Italy on a shoestring

I’m a big fan of renaissance art including the historical architecture, sculptures and painting. The centre of renaissance art is arguably Roma or Rome for the English speakers. Here is a few tips and maybe inspiration to go back in time and connect to the other side of the modern era with a trip back in time in Roma.

I am Thankful for my amazing son who organised everything from the flights to the day’s activities for our trip to Roma and he’s great at cutting the cost.

We traveled from Luton airport in the Uk at the amazing cost of £8.98. Return for each person. that’s less than £20 for two. You can Only take hand luggage but a small rucksack is plenty for 3/4 days.

The trip was a bit more complicated due to covid for example taking a flow test 24 hrs in advance and emailing confirmation to the airline so Italy allow you into the country. There are other restrictions while in the country ,wearing specific mask and having a covid pass.

Accommodation we have is in a hostel style hotel. The cost for a bed for 4 nights in shared dorms (included is Italian daily tourist tax)about £100. We managed to have free upgrade with my son in a private room at no extra cost.

Roma has so much to see and places to eat you can spend a long time here. For an overview or a whistle stop tour I will mention the ones not to miss.

1 The Basilica next to Vatican City is a must and it is free. The largest church in the world and it is inspiring and breathe taking.


2 The Vatican for all you art lovers is must. The cost for entry is €17 Euro. The tremendous amount of art from all artists is incredible. When I arrive back home in the UK I might post some pictures. The Sistine Chapel is awesome with fresco enveloping the whole room. I was picking up the energy in the room , truly a spiritual and awe inspiring room. I imagined that for centuries all the famous individuals gazed at the same magnificent artworks from all over the world, I have to admit the Vatican is impressive from a spiritual cultural artistic perspective.

We traveled from our hostel early in the morning at 9:40 am and it took a ride on the metro at a cost of €1.50 one way. it took 13 minutes via underground. We walked back to see few other sites that took about 40 minutes brisk walk.

3 The Pantheon’s is awesome converted Greek temple into a catholic church which is free. The famous artist Raphael is buried there at the young age of 37 years old. The magnificent large dome cascades the whole room filling the space with legends of Greek gods and religious icons.

4 The Mellini Chapel is insignificant to the Basilica in size and grandeur but it has a few gems by Giovanni early renaissance artist who paved the way the likes of Divinci and Michelangelo. The location is good spot near the famous steps and other churches.

4 Trevi Fountains are superb sculptures in a good location with plenty of places to eat and drink. Again this is free and you can sit down with a snack and watch the fountains. Added bonus in Roma there is free flowing drinkable water just take a plastic bottle refill around the city for free.

I have another day to go and will do part two when I arrive home with more info.

Round up on the basic needs in Roma on a shoestring. The cheapest way to eat is buy food from supermarket and cook at the hostel obviously but be prepared to have not usual home food , be adventurous and grab a bargain eating the locals foods.

Eating out is a trial by error. Read carefully the menu sometimes add 15% service charge. The saying is often you get what you pay for. The main expense on holiday is transport and food. Sacrifice fine dinning and walk a lot cut cost dramatically.

The language is not a barrier because many Italians speak good English. Google translate is always a winner for a good conversation for those who have the time.

In conclusion you don’t have to rob a bank or have a second mortgage to have a fantastic holiday. Finally for all you cheap skates there is an app called couch surfers you can use around the world and have free accommodation.

Quite often I have individuals stay with me from all over the world and you can enjoy a holiday from the comfort of your own home welcoming international guest.



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About Stephen Hyne

I am creative and curious about life. I have a passion for the brain and the psychology of human behaviour. I love the renaissance art, culture and architecture. Music is my best friend follows me on my life journey of discovery.

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