Rome, often regarded as the birth-place of western civilisation has the history of more than two and a half thousand years as the city was founded in 753 B.C. It is not just the capital of Italy, Rome is also the largest and most populated city of Italy. As the city contains large number of works related to art, museums, temples, basilicas, theatres and churches, it is among the most travelled cities of the world. Almost nineteen and a half million visitors flew to the city from all around the globe in 2005. Some facts were necessary to give you an overview and the importance of this city globally.
There are expensive tickets for tourist attraction sites as the city is no short of any historical and world renowned places and there is plenty of information present over the internet about those places, let’s talk about sights, anyone travelling to the city, can visit absolutely free!
Top things to do in Rome for absolutely free!
- Stroll in to Rome’s Neighborhood: Mattatoio was the famous slaughterhouse of Rome but it was closed in the late 1970’s. It is situated in the Testaccio district of Rome. Now the area has been transformed into an organic supermarket, a modern art gallery, a music teaching school and an architecture school. The area is very much renowned for its nightlife as lots of nightclubs are present in the vicinity. The presence of several medieval houses in Testaccio has a significant historical importance in Rome’s history and a walk in the neighbourhood is a great way to explore city.
- Campo de’ Fiori: Campo de’ Fiori (field of flowers) is a market place during the day, it transforms in to a party central for students and tourists at night. The place is lively and colorful where one can buy fresh vegetables as well as spices, fish and meat.
- Piazza Navona: Though there are many squares in the city but the most famous is Piazza Navona. In 86 AD, stadium of Domitian was built by Emperor of the time, Domitian, on this place. Even the shape of the square is actually same as that of stadium. There are shops, cafes and three beautiful fountains present in the surroundings. A large number of street performers can also be seen mostly during day time that keeps the place alive.
- Roman Forum: In the ancient Roman times the site was the venue for public speeches, elections and Processions. Roman Forum (Forum Romanum in Latin) was the nucleus of commercial affairs.
- Enjoy a film for free: Casa Del cinema is amongst the most famous cinemas of the city that uses state of the art equipment for projections. The cinema is located in Villa Borghese which is a public park itself. A film library and a café is also present in the cinema to give the visitors an ultimate experience as every afternoon and evening, there are screenings of classical original language films as well as films that featured in the Venice film festival.
- See the city from Gianicolo hill: Gianciolo hill provides the best views of city’s skyline. There is a statue present on the hill that belong to Garibaldi, the person who started the movement to unify Italy. One can relax and witness some amazing and breathtaking views of the city from top of the hill.
- Visit the Trevi Fountain: This fountain was designed by Nicola salvi and it is among Rome’s most popular tourist attractions. Trevi fountain is situated on the junction of three roads (tre vie). The fountain gained its popularity worldwide from the iconic movie Dolce Vita. The myth is whoever throws a coin in the fountain, one day that person shall return to Rome. The sculpture represents the god of the sea, Neptune and two Tritons on both sides and the place is usually crowded but don’t forget to take your picture at this beautiful place.
- Relax on the Spanish steps: The stairway was built with French funds between 1721 -1725, connects Piazza di Spagna at the base to Trinita dei Monti church at top. Don’t miss the chance to see French church at the upper end and a beautiful fountain at Piazza di Spagna situated at the lower end.
- Get yourself a free walking tour: This free guided walking tour is a great way to explore the ancient Rome. It’s a two hour walk through the roman streets that takes you to Piazza di Spagna, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, Queen Margherita’s tomb, Angels of Bernini and much more. If you want to avail this guided tour, you have to show up at piazza di Spagna at 5:30pm on any day of the week!
- Visit St. Peter’s Basilica: The interior of this church is the largest and the most beautiful in the world. Every inch of the walls are amazingly decorated with colourful tiles and that’s why tourists fly in vast numbers across the world to witness this stunning piece of art.
- Visit Michelangelo’s famous statue: The statue located in the church ‘San Pietro in Vincoli’ is the most famous sculpture by Michelangelo. Created in the early 16th century, the statue is his interpretation of Moses with horned head with an elegant beard.
- Visit ‘aperitif’ bars: Visiting ‘aperitif’ bars of Rome should be a very unique and interesting experience for anyone visiting the city. Aperitivo is an alcoholic drink which is to be consumed before dinner and it is establishing its place in the Italian culture these days. All you have to do is to buy this drink for around five euros and you can fill your plate with food for absolutely free! The food normally consists of traditional and scrumptious Italian pastas, sandwiches and finger food. It provides an opportunity for the visitors to enjoy their food while listening to live music playing in the bar.
Rome is globally known for its amazing roman architecture from the ancient roman civilisation. The structures and buildings are well preserved as almost all of them are protected UNESCO World Heritage Sites. There are guided tours and entry tickets for every historical sight, meaning that only visiting those places can cost visitors a lot of money. However, it’s probably only city in the world where you can find an attraction at every corner you turn and many of those attractions are absolutely free!
Do you know any other attraction of Rome which one can visit or experience without spending a penny? Please contribute to this list by using the comments section below!