20€ in Rome challenge! Day 2
The weather in Rome was gradually turning into a sunny ambiance we had our breakfast early in the morning. As expected a plate with italian bread and croissant with some cheese, butter, ham, bacon and extra add ups like honey, sugar, milk etc.
It was good but not excellent well what do you expect with a low-budget travel right I have absolutely nothing to complain of. I was thinking about our Rome Challenge for the second day crossing fingers hoping that we can make it.
Beautiful Appartment view
Walking in the midst somewhere in the city attempting to find the way to the famous The Colosseum then eventually walk around the area and visit some proximate interesting places.
The general plan this day is to visit as much as we could by walking the neighbouring landmarks and monuments, it means Metro/Bus/Tram free day. Nevertheless we’ll find a cheap restaurant for lunch where we can eat affordable good and in the end of the day buy some food in the supermarket for diner.
The rest food will be consumed throughout our stay that’s for sure.
List of places to visit:
Basilica of San Clemente al Laterano, Park of Colle Opio, Colosseum, Arch of Constantine, Circus Maximus, Faro Romano, Campidoglio, Capitoline Hill, Altar of the Fatherland, Basilique Santa Francesca Romana, Palazzo della Consulta, Montecitori Palace, Trevi Fountain.
I admit that this is probably the most difficult challenge that we have taken so far, having this long list of places to visit might let us break our 20 euros budget for the day. fingers crossed we won’t.
You might be curious if where I got this list of places every time? eveytime we travel I always bring a guide travel book with me called Cartoville.
It’s very fun to follow cause you can choose your own places to go and you have some lists of cheap restaurants and information about the best things to do while in the place.
Basilica of San Clemente al Laterano
Basilica of St. Clemente is very known in this town, even though is a Roman minor Basilica it has gain its reputation and attracted a many tourist to visit inside.
There were some parts of the interior that are prohibited though, I believe it’s for the better that sacred places must not just be an ordinary tourist attraction at all.
Park of Colle Opio
As we all know Colosseum is the finest attraction of Rome, its been the on the cover on every magazine or guide travel books of Italy. It’s also known as Flavian Amphitheatre.
How come Colosseum became very popular? What’s the essence of this building for Italian history?
In Medieval era it was actually used for gladiators contests and public spectacles. Have you seen the movie of Caesar having his famous speech in front of the huge public.
Have you seen the gladiator battle from a lot of films? this is the place where it all began. Nowadays became the pride of Rome that attracts millions of tourists every year.
Arch of Constantine
Savouring the glorious view of this outstanding Colosseum and Arch. On the adjacent side is a plaza surrounded by tons of ruins.
I was very curious to see if we can enter freely (in my dreams) obviously we need to pay for the entrance. A bad news for us, but instead I’ll try to sneak in illegally (evil smile).
See? I was able to sneak in freely, just kidding. Actually while we were walking around the area.
I notice there was a road going to the back of Roman forums so we chased the road up and boom we found a secret hideout oh a secret garden rather.
It’s the Roman forums free view yes free you can see everything from above and you’ll have the advantage to take some incredible photos from afar.
After the brief stay in the secret area of Faro Romano, we continued to walk and search where we could be heading next. Then a few walk more we stumble in this place where many people were gathering and taking pictures everywhere.
Without knowing that we are already on the top hill portion of the city. The Campidoglio or more known as Capitoline Hill has marked on the tourist attractions too for its extraordinary design made by the great artist his self MichelAngelo
Altar of the Fatherland
Is located between Piazza Venezia and the Capitoline Hill known for having the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier with an eternal flame. A story of the World War I, among 11 unknown remains one was chosen and buried in the state funeral.
Getting in the inside of this monument It was a little bit awkward cause there were some rooms for expositions and that you need to pay the entrance fee.
What we did was we stroll around and found a way to go to the highest part of the building. The access was totally free you can come here yourself and enjoy the 360 degree view of the city.
Basilique Santa Francesca Romana
Time was a brisk after the visit on the roof top. We went straight on the restaurant flooded place near the Basilque Santa Romana.
Going back and fort finally there was one who attracted us the most, a pizzeria again.
We ordered a bunch of slices of delicious pizza, for the second time around which is of course very cheap. It will fill in your stomach for the rest of the day, paid 15 euros for everything not bad for our tight budget.
Palazzo della Consulta
Rome is undisputedly the nicest town to walk around don’t forget it has several churches in the city.
Did you know that it has more than 200 churches and 19 basilicas?
Among these churches we have visit 3 of it that day though I don’t normally take pictures inside the church as a respect to the place.
Trevi Fountain was in a stampede there were a lot of people around, we can’t even properly move it was very disappointing but anyway the place is nice as usual a tourist attraction.
Frustrated with the situation we took another way just compensate ourselves we went to look for food around the areas and yeah we found some nice italian café’s a bought coffee and italian bread after a long walk.
Afterwards heading to the shopping place where I was just doing window shopping of course, at least that makes my nerves back into its normal phase.
Last destination to visit is this place a highly guarded with an excentric side of the building. The aura of its surrounding is pretty inexplicable, knowing that it is the Palace in the city. Strangely there wasnt tourist barging around.
Afterwards we headed to buy some food in the grocery stores. I calculated it to be consumed for the rest of our stay:
(18 euros / 3days = 6 euros per day /2 persons = 3 euros).
Restaurant : 15 euros for 2 = 7,5 euros/person coffee&bread 5 euros for 2 = 2,5/person.
Total spending of the day is 13 euros/person. Challenge successfully surpassed √
I’ll give you a quick recap what happened on that day. Ater the walkathon for about 10 kilometers, we were exhausted but in the positive way. Take a look at our summary iterinary.
Follow us for our next day challenge, lets find out together if we can still do the challenge on day 3 and 4. Do you think we can make it? tell me what you think.