Does a city like Rome even need an introduction? This city is like a living museum. Ancient sights and classic architecture can be found on practically every street corner, right next to modern buildings and tasty gelato stands. It doesn’t cost an arm and a leg, and these free sights prove it.
Basilica de San Pietro - This church is not to be missed when visiting Vatican City. It is home to the pope and is one of the most lavish churches in Rome, of course it is, it was designed by Michelangelo! You’ll be expected to dish out to visit the Vatican museums and gardens but this beauty is completely free.
Vatican Museum - This is actually one of the most expensive sights to see in Rome but if you plan your flights to Rome right, you’ll know to book them for the last weekend of the month when this museum is free on the last Sunday of every month. Just arrive early to beat the queue.
Pantheon - If you really can’t be bothered to dish out for the Colosseum, there are plenty of other ancient Roman sights to see, the Pantheon for example. It was built in the 2nd century AD as a temple for the Roman gods but was converted to a Catholic church.
Bonus tip: Arrive at the Pantheon at 7pm and join a free 30-minute tour compliments of Angel Tours.
Forum – Once you’ve seen where all of Russell Crowe’s cool Gladiator moves went down in the Colosseum, head across the street to see the Roman Forum. These ruins feature around a dozen temples, buildings and arches. Either download an audio podcast for the experience or get one on-site for €4, otherwise this place looks like just another pile of ancient rubble.
The Mouth of Truth – Remember that scene in Roman Holiday when Audrey Hepburn is coaxed into putting her hand in the “Bocca della Verità”. Legend has it that if you tell a lie with your hand inside, it’ll bite it off! Whether it’s true or not, this is a classic Rome photo-opp.
Still need more things to visit? The city’s fountains are sights in and of themselves and you can find them practically around every street corner. Trevi Fountain is of course the most famous but you’ll rarely find it not surrounded by hoards of tourists. Other fountains not to miss:
- Fontana di Quattro Fiumi (Piazza Navona)
- Fontana della Barcaccia (bottom of Spanish Steps)
Have you been to Rome? What was your favourite part of the city?