Top Attractions In Rome For Free

There are lots of good reasons why millions of tourists would flock to Rome each year. The city is filled with lots of historic sights, beautiful attractions, and great architecture that cater to all kinds of travellers. If you’re visiting on a budget, then you better take advantage of the many cheap things to do in Rome. In fact, by simply exploring the city centre of Rome, you’ll already be entertained by the number of exciting sights and activities! .

Sure, Rome is not a cheap city to visit. But with the many free things to do in Rome, you’ll be guaranteed to have a great time even with limited budget. For instance, if you’re a history and culture buff, then check out the free museums in Rome. You can also visit numerous free attractions in Rome, such as the Church of San Luigi dei Francesi, the Pantheon, St Peter in Chains, Trevi Fountain, St. Peter’s Basilica, and many more. .

The best thing about Rome is that there will always be things for you to do regardless of the month of the year that you visit. For instance, one of the free things to do in Rome this summer is to explore the many piazzas or squares in the city while enjoying the good weather. If you are visiting Rome with kids, one of the free things to do in Rome with kids is to take a walk or cycle along the Appian Way. You and your kids will surely have a great time exploring this ancient road. .

So if you are in the process of planning a trip to Rome, better check out this list of free things to do in Rome.

Free Attractions in Rome

Top Rated Rome Attractions

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Church of San Luigi dei Francesi

The reputation of this church rests largely on a trio of paintings by the master Caravaggio, depicting the life of St Matthew. They attract a large number of visitors due to the excellent use of light and shade. Although admission to the church is free, dropping a coin into the special box will cause the paintings to be illuminated.

San Luigi dei Francesi was built as the National Church of France in Rome between 1518-89. This is...

Castel Sant'Angelo Skip-the-line Tickets

clock Duration: Flexible
  • A convenient and time saving ticket which will get you access to the castle without wasting time in entrance queues.
  • A chance to discover one of Rome's few surviving fortresses.
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Pantheon

One of the most iconic buildings in the world, this impressive structure has been standing for almost two thousand years. The name means “Temple dedicated to all the gods” but since the 7th century it has been used as a Roman Catholic church. After entering through the vast pillars at the front, you can take in the magnificent dome with its hole at the top, which lets in natural light. Known as the oculus, any rain that falls through is...

Piazza Navona Underground: Stadium of Domitian Admission Ticket

clock Duration: 40 to 50 min
  • A way to tour the underground parts of Piazza Navona in Rome. This means descending to 5 metres below street level into the excavated sites
  • This is an opportunity to admire the ancient ruins of the first and the only masonry stadium in...
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St Peter in Chains

This church was built in the 5th century to contain the chains which bound St Peter, both those from Jerusalem when he was held by Herod and the Roman ones when he was imprisoned by Nero. The chains are thought to have fused together miraculously. While these are a moving sight, another huge draw for the church is a masterpiece by Michelangelo, the statue of Moses which adorns the incomplete tomb of Pope Julius II. This well-loved statue...

Empire Roman Museum Ticket (Capitolini): Hosted Entry

clock Duration: 4 hours
  • A visit to the Roman Empire Museum (Capitolini) in Rome to learn everything you need to know about the Roman Empire with fascinating collection of art and artefacts on display
  • This is a walking tour and a way for you to explore the...
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Trevi Fountain

No trip to Rome would be complete without a visit to this brilliantly elaborate fountain, with its statues and tumbling water pouring into a pool full of coins. The story goes that if you throw in a coin, you are sure to return to Rome.

The fountain occupies a surprisingly small space at the junction of three alleys. It was completed in 1762, after over a hundred years of designs and plans to replace the earlier fountain, a project that...

Vatican afternoon tour with St. Peter Basilica Skip-the-line

clock Duration: 3 hours
  • A ticket to explore the Vatican City alongside a local guide with comprehensive knowledge and informative about the city
  • This is a way to examine the Vatican Museums and its numerous galleries located within the Vatican...
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St. Peter’s Basilica

The most famous church in Rome and the centre of the Vatican (link), St Peter’s Basilica stands in the vast Piazza San Pietro (link). It is one of the most important Catholic sites in the world and it is from here that the Pope delivers sermons to huge crowds in the Piazza.

The basilica is reputed to contain the remains of St Peter, the first Pope, below its altar. The tomb was excavated in the 20th century. The present church was...

Capitoline Museums Marvels Private Tour

clock Duration: 2 hours 30 m
  • This is a private tour of the Capitoline Museums which allows you to explore and learn about the Roman history from the beginning of your tour to the end
  • It is an opportunity to interact with an art historian guide or archaeologist, who...
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Piazzas

Rome has a splendid array of squares or piazzas with wonderful architecture, fountains, and many other features. Undoubtedly the most famous of these is the Piazza San Pietro (St Peter’s Square) in the Vatican (link), in front of St Peter’s Basilica (link), which is packed to capacity during Papal addresses. At the centre of the square is a 4400-year-old Egyptian obelisk standing 25.5 metres tall.

There is also the Piazza di Spagna...

Semi Private Vatican Tour up to 10 people with optional colosseum tour

clock Duration: 3 to 6 hours
  • It is a semi-private Vatican City tour with a small group of travellers or your own personal group of 10 persons
  • This ticket allows your small group to explore St. Peter's Basilica, the Sistine Chapel, the Vatican Museums, and the...
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The Vatican on the Last Sunday of the Month

This is when the Vatican Museums (link) including the Sistine Chapel (link) open their doors for free. They are not open on any other Sunday of the month. The admission hours are only from 9am-12.30pm, but visitors can remain until 2pm. You need to be aware that demand is understandably high so it is worth waiting until later in the morning when the initial early queue has died down.

The Museums contain a wealth of stunning artworks,...

Vatican City Tour

clock Duration: 2 to 3 hours
  • This is a unique tour of the Vatican City with a professional tour guide to teach you about the rich cultural aspects of the "Eternal City"
  • It is a chance to visit and explore places like the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Basilica,...
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Arch of Constantine

Another famous sight in Rome, this splendid arch was built in 315AD to celebrate Emperor Constantine’s victory over Maxentius and is located between the Colosseum and the Palatine Hill. The optimum view of the arch is to be had from the top of the Colosseum. It has three archways, and stands 21m high.

The arch is decorated with an abundance of reliefs and statues, with the architects reusing parts of earlier monuments from the times...

Colosseum Fast access & 48 Hours Hop-on Hop-Off Bus

clock Duration: 2 days
  • This is a way to see Rome in two days on a hop-on hop-off bus and fast track access to the Colosseum
  • This ticket also get you access to the Roman Forum and Palatine Hills which you can explore at your own pace
  • A chance to...
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Appian Way

Where better to indulge in a bit of vigorous walking or cycling than on an ancient Roman road This is definitely an experience that shouldn’t be missed while in Rome and by walking along here you will be taking footsteps into history. The road was built in 312 BC. You can get to the start via a subway and bus. Starting from the Domino Quo Vadis church, you will pass the Mausoleum of Cecilia Metello and the catacombs of St. Callistus, both...

Papal audience ticket

clock Duration: 2 hours
  • It is a Papal audience tour ticket that gives you the opportunity to see and hear the Pope speak at St. Peter's Square
  • A walking tour ticket that can be reserved and delivered to your hotel in Rome a day before the Pope's scheduled...
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Il Vittoriano

This vast edifice built of white marble is a tribute to King Victor Emmanuel II, the first king of the unified Italy. It was erected between 1885-1925, the work of several sculptors. There is a very wide central staircase, Corinthian columns, fountains, and equestrian statues of the king and the goddess Victory.

Located in the centre of Rome, there are fantastic paronamic views to be had from the roof. There is a glass elevator you can...

OMNIA Vatican and Rome City Pass with Free Transport

clock Duration: 3 Days
  • Your key to the very best Rome attractions and Vatican City venues.
  • This is a convenient pass which will help you to explore the Italian Capital at your own pace.
  • The OMNIA Pass will let you ride the open top Hop-on Hop-off bus...
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There are many things you can do for free in Rome like booking free entry into some Rome museums, joining locals to do some free activities and others. This allows you to have fun and relax on a budget or save for further experiences on your trip.

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