• Posted: Wednesday, September 22, 2010
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Free Things to do in Rome

The Italian capital city is one of Europe’s top tourist destinations and one visit here will soon explain why. Rome is packed full of amazing architecture and breathtaking artwork, and it is also home to some the world’s instantly recognisable sightseeing. A trip to Rome will see you wandering through the narrow streets to take in many ancient sites and unexpected attractions. Because a lot of the attraction with Rome lies in its architecture and design it’s easy to see Rome on a budget. It also means that there are lots of things to do for free in Rome. So here’s our pick of free things to do in Rome for your next visit to the Eternal City.



Spanish Steps


Free Things to do in Rome You will find this famous Rome tourist attraction in Piazza di Spagna, which is one of Rome’s popular city squares. This famous outdoor staircase is a monument of Roman Baroque style and was as popular during Renaissance times as it is today. The Spanish Steps are named after the Spanish embassy that lies nearby. At the top of the steps you will find a church, Trinita dei Monti which dominates Piazza di Spagna from above. You will also get some great views of the city’s skyline and surrounding streets from the top of the Spanish Steps. At the bottom of the steps you will find the Barcaccia Fountain which is the focal point of Piazza di Spagna. During the day and night you will find the Spanish Steps awash with people who sit back on the steps or by the fountain taking in their surrounds. The Spanish Steps are a must see on your visit and are a great free thing to do in Rome also.



Trevi Fountain


Free Things to do in Rome As you approach the Trevi Fountain you will hear the gushing water before you see any hint of this world famous fountain. Rome’s Trevi Fountain is a firm fixture on its tourist trail and you will see its popularity as a Rome tourist attraction instantly when you are greeted with the hordes of tourists sitting at the sides, taking pictures and throwing their coins into the water (they say if you throw a coin over your shoulder into the fountain it will guarantee your return to Rome). This top Rome attraction is a beautiful work of Baroque art and you will find yourself sitting in front of it for quite some time taking in its beauty, detail and enjoying the atmosphere around it. Spend some time by the Trevi Fountain if you are looking for some free things to do in Rome



Vatican City


Free Things to do in Rome The world’s smallest state can be found in Rome and it also happens to be the home of the Catholic religion as well as home to the Pope. Vatican City should definitely be on your list when it comes to sightseeing in Rome, especially if you are looking for free things to do in Rome. If you do have a bit of cash to spare when you are visiting the Vatican City then we recommend a visit to the Vatican Museum which also includes entry into the Sistine Chapel. However, there is plenty to see around Vatican City without spending a penny. One of our favourite things to do for free in Rome is to visit St. Peter’s Basilica. St. Peter’s has the largest interior of any Christian church in the world and is beautiful in its architecture and design both inside and out. You can then take a walk around St. Peter’s Square which is the main piazza in Vatican City. Once you have seen all the sites of Vatican City take a stroll down Via della Conciliazone as it will provide you with some stunning views back at St. Peter’s Basilica and take you in the direction of the beautiful Castel Sant’Angelo and Pont Sant’Angelo.





Free Things to do in Rome All over the city centre of Rome you will find many beautiful piazzas and they should definitely be factored in to your sightseeing in Rome. These are like squares that are home to many beautiful fountains and monuments. The most popular and biggest piazza’s in Rome include Piazza Navona which is one of Rome’s largest and possibly most beautiful city squares with three amazing fountains. Piazza di Spagna is home to the famous Spanish Steps, the Barcaccia Fountain and you will also find some of the finest designer shops around here. Piazza del Popolo is another popular Rome square where you will find the church of Santa Maria del Popolo that is home to some artistic masterpieces. Piazza di Campo dei Fiori is another popular square that is probably best experienced during its market in the morning hours. Visiting these Roman piazza’s and popular tourist attractions is a great free thing to do in Rome.





Free Things to do in Rome As Rome is the seat of the Catholic faith and home to the Pope you can imagine there would be a lot of churches in Rome. Well you imagined right as there are over 400 churches in Rome. And each church boasts an architectural and artistic wonder better than the next. Each church you come across in Rome is like a museum, some bigger and more elaborate the next. These churches are all free to access so they make for some great things to do for free in Rome. Churches all over the city house masterpieces on their walls and in their aisles from some of the art world’s finest names. Some churches to keep in mind during your Rome sightseeing include San Giovanni Laterano also referred to as Basilica of St. John Lateran. This is Rome’s cathedral and was once the residence of the pope. This Baroque style church is the site of the first church in Rome and also houses a museum. St. Peter’s Basilica can be found in Vatican City and is the church of the pope as well as one of the most important churches in the world. The highlight of St. Peter’s is its Michelangelo designed dome which you have to pay a fee to climb. The Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore was once a former Palace of the Popes before the Vatican. It is decorated with 5th century Biblical mosaics and the ceiling is said to feature gold Columbus brought back from the new world. And finally, don’t miss out on a trip to The Pantheon. This temple date back to 27BC and it is one of the best preserved buildings of ancient Rome. The Pantheon stands as the most complete Roman structure on earth, having survived for over 20 centuries.


By: Tracy Lynch


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