy’s most interesting and best-preserved archaeological sites, is also one of the country’s best-kept secrets. Well, that’s certainly the impression one gets when arriving there, due to the distinctly unusual tranquility of the place, and the conspicuous lack of tour groups, roving guides, and buses. Considering that Ostia Antica is only a 30-minute train » Read more

Rome: The 2 best espressos in Rome, steps from the Pantheon

Rome: The 2 best espressos in Rome, steps from the Pantheon

When it comes to coffee, the Italians pretty much have it down pat. Like fashion, food and football, coffee is an art, a matter of national pride, and a daily ritual which is taken very, very seriously. It is actually quite hard to find a bad coffee in Rome. What is more difficult, however, is » Read more

Rome Cheap Eats: Dine like a local at these affordable restaurants

Rome Cheap Eats: Dine like a local at these affordable restaurants

When in Rome, want to eat like an Italian with the Italians? Want to escape overpriced tourist menus? Want to experience authentic Italian cuisine at the right price? Well, why not take the metro out of the historic centre and dine in the spots that only the locals know about! Here are three absolute gems that are » Read more

Rome: Cool off at the city’s new outdoor pool… by the Colosseum

Rome: Cool off at the city’s new outdoor pool… by the Colosseum

UPDATE SUMMER 2012: This pool no longer exists. The article below was published in 2009. —– Summer can be stifling in Rome and come August, most of the locals head for the hills. This year (2009), with more Romans staying put than in the past—and hordes of visitors filling the streets—Rome seems more crowded and » Read more

Rome Tip: Find the best (free!) people watching in town

Rome Tip: Find the best (free!) people watching in town

By Sav D’Souza in Rome—Whether it’s dining al fresco, taking in the ancient sights, or paying a visit to one of the many piazzas, Rome offers lots of perfect places to indulge in the pleasure of people watching. The best part? Taking in a passerby or two is free and open to everyone. Just keep » 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: San Giovanni walking tour—church, cheap clothes, tiramisu

Rome: San Giovanni walking tour—church, cheap clothes, tiramisu

The distinctive Porta San Giovanni gate welcomes you to the Rome’s San Giovanni neighborhood. The area lies south of Termini station, near enough to Rome’s center, but ideally located away from the hustle and bustle, and most tourists. Among other delights, Rome’s San Giovanni neighborhood offers its share of interesting sights, cheap clothing opportunities, and sweet eats. Here’s » Read more

Rome: Free “Angels and Demons” walking tour

Rome: Free “Angels and Demons” walking tour

By Sav D’Souza in Rome— The release of the movie “Angels and Demons” is set to do for Rome what “The Da Vinci Code” did for Paris—bring a lot more Dan Brown fans to town! But while Rome is currently afire with pricey ”Angels and Demons”-inspired guided tours, you can visit most of the sights featured in the film » Read more

Cheapo Night Out Rome: Live music on a budget

Cheapo Night Out Rome: Live music on a budget

By Sav D’Souza in Rome— Rome is the Eternal City, and like other hot spots around the globe, the nightlife is pretty eternally available here too. Next time you’re in Rome, why not check out some late night live music?  Whether you prefer mellow jazz as background noise or a wild scene (mosh pit anyone?), » Read more

Rome Tip: Cheap eats survival guide

Rome Tip: Cheap eats survival guide

By Sav D’Souza in Rome— Don’t want to get trampled by meal costs when in Rome? Read on for my tried, true, and tested cheap eat survival tips. 1) Watch out for package deals. Stay away from what I call the “slashers”: Anything that touts itself as an all-inclusive ”Bar/Restaurant”  or has a menu decreeing that it offers pizza/gelato/pasta. » Read more

Rome free afternoon: Our four favorite parks in Rome

Rome free afternoon: Our four favorite parks in Rome

By Sav D’Souza in Rome— Rome, like most European destinations, has some delightful parks. Whether you plan to relax after a day on the town, or spend a free afternoon strolling through gardens, sitting and public—park, the Villa Doria Pamphilj. Named after two noble Italian families, this marvel sits West of the Tiber and just South » Read more

Rome: “Aperitivo” bars offer a cool scene and great food

Rome: “Aperitivo” bars offer a cool scene and great food

By Sav D’Souza in Rome— “Aperitivo” culture is catching on fast in Rome. For as little as €5, Cheapos-in-the-know can grab an early-evening cocktail or glass of wine at a local hot-spot, and then fill a plate full of yummy eats for free! Of course, the real reason to take advantage of aperitivo time in Rome is for the » Read more

Rome: Affordable wine bars in central Rome

Rome: Affordable wine bars in central Rome

Rome—It’s Friday night and you’re in the mood to grab a few drinks at a cool spot with some friends. Where can you find the right “vibe” without putting a dent in your wallet? Where can you sample delicious local wines? Step this way… Campo de’ Fiori: La Vineria A delightful watering hole overlooking the » Read more

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