Things to Do in Rome for Free

Though Rome is fast becoming one of the most expensive cities to visit in Europe; luckily for tourists there are plenty of things you can do and see in the city for free.

Coming to Rome and not visiting the Vatican Museums during your trip is almost sinful.While entry comes at a cost, if you happen to be in the Eternal City on the last Sunday of the month, plan on visiting the Vatican Museums then when entrance is free. 

Another perk about visiting Rome is that one can take in the beauty of the city's churches and piazzas for free. Some of the most beautiful and lively piazzas to visit in Rome are Piazza Navona and Piazza di Spagna where the Spanish Steps are located. On your must-see list for churches that won't cost you nada are St. Peter's Basilica and the Santa Maria in Trastevere Church

From taking a stroll through one of the most fascinating and unique quartiere  of the city, the Coppede to experiencing the sights, tastes and smells of a street markets to throwing a coin in the Trevi Fountain, 10Best has your top 10 things to do and see in Rome - for free!

Since 1871, the Italian Senate has been housed in this tightly guarded prestigious palace. Palazzo Madama, located just a stone's throw from the beautiful and popular Piazza Navona, is where the Italian senate meets. The building was originally...  Read More

Ever since its completion in 1726, visitors even to this day are taken away by the beauty of the Spanish Steps otherwise known as the 'scalinata' (staircase) to the locals. The three flights and landings represent the Trinity, and you almost...  Read More

You can't get anymore Baroque beautiful than Piazza Navona. This piazza has it all: three glorious fountains, Bernini sculptures, a lovely outdoor café scene and the magnificent Sant'Agnese in Agone church. In the first century A.D., this...  Read More

Architecture buffs looking for an afternoon to spend away from the comfort zone of the Centro Storico, should definitely venture out to the Quartiere Coppede located in the Trieste-Salaria district neighborhood of Rome. This tiny bizzare angle...  Read More

After the Colosseum, one of Rome's best preserved monuments is the Pantheon. It was originally meant to be a pagan temple only to be later converted into a church. The original rectangular facility, which was comprised of 16 granite columns,...  Read More

Piazza Venezia

Visiting the Eternal City and not making a stop at the Vatican Museums is almost like breaking one of the ten commandments. On the last Sunday of the month, you can visit the Vatican Museums for free. It's where some of the world's greatest art...  Read More

Thanks to Fellini's Dolce Vita, the Trevi Fountain has served as a picturesque backdrop for Hollywood blockbusters like Three Coins in a Fountain and Roman Holiday and a dream come true for young women looking for love. Legend has it, throwing...  Read More

In 324 AD, Constantine commissioned a cathedral dedicated especially to the Apostle Peter. The church was reportedly built on the burial site of this most influential Christian, who was crucified upside down in the nearby Circus of Nero in 64...  Read More

If you feel like visiting quintessential Rome, there's no better place to do it than at the Campo de' Fiori open air market or mercato all'aperto. Taking a stroll through this market, gives you a glimpse of Italian culture. Once inside, you'll...  Read More

Dubbed the central park of Rome, Villa Borghese is a favorite for tourists and the locals. The resurrection of the park was commissioned during the 17th century and used by the Borghese and Bonaparte families. Though, it's not the largest park...  Read More


Meet Maria Pasquale

Born to Italian parents, Maria always knew Rome was her destiny, although she was raised in Melbourne.

An award winning food and travel writer, in addition to 10Best USA Today she also...  More About Maria