7 FREE THINGS TO DO IN THE ETERNAL CITY OF ROME!
Get your cash to stretch that little bit further in ancient Rome!
Rome is one of my all-time favourite cities. UNESCO World Heritage sites, amazingly delicious food, and wonderful people, all help make Rome my must-see destination. I always get so excited whenever I visit this epic city that I can’t get off the plane fast enough!
Yet despite my eagerness to get out and explore, on my first visit to Rome, I was on a very limited budget. Therefore, it was important for me to seek out as many free things to do while here to maximize my budget. I still managed to have the most incredible time and come home with very fond memories of this wonderful city, and I’m sure you will to! So read on to explore Rome’s free attractions.
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I came to this beautiful piazza straight from the Pantheon, which was only a five-minute walk away. I enjoyed the wonderful atmosphere from the surrounding coffee shops and restaurants, as well as the stunning architecture of the adjacent buildings and fountains.
The most outstanding feature of Piazza Navona has to be Bernini’s Fountain of Rivers (Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi). It was built in the 1st century AD, and there is an obelisk in the middle that stretches to 16 meters in height, so there’s no chance you will miss it, no matter where you stand in the square.
Make sure also to check out the Neptune Fountain (Fontana del Moro). A gruesome-looking piece of art, with horses, cherubs and mer-looking-people who appear as though they are drowning while trying to get out of the fountain.
What an awesome place, and it is free, so make sure to visit when you’re next in Rome.
00186 Rome // Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi | www.rome.net/piazza-navona
Back in 2012, I visited the Trevi Fountain just minutes before sunset, and I have to say that this would definitely be the best, and busiest, time to go! Stonework tends to take on a softer, warmer look when the sun is setting, and seeing it lit up so perfectly made me realise that it had been worth the effort of the long walk to get there.
The fountain was completed in 1762 by Nicola Salvi and is said to be the most beautiful fountain in the whole world. Yep, I think I’d have to agree with that! And at nearly 26 meters high and 50 meters wide, it is also the largest. In the centre stands a massive statue of Oceanus, where it appears as though he is rising up out of the sea in anger, and the rest of the poor sculptures look terrified and are trying to get away from him.
Don’t forget to throw a coin in the fountain before you leave. The myth goes that you must toss the coin with your right hand over your left shoulder in order to return to Rome in the future. [>>>>> Full Article Click Here <<<<<]
Piazza di Trevi, 00187 Rome | www.rome.net/trevi-fountain
This structure was built by Emperor Hadrian to cross the river Tiber to his new castle on the side. It is considered the most attractive bridge in Rome. If you stand at the foot of the bridge before you start to cross it and look straight ahead, you will be rewarded with a great view of the castle. It’s also got lovely views from the other side, looking down along the road leading to the Vatican. Several beautiful angel statues line both sides of the bridge. They carry various religious objects, such as a crown of thorns and a cross, and are carved from white stone which adds to their angelic look. This bridge used to be where pilgrims would cross the river Tiber to get to St. Peters Square when they were heading to the Vatican. I imagine seeing such heavenly statues as they crossed the bridge back then, would have hinted to the Pilgrims that their journey was coming to an end.
It really is a beautiful spot just to stand and admire the river’s surrounding views and beautiful scenery.
Ponte Sant-Angelo, 00186 Roma RM
Even after seeing them, I had to Google why the Spanish Steps were so famous. All I could find was that they were built to connect the Piazza di Spagna at the bottom of the steps to the Trinita Dei Monti Church at the top.
In my opinion, the Steps are on everyone’s Bucket List purely because they think it should be. My husband Zac and I visited here on our first trip to Rome. They were packed with hordes of people, leaving barely any space to walk down them. Every few feet we were aggressively accosted by vendors trying to sell us cheap plastic rubbish! It was more like running the gauntlet than taking a stroll!
If I were you, I would visit early in the morning on a weekday and see if the crowds are any better. This is what I will definitely be doing the next time I’m in Rome. [>>>>> Full Article Click Here <<<<<]
Piazza di Spagna, 00187 Rome
ST. PETERS BASILICA
When I visited the basilica back in 2014, I was completely covered up, except for my neck, yet I was initially refused entry. My outfit didn’t seem good enough for the guards. Strangely enough, the younger girls who were wearing short-shorts and spaghetti-strap tops with their boobs popping out were absolutely fine! I kept adding layers of clothes until the guards finally decided to let me in!
Despite this negative, the basilica is incredible! The interior is constructed from shades of pink, cream, and blue marble. This contrasts well against the white and gold ornately patterned coffered ceiling. Each section contains different designs, including floral patterns, prominent family crests and cherubs.
Bernini in a baroque style. Just stand in front of it – crowds permitting – and admire how truly awesome it is. At almost 20 meters tall, you really can’t miss it. I guess that’s the point. I’m not particularly religious, but it’s hard not to feel something when you are here – whatever religion you follow. [>>>>> Full Article Click Here <<<<<]
PIAZZA SAN PIETRO
The first time I visited here, it was a weekday in autumn. The Pope had just finished holding a service in the square, so it was very busy. If you really want to enjoy your visit, then I’d suggest not visiting on the days the Pope holds services – unless you want to see his holiness.
The obelisk in the Piazza’s centre is from Egypt and was acquired by the Vatican in 1586. You can get the best views if you approach the square from Via Della Conziliazone, with the Castel Sant’Angelo at one end and the Vatican at the other.
Although it was busy around the square on my first visit, around 5-10 minutes later, the heavens opened, and I had to run for cover under the thousands of arches in the court. After finding protection from the rain, I began drying off when this guy came over trying to sell me an umbrella. It might have been one of the most expensive plastic umbrellas in the world as his starting price was €30.00! Honestly. With a strong gust of wind, it would have bent and snapped. A bargain, right? Obviously, I didn’t buy it, but he kept trying to sell it to me as I continued walking off up the road, relenting only after several blocks. Watch out for these guys!
00120 Vatican City | www.vatican.va
Built over two thousand years ago, the Pantheon is so well preserved that you wouldn’t think it had been constructed as far back as 125 CE! It was towards the end of the day when I arrived, and it was still quite busy. Although the building’s exterior is simple, with a frontage that looks like the Acropolis in Athens, the interior is amazing. Built in a circular shape, it is decorated in blue and pink marble, making it look similar to the design of St. Peters Basilica at the Vatican. In the centre you are presented with a beautiful dome sporting a coffered ceiling as well as seven alcoves around the side, displaying striking statues of Christian martyrs.
Essentially, it is a beautiful building, but it is just one room. You probably won’t need to spend heaps of time here.
Piazza della Rotonda, 00186 Rome
Thanks for reading my post on free things to do while in Rome. I wanted to share this list with you to help you to explore the city, without having to spend lots of money. However, if you want to spend even less cash, then my advice would be to travel out of season or midweek if possible. You’ll have less crowds, better rates and potentially be able to take better photographs without people photo bombing all of your shots all the time.
Have you done any of these free things to do on my list before? Is there anything else that’s free in Rome you can tell me about? Let me know in the comments below.
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