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5 Days in Rome on $225 Budget (Including Airfare!)

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A January 2007 trip to Rome by Scubabartek

Piazza San Pietro Photo, Rome, Italy More Photos
Quote: Rome is expensive, eh? You think you have to spend $70-$150 a day like guide books recommend to have any fun? Read on...

5 Days in Rome on $225 Budget (Including Airfare!)

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Overview

Pope Benedict XVI at Angelus Photo, Vatican City, Europe
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I was sitting in my flat in Warsaw on a cold dark January day perusing through the budget airline offers and thinking "where is cheap sun?" until I found an offer of a airfare to Rome. Considering that I am a freelance travel photographer, this was an offer I just couldn't pass up: few days to spend shooting travel photographs in a city of landmarks known around the world. The only caveat? I had only to spend max, and I had to kill 5 days in Rome. Before hand there was still accommodations to book, but BellaRoma Hostel ...Read More

BellaRoma Place

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Hotel | "Bellaroma Hostel"

BellaRoma Place Photo, Rome, Italy
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Bellaroma is a small hostel located North of the Vatican City and St. Peter's Square. There are dorm rooms of four and six beds as well as a private room available. Common facilities include a small kitchen, dining / lounge area, and a computer with free Internet. The night in the hostel as of 2007 costs between 10 euros per night (booked online) to 16 euros for a walk-in and 25 euros for a private (per person, per night).That's the official, simply stated info about the hostel. So what's the dirt on it? Well, the hostel's a good value for Rome, although YHA hostels are cheaper. The hostel is very secure (there are lockers in the room you can use with your own padlock), and it's inside of ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on April 2, 2007

BellaRoma Place
Via Accinni 63 (Via Privata)
Rome, Italy 00195
+39 (06) 39750599

Piazza San Pietro

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Attraction

Piazza San Pietro Photo, Rome, Italy
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Whether you are a Catholic or not, the Vatican City with its impressive Piazza San Pietro (Saint Peter's Square) is a must see: if not for the architecture lover, than at least for the vain tourist in all of us, so one can say "Hey, I've been to another country!"Surrounded by an impressive colonnade (designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini himself), the square (or rather a plaza) is a place where the faithful gather every Sunday at noon to participate in Angelus and to catch sight of the Pope in his window. After the holy mass, it is a great time to watch the Italian flag throwers (Sbandieratori) at their best. During summer on Wednesdays at 11am, Papal Aud...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 2, 2007

Piazza San Pietro

Rome, Italy 00193

The Colosseum/Coliseum

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Attraction | "The Colosseum "

The Colosseum/Coliseum Photo, Rome, Italy
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Known to the Italians as Colosseo but properly named The Flavian Amphitheatre, The Colosseum is THE landmark that defines Rome: more than Saint Peter's, more than Forum Romanum, perhaps even more than gelato... well, maybe not.The construction started in 72BC during the reign of the emperor Vespasian and finished during the reign of his son, Titus. It was later modified several times and stood the test of time for more than 2000 years. It was used even after the fall of Rome.Why was it built at all? After the Jewish Revolt that Vespasian crushed, there was a lot of money to go around, and to share the good times (or perhaps was it to build something great t...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 3, 2007

The Colosseum/Coliseum
Piazza Del Colosseo
Rome, Italy 00184
+39 (06) 7004261

Scavi Tour

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Scavi Tour Photo, Rome, Italy
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I was battling myself for a long time, whether or not to write something about the Scavi Tour. Do I spread the word or keep it secret? This is the HOTTEST ticket in Vatican. This is the tour that quite a few have heard about, but almost no one has been on. This is the tour in which you can be seen by the envious hordes coming out from UNDERNEATH the grotto underneath the Saint Peter's Basilica. Interested? Got your attention? Read on...To all those who haven't been, the legend says that Saint Peter's Basilica was built upon the hill on which Saint Peter was crucified. In fact the legend says that the altar is built right above his grave. A legend... or is it?After Pope P...Read More

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Scavi Tour

Rome, Italy

Roma Pass

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The Colosseum/Coliseum Photo, Rome, Italy
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If you're going to stay in Rome any longer than a day and are keen on some sightseeing, the Roma Pass will come in handy. If you're on a shoestring budget it's an absolute must.What is it exactly?In a nutshell, it's a prepackaged deal that includes a Roma Travel Pass, which is basically a 3 day travel card (or a BIT if you prefer: biglietto turistico integrato), a Roma Pass: a card allowing you to enter for free to the first two museums (or archeological sites that participate in the promotion) and to get a reduced entry price to others you'd like to visit. The reduced rate is the EU student / senior citizen rate and is usually about half of the f...Read More

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Scubabartek

Scubabartek
Warszawa, Poland