Rome on a Budget | 24 Perfect Hours in Italy (First Time Visitor Guide)


Buon giorno tutto il mondo. Come stai? Now, I don’t speak Italian. Non parlo molto italiano. I don’t know if that was correct, but what I was trying to say was, “Good morning world. How are you doing?” Right now I am in Rome, Italy. I’m here with the lovely Carrie Rad, my beautiful girlfriend. Ciao. Buon giorno. Marko and I just wrapped our shoot up in the Shetland Islands. He’s headed over to the Basque Country to go on a foodie adventure, and I am here in Italy with Carrie. She’s been here trying to figure out her Italian citizenship for the last couple of weeks, travelling around with her mom. It was so neat to come back here and see family. My family lives in Nola, which is southern Italy, and it was so cool to just reconnect with everybody in… I don’t know… traveling with your mom in your 30s is fun, and we had a really good time. You’re not 30 yet, though. You’re 29. But, I’m just rounding up. We don’t have a lot of time here in Rome, unfortunately. We only have today because tomorrow we’re going to be renting a car, and we’re going to be road tripping up through Tuscany, trying to hit all of the hot springs. There’s a bunch of hot springs up there. And then we’re going to head up to Venice and try to catch the tail end of Carnival. So it’s going to be fun. It’s going to be really mellow. We’re going to keep these vlogs pretty straight forward, but we have some exploring to do. So let’s go explore Rome. Colosseum.. couple of quick facts. I’m not going to go in there. It’s extremely crowded; it’s one of the biggest tourist attractions in the world, but it was built by the emperors in the Flavian Dynasty. In the first century AD the Colosseum was erected. It was built over Emperor Nero’s Palace. You know it’s been like the blueprint for sports stadiums ever since. It’s kind of the quintessential arena. It was used for lots of stuff, but probably most famously for gladiatorial battles, lots of time against animals but sometimes on special occasions, people versus people. If you have seen the movie Gladiator, you kind of understand what it’s all about. There’s a saying “bread and circus is what keeps the people happy.” You don’t want to have revolts. You don’t have revolution; you keep the population well-fed; you keep them entertained, and blood sport back then was the best way to do that. There’re lots of hustlers in Rome. There’re tons of pickpockets. Be aware. Be alert. But everybody is speaking to us in Spanish. I don’t know if I look Spanish. While it might not look like much today, this was the Circus Maximus The Circus Maximus, the chariot racing arena where Ben Hur would have been competing. If you’ve seen that movie,then you know what I’m talking about. If you haven’t, it’s a classic. You should check it out. They believed that this arena could have held around 250,000 people and what’s even crazier is that it’s been around since the 6th or 7th century B.C. It was believed to have been built by the fifth king of Rome. There were supposedly seven kings of Rome. Before Rome became a republic, it was a monarchy and after it was a republic, it was an empire. But there’s just way too much history to take in here. Rome is basically a giant open-air museum. You’ve got to use your imagination. Maybe 2,000 years ago 250,000 people were sitting here snacking on faro and watching the chariot races… just like a day at the Del Mar Fair. Easy. That back there is Constantine’s Arch. Constantine made the Roman Empire christian, and that is kind of like what he went into the history books for. He’s the first christian emperor of Rome. When Rome became christianized, everything changed. Right now this whole area that we’re in is kind of the heart of ancient Rome. Over there is the Forum. The Forum was where when new laws were made, somebody would go up to the rostra and announce it to the public. But it’s pretty cool just walking around here. Even though it’s super crowded, even though there’s tons of tourists, it really does kind of take you back to… letting you imagine what it would have been like. It’s so crazy to look at the Colosseum and imagine what it was like. I don’t know if I would want to be sitting there watching what happens. There was so much blood, but it’s cool to imagine. So you would want to see it? I don’t know if I could do it. Something that’s very easy to overlook but is super important… there’re free public fountains all over the city. One of the most lasting elements of Roman culture are the aqueducts, and the aqueducts are almost everywhere in the Roman world. There’re still ruins of these amazing aqueducts, some of which span hundreds of miles. They were built at a slope ever so slightly that the water would flow naturally from very far away into the city, feed the baths that the Roman elite would wash in and the fountains that all of the regular people would drink from. And it’s pretty crazy. They still have a lot of those fountains flowing, and the water tastes nice. I found a chill little plaza nice and quiet, nobody here. There’s a dude selling paninis and beers, so we got a panini and a Peroni. It’s 2:00 in the afternoon. Supposed to rain in about an hour, so we’re going to try to squeeze in as much as we can until then. It’s like 3:00 in the afternoon, which is very late to be eating lunch in Italy. Most of the restaurants are closed, but we found this cute little spot called Divinostilia Food and Wine. It’s a little wine bar. It’s totally packed right now, so we’re eating at the bar. But we’ve ordered a beef ragu pasta, caprese salad, two glasses of vino. Grazie. Well, that place was deliziosa, magnifico. Super, super good. We’re going to do as the Italians do and head back to the Airbnb right here and have a little snooze. This could be the world’s smallest elevator. How are you going to fit your backpack here? If you have claustrophobia….don’t go in. No. I can’t even turn around. I have a bag. I guess I’ll just close it with my backpack. Are we over the weight limit in here? Maybe. I just ate. Andiamo. Every key in Italy so far has looked like this, which I think is so cool because it feels so old-school. But this actually isn’t the right key for that door. Do you want to use it anyway? That’s the one on the gate. Welcome to our little humble home and…….nap time. That was a nice little nap and the first thing that I said when we lay down the bed was, ” I’m ready for my pasta.” But first we are going to take this bottle of Prosecco to the Colosseum and just sit while the sun sets. That was a last minute choice, and I’m glad we’re doing it. Alright ladies and gentlemen, that was 24 hours in Rome. In all honesty, it was more like six hours running around Rome. But we did the most that we could in this day. I think we did pretty good. I think we did a really good job. I mean you can’t do it in a day. You have to have more than one day in Rome. Totally, at least three. But like they said, Rome wasn’t built in a day, and it sure as hell wasn’t explored in one. So if you enjoyed this video, you know what to do.. Give it a big thumbs- up, share with your friends, subscribe, turn on notifications. Make sure you subscribe to Carrie’s channel, and stay tuned because we’re going to be heading tomorrow up to Tuscany for hot springs, hilltop villages, wine. I’m so excited. It’s going to be great. We’re going to finish this bottle of Prosecco, finish the sunset. In the meantime remember to stay curious, keep exploring, and we will see you on the road. Peace. Ciao. Buona notte. Ciao……


100 Responses

  1. Sabrina Staley

    March 16, 2018 4:41 pm

    Yesterday I met someone on the streets in NYC who looked exactly like Alex but wasn’t Alex and it freaked me out

  2. katrinakl

    March 17, 2018 12:06 am

    Rome was my favorite Italian city. Historic, beautiful and way cleaner than I'd heard. But my favourite overall in Italy is the Cinque Terre. So cute! You guys would love it.

  3. Beatriz Cerqueira

    March 17, 2018 12:40 am

    The timing for this video couldn't be more perfect!! I'm going to Rome at the end of the month! It's gonna be hectic 😅😆

  4. Sandy pietlock

    March 17, 2018 1:54 am

    This was okay. Rome is so amazing that anything would have been good but it looks like you never really left the Coliseum. You didn’t even go into The Forum.

  5. Brock Bridges

    March 17, 2018 6:13 am

    Hey Alex two things!
    First: Love the video and hope Italia is treating you well, was just there in September.
    Second: Where did you get that black jacket with the sideways zipper?! I must have one!

  6. andrea di curzio

    March 18, 2018 8:42 am

    This is the link for the vagabrothers' apartment in Rome:

  7. Martina Asta

    March 18, 2018 3:59 pm

    We say "buongiorno a tutti" not "a tutto il mondo", though it is not completely incorrect you're more likely to hear "buongiorno a tutti" in Italy

  8. Samantha MacKenzie

    March 18, 2018 3:59 pm

    My boyfriend and I are going to Rome next week! What well timed video! We'll be there for just under 5 days. Can't wait to go!

  9. Alessandra Incatasciato

    March 18, 2018 11:56 pm

    I've been in Rome five or six times in my life, i'm going to be in Rome again tomorrow, spending a whole week, and I always discover new things when i'm there. IT'S AN AMAZING CITY!

  10. more over

    March 19, 2018 1:06 pm

    24h in Rome: Colosseum. Wow! Rome is freaking HUGE and when i was there i moved a lot with metro and tram and visited many spots! You Can buy a ticket that lasts 48h for EVERY public trasport at 12€, that's way cheaper then buying single tickets. Also we spent all the Night in very cool pubs and discos in the northern part of the city (There are very classy clubs and very trashy ones as well).

  11. delo56

    March 19, 2018 1:49 pm

    Going to Rome in May. I thought drones were outlawed in Rome, Florence, and Venice. Saw you had some drone shots in Rome. What's the status?

  12. Cook Travels

    March 24, 2018 6:50 am

    Thank you for another great Video! Would you mind sharing where you stayed in Rome? It’s so close to the Colosseum …. Thank you.

  13. telsah1

    March 24, 2018 3:40 pm

    I went to Italy years ago with my mum on a tour package with Titan tours. We went inside the Coliseum in our free time. At the time that we went there was not too many people. & I was awe struck being in there and so was my mum. We both felt like you could feel the presence of the past as though ghosts were there watching us explore. & The Lion pits really made me feel for those poor Lions.  It was not creepy. It was just connecting and special. I loved it inside there.  We saw all the sights in Italy.  It was a great tour and well worth the money. We were going to another tour together.  The food in Italy was the best food I had ever eaten. You can not get Italian food in England like you can Italy. It's just not the same. The best spaghetti bolognaise is in Italy. We had it in Rome. Was the best ever. & Pizza in Italy is the best in the world. & Italian wine is the best too.  I loved your video so very much. Thank you for sharing your 24 hours in Rome. Awesome.  I will look forward to Tuscany. We went there too.

  14. daniela suarez

    March 25, 2018 2:54 pm

    Yes definitely you look like a Spanish and you have that accent. Genial ! Greetings from Colombia

  15. sia k

    March 26, 2018 5:19 am

    What is the song called about 8 minutes in the video? About pina colada. Another nice travel video from you. Thanks

  16. Julia M

    March 28, 2018 3:15 am

    Omg, I hope everything goes well for Carrie and her Italian citizenship :).I am going to Italy this May and stay there for some time while I present all the documents for the Italian citizenship too! So excited haha 😀 In case she needs to know something about a requirement, I am here 🙂

  17. Aitor Navarro

    March 31, 2018 6:19 am

    Hahaha, Alex I've always thought you and your brothers look Spanish! What is your actual ancestry?

  18. Khanabadosh

    April 6, 2018 1:48 am

    Hey Alex you are amazing brother
    I love ur channel very much coz it inspire me to travelling ,
    I want to know one thing that is it legal to have a sip or two of wine in public in Roma?

  19. Jeremy L.

    April 21, 2018 4:22 am

    Hi buddy, sorry i know this isnt a video about drones, but can i kindly ask, where is a Good spot to take off your drone (i saw you had some beautiful drone shots, which i believe is not allowed in Rome)? Whats your experience with the crowd or police if any? Thanks!

  20. Remus Lupin

    April 21, 2018 7:16 pm

    Non avete visto nulla… Piazza Navona, Fontana di Trevi, Piazza di Spagna, Villa Borghese, Piazza Venezia ect. ect.

  21. whxtxrxsx

    May 9, 2018 9:55 pm

    whenever youre in rome again, visit 'ostia antica', its roman ruins that almost no turists ever visit.

  22. Nicole Andrea Fontana

    May 14, 2018 5:40 pm

    il turista lo riconosci subito, ordina il ragù, la caprese e per finire un bel cappuccino, a Roma…da galera siete

  23. ZACK VS

    May 20, 2018 5:16 pm

    Great quality of shooting and explanations. But your Italian was così così hhhhhhhh. kidding. Excellent video.

  24. Zero Shifter

    May 28, 2018 9:58 am

    FunForLouis' backpack, laptop, camera and passport ALL STOLEN… Nice job… BUDDY!!!!

  25. Sgt. Pepper

    June 3, 2018 1:24 pm

    Very nice production! Thanks for sharing. P.S. 42 thumbs down at this point, really?; come on people, get a life.:)

  26. Echa

    June 22, 2018 6:53 am

    I was wondering….if Alex has dual citizenship (US & NZ) and Carrie has dual citizenship (US & Italy), if they get married & have children which citizenship do they prefer for the kids? lolll sorry for being random

  27. Foxes on the Go

    July 14, 2018 3:29 am

    I enjoyed watching your video. My family and I recently got back from a 3 week vacation in Europe where we spent time in Rome exploring the sites. It was amazing and a lot less expensive than Paris where we had visited previously. 🙂 We can't wait to go back! – Michelle

  28. Elio

    July 22, 2018 3:57 pm

    The line for the coliseum is sometimes really long and you wait an hour but we just bribed one of the tourist group guides and said we wanted to skip the line and just gave him €20 which isn’t much idk what my parents would do without me

  29. Steve Wilkins

    August 6, 2018 3:12 am

    You have great "style" and a good speaking voice for narrative… gave just the right amount of "historical fact" and made it so "listenable"….good rhythm….clear and steady cinematography….so easy and enjoyable to watch your lovely travel vlog of Rome! Very well done….Bravissimo!

  30. Kevin Weller

    November 6, 2018 5:53 am

    Hey everyone, I'm new to youtube and am trying to grab some views on my 4k drone video taken in Italy and Malta. If you could like, subscribe and comment that would be great. @cNdA
    Thanks everyone!

  31. Catherine Tighe

    November 24, 2018 3:22 am

    Vatican far too crowded! Lovely place but a real let down because of the crowds! Top tip, no need for a guided tour! Takes too long!!! Rome is overcrowded, Went there late September 2018! This video gives a false impression because it doesn't show the nightmare of getting from one tourist attraction to another! Even the open bus tour was too much!! Sorry, but only saying it as it is!

  32. zreyes_xo

    December 11, 2018 4:35 am

    I cannot wait!!!!!!!!!!! Going next month!! To Rome, London, & Paris!!!!!!! And then off to Thailand a few weeks shortly after!!!

  33. Jun Glo

    January 26, 2019 3:01 am

    Going in May- can't wait- watched your vid on Venice too= it was awesome! Where did you get the panini's Looking for a good, inexpensive place to grab a sandwich while we're there- no "tourist menu"!

  34. Semra aliyeva

    February 2, 2019 10:22 pm

    guys you’re adorable! i live in Rome (studying) its like a home.. and i dont know what is the name of the boy but i want to tell you that your english is stunning! where are you from?

  35. Laplena

    February 6, 2019 12:23 am

    "It's like a day at the Del Mar fair" Got the reference. Greetings from sunny San Diego! Making my way over to Rome this May 🙂

  36. Lanciarules

    February 24, 2019 7:17 pm

    An entire life would not be sufficient to see the entire history of Rome, you can figure how much you can see in a day…

  37. marco fiorini

    May 28, 2019 1:15 pm

    Ci vogliono almeno 7g….in 24ore a Roma nn vedi nulla… Solo er traffico 😂😂😂

  38. Rajeev Verma

    July 9, 2019 12:38 pm

    I can't help asking the name of the song Running wild, we never stop till we have it all. Please give the title of the song.


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