Free things to do in Rome

Free things to do in Rome

Although Rome is the capital of Italy, not all sights in this fabulous city are going to cost you money.

Sure, lots of places in Rome charge admission fees, but there are actually quite a few free sights in Rome as well – many of which are the city’s top attractions anyway. Here is a list of free things to do in Rome.

  1. Pantheon. It’s happens to be completely free to walk in and out as many times as you like. It’s a great place to hide from the sun or rain as well
  2. St. Peter’s Basilica. The Catholic mothership, it can mean standing in a long line and now the metal detectors are a requirement, but this amazing church has no entry fee.
  3. Spanish Steps. It’s a grand set of stairs, so it’d be hard to charge admission. But still, it is something most visitors want to see, and it’s free.
  4. Trevi Fountain. Seeing the famous fountain is completely free, but if you want to participate in the tradition of tossing a coin over your shoulder to ensure your return to Rome that’ll cost you whatever coin you choose.
  5. Mouth of Truth. Try your own luck by sticking your hand in the mouth of truth – La Bocca della Verità.
  6. Piazza Navona. This amazing piazza is a hub for musical performers in the high season. Although the cafes around the square will over-charge you for just about everything, you can enjoy the sights for free.
  7. Constantine’s Arch. Near the entrance to the Colosseum, this giant triumphal arch is Rome’s biggest, and built in the 4th century.
  8. Free things to do in RomeVilla Borghese Gardens. The gardens have free entry and are an ideal spot for a picnic. The Galleria Borghese itself charges an admission to get in, but the gardens are open to all.
  9. The Pyramid. Rome’s only pyramid was built as a tomb for Gaius Cestius in 12 BC, and it’s right next to the Piramide Rome Metro stop.
  10. Campo dei Fiori. In the mornings, this lively square is home to a great market. In the evenings, it’s the place to take a walk or pause between night clubs.
  11. Trastevere. The Trastevere is a great place to stroll around and imagine what Rome used to look like. Wandering the cobbled streets is absolutely free.
  12. Gianicolo Hill. From the Trastevere, head up to Janiculum Hill for a great view of the city. In addition to the views, attractions include a statue of Giuseppe Garibaldi, a cool 17th-century fountain.
  13. Appian Way. While all roads don’t actually lead to Rome, this one does – and it has since the 3rd century BC. You can meander down the same cobbles that have borne people for thousands of years.

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