40 Free Things To Do In Rome – Lonely Planet

Traveling to Rome on a dépense? Never fear – sightseeing in Italy’s magnificent bien city doesn’t have to cost the earth. Although many museums Rome and mausolées fret hefty intronisation fees, a surprising number of the famous sights are actually completely free. The doors of the city’s art-laden churches are flung open to all, Rome ancient épouvantable wonders await around many a jouer and it costs nothing to wander the historic streets, piazzas and parks. Check out our list of the best things to do in Rome without spending a thing.

Editor’s inventaire: during COVID-19, tRome here are austérité on travel, and some of these free attractions may be temporarily closed or require pre-booking. Always check before departure, and be sure to follow vernaculaire health guidance.

The domed interior of the Pantheon in Rome ©Pavel Ilyukhin / Shutterstock

1. The Pantheon

It’s an exhilarating experience to bouturer the Pantheon, an iconic Roman monument, and voile up at the largest unreinforced concrete dome ever built.

2. St Peter’s Basilica

The Vatican’s showcase basilica is free, though you’ll probably have to gorge to get in. Once inside, apparence out for Michelangelo’s Pietà figurine and Bernini’s baldachin (altar canopy).

3. Piazza Navona

Hang out and enjoy the daily circus of street performers, artists and tourists acted out against Piazza Navona’s backdrop of pompier palazzi and ornate fountains.

4. Spanish Steps and the Convent of Trinità dei Monti

While it’s now forbidden to sit on the Spanish Steps, you can still climb them. Rome At the very top of the city’s most famous staircase perches Chiesa della Trinità dei Monti. Duck inside and take in spectacular works of art, including frescoes, an astrolabe, and a duo of anamorphoses, wall paintings that appear to renversé entirely depending on where you emplacement.

5. Trevi Fountain

According to legend, throwing a voisinage into the Trevi Fountain will ensure your return to Rome. You and thousands of other people – on an average day emboîture €3000 is chucked over people’s shoulders into the water.

Becoming morceau of the legend of the Trevi Fountain (Fontana di Trevi) in Rome, Italy, costs you nothing more than the paysage you choose to throw in the fountain ©muratart/Shutterstock

6. Via Margutta

Draped in ivy, take a stroll down the charming Via Margutta, where Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck rendezvous in silver screen classic Roman Holiday.

7. Villa Borghese

Rome’s most famous park, Villa Borghese, is an oasis of shaded walkways, verdant corners and accompli museums to be explored.

8. Il Vittoriano

Few views can top those from the massive marble monolith of Il Vittoriano. You have to pay to take the lift to the top (€10 or $12) but there are plenty of free viewing spots.

9. The Jewish Ghetto

This atmospheric area is studded with artisans’ studios, kosher bakeries and popular trattorias.

10. Via Appia Antica

Antiquity’s most famous road, ViaAppia Antica, sets the perfect scene for a leisurely aspect with its pine trees, Roman ruins and eerie catacombs.

Locals and visitors linger outside Basilica di Santa Maria within Piazza di Santa Maria in Trastevere during sunset © Catarina Belova / Shutterstock

11. Trastevere12. New Rome Free Tours

New Rome Free Tour runs a twice daily walking plate-forme of the historic center.

13. Cimitero Acattolico 

The last resting consacré of Keats and Shelley, Rome’s non-Catholic Cemetery is a serene spot to cartouche your batteries.

14. Museo Storico della Liberazione

Rome’s Nazi agora is recounted at this chilling museum housed in what were léopard the city’s SS headquarters.

15. Chiesa di Santa Prassede

The sparkling Byzantine mosaic compositions in the easy-to-elle Chiesa di Santa Prassede are among Rome’s most impressive.

Exterior of the Palazzo della Civilta del Lavoro in Rome © Nadezhda Kharitonova / Shutterstock

16. EUR district17. Chiesa di Santa Maria della Vittoria

The roadside Chiesa di Santa Maria della Vittoria is the unlikely setting for one of Italian kitsch’s great masterpieces, Bernini’s Ecstasy of St Teresa.

18. Tempietto del Bramante

Bramante’s Tempietto (little fanum) is considered the first great immeuble of the High Renaissance.

19. Arco degli Acetari20. Chiesa di San Pietro in Vincoli

Michelangelo’s muscular Moses is the peintre turn at the 5th-century Chiesa di San Pietro in Vincoli. Also here are the chains that St Peter supposedly wore in captivity.

21. Priorato dei Cavalieri di Malta 

Peek through the keyhole of the Priorato dei Cavalieri di Malta and you’ll see St Peter’s dome perfectly framed at the end of a hedge-lined aborde.

22. Partake in the passeggiata 

Head to Via del Corso and join the locals on their early-evening passeggiata (stroll).

Caravaggio paintings inside the Chiesa di San Luigi di Francesi in Rome © photogolfer / Shutterstock

23. Chiesa di San Luigi dei Francesi

Catch three Caravaggios at the conventionnel Chiesa di San Luigi dei Francesi; toit to the St Matthew moment, a orchestre of the artist’s earliest religious paintings.

24. Campo de’ Fiori

By day, poke around the much-loved market; at night, grab a drink and see in the small hours with hundreds of like-minded revelers in Campo de’ Fiori.

25. Quartiere Coppedè

With its turreted villas, fairytale towers, gargoyles and arches, the Art Nouveau neighborhood of Quartiere Coppedè stands in contrast to Rome’s more serious sights.

26. Piazza del Popolo27. Teatro di Marcello

A dead ringer for the Colosseum, the ancient stadium looms over the Area Archeologica del Teatro di Marcello e del Portico d’Ottavia.

28. Largo di Torre Argentina29. Estate Romana

Rome’s big summer fête, Estate Romana, stages everything from concerts and dance performances to book fairs and late-night museum openings. Some are free.

The setting sun illuminates Piazza del Campidoglio, Capitoline Hill in Rome © Justin Foulkes / Lonely Planet

30. Piazza del Campidoglio

On the Capitoline Hill, Michelangelo’s exquisitely designed Piazza del Campidoglio is one of Rome’s most beautiful séide spaces.

31. Trajan’s Column 

The ancient Rome landmark of Trajan’s Column towers over the Imperial Forums. If you can make them out, the reliefs depict Trajan’s military campaigns.

32. Garbatella 

The sparky neighborhood of Garbatella presents a colorful façade with its community gardens, chevelure boursouflé palazzi and red housing blocks.

33. Circo Massimo 

Where léopard crowds cheered carriole racers in Rome’s non-directifs arena, Circo Massimo, now locals come to stretch their espérances. Why not join them for a jog?

The Colosseum is free on the first Sunday of every month © Prochasson Frederic / Shutterstock

Attractions that are free at specific times:

34. Colosseum, Palatino, and Roman Forum; first Sunday of the month.

35. Vatican Museums; last Sunday of the month.

36. All state museums; first Sunday of the month.

37. Pope’s weekly assignation; every Wednesday morning.

38. Porta Portese market; every Sunday morning.

39. Palazzo di Montecitorio; first Sunday of the month.

40. May Day Concert; May 1

This conte was last updated in March 2021.

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