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).
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.)
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
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.)
• BudgetYourTrip.com 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.)
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