When visiting Rome, you’ll probably want to visit some of the historical museums or buildings. Although food is rather cheap in Italy, the prices for taking a learning class through Western history aren’t. But there are some hacks to make your city trip less expensive. In Rome, don’t forget to take your student card with you for everything you visit. Most of the tourist things such as the Colosseum or the Vatican are cheaper for students. Ordering tickets online for the Vatican is even more interesting, that is if you want to skip the extremely long line in front of the entrance.
Rome’s Cat Sanctuary
Yes, this is a thing. While strolling through Rome, I accidentally ended up looking at some ruins. Not that that’s an uncommon thing in Rome, as there are old buildings and historical sites everywhere. This one is called Torre Argentina, a five minute walk from Piazza Navona. The ruins are the place where Julius Ceasar was murdered, and now is the place-to-be for every crazy cat woman out there. When I was there, about 140 street cats lived in the ruins. Between 12 pm and 18pm, the shop downstairs is open. You can pet some of the cats, buy a souvenir and support the cat shelter.
If there’s one thing to not do in Rome, it’s eating in the centre. I know it sounds great to eat your pasta with a view of the Trevi fountain, but it’s not worth it. Eat your gellato at the stairs in front of Trevi, but get your pasta or pizza at a local restaurant in the outside districts such as Trastevere. The quality of the food is way higher, and the price is damn low. Walk through Gia Garibaldi and search for the cheapest restaurant, some of them sell homemade pizza for three euros. When you want to drink something, choose the Vino della Casa. That’s the house wine, most of the time it’s the cheapest wine the restaurant has to offer and it’s always good. Not only the food and wine are great, but you should also visit Piazza di Santa Maria in the evening. The walk back along the Tiber, over the Ponte Sisto bridge is the most romantic thing Rome has to offer.