Italy, Rome Guide (B): Rome City Break on a Budget

Rome City Break on a Budget
I remember a friend telling me about his city break in Rome: He went to a restaurant near his hotel but they wouldn’t give him a menu and just waived away his protestations and then when the bill arrived at the end of the meal – oh dear!

Even a short city break in Rome can be a pricey affair but here are some tips for enjoying the fun, food and culture of Rome on a budget.

Free Museums and Art in Rome

In many ways all of Rome is a museum and an art gallery but there are a few free venues that are worth a visit, mostly small galleries and spaces exhibiting contemporary art. Check out Valentina Bonomo (in a former monastery) and the Monitor (near the Vatican).

Rome is the birthplace of the Christian church and its holy buildings have long been home to some of the finest art in the world, which is free to view.

The ceiling and dome of Sant’ Ignazio will leave you speechless. It looks like the roof has been blown off so you can look right up into heaven. Times art critic Waldemar Januszczac even admitted this is one of his favourite places in Rome (Piazza Sant’ Ignazio, open daily 07:30-12:30, 15:00-19:15).

My own favourite church in Rome is San Luigi dei Francesci for its precious Caravaggios. The Contarelli Chapel contains the stunning Calling of St Matthew. Caravaggio’s wrinkled realism is a welcome change from the stylised perfection of his contemporary’s religious art. (Piazza San Luigi dei Francesi, open daily except Thursday afternoon ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: Rome City Break on a Budget
Guide Location: Italy » Rome
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Sight(s) featured in this guide: Valentina Bonomo   Monitor   Piazza Sant’ Ignazio   San Luigi dei Francesci   San Pietro in Vincoli   Basilica of San Clemente   Pantheon   Fiocco di Neve   Gelateria della Palma   Giolitti   Da Tonino   L’Enoteca Antica   L’Angolo Divino   Bar del Fico   Public Park   Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II  
Author: Natasha Von Geldern
Read it on author's website: https://www.worldwanderingkiwi.com/2012/08/rome-city-break-budget-travel/

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