You have just passed your exams, and to reward yourself, you booked a week in one of the most beautiful cities in the world: Rome.
Congratulations, you are about to see unexpected wonders, taste delicious Roman pizzas, and even learn some Italian words… Fantastico! Andiamo! However, as a student or a youngster, you might want to get tips on how not to ruin yourself.
1) Social life on a budget
Only 10 minutes away from the Yellow, you will find the not-so-famous San Lorenzo quartiere. Known as the student district of Rome, you will love meeting new people at Piazza dell’Immacolata or coming there with your friends to get affordable and yummy pizza.
The time of one night, enjoy the music, the laughs, the cultural mix of students coming from all over the world. Trade the touristy parts of Rome for this young industrial neighborhood and relish the inexpensive beers, negronis, and other Aperol Spritz you can find in the numerous bars!
2) Shopping on a budget
If you can not visit a city without doing some shopping, you might want to try vintage! Rome is full of vintage and second-hand stores. Seek unique pieces at Humana Vintage. If you are lucky enough, you will go there on one of the everything-for-5-euros discount days! Shop your way to famous Italian brands and be sure to be the only one boasting the style!
If you ever get bored on a Sunday morning (no one ever gets bored in Rome, but let’s pretend), catch the bus H, which will take you directly from Termini to Porta Portese market. This 2-kilometer-long flea market will allow you to buy famous brand-name dresses, tops, blouses for one euro apiece! Going there with only 10 euros, searching and digging for gems, enjoying the atmosphere of a local flea market is a whole experience that
one has to live at least once!
3) Eating on a budget
After spending an entire morning wandering in the streets of Rome, fill your belly for less than 10 euros in one of the numerous restaurants of old areas. Avoid the touristy places such as the Pantheon or the Colosseum and lose yourself in the tiny, paved streets! Get a Carciofi alla Romana (Cooked artichoke Roman style) for 4 euros and a pizza margherita for 7 euros at Ivo a Trastevere or fresh al dente pasta at Raviolo d’Oro for 8 euros!
Take a dessert by quickly finding a gelateria where you will lose your mind trying to choose between all the flavors! For 3 euros, you will get a huge and melting 3-flavors ice cream with panna (the most tasteful whipped cream you will be given to eat)!
Pss. We hear that the Gello, the Yellow’s gelateria, will make your tastebuds relish!
Head towards Two Sizes or Tiramisu Trastevere if you are more into Tiramisu! For an average of 3 euros, treat yourself to one of the best Italian specialties. Thank us later.
4) Visiting on a budget
Hopefully, some attractions in Rome are entirely free: the park of Villa Borghese, the Trevi fountain, the Pantheon, the churches, … but some museums, although they might be indispensable steps of your trip, are sometimes pricey!
While most museums offer a reduced price for students under 25 years old, some are free. They include the house-museums, such as casa di Goethe or Museo Hendrik Christian Andersen.
You also have to keep in mind that all the state museums and the Colosseum and Roman Forum are accessible on the first Sunday of each month. As for the Vatican museums, they are free on the last Sunday of the month. Thus, be careful about the dates you are looking at for your trip!
5) From Rome to other cities on a budget
For those looking for even more adventure, know that it is effortless to travel from Rome to other cities such as Florence. Bus tickets from 9 euros or Train tickets from 20 euros will take you to one of the most beautiful cities in the whole world. Leave the Colosseum to visit the lively Napoli streets and the ruins of Pompei, with a train ticket that can cost as little as €12!
Rome is full of affordable places for students and peeps on a budget – follow our guide, and be sure to let us know about any hidden gems you love!