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10 totally free best things to do in Rome + extra list of the best, free museums


The Pantheon is free to visit and is a breathtaking architectural masterpiece. It is the oldest church in Rome (and one of the oldest in the world). On a rainy day you run the risk of getting a little wet during mass, because the dome is equipped with an oculus. This 8 meter wide opening not only provides fresh air, but also ensures that the dome is flexible enough to withstand an earthquake.

Visit the St. Peter’s Basilica for free

If you look at the huge colonnade on the outside and bernini’s 30-meter-high Canopy (which, by the way, is made of bronze from the Pantheon), you immediately believe that the Vatican’s St. Peter’s Basilica was the largest church in the world until 1989. Ironically, it was overtaken by a copy of St. Peter’s Basilica, the Basilique Notre-Dame de la Paix in Ivory Coast. Access to the ground floor of the basilica is free.

Visit the San Clemente

The Basilica of San Clemente is actually not one church, but a religious building complex with four churches. The first part was built in the second century AD, when sun gods were still worshipped and Christianity was a forbidden religion. The third church, a basilica from the fourth century AD, is one of the most beautifully decorated churches in Rome.

Take a walk on Via Appia

The Appian Way is one of the first ‘modern’ roads in the Roman Empire. More than 2,300 years ago, the Romans walked on this road from Rome to the port city of Brindisi, which is almost 600 kilometres further south. A large part of the Via Appia (or Via Appia Antica) is still intact. During the first five kilometers of the old road, which starts at the Porta San Sebastiano, you will pass centuries-old churches, catacombs and ruins. Walk a bit on the Appian Way for free and imagine yourself in ancient Rome. This is also one of the free things to do in Rome


See the Altare della Patria

The altar of the fatherland is popularly called Il Vittoriano and is undoubtedly one of the largest monuments in honor of one person. The inhabitants of Rome are not all equally happy with the colossal structure, as evidenced by the unflattering nicknames ‘Zuppa Inglese’ (after a large Italian dessert), or ‘the typewriter’. Whether you like the monument or not, the view over Rome from Il Vittoriano appeals to everyone. Taking a look at the Altare della Patria is free to do

Visit the famous Trevifountain

The monumental Trevi Fountain is the most famous, and with a height of 26 meters also the largest fountain in the Italian capital. According to legend, you will return to Rome one day, if you throw a coin into the fountain on a first visit. Apparently many people believe in this, because they say that about 3,000 euros are thrown into the Trevi Fountain every day. This is also one of the free things to do in Rome

A Free Visit to Villa Borghese

The Villa Borghese was once the imposing estate of the powerful Borghese family. Today, the 80-hectare park is a true open-air museum and the second-largest city park in Rome. Many statues, various fountains and buildings, five museums and a pond make Villa Borghese a varied park, where, in addition to the many tourists, the Romans also like to stay. Access to the Villa Borghese park is absolutely free 😉


Take a walk at Piazza di Spagna and the Spanish Steps

From Villa Borghese you can walk to Piazza di Spagna in a few minutes. On this square is the boat-shaped fountain Fontana della Barcaccia, but most tourists soon walk on to the famous Spanish Steps. The 138 steps of the often colorfully decorated staircase lead to the sixteenth-century church Trinità dei Monti. Every year, the Pope visits the Spanish Steps, in honor of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, on December 8.

Estate Romana

Estate Romana is a festival. During this summer festival, which lasts almost 100 days, both locals and tourists have fun with dance, art, theater, music and other entertainment. Many performances are free to visit and museums also regularly open their doors (free of charge) to the public. Check out the official website to find out more ; Culture Roma.

Free Museums;

In Rome there are eight museums with free admission for everyone:

Villa di Massenzio,

Museo di Scultura Antica Giovanni Barracco,

Museo delle Mura

Museo Carlo Bilotti

Museo Napoleonico

Museo Pietro Canonica

Museo della Repubblica Romana e della memoria garibaldina

Museo di Casal de’ Pazzi. 


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