Rome was interesting for us. We were way more exhausted than we had anticipated (this was due to it being week 3 of our 8 week journey in Europe) and there was a metro strike that really messed with our plans and our energy.

Our Experience

Day One

Our first day in Rome there was a strike and we weren’t able to get where we needed to be. We had planned to go to the Borghese Gallery; we had called ahead and had planned on using our Roma Pass. Due to the strike, we were unable to make our reservation. 

That night we went on a bike tour that was 3 hours long. I really enjoyed the tour, but was very tired from walking so much due to the strike. I’ve taken the Free Bike Tours of Rome twice. I definitely recommend going in the morning or evening if you’re going in the summer. Watching the sunset over Rome was one of my favorite memories in Rome.  

4 Day Budget and Itinerary for Rome

Day Two

Our second day in Rome we went to the Vatican and spent a few hours there. I love the Sistine Chapel. I could stare at it for hours. The rest of the Vatican museum was too hot and crowded for me. I plan on going in the low season if I visit the Vatican again. Please, get your tickets before hand. I do not understand people standing in that ridiculously long ticket line for hours. From there we did a Rick Steve’s walking tour through his app.

Day Three

Day three in Rome was a busy one. We went back to the Vatican to see St. Peters Basilica and climb up the dome. Ideally, we would have done this when we went to the Vatican, but because the crowds were overwhelming we decided to go back the following day. Then we went to the Colosseum and the Forum, the Pantheon, Spanish Steps, and the Trevi Fountain. The pass or prepaid tickets for the Colosseum and Forum are essential if you don’t wish to stand in line all day. I would also, as usual, love to suggest having an app or guide of some sort. Rick Steves offers excellent, free self-guided tours through his app.

4 Day Budget and Itinerary for Rome

Day Four

For our final day in Rome we had planned on going to Ostia Antica, but they were closed. However, we ended up going to the beach at Assisi and had a lovely day. It was so nice to cool off and get out of the busy city.

4 Day Budget and Itinerary for Rome


We arrived at the Rome Ciampiano (CIA) airport. Overall, I would recommend flying into this airport. There is a bus that goes to Termini and from there you can take the metro. Also, an Uber from that airport was only 20 euro. However, we were between the airport and Termini which could have been why it was this price. The taxis were trying to charge us 50 euro.


While we absolutely love food we didn’t spend much of our budget on food in Rome. Pizza, coffee, and gelato were the only things we had in Rome.

Transportation (Local)

Transportation in the city and to Assisi was inexpensive. We took three Uber rides. One from the airport, which I would definitely suggest—the taxis were a rip off. We also took two during the strike, they were, again, way cheaper than taxis. The metro is still very basic when it comes to transportation routes, but easy to use and fairly clean.


This would have been a more ideal itinerary then what actually played out

Day 1

  • Borghese Gallery
  • Bike Tour

Day 2

  • Vatican
  • St. Peters Basilica

Day 3

  • Colleseum
  • Forum
  • Pantheon
  • Spanish Steps
  • Trevi Fountain

Day 4 (Day Trip)

  • Ostia Antica
  • Assissi
  • Pompeii


We stayed on the outskirts of Rome. I would not suggest this, I wish we had spent 100 more euro and got a place in the city center. We stayed at an Airbnb with air conditioning and a great internet connection. We felt safe and were near a metro, but that didn’t help when we the metro was on strike.


Here’s a breakdown of our budget; we used the Roma Pass which gave us unlimited use of the metro for two days and free entry to one site.







Flying into Rome $78.13
Airbnb $178
Total for All €560


9 thoughts on “4 Day Itinerary and Budget for Rome, Italy

  1. I totally agree with you on the crowds at Vatican City. We thought it was crazy that everyone in line did not buy their tickets ahead of time! We too found the museum to be really hot and humid!

  2. I just downloaded the Rick Steves self guided tour app and will be using then in Rome as well! I’m so glad you said you enjoyed them! Any particular ones you didnt care for?

  3. You’re so right about the taxis in Rome, they love to con a tourist! Uber is far more reliable. And yes, it’s better to stay in the center as you get to be within closer distance of the main sights. A great itinerary nonetheless!

  4. That’s a very helpful guide, especially because you have budgeted everything. We went to Rome a few years back and I had no idea that there’s a beach so close by, at Assisi. I also loved the Vatican, and we went back there the next day as well, to look at the night scene, it was so beautifully lit up!

  5. You packed in so much information into this post, Rome for some unknown reason keeps escaping me, I have no idea why I’ve not been yet but I will definitely be referring to this post when I do go. I have dully noted not to stay on the outskirts of the city. I’ve been in this situation a few times when although the accommodation is cheaper it costs so much to actually get into the city i may as well have stayed in the city itself.

  6. Thanks for giving the detailed itinerary and breakup of the cost. Rome is one of the most beautiful city we have been to. I love the pictures in your blog and more so the name of your blog. Fernweh <3

  7. Thanks for the itinerary. It is just what is needed for budget travellers. We too prefer to rent bicycles when we are travelling.

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