Even though Rome is not that expensive, when you are on budget is good to know that there are some experiences you can do for free and still enjoy yourself in one of Europe’s most beautiful cities.
1. Going on a free tour
Because the city is full of remarkable ruins and monuments, it can be quite overwhelming if you go alone with no directions. Luckily, there are some locals who offer free walking tours downtown and around the Vatican. You can book here your tour and also see which places are included.
2. Tell a lie at the Bocca della Verita
If you are brave enough, you can test your courage by telling a lie while holding your hand in this Roman statue. The legend says that a liar who puts their hand inside the statue’s mouth will lose it.
- Location: Piazza della Bocca della Verità, 18, Roma, Italy
- Opening hours: 9:30 a.m. – 5:50 p.m.
3. Enjoy the most beautiful view of Rome
Trastevere is one of the best places to admire the entire city and an ideal spot for perfect panoramic shots of Rome. In my opinion, it should receive the award for the best place to see a sunset over Rome. The view from here is amazing and also free.
4. Take a look inside the Pantheon
After relaxing in front of this opulent monument, you can take a look inside the Pantheon for free. Gazing at the dome’s ceiling will be an amazing experience for which you don’t have to pay a cent.
- Location: Piazza della Rotonda, 00186 Roma, Italy
- Opening hours: 8:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
5. Ensure your return to Rome at Fontana di Trevi
Fontana di Trevi is undoubtedly one of my favorite places in Rome. Thousands of tourists are coming here daily to see this masterpiece. According to the legend, you should stand with your back to the fountain and toss a coin over your left shoulder to guarantee your return to Rome. Take your time and enjoy the view. Also, try to be here in the morning when is less crowded.
Travelling tip: even if there are a lot of things to do for free in Rome, remember that this is a very busy city and many places will be a bit crowded by tourists so you have to arm yourself with patience. But don’t be discouraged: it will all be worthy it!
I hope that you will enjoy your next trip to Rome. I am looking forward to hearing your stories.
P.S. Let me know if you discovered other free things you can do in Rome.