7 Free Things To Do In Rome

Rome is probably not the first destination you think of when it comes to budget travel, but the great thing is that there are so many free things to do in Rome that once you have found cheap apartments in Rome – the rest of your budget planning is easy.

The city is practically an open-air museum, and there are so many historical sites that won’t cost you a dime – to give you an idea, here are 7 free things to do in Rome …

Take A Stroll In Foro Romano

Stroll among the ruins of what once was the commercial, governmental and religious center of ancient rome and its powerful empire.

Used as a venue for public speeches, criminal trials, gladiatorial games, it was the heart of ancient Rome and one of the most important meeting places in history – an ancient beauty not to be passed up!

Toss A Coin In Trevi Fountain

Rome is home to many incredible piazzas and almost as many fountains.

One of the most famous is the Trevi Fountain, where the Swedish beauty Anita Ekberg splashed in La Dolce Vita – a scene that would become one of the most iconic in film history.

The flamboyant baroque fountain was completed in 1762 by Niccolo Salvi, and legend says that if you throw a coin in the fountain over your shoulder you will return to Rome again some day.

Visit The Pantheon

The Pantheon is the oldest standing domed structure in Rome, built in 27 B.C. as a temple honoring the Roman gods (in 609 it was converted into a Christian church).

The structure is the burial place of several famous artists, and the reason for the huge 30 ft hole in the ceiling is still a mystery.

One of the most popular explanations is that the opening was built as a sundial to illuminate the emperor as he entered on important occasions.

It’s the largest unreinforced concrete dome in the world, and a must see when in Rome.

Try Your Luck At La Bocca della Verita

Literally translated to “the mouth of truth”, this quirky sculpture is thought to once have been a piece of an ancient Roman fountain.

A legend from the middle ages has it that if you put your hand in the gaping mouth of this grotesque sculpture and tell a lie, you will pull out nothing but a stump!

Relax In Nature

For panoramic views of Rome, Park Gianicolo on Janiculum Hill is perfect!

Another great place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the huge city are the fardens at Villa Borghese, some of the largest and most beautiful gardens in Rome and a great place for a picnic.

Check Out The Free Events

Summer is the high-season for free events in Rome, with music, film and theater festivals accompany wine-tastings and food events.

The International Urban Theater Festival has plenty of spontaneous and free dance, music and acting performances throughout the city in September.

The main summer festival, Estate Romana, is dedicated to outdoor performances and practically the whole of Rome becomes a stage.

During the festival hundreds of concerts, film showings, art displays and dances are held, many of them free of charge in all sorts of places, from the ancient ruins at Ostia Antica to open squares.

Visit These Two Churches

There are many absolutely stunning churches in Rome, but you can only see so many churches until you get so sick of them that if you see another church you swear you will go mad.

But before that happens, there are two amazing churches in Rome you should take the time to visit – the first one is St. Peter’s Basilica, the largest Roman Catholic building in the world and an amazing work of art.

Make sure you rub the foot of the bronze statue of St. Peter before leaving, as it’s supposed to bring good luck!

The second church is San Clemente, which actually holds three churches in one. Made up of three levels, the lowest one is an ancient worship site, the second level is the first version of the church as a Christian worship site and the third a sanctuary from the 12th century with beautiful mosaics!

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8 Responses to 7 Free Things To Do In Rome

  1. Becky Padmore June 4, 2013 at 11:36 am #

    Who doesn’t love Rome? I will try some of these out next time I visit (which will be soon I hope!) :-)

  2. Cheryl June 4, 2013 at 10:05 pm #

    Ah nice indeed, love these great suggestions. I’ll put these on my to do list when I first visit to beautiful Rome. Thanks for the post

  3. Charlie June 4, 2013 at 6:41 pm #

    I remember spending a lot of money in Rome (if only I’d thought to look around for free stuff!) but it was worth every penny. Such an amazing city with so much history. A week there wasn’t enough!

  4. Agness June 6, 2013 at 9:37 am #

    I was in Rome a few years ago and I must say there are so many things to do there for free. It can be a really cheap travel destination as long as you stick to your plan :). My favourite thing there was tossing a coin In Trevi Fountain and strolling down the narrow streets of Rome :).

  5. Heather June 6, 2013 at 4:37 pm #

    I think there may be something to that Trevi Fountain legend. I threw in a coin on my first visit, went back two years later and will be making a third visit in 2014. I didn’t test out the other legend though. I’d like to keep my hand!

  6. Debbie @ European Travelista June 11, 2013 at 3:01 am #

    Love these great suggestions! Traveling can get expensive and these sites will allow me to spread my dollars a little longer and wider.

  7. Angel | CNE Holidays Singapore June 26, 2013 at 9:52 am #

    I’ve always tried to convince other people that going to Rome is not as expensive as they think. Perhaps, they’ll believe me if I show them this. Thank you!!!

  8. Philippa July 16, 2013 at 1:55 am #

    Unfortunately entry to the Foro Romano is no longer free – I always thought it was too good to last! There is now a combined ticket that covers the Colosseum, Forum and Palantine Hill.