Rome is one of the most beautiful, but also one of the most costly cities in the world. Especially when it comes to visiting a lot of museums or eating a lot of tasty local food.
But there are also a lot of free things to do in Rome. Here are our 5 tips on how to explore Rome, the Eternal city, without spending even one cent!
3300 years of history, 500 churches and 12 museums of antiquities! Anyone visiting a city like Rome has to come up with the mood of some museum hopping. One of the most famous and most visited ones in Rome is the group of Vatican Museums. Every last Sunday in a month, the entrance (+ a visit to the Sistine Chapel) is completely free. However, the time frame for this offer is kept very tight. On this day, the free sights and museums are only open between 9 am and 1.45 pm, which means long queues are pre- programmed.
Throughout the whole year, tourists can take a look at the exceptional death cult of the Capuccion order in the Museo die Padri Cappuccini for free. The bones of 4000 monks from of previous centuries are inherented under the church of Santa Maria della Concezione. Skulls on skulls, bones near other bones, stacked of merged into macabre patterns.
Galleria sala 1: a very beautiful gallery is for free to visit. The nonprofit institution was established in 1970 by sculptor Tito Amodei. The gallery is located in a stunningly beautiful former basilica and is seen as a pioneer in modern art in Rome. Internationally, it’s best known for it’s comprehensive and visionary exhibitions. The gallery is sponsored by private and public funds and is worth a visit.
Exploring Major Attractions from Outsite
Top attractions like the famous Colosseum, Forum Romanum, the biggest monument in Rome Altare della Patria, Torre Argentina Katzenheim, Trevi Fountain, The Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Castel Sant’Angelo or Vatican City (except the last Sunday every month) are normally not for free. But if the weather is good and the places are not crowded, it’s worth taking only at look at them from outside. A lot of people are just sitting in front of the Colosseum, posing for pictures and enjoying the atmosphere.
Right next to one of the seven wonders of the world is the Forum Romanum, an impressive set of ruins. Walking through Romanum is completely for free! Everybody should also visit the Trevi Fountain, which got extremely famous after Anita Ekberg and Marcello Mastroianni held a nightly bath in it together in the 1960s movie La dolce Vita. People say, if you toss a coin in over your shoulder, it’s sure that it was not your last visit to Rome.
Free City Tours
Anyone visiting Rome without a city guide, missed something. Some city tours like the one from Angel Tours (www.angeltours.eu), starting everyday 7 pm in the Pantheon, are for free. People just have to look out for someone with an angelsprinted umbrella and the group can be followed without hesitation. Another interesting english tour lasts two hours and shows the most important and most interesting sites of Rome (www.newromefreetour.com). It starts everyday 5.30 pm at the Spanish Steps and perfectly complements the visit to Rome with a free guide guided tour of St. Peter’s Basilica. This tour is provided by Sky Tours and starts every morning at 9 am.
Culture is in plenty and abundance in Rome. But visiting a theater or concert can be very expensive. A trip to Rome in the summer comes with the advantage, that a lot of open air festivals are taking place during this period. Every year in August, people can enjoy free movies during the Isola del Cinema film festival at Tiber river (www.isoladelcinam.com).
Also in summer, the Estate Romana, the largest summer festival in Rome with a lot of activities like dance, music, theatre, is taking place. Not all events are for free, but much is going to take place without entry (http://en.estateromana.comune.roma.it). Finally, the miracle players are also worth to take a look at. The English theater group was founded in 1999 and plays all summer long in the historic Forum Romanum. Most shows are for free.
Drinking Fountains in Rome
Rome has a lot to offer when it comes to sightseeing, but when it comes to supermarkets, the offer is very rare. Instead of buying very expensive drinks at refreshment stands near the attractions, drinks in Rome are basically for free. Everybody can get drinking water in one of the 370 small fountains, which are distributed over the entire city. Inspired by the shape of them, Romans like to call them nasoni (Noses). The water from the monumental or decoration fountains (Acqua non potabile) is not drinkable.
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