We hopped through three Italian cities, starting from Rome, within a week in July.
I think Roma Pass is a good deal if you intend to spend a short 3-night stay, sponsored by the Rome government. The pass covers unlimited metro, bus network and a choice of two museums/historical sites on the list. Vatican is not included.
Another independently run OMNIA Vatican & Rome pass is worth a look too, but beware of the terms & conditions.
Apart from one of the handy dandy guide books you’re holding.
If you can’t live without your always-connected smart phone, this habit is put to good use when it’s time to look for a decent meal.
I’m a iPhone user, I used apps of TripAdvisor and FourSquare extensively to lookout for the good local eats and budget type of course.
I base the search near the location of where I am near meal time. FourSquare has quite a lot of local users, comments in Italian, and you might run into a few random English ones left by tourists presumably – so that’s quite reliable. TripAdvisor has too many results, mainly English, and I often cross check with FourSquare.
I found the calorie worth gelato shops using ever connected iPhone too.
This time round, I have learnt to accept that there will not be enough budget and an elaborated dress for a Michelin starred restaurant – next time I hope.
Travelling through Italy in July is nice, but no more next time for me.
I would love to be back in September/October to avoid the crowd, searing heat and just to chill.
Hope this entry helps in your next Europe travelling.