The Rome City every traveler who sets foot in it falls in love with it. Like an authentic open-air museum, the Italian capital shows almost 3,000 years of history in its streets and monuments, which adds to its dynamic atmosphere, its enormous culture and its delicious gastronomy. In short, it is a place that you have to visit at least once in your life.

The ‘Eternal City’ offers tourists experiences for all budgets, and you don’t have to spend a lot of money to enjoy its charms. In fact, we can do a wide variety of totally free activities.

Tourist at the Trevi Fountain.

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Emblematic monuments free of charge

Some of the most iconic places in Rome can be visited completely free of charge. An example of this is the Pantheon of Agrippa, the best preserved building of ancient Rome. It was built in 126 AD and at the beginning of the 7th century it was donated to Pope Boniface IV, who transformed it into a church. Of course, there is also the fascinating Fontana di Trevi, a beautiful fountain decorated with the statue of the titan Ocean driving a horse cart. Other free options are the Bocca della Verità, the Circus Maximus and the Arch of Constantine.

The Trevi Fountain is one of the most emblematic baroque buildings in Italy and the most famous fountain in Rome.  According to tradition, whoever throws a coin with his back to the fountain, with his right hand on his left shoulder, will return to Rome.  Whoever rolls two will find love with an Italian, and whoever rolls three will get married.  What many may not know is that just to the right side of the Trevi Fountain is the Lovers' Fountain.  Legend says that couples who drink from it will remain in love forever.
Trevi’s fountain.

On the other hand, other emblematic monuments of the city that normally have an entrance fee, can be visited for free on the first Sunday of each month: the Colisseumbuilt in the 1st century; the Roman forumthe center of public life in ancient Rome; the Palatine and its temples and palaces; the Castel Sant’Angeloformer mausoleum of Emperor Hadrian; the Borghese Gallerywhich displays masterpieces by artists such as Bernini, Raffaello, Caravaggio and Canova, and the Capitoline Museumsthe city’s main civic museum.

From church to church

If there is something that Rome does not lack, it is churches. The Eternal City boasts of having more than 900 Christian temples, to which we can enter without paying a single euro. Some of the most beautiful churches are San Giovanni in Laterano, Santa Maria del Popolo and Santa Maria in Trastevere.

St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City.
St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City.

Another essential religious monument is none other than St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City, the largest religious temple of Catholicism. Walk on the St. Peter’s Square It is already an incredible experience, to which is added entering (also free) into the church and being surprised by its exquisite decoration, its enormous dimensions and the pieces of art it houses, such as Michelangelo’s La Pieta.

Owl House (Casina delle Civette) in Rome

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Museums free of charge

In Rome there are many museums that we can enjoy without paying anything. For example, him Carlo Bilotti Museumlocated in the former Villa Borghese Orangery, houses paintings, sculptures and drawings by artists such as Giorgio de Chirico, Larry Rivers, Andy Warhol and Mimmo Rotella, Consagra, Dynys, Greenfield-Sanders and Pucci.

On the other hand, the Barracco Museum, exhibits ancient works of Egyptian, Assyrian, Phoenician, Cypriot, Etruscan, Greek and Roman, and medieval art. Finally, the collection of Museo della Repubblica Romana e della Memoria Garibaldina shows historical documents, works of art and multimedia materials on the history, places and people of the Roman Republic, established in 1849.

Rome from above

Giardino degli Aranci.
Giardino degli Aranci.

Scattered throughout different corners of the capital, we will find different viewpoints where we can contemplate the city from a unique perspective. One of the most visited is the Monument to Vittorio Emanuele, also known as Altare della Patria. Built to honor the first king of Italy after its unification, it has a rooftop with panoramic views that can be accessed for free.

On our visit to the Vila Borghese park, we can also delight in the views of the city from the Pincio Viewpoint, located at the end of some stairs that start from Piazza del Popolo. Another of the most popular viewpoints is the Orange Gardenperfect to see the last rays of sun over the city.

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