Monday, July 25, 2011

A CHEAPSKATE'S ADVICE: HOW TO SPEND LESS IN ROME

Coming from a small town in Sicily, I found prices in Rome exceedingly high. So I started looking for bargains.

The best  places to buy shoes and clothes are the "bancarelle" (stalls). They can be found everywhere in Rome but the most famous ones are those in Porta Portese, a flea market in Trastevere.  Porta Portese is open every Sunday and you can find just about anything there at very low prices. Be sure to get there early to avoid the crows...and watch out for pick-pockets!

Other popular stalls are the ones at the Ottaviano metro station.  Thursday is the best day to go there. On Via Ottaviano itself you'll find lots of shops at affordable prices.  The market at San Giovanni is the oldest and biggest market, it's near the Basilica di San Giovanni. Another great  area for bancarelle, is Viale America, near the Eur Fermi metro stop.  You will surely find bargains there, prices are very low because it's not a very touristy area. 

If you're looking for fruits and vegetables, go to the Testaccio market, not far from the Piramide metro station. Very good quality fresh fruits, vegetables, fish, meat, and bread at good prices.  The markets at Campo de' Fiori and the one in San Cosimato are rather expensive since they are visited by many tourists.

The best way to save on food is to go to the big supermarkets in the shopping malls (Panorama at Granai in the EUR area of Rome is a very good one). The new shopping mall EUROMA2 also has a great supermarket. If you can't get to the malls, go to local supermarkets such as TODIS, DESPAR, SMA, BILLA, PAM etc. They often have discounts and special offers such as 3X2 (buy two and get one free).


As for WATER  just fill your bottles at the many fountains found all over Rome!!! 

If you want to eat out, avoid the tourist places, go where the local people eat.  Moreover,  most bars now have a "tavola calda" (hot food section) where you can eat full meals at reasonable prices.


Here I am at the EUROMA2 shopping mall.

I'll be posting more tips and advice later.

27 comments:

  1. wonderful tips, If ever Im in Rome I now know where to shop :)

    have a great day

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  2. I'll follow your advice for sure during my visit. Thnx for following my blog dear!

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  3. These are great tips. I hope I get to use them some day :-)

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  4. mi piacerebbe andare a Roma!

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  5. Thanks a lot for visiting my blog and for your lovely comment.
    Very useful and effective information. Wonderful post with helpful tips.

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  6. Se Roma è cara dovresti vedere la riviera Ligure!!! :(( hehehehee

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  7. I tuoi post sono sempre fantastici, tesoro! Un bacione

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  8. With only a little modification, these hints could also apply to other cities and countries!! Well done!!

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  9. dis donc: mais pourquoi tu éscris seulement en anglais?
    t'es italienne, pas vrai?
    viens voir le nouvel CONTEST que j'ai ouvert chez moi: MODA & CUCINA = FASHION & FOOD...
    je t'attends!
    a bientot...

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  10. thanks so much for this post. I'm going to Rome in September so this was perfect for me! I'm also stopping at Sicily, if you have any more bugdet tips for there, I would love to hear them!

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  11. Ciao piacere di conoscerti!!che bel blog!!!ti seguo volentieri anch'io a presto :)

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  12. Hai dato dei bei consigli, eppoi la roma dei mercatini è molto più bella della Roma dei grandi negozi di marca o dei super ristoranti. Un abbraccio grande e piacere di conoscerti

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  13. great photos! Following you from Hawaii!

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  14. ... ma ciao! :))
    ma sei simpaticissima e stupenda! Ma ben trovata..
    uhm Porta Portese: m'hai richiamata alla memoria la canzone di Baglioni :)

    Felice settimana, a presto :)

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  15. Good tips! If I ever visit Rome, it will be useful :)

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  16. Ciao Ciccia, è tanto che non veniamo a trovarti, ci sei mancata, perchè i tuoi post sono sempre simpaticissimi!
    Un abbraccio, a presto!

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  17. GrAZIE PER IL COMMENTO E COMPLIMENTI PER QUESTO POST...SEI SEMPRE ESSERE ORIGINALE E CREDIMI NON E' POCO!!!!bUONA VITA!!!!!!

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  18. so fun!



    kisses from La Mode En Rose = )

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  19. Non è che Roma è cara.......è tutta l'Italia ormai!!!! Un bacio

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  20. Informative and useful tips,thanks for sharing.

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  21. ciao piacere di conoscerti....grazie x i complimenti...anche io ti seguo..
    Adoro Roma!
    ciao ciao

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  22. Bellissima Roma, che splendida gita!!!!

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  23. Oooh, I feel like I just had a mini-vacation! The markets and open stalls sound like fun. I wouldn't mind strolling through them for an afternoon! Thanks for the great tips!

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  24. Navigando il lungo e in largo tra i blog, sono finita qui nel tuo.
    Il tuo blog mi piace moltissimo: Le ricette, la grafica, tutti i contenuti interessanti.
    Mi sono aggiunta ai tuoi followers cosi non ti perdo più di vista.
    Se ti va, passa a trovarmi, sei la benvenuta.
    La magica Zucca

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  25. I am happy to follow your blog, Ciccia!

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  26. hey that is wonderful..I mean so many information together at one pace!! Nice thought to help tourists like us :)

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