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Rome City Guide

Rome has been described as the Eternal City and the City of Seven Hills. The capital of Italy, Rome is among the major metropolitan regions of the world. It is also among the most visited cities.

Thousands of tourists from across the world come to visit every year. Some of them complain that Rome can be costly, and while that may be true, there are some fantastic things you can do in Rome for absolutely no cost.

Yes, that’s right. Some of them are historical attractions, while others promise entertainment. Let’s take a look at the free things to do in Rome.

Top Free Things You Can Do In Rome

  • Visit the Trevi Fountain – If you are in Rome, you’ll just have to visit the Trevi Fountain. It is one of the most famous landmarks in the city, an absolute tourist magnet. There is an impressive statue of the God Neptune at the center with small fountains all around. Toss a coin into the water and make a wish. It will come true.
  • Vatican Museum – The Vatican Museum is free on the last Sunday of each month, but no matter the day, it is a must visit. Inside, there is the Sistine Chapel, which houses the famous frescoes of Michelangelo, with its story of creation, man, and the cosmos. There are many other gems in this museum that you will not want to miss.
  • The Squares of Rome – There are some amazing squares in the city with their Baroque fountains that you can visit absolutely free. These squares are just the right places for relaxing and people watching. And what’s a visit to Rome without some serious people watching? You could head to the Piazza della Republica, which is close to Termini railway station. Another one to visit is the Piazza della Rotonda, home to the famed Pantheon—also a free Rome attraction.
  • The Famous Works of Michelangelo – You can see one of the most famous works of Michelangelo absolutely free in Rome. Head off to the church San Pietro in Vincoli to see the elegantly sculpted statue of Moses with horned head and beard.
  • Free Walking Tour – There are some free walking tours in the city, one of which takes you to Piazza di Spagna, Trevi Fountain, Trompe l’oeil, the tomb of Queen Margherita, and the Angels of Bernini. The tour is held seven days a week and takes off from Piazza di Spagna.
  • Free Food – The “aperitivo” culture is very popular in Rome. Just order a drink and you can get tasty eats absolutely free, including pastas and sandwiches. You will get such deals at the Pepato at Via del Politeama and the Société Lutèce.

Rome isn’t as costly as some other cities in the world, like Paris for example, but the city can still be hard on some budget travelers. Thankfully, there are plenty of free attractions here that can reduce your cost considerably.