A list of free things to do in Rome
Rome could be described as an open museum, with endless free and beautiful things to see and do on every corner. Below is a list of some fun and interesting ideas.
Il Vittoriano, also known as the “wedding cake”, is the huge monument on Piazza Venezia, constructed to honor Victor Emmanuel II, who was the first king of unified Italy. The building holds the tomb of the Unknown Soldier, where an eternal flame burns. At the top of the monument is the statue of Victor Emmanuel on a horse. A museum inside explains the history of the Italian Reunification, containing paintings, sculptures and drawings related to the History of the First World War. There is also an elevator to the top floor for a few euros, offering spectacular views.
The Pantheon, was declared by Michelangelo as ‘the work of Angels and not human design.’ Built over 2000 years ago, it is the only monument belonging to ancient Rome that still remains intact. No one knows the exact age of the pantheon but most historians claim the Emperor Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa built it in 27 B.C. It holds the tombs of the painter Raphael and kings of Italy, as well as Princess Margherita of Savoy, from whom the pizza is named after. To learn about the best pizza in Rome click here
The Trevi Fountain
The Trevi Fountain is one of the most famous and beautiful fountains in the world. Be sure to throw in a coin to bring you some luck. The Fontana Hotel directly opposite the fountain, invites non-guests to go up to the rooftop, to enjoy a drink with breathtaking views.
If you are under the age of 18 or over 65 and European, most museums offer free entrance with proof of Identification. (Student cards are not accepted) Sites include the Colosseum, the Borgese Museums, the Saint Angelo Castle, and more. Other categories entitled to free entrances include, journalists, teachers and students of art, architecture and archaeology. People registered with a physical disability are offered free entrances without waiting in ticket lines.
Every year Rome organizes the Culture Week, (Settimana della Cultura), which is held for the 16th year in 2014, taking place April 16-25. During culture week, most of the city and state-run museums of Rome are free entrance to the general public, as well as special events, exhibitions and concerts organized.
Unfortnately the Colosseum does not participate anymore. The Borghese Gallery you will still need to make a reservation, at least one day before the visiting date, by phoning +39 0632810. For more information or bookings click here
Rome, which was founded in 753BC, and is celebrated every year by Romans on the 21st of April. Rome’s monuments, archaeological sites and many museums allow free entry on the day. Celebrations include fantastic firework displays, must see gladiator shows, traditional Roman banquets and parades. On the Capitoline Hill at noon, a special bell called Patarina rings.
Vatican Museum and Colosseum
St. Peter’s Basilica is one of the largest churches in the world and offers a free entrance. There is a small charge applying to reach the top of the dome, offering breathtaking views. On the last Sunday of every month, the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel offers free entrance. The doors open at 08:30 am and the last entry is 12:30 (the museum closes at 14:30). It is advised to arrive before 7:30 a.m. to avoid the long line to get in. Remember shoulders and knees must be covered. The Colosseum, Palentine Hill and Roman Forum, offer free entrance every first Sunday of the month. Be sure to get there when it opens at 8:30 a.m. to avoid the crowds. For tips on skipping the Colosseum line click here