Travel Hacks Italy Edition (Rome & The Vatican)

So you are planning a trip to Rome, Italy and also plan on visiting the Vatican.  These are the top 6 things you need to know before you go.  These tips will save you both time and money during your travels in Italy. Enjoy, travel hacks Italy edition!

1. Skip the Lines as the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill

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Instead of buying tickets to get into the Colosseum at the Colosseum, buy them just down the road at Roman Forum and Palatine Hill (the ticket lets you into both places). Not only will you able to walk right into the Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill area, you will also be able to walk right by the hundreds of people in line at the Colosseum.  It is seriously one the most amazing ways to save yourself a couple of hours in the crazy heat of Rome.  


]2. Buy Ticket’s in Advance to the Vatican

If you want to see the Vatican, buy your tickets in advance.  I cannot stress this enough, the line to get in was at minimum 10 blocks long when we were there.  We walked past thousands of tourists because we had pre-purchased our tickets online.  The tickets are for a particular time slot and I would recommend the earlier the better so the Vatican itself if not too packed. With our tickets walked right in and got to explore. 


If you didn’t buy your tickets in advance for whatever reason I would recommend you go with one of the many tour guides trying to sell their tours.  It is insanely overpriced but the wait is not worth it in my opinion.  For extra 30 or 40 Euros, it is completely worth not having to stand in a line for 3 hours.  If you just buy your tickets in advance, you won’t have to worry about any of that.

3. Shortcut to St. Peter’s Basilica

Once you’ve done the tour of the Vatican you will arrive at the Sistine Chapel, admire its beauty then walk to the back of the room, ditch your audit guide (if you have one) and follow the tour groups through the door on the far right-hand side of the Chapel.  You will take a back passageway and get into St. Peter’s Basilica without waiting in the other huge line. 


4. Check out the free things to do and free sites

Rome is full of free things to see and do, you can definitely save a ton of money on tourist attractions.  Check out the Pantheon, take a break on the Spanish steps or have a coffee near the Trevi fountain.  Make sure to marvel at all the beautiful churches, fountains, historical sites, and museums without spending a dime.  You would be amazed what you can find by walking around this beautiful city.


5. Drink the Water

You will find public water fountains all over the city there is about 2,5000 of them scattered throughout.  This water is free and cold, saving you lots of money and the environment! There is no reason to buy bottled water in Rome.  On a typical hot and sweaty Roman day, you will be loving the ability to fill up just about anywhere and cool yourself down for a minute.  Don’t forget to bring a water bottle you can refill throughout the day!


6. Grab a drink and enjoy a free buffet

While exploring the city you will find many bars offering a buffet with pre-dinner aperitivo (appetizer).  You will find most of these restaurant in the Trastevere area.  Buy yourself a regularly priced glass of wine, beer or cocktail, and enjoy the buffet.  The food is generally small sandwiches and pasta but a great way to save yourself some money on dinner while still getting to go out.  Just beware some of these places limit the number of times you can go to the buffet so fill up that plate!

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Know some other ways to save time and money in Rome, Italy?  Have something to add to Travel hacks Italy Edition? Have you tried any of these? Share your thoughts in the comments below!


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