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. Today our Rome Challenge will finally start!

The food 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.

Rome Challenge

Rome Challenge

Walking in the midst somewhere in the city attempting to find the way to the famous 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 neighboring landmarks and monuments. It means Metro/Bus/Tram free day! Nevertheless, we’ll find a cheap restaurant for lunch where we can eat affordable food. and at the end of the day buy some food in the supermarket for dinner.

The rest of the food from yesterday will be consumed throughout our stay that’s for sure.

List of places to visit for our Rome Challenge:

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 have to 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? every time 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 San Clemente al Laterano

Basilica of St. Clemente is very known in this town, even though is a Roman minor Basilica it has gained its reputation and attracted many tourists 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.

basilica
basilica 2

Park of Colle Opio

Park of Colle Opio

Meanwhile, after visiting a Basilica we get to access in the park easily, it’s an enchanted place where you will definitely subside. The trees were so enormous, the sunny sky and the calmness of this place make you wanna reside here forever.
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park in roma

Colosseum

Colosseum

As we all know Colosseum is the finest attraction of Rome, it is the on the cover of 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?

Colleseum
Colleseum

In the 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

Arch of Constantine

Savoring 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).

Arch of Constantine

Arch of Constantine

Foro Romano

Foro Romano

See? I was able to sneak in freely, just kidding. Actually, while we were walking around the area. This Rome Challenge getting more interesting!

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Foro Romano

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.

Circus Maximus

Circus Maximus

Campidoglio

Campidoglio

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 walks more we stumble in this place where many people were gathering and taking pictures everywhere.

Campidoglio 1

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

Altar of the Fatherland

Is located between Piazza Venezia and the Capitoline Hill is 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.

 Fatherland

Getting on 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.

roof top view

Basilique Santa Francesca Romana

Francesca Romana

Time was brisk after the visit to the rooftop. We went straight to the restaurant flooded place near the Basilique 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.

Basilique Santa Francesca Romana

Palazzo della Consulta

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.

Basilica

Trevi’s Place

Trevi's 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.

trevis place

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.

Afterward 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.

trevi

Palais Montecitorio

Palais Montecitorio

The last destination to visit is this place a highly guarded with an eccentric side of the building. The aura of its surrounding is pretty inexplicable, knowing that it is the Palace in the city. Strangely there wasn’t tourist barging around.

Afterward, 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 the Rome challenge√

I’ll give you a quick recap what happened on that day. Ater the walkathon for about 10 kilometers, we were exhausted but in a positive way.

Take a look at our summary itinerary!

summary

Follow us for our next day challenge, let’s find out together if we can still do the challenge on day 3 and 4. Do you think we can make this Rome challenge? tell me what you think. 

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5 Responses

  1. Tara Clifford says:

    It is hard to only spend 20 euros a day anywhere in Europe I think when travelling so well done! Bit disappointing about your experience at Trevi Fountain but on the whole the trip looked great!

    • I totally agree, well in Italy actually its a little bit cheaper than the other European countries however it depends on where, like in Rome there were places that are expensive and others are cheap. in regards with Trevi yeah it was dissapointing looking at those perfect photos on the internet and when you come to see the real one its not even worth it compared to the picture. but that’s just my personal perspective 🙂 thanks a lot anyway

  2. I totally agree, well in Italy actually its a little bit cheaper than the other European countries however it depends on where, like in Rome there were places that are expensive and others are cheap. in regards with Trevi yeah it was dissapointing looking at those perfect photos on the internet and when you come to see the real one its not even worth it compared to the picture. but that’s just my personal perspective 🙂 thanks a lot anyway

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