Family of 5 in Rome for 89 Euros Per Person Per Day

Rome 89 Euros Per Person Per Day

Photo above is of our three teen boys with our Tiber Limo (tour of Rome company) driver in Piazza Campo de Fiori, Rome, at night.

My family of 5 went to Rome in June, 2012. We are 2 adults (hubby and me), and our three teenage boys: 17, 13, 13 (twins, actually they were days away from turning 14).

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As described in my Paris budget post, we travel frugal-ish. We stay in nice but budget-friendly hotels, and we eat at restaurants that offer good food at a reasonable price. We use public transportation, and we don’t really shop.

Here are our actual expenses for 4 days in Rome. Note this summary does NOT include airfare or the taxi rides to and from the airport.

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Numbers are presented in Euros.

€900 – Four nights at Adler Hotel Rome, one room with a private bathroom, 1 double bed, 2 single beds, 1 extra bed, TV, and fridge. Breakfast and internet included. (Total includes the city tax of €10 per night.)

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Day 1, Thursday June 28

arrived in Rome on EasyJet from Paris in the afternoon (airfare not included in daily cost)
35 – lunch on plane
150 – Five Roma Passes, €30 each
120 – Tiber Limo tour, private van ride around Rome with stops
76.3 – Dinner at Miscellanea, near the Pantheon
FREE – watched exuberant Italians parading the streets of Rome after winning the Euro Cup Semi Final over Germany!

Day 2, Friday June 29

0 – walked to Pantheon, unfortunately it was closed early for a holiday
54.5 – Lunch at Trattoria Angelo
21 – laundry at Onda Verde (coin machine, helpful attendant. 3 wash loads, combined into 2 drying loads)
15 – gelato
FREE – walked around Rome, refilled water bottles FREE with fountain water
83 – Dinner at L’europeo

Rome Water Fountain

Refill water bottles in Rome from fountains everywhere. Tastes good!

Day 3, Saturday June 30

0 – rode Metro (FREE with Roma Passes, see Roma Pass: Save Time and Money)
0 – Museum of Roman Civilization (FREE with Roma Passes)
60 – Lunch at La Bottega del Caffe
0 – Vatican – visited outside only, walked back to hotel
6 — slushee
68.5 – Dinner at Meid in Nepols

Day 4, Sunday July 1

0 – rode Metro to Colloseum (FREE with Roma Passes)
0 – Colloseum and Forum (FREE with Roma Passes)
FREE – Vittor Emanuel Monument
2 – paid attendant for two of us to use restroom (overpaid, should have paid €1)
55.4 – Lunch at L’insalata Ricca
FREE – entry to Pantheon
12 – four audioguides at Pantheon (oldest son stayed at hotel)
12 – taxi to hotel from Pantheon (too hot to walk or take Metro)
111.1 – Dinner at Gran Caffe Strega
5.5 – gelato for two

€1787.30 = Total for 4 days including hotel, food, activities
€89.37 = Total Per Person Per Day

Summary of our expenses:

€900 – Total of 4 hotel nights
€317 – TOTAL of activities, bus, taxi, laundry (=$396.25 with June 2012 exchange rates)
€570.30 – TOTAL of food (=$712.88 with June 2012 exchange rates)

Note: There is an abundance of less expensive eateries, so our Rome food expense could have been much less. For example, the Gran Caffe Strega dinner on Sunday was over €100 (over $125 US), but we selected this restaurant because we could sit outside and watch a tv showing the Euro Cup Final between Spain and Italy! Also, we had intended to buy lunch at to-go-type eateries such as pizza-by-the-slice stands, as recommended by budget-travel guide books, however, it was SO hot (over 100 degrees), that we just had to seek relief in air-conditioned sit-down eateries for lunch.


Rome Travel Per Person Per Day Budget Estimates from Around the Web:

Daily 3-star Traveler Index gives estimated expenses of €122.05, or US$162.73/day.
Rome Practical Information on Lonely Planet, states Seasoned budget travellers might get by on €40 per day, excluding accommodation expenses. (That’s 40 Euros, or 50 USD, per person for food and sightseeing alone.)
Rick Steves’ Rome 2013 indicates “you can enjoy Rome on $140 a day per person for room and board”, and those with a tighter budget “can enjoy Rome for as little as $65 a day” for room and board. He advises to add another $20 per day per person for sightseeing. (That’s a total of $85 to $160 per person per day in USD, or about €68 to €128 per person per day in Euros.) shows an Average Daily Expenses per person of €46.10 for budget travelers, to €107.75 for mid-range travelers, including hotel. (That’s about $58 to $135 in USD.)

Sandy Nielsen

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