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1. Accommodation
Generally, prices get higher as you move towards the centre of the city and the hotel has more stars to its rating. A 1- or 2- star hotel or taking a room without a private bathroom wwill save you money, and is preferable to looking outside the centre or in Termini neighbourhood where cheap hotels congregate.


2. The Vatican for free
The Vatican museums are free the last Sunday of each month, but this is common knowledge and the museums are very crowded.


3. Pay in cash
Cash is the sometimes preferable to credit, and will often secure you a discount in shops and smaller hotels. Just make sure you leave with some kind of receipt. 


4. Travel Off-Season
Roughly, late October to before Easter is low season in Rome, when rates on airfares and hotels can drop considerably, plus you visit withoud the crowds and long queuse



5. Shop Wisely
Some fashion items are no cheaper in Italy than abroad. when possible, save your parchasing for one store so you can gather up the VAT limit and get a refund. Go for artisan products rather than souvenirs, and purchase from the craftspeople themselves to avoid resale mark-ups.


6. Cheap Eate
In food-loving Italy, price or category of restaurent has little to do with how good the food is, so a cheaper Osteruia or Trattoria is just as tasty as fancy ristorante. Appetizers cost almost as much as first courses for less food. House wine is cheaper than bottled.


7. Sightseeing for Free
The Roman Forum is one of the top free sights in the world. Churches are free and hold some of Rome's greatest art and architectur.


8. Sightseeing Discounts
Sights and museums are run by a variety of agencies, from national to municipal to private, so prices vary. National museums are free under 18 and over 60 to almost everyone save Americans. One of the best deals is the € 20 7-day ticket , valid for sites such as the Colosseum, The Paltine, monuments along the Via Appia and the various museums of the Museo Nazionale.


9. Travel Discounts
Those under 18 can buy a Carta Verde for about € 10 that offers 30 percent discount on any train ticket; the same deal for over 60s is called Carta Argento. Available from railway stations.


10. Picnics
You can visit string of small grocery stores (alimentari) greengrocers (fruttivendolo) bread and pastry shopes (panetteria or pasticceria), wine stores (vini olii, enoteca or fiaschetteria) or simple street stalles and create your own picnic to eat on a square, take on a daytrip, or enjoy back in your hotel room.

    Essentials to trip and live in Rome


Although functioning as a vibrant, modern capital akin to any in Europe, the unique appeal of Rome is that the entire city is a vast, 3000 yaers old, indoor-outdoor museum. In every quarter you'll find ancient monuments, art treasures and timeless architecture in churches, galleries and protected ruins. Home to the world's smallest city, the vatican, Rome has religion at its heart and history in its soul - a city that dazzles and inspires visitor time and time again


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The Vatican is the world's smallest nation, covering just 120 acres. This tiny city_state is home to the Pope, the world greatest museum, largest church, and the most astunding workof art ever created - Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel ceiling. Top 10 features Of Vatican City

    Shopping Tips

1. Shop Hours
Most shops follow normal business houres and open at 8-9am, shut for lunch until 3-4pm, and close around 6-8pm. In tourist areas and at larger stores the lunch break (riposo) is slowly disappearing in favour of orario continuato (open all day).


2. Fashion and Stock Houses
Designer fashion is rarely cheaper than back home, but there is the cachet of having found those great shoes in Rome. Stock houses sell last year's styles, overstock, slight, irregulars or items that won't sell in botiques



3. Design Objects
Italians are masters of industrial design, from Ferraris to Alessi Kettles. If the Ferrari does not fit your budget, consider shopping for elegant kitchen implements, homewares of lighting systems, many scetched out by top international designers on behalf of Italian firms.

4. Religious objects
Religious mementos, from kitsch, to solemn, to the classy, are hawked from stands and shops around the vatican and, to some extent, across Rome. you can bring your purchase to the Wednesday Papal audience, during which he issues a mass blessing.

5. Haggling
Expected in markets, but hardly ever in shops. Many market sells holders now hail from Middle Eastern countries where bargaining is an art from, so be ready to do the full ritual, including acting less and less interested, while the merchant acts ever more offended and claims he can go no lower. He will not sell it for less than a profit, so any price agreed upon is acceptable.

6. VAT Refunds
Italy's Value Added Tax (IVA) is a sales tax already added on to the sticker prices of every item. If you are a non-EU resident and spend more than € 150 in a single shop, you can get the tax refunded. Ask the store to help you fill out the forms; then take take these and the receipts to the customs office at the airport of the last EU country you'll be visiting to complete the paperwork. Your refund will be posted but it may take monthes. Stores marked "Tax-Free Shopping for tourists" Speed up the process, giving you a cheque for the customs office to stamp, then you redeem it at the airport's Tax-Free Shopping desk.

7. Wine
Rome's best souvenir, although heavy to carry. Shipping is expensive, so save it for when you discover a vineyard whose wines aren't exported and buy a whole case.

8. Crafts
Italy is renowned for hand-painted ceramics a souvenir with a practical use. Rome is also home to many fine jewellers, from big names such as bulgari to artisans labouring in small boutiques.

9. Art and Antiques
As the heart of the Roman Empire and an epicentre of the Renaissance and Baroque, Rome is full of antiquities, paintings and sculpture from the Middle Ages to today. There's also a good market in furnishings from Renaissance-era to art Nouveau to simple, country-style pieces.

10. Customs Limits
Uk and irish citizens can bring home virtually anything duty-free (although theoretical amounts such as 90 litres of wine apply). US citizens are limited to $ 400 worth of goods duty-free, including one litre of alcohol, 200 cigarettes and 100 cigars. Canadian, Australian and New Zealand limitation are similar. Only British and EU resident may export flowers, fruits, vegetables, meats (unless tinned) and soft cheeses

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