If you take the time to look at a list of the best city break destinations there is a good bet that you will find Rome on there somewhere and normally close to the top. Millions of visitors flock to this beautiful city every year, but it does have the reputation of being very expensive. However it is possible to stay in Rome even if you are on a budget so don’t be put off visiting here. Instead read on for some of the many free things to do in Rome to help your cash go further.
The first thing that you will find when you arrive in Rome is that there is beauty everywhere you look and you can spend as much time as you like looking at the buildings and architecture for free.
One of the most popular attractions is the Trevi Fountain, which really is breathtaking when you see it in the flesh. The Pantheon is the oldest structure that is still standing and in use in Rome and is a great place to spend some quiet time whilst enjoying the striking features of this magnificent church.
The Foro Romano is the perfect place to come for a stroll and it is another place that you can see for free in Rome. Here you will have a chance to explore the buildings that made up the centre of ancient Rome and get a sense of what life was like back then.
For some quirky fun head to the “Mouth of Truth” (La Bocca della Verita) and test the legend – if you are brave enough. It is said that if you tell a lie whilst your hand is in the statue’s gaping mouth you will pull back nothing but a stump as it will remove your hand as punishment.
Art has always been important to the people of Rome and there are lots of opportunities to view it. Head to the Gallery of the National Academy of San Luca and you will gain free entry and be able to view hundreds of works of art that have been created by members of the academy.
If you happen to be in Rome on the last Sunday of the month then you will be able to get free entry to the Vatican museums and see the treasures that are contained within. Get there early though as queues do tend to build quite quickly.
There are also plenty of parks and gardens dotted all around Rome that are free to visit and well worth your time. The Gianicolo Park hosts regular puppet shows that children (and some adults) of all nationalities will enjoy.
Largo Argentina is the home of a cat shelter with a difference. It is free entry and you will be able to watch the antics of the felines as they play amongst the ruins of four temples.
Villa Ada regularly hosts free activities and workshops for children, so is a great place to take your little ones if they need some amusement. Adults can also take part in free exercise sessions at the pond, which are held every Sunday.
So there you have just a fraction of the free things to do in Rome that are available to you. So if you are considering taking a city break but you are on a tight budget, don’t worry because Rome is still the perfect destination.