Rome for free

on 7. September 2021   /   0   /  

Rome for free. Rome is a European metropolis that is unparalleled. From antiquity to the Middle Ages and the Renaissance to modern times. Hardly any city offers such a colorful mix of history, art, culture and architecture. That’s why Rome attracts many tourists year after year and is one of the most popular cities in Europe. A trip to Rome therefore does not necessarily have to be expensive. You will be amazed how unbelievably much there is to experience in Rome for free. Which sights, museums, activities and insider tips you can experience for free in Rome? You will find out in the following text.

Tips for the low-budget vacation: These sights in Rome do not cost a dime

Rome is like a huge open-air museum. As you walk through the historic center, you’ll stumble upon all of the important buildings, statues and the remains of a millennium-old city. If you are planning a low budget trip to Rome, I will tell you now the main sights that you can admire in Rome for free.

1. Rome for free: The Colosseum, tourist attraction No.1 of Rome

You do not necessarily have to go in to admire the Colosseum.

Also from the outside the antique amphitheater is an absolute highlight, which spares your travel budget by the way. But if you still want to see the Coliseum from the inside without paying for it, there is also a possibility here.


On the first Sunday of every month (from October to March), entry to the landmark of Rome is free. Also during Culture Week (March 5-10), you do not have to pay admission to visit the Colosseum.

2. Rome for free: Visit Rome’s places, an extra portion of Dolce Vita

In Rome, there are many beautiful places that are among the most beautiful sights of Rome. Piazza Navona, Piazza di Spagna, Piazza San Pietro and many more. The Piazza is almost sacred to the Italians. Most of their origins are in the past and were already in ancient times the most important meeting places of the Romans.


Throughout history rich and noble families have adorned the squares with statues, fountains and elegant and expensive palaces, making them what they are today. The heart of the typical Italian way of life. So you’re not visiting “just” any square. No, you get an insight into the history and culture of Italy and that for free. More information and an overview of the most beautiful squares in Rome, I have summarized you in a separate article.

3. Rome for free: Beautiful fountains of famous artists

Rome is also known as Città dell’Acqua, the city of water – and has been around since antiquity. For you, this not only means that you can refill your water bottle for free at the many small drinking fountains in Rome.


It also means that you can visit famous and monumental fountains all over the city. Incidentally, the world-famous Trevi Fountain is just one of them. More examples can be found in the article on the most beautiful fountains in Rome.

4. Rome for free: The Tiber and the bridges of Rome, steeped in history

Speaking of water: Even a walk along the banks of the Tiber does not cost you anything. For that he reveals the view of the most important bridges of Rome.


For example, the Angel Bridge shows you Rome from a rather unusual perspective.

5. Rome for free: Rome’s churches are museums on every corner

There are more than 900 churches in Rome. This makes it the city with the most churches in the world. Its history has accompanied the city for seventeen centuries, marking the evolution of religious, social and artistic aspects. Big and small jewels that glow at the squares and main streets, or in some cases are more hidden.


The churches of Rome tell the history of architecture with examples of early Christian buildings, Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, magnificent Baroque buildings. Inside are priceless art treasures. From icons and ancient mosaics to works by artists of the caliber Raphael, Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Bernini, Canova.

6. Rome for free: View of Rome, the Eternal City from above

The most famous view of Rome can be seen from the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica.

But there are also free alternatives from which you can admire Rome from above. A particularly beautiful and popular vantage point are the terraces of the Pincio. You will find it directly above Piazza del Popolo. The square can be reached by metro line A to the stop Flaminio.

Another way to see Rome from a bird’s-eye view is the hill Gianicolo. It rises between the Vatican and the Trastevere district.

Buses 115 or 870 will take you from Lungotevere Sassia / S. Spirit up to the Gianicolo. But there is also a very nice walk up the Passeggiata del Gianicolo, which starts at Piazza delle Rovere.

7. Rome for free: City walk through Rome, on foot through the most beautiful areas of the city

Rome is a city that you can explore on foot. On an extended city walk, you not only get a better feeling of the cityscape. By the way, this also spares your travel budget.


Strolling through the most beautiful corners of Rome, such as the streets of Trastevere, or the enchanting Monti district (between the Coliseum and Termini Station) is always worth an experience. Rome’s streets are full of little surprises.

8. Rome for free: Beautiful parks and green spaces

In Rome there are a lot of beautiful parks and gardens that you can visit for free. Some of them, like the Appia Antica or the Parco Colle Oppio (next to the Coliseum) are even veritable open-air museums.


Here you can discover ancient ruins and pay without any admission. More information and inspiration can be found among the most beautiful parks in Rome.

9. Rome for free: Insider tips for Rome, the Aventine keywhole

The view through the keyhole on the Aventine is probably the most popular insider tip among Rome fans. What is so special about it and why you should not miss this outlook? I’ll tell you that in a separate post about Rome’s unique keyhole.


10. Rome for free: Free samples at the Campo de’Fiori market

Rome has many beautiful markets. The Campo de ‘Fiori is just one of them. Personally, I love walking around among the colorful market stalls and thus making a direct impression of the local cuisine (outside the restaurants). The best part? Often the market sellers offer you a small free sample.

Tips for the low-budget vacation: These museums in Rome do not cost a dime

On the first Sunday of the month you can visit the museums in Rome for free. The initiative “Domenica al museo” (Sunday in the Museum) has been in force since 1 July 2014 throughout Italy thanks to the Franceschini Decree.

This will allow you to visit museums, monuments, galleries, archaeological excavations, parks and monumental gardens of the state. And to pay without any admission. In addition, there are a number of museums in Rome that you can always visit for free. Here is a short overview!


1. Rome museum for free: Museo di Scultura Antica Giovanni Barracco

The Museo Barracco is part of the municipal museums of Rome. It is located in Rione Parione on Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, right between Piazza Navona and Campo de ‘Fiori. The focus of the museum’s ancient sculpture collection is on Egyptian art.

  • Address: Corso Vittorio Emanuele II 168

2. Rome museum for free: Museo delle Mura

The Museo delle Mura is an archaeological museum in Rome around the ancient Roman city walls. It is located on the first and second floors of Porta San Sebastiano at the beginning of Via Appia Antica. Through the museum you get access to the city walls and fortifications and a beautiful view of the Via Appia Antica. You can reach Porta San Sebastiano by buses 218 and 118.

  • Address: Via di Porta San Sebastiano 18

3. Rome museum for free: Villa di Massenzio

The Villa di Massenzio (Maxentius Villa) was once a stately villa from ancient Rome. The Massenziano complex is one of the most impressive archaeological sites in the Roman countryside. The villa extends on three kilometers of the Via Appia Antica and consists of three main buildings. The museum can be reached by bus 118 and 660.

  • Address: Via Appia Antica 153

4. Rome museum for free: Museo Carlo Bilotti

The Museum Carlo Bilotti houses the works of contemporary art in the former orangery of Villa Borghese, which the passionate collector Carlo Bilotti wanted to donate to the city of Rome. Exhibited are artists like Gino Severini, Andy Warhol, Larry Rivers and Giacomo Manzù.


  • Address: Viale Fiorello La Guardia | Villa Borghese

5. Rome museum for free: Museo Pietro Canonica

The Pietro Canonica Museum is located in the middle of Villa Borghese in the former home of the sculptor Pietro Canonica (1869-1959). The house where the artist lived until his death was donated to him by the municipality of Rome, which today manages the museum. Admission to the museum in one of the most beautiful parks in Rome is free.

  • Address: Viale Pietro Canonica 2

6. Rome museum for free: Museo di Casal de ‘Pazzi

At the Museo di Casal de ‘Pazzi, you can dig into prehistory and discover that Rome is much older than you might have thought. The museum is a bit out of the way, but still relatively well accessible by metro. You have to take line B to the station Rebibbia and then walk for about 8 minutes.

  • Address: Via Egidio Galbani, 6

7. Rome museum for free: Museo della Repubblica Romana e della memoria garibaldina

The Museum of the Roman Republic and the memory of Garibaldi tells the whole story of the city of Rome during the time of the unification of Italy. Here you can see relics of the Roman Republic and admire the original documents of the first democratic constitution. The museum is also located on the beautiful Gianicolo hill. From there you can enjoy a wonderful view of Rome.

  • Address: Largo di Porta S. Pancrazio

8. Rome museum for free: Museo Napoleonico

The Napoleonic Museum of Rome is a historical museum dedicated to the Napoleonic relics, mainly from the collection of Count Giuseppe Primoli, donated in 1927 to the city of Rome. The museum is not far from the Castel Sant’Angelo. Just go a few yards upstream. The museum is located on the opposite side of the Tiber.

  • Address: Piazza di Ponte Umberto I


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