Visiting a country for the first time gets too intimidating, where to stay what to see or communication and connectivity, how to commute within city there are hundred things which can make it overwhelming to your first visit. I have compiled few tips in this post which may help you to make your stay comfortable in Rome and other parts of Italy.
Basic Italian phrases to communicate in Italy
Phrases To Know While in Rome:
- Hello! –> Ciao!
- Thank you –> Grazie
- You are welcome –> Prego
- Excuse me! –> Mi scusi!
- Please –> Per favore
- OK –> OK
- I’m sorry -> Mi dispiace.
- Do you speak English? –> Parli Inglese?
- Can you help me? Mi può aiutare?
- I don’t speak Italian Non parlo italiano.
- I do not speak Italian –> Non parlor Italiano
- How much does it cost? –> Quanto costa?
- Do you accept credit cards? –> Accettate carte di credito?
If you want to learn little more than these basics with the correct pronunciation in Italian this website is where I learned and charmed many Italians who for one moment thought I am an Indian settled in the Rome 😀
Typical Costs For Tourists in Rome
Depending upon your budget and preferences there are many options available.
Hostel: If you are on really tight budget and don’t bother about private room hostel dormitory room in Rome costs you around 20-30 Euro per night, and private room in a hostel can cost you around 50 Euro, I seriously don’t recommend private room in hostel because for that price you can get a better hotel room with much better facilities than a hostel. Hostel stay is not really my idea of vacation so I have never tried this option till now.
Hotels: There are plenty of options for every budget depending upon distance of centre to facilities offered. Prices start from 40 Euro per night to 150 per night for low to mid range hotels. Hotel in the centre of Rome are on expensive side even if facilities offered and interiors are not that good but move little away from the centre and you get better prices but time to commute may increase.
So pick according to your own preference. We tried various 4 and 5 star options in Italy and found them quite decent though room size of hotels in Europe is quite small as compared to room size which we are used to of in India.
ApartHotels: This is a new concept of serviced Apartment complex but traveler book it just like hotel booking and rent an apartment complete with Kitchen and room/ suite or a full fledge apartment depending upon their choice. Typical cost per night is from 150-350 Euro depending upon season.
Live with Locals : With the apps like AirBnb you can find apartments or private room in shared apatment that locals rent out but I have not tried that option in Rome. You can get an apartment from 80-200 Euro per night.
Average Cost of Food
Just like any thing else food cost varies according to where and what you eat. On an average you can have decent three meals a day if you are planning to cook all three meals in your apartment. A meal at a restaurant with wine will cost around 25 Euro per person. If you go with options like Pizza / panini that costs at 3-5 euros at most of the places. Coffee somewhere 3-4 Euros. So you can plan your meals accordingly if you are travelling on budget. For 100 Euros a day you can have decent meals for a couple unless you plan to splurge on high end restaurants and expensive wines.
Transportation Costs within Rome
There is an option for private taxis, Uber and other such services. But unlike India the taxi charges you for time and not KM’s in India so your taxi fares largely depend on time, if there is is congestion on road the fares are more obviously so for same stretch of distance taxi fares are may differ at different times.
Public transport in Rome is quite efficient, and covers various modes of transports. There is metro, local train, bus and tram. There are various ticket options available, one ticket is valid for all modes of transports. But you have to be careful while making a purchase. For example single use ticket costs around 1.8 Euro and is valid for 90 minutes of travel once it is stamped in the automatic machine in bus/train/metro/tram. You can use it in any mode of transport till next 90 minutes. One day ticket costs you 7 Euro and is valid for 24 hours after first use. 2 Day’s ticket costs you 12 Euro and it’s validity is 48 hours. And if you plan to stay longer one week ticket costs you 28 Euro and is quite economical and this also covers all modes of public transports.
Money Saving Tips in Rome
Stay away from the center of Rome, that will save you good amount on the hotel costs plus food is cheap where locals live. Another advantage you get the real Italian food and not that touristy fare you get in central Rome.
Buy a tourist card if you are planning to visit museums and archeological sights.There are various options available Roma Pass, Archeologia Card or Bigletto 4 Musei. you can click the links to check choices within these cards. These are definitely economical options than individual Entry ticket fee.
These are few practical travel tips from my Rome Travel Guide, in the next post I will discuss about Mobile and Internet Connectivity in Italy.