Art, architecture, pretty piazzas, markets and mosaics – From ancient sights to the greatest Italian artists, some of the best things to do in Rome are free.
Access to Bernini’s iconic Piazza San Pietro, and the world’s most important Catholic church, are both free. Though entrance is charged to certain parts
The Vatican Museums are free on the last Sunday morning of the month. But arrive early as queues can be long.
You could devote several days to visiting every piazza, palazzo, church, fountain and monument created by Bernini for the city.
Michelangelo contributed more to the city than the Sistine Chapel.
The Ancient City
You can get a great free tour of the ancient city on a stroll from the Colosseum to the Pantheon. The Colosseum is more impressive from the outside and looking over to the Roman Forum it is possible to spot major monuments.
A Medley of Mosaics
Campo de’ Fiori
Nowhere is the city’s colorful past as vivid as on and around Campo de’ Fiori, dominated by its morning food market.
Trastevere and the Janiculum
Trastevere, with its mellow twisting cobbled streets, is the perfect destination for aimless strolling. Dangers to your budget are, however, rife, from one-off boutiques with enticing window displays, and chic cafes and restaurants.
There are free concerts sponsored by the city council on New Year’s Eve,