Your lifetime dream is to move to Italy and you are opting for the capital? Here are some things you should know before moving to Rome. Cost of life, cleaning, strikes and “sampietrini” cobbles are part of the Roman routine. To make them easier to remember, a Roman hill was associated with each one of them.
1. Cost of life in Rome – Caelian hill
Milan and Rome are the most expensive Italian cities. If you are on a budget or need to value a job offer, consider that minimum expenses are 1200 euros per month. 200 euros for food. 300-450 for a room. 650 or more if you want to rent a whole apartment in a semi-central area, 100 for bills, and so on.
Luckily social life in Rome is very affordable. You can enjoy an aperitivo or free museum entrances once a month. If you are a Roman resident, you can enter Civic Museums for 5 euros a year. The whole city is an open-air museum available anytime.
The cost of life matches the Caelian hill because Colosseum stands here. The proximity to the symbol of Rome increases the prices.
2. Banks – Palatine hill
Opening a bank account as a non-resident may be quite difficult. Consider this if you can’t rely on an account in your home country. Study your options before arrival. If you want to buy an apartment, consider that few banks will give you the mortgage for the whole amount. You will have to provide guarantees that you will be able to pay, as a stable job in Italy. If it can comfort you, Italians are not treated better when it comes to money.
Banks stand with the Palatine hill. Leadership used to live here, starting from Romulus.
3. Bureaucracy – Capitoline hill
4. Strikes – Esquiline hill
One of the first words foreigners learn in Rome is “sciopero“. There is at least one public transport strike per month, usually on Fridays. The good thing is that even on strike days public transport runs from 5.30 to 8.30 am and from 5 to 8 pm. The bad news is that everyone who owns a car takes it on that day making traffic insane. Drivers increase exponentially also when it rains. Heavy rains cause flooding in some metro stations that close every single time. “There is no such thing as bad weather” definitely doesn’t work in Rome.
Esquiline Hill is close to Termini station, the place where lots of crowds form on strike days.
5. Romans – Viminal hill
6. High heels and nice dresses – Quirinal hill
7. Cleaning in Rome – Aventin hill
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