Rome is full of charms. In the city you can admire from vestiges of its most glorious era to monuments of any style and works by leading artists. And the best thing is that you won’t always have to pay for it. Then we tell you some of the things you can do for free in Rome. You dare?
1. Admire the grandeur of the Colosseum
The Colosseum is, without a doubt, the greatest symbol and attraction of the capital of Italy, so its visit is practically mandatory, and more so if it is something that can be done free in rome. To access its interior you have to pay 12 euros, but always you can visit it on the first Sunday of each month, when admission is free.
After contemplating the Colosseum, you can do the same with the ruins of the Roman Forum, since, although it requires an entrance fee, it is possible to see almost everything from the outside. Just stand in the Colosseum square, walk along the Via dei Fori Imperiali or climb Mount Quirinale to get a panoramic view.
“O Rome! my country! soul city!”
2. Stroll or relax in the most famous squares
Rome is dotted with squares full of charm, such as Plaza España, with its beautiful staircase and the Fontana della Barcaccia at its feet. And don’t forget the Piazza Venezia, of great majesty and presided over by the Monument to Vittorio Emanuele II; or the Plaza de la Rotonda, where you can see the Pantheon of Agrippa.
Other squares that cannot be overlooked are Piazza del Campidoglio, designed by Michelangelo himself; Campo dei Fiori Square, which houses a famous market and is a night meeting point; the Plaza Santa Maria de Trastevere and the Plaza del Popolo, in the center of which is the Flaminio obelisk.
A separate mention requires Piazza Navona, considered by many to be the most beautiful square in Rome. It is made up of three fountains (Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi, Fontana del Moro and Fontana del Nettuno) and surrounded by restaurants and terraces.
3. Test our reliability in the Mouth of Truth
According to legend, if you tell a lie while placing your hand in the statue’s mouth you may lose a hand. In fact, it is said that a man took his wife to the Mouth of Truth because he distrusted her fidelity. She feigned fainting and swore that she had only been in the arms of her husband and the man who came to help her: her lover.
To contemplate it you must go to the church of Santa María in Cosmedin. The Mouth of Truth was transferred there in 1632. It has a diameter of 1.75 meters and is dedicated to the god of the sea, represented by a male face with pierced eyes, nose and mouth.
4. One of the free things to do in Rome: make a wish at the Trevi Fountain
From one legend we pass to another, which maintains that Whoever throws a coin into the water of the Trevi Fountain will sooner or later return to Rome. If you are looking for love you will have to throw two or three coins. Thus, the visit to this tourist attraction will cost only the money you want to spend, even a penny is enough.
In case you don’t believe in superstitions, you can always try to find a place among the crowd of tourists who crowd in front of the fountain to admire its beauty. One of the things you can and should do for free in Rome.
5. See the Moses, one of the great works of Michelangelo
Michelangelo is considered one of the great artists in history, which is why nothing better than visiting the church of San Pedro in Vincoli, in the Monti district, to admire the Moses, one of his most notorious works. A beautiful marble sculpture that focuses on the figure of the biblical character.
The work was created as a funerary monument dedicated to Pope Julius II and is composed of six other figures, in addition to the one already mentioned. It was intended for St. Peter’s Basilica, but was finally placed in its current location, which is characterized by its simplicity and is one of those places that can be visited for free in Rome.