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Visit Rome on a Budget

Planning a trip to Rome and want to keep it in your budget? The NY Times Travel section takes a look at some of the things you can do (and some of the foods you can eat) in Rome cheaply or for free.

Of course you can survive on the city’s two most famous foods, pizza and gelato, for almost nothing. But I was thrilled to find that the city also provides courtesy beverages (with unlimited refills) from its ubiquitous old fontanelle, or water fountains, which pretty much all reports conclude are cool, delicious and safe to drink.

And along with the water, much of Rome’s history is free, too. Yes, you will pay to see the Sistine Chapel and to enter the Colosseum (15 euros and 15.50 euros respectively) but not to visit the Trevi Fountain, the 2,000-year-old hulking Pantheon or the Parco degli Acquedotti, a park you get to by taking the subway to the Giulio Agricola stop.

Source: The New York Times


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