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- Posted:Wednesday, February 27, 2013
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5 free things to do in Rome
We love having insider knowledge for a city we’re visiting, and who better to get it from than the people who welcome hoards of travellers through their doors every week… the staff at a hostel!
1. Porta Pia and English Embassy
Porta Pia was commissioned to be built by Pope Pius IV, and was designed by Michelangelo. It was the artist’s last work before his death. This is also the gate that gave access to the army that took Rome for the unification of Italy. Just in front of it is the English Embassy by Spence.
2. S. Maria Della Vittoria
This is the church in Dan Brown’s novel and Ron Howard’s movie, Angels and Demons. It’s famous for the sculpture of “The Ecstasy of St. Teresa” by Bernini. If you look closely at the ecstasy it resembles the female orgasm. Legend states that Bernini created this similarity on purpose in order to play a trick on the Pope.
Open every day (7am-12am/ 3:30pm-7pm)
3. San Pietro In Vincoli
Legend says that the chains of St. Peter are hidden underneath the altar here. The churches biggest fame derives from the huge sculpture of Moses by Michelangelo on the tomb of Pope Julius II.
Open Apr - Sept (8am-12:30pm/ 2pm-5pm) Oct - Mar (8am-12:30pm/3pm-6pm)
4. Trevi Fountain
This fountain is the largest Baroque fountain in the city, and one of the most famous fountains in the world. A traditional legend holds that if visitors throw a coin into the fountain, they are ensured a return to Rome.
Open all day everyday – Best seen at night
5. Free Concert – Roma Vintage & San Lorenzo Estate
Roma Vintage is a series that puts on Indie Rock concerts and also screens films, and runs from June 8th until August 15th. Be sure to log onto their website to find concert details, and to ensure entry is free that evening.
San Lorenzo Estate is a series of hip-hop and rap concerts, and runs from June 1st until August 10th. Be sure to also checkout their website for concert details, and to ensure that night’s concert is free.
Thanks to the staff at The Yellow Rome for putting together these great budget tips. Be sure to stop by the reception desk at The Yellow to receive a free city map that will outline the paths to each of these free activities, and give you other euro saving tips when it comes to restaurants, shopping, and tours. And don’t forget to like them on Facebook so you can receive a free Yellow Shot at their bar before heading to one of those free concerts.