Planning to visit Rome soon and looking for free things to do in Rome to help you stay on budget? Here is a list of 58 free things to do in Rome to choose from for your upcoming trip to the eternal city.
- Visit the Museums and Monuments in the city for free on every first Sunday of the month
- Go admire the beauty of the Trevi Fountain and throw a coin in to ensure a second visit to Rome. Make sure to face your back to the fountain the throw the coin over your left shoulder into the fountain
- Visit one of the coolest architectural wonders of the ancient times, the Pantheon and stare in awe at the grand structure. Did you know it has the largest unenforced concrete dome in the world?
- Climb to the top of the iconic Spanish Steps and watch the hustle bustle of the city
- Head to the famous Borghese Gardens and feed the ducks at the lake. You could also choose to go boating for just 3 euro per person
- Walk up to the Pincio Terrace and enjoy stunning views of Rome. Also makes for a perfect spot to watch sunset over the city
- Take a walk by the Fori Imperiali Road and gaze at the ruins of the ancient city center of Rome
- Climb up to the first floor of Piazza Venezia and watch the city from above
- Sign up for a free walking tour of the city
- Visit the skull of St. Valentine at the Basilica of Santa Maria in Cosmedin
- Pay a visit to the original manger of Jesus at one of the oldest and most important church of Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome
- Admire the fountains and statues at Piazza Navona in the heart of Rome
- Take a walk in the Jewish Quarter in the city
- Walk through the remains of the beautiful Marcello Theater
- Stick your hand in the Mouth of Truth ( La Bocca della Verità) at the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin
- Visit the Vatican Museums for free on the last Sunday of every month
- Get blessed by the Pope at the Papal Audience at the Vatican every Wednesday. You may want to collect your ticket for the audience a day before from the Swiss Guards at the Vatican as spots for the audience are limited
- Attend a mass by the Pope on special days like Christmas Eve, Easter or other holy days of the year
- Send a postcard to your friends and family with a special stamp of the Vatican from the unique white wagon post office at St. Peter’s Square
- Marvel at the famous Pieta by Michaelangelo at the St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican
- Visit the church of San Giovanni in Laterno to marvel at some cool relics of the catholic church. Here you will find the wood from the table used for the last supper, heads of saints Peter and Paul and a few others
- Walk on one of the most famous ancient roads, Via Appia Antica which was built in 312 B.C
- Visit Circo Massimo and imagine what it would be like to attend a show at the ancient Roman circus
- Stop and smell the roses at the Rose Gardens on the Aventine Hill during spring in the city
- Hike up to Gianicolo Hill for panoramic views of the eternal city
- Wander through the typical Italian streets of Trastevere
- Visit the square Colosseum in the EUR district of Rome and click your pictures outside the unique monument
- Enjoy a picnic at the Orange Gardens (Giardino degli Aranci) on the Aventine Hill with sweeping views of Rome
- Grab a beer and enjoy the street performances while sitting on the stairs at Piazza Trulissa every evening
- Wander into one of the many churches in the city and admire the architecture
- Taste the local gelato flavors at any gelateria in the city
- Visit Il Parco degli Acquadotti for the ruins of the famous Roman Aqueducts that supplied water to all of Rome in the ancient Roman times
- Walk through the morning markets at Campo de ‘Fiori and feel what it is like to be a local in the city
- Watch a movie at the open air cinema at Piazza San Cosimato in Rome during the summer
- Take yourself window shopping at Via Del Corso
- Taste some of the local products for free in various local stores in the city center around Piazza Navona
- Watch a magnificent sunset over the city of Rome from the Capitoline Hill
- Take a walk in the city at night and see all the monuments lit up
- Enjoy a beach day at Ostia Lido
- Visit the church of St. Peter in Chains and marvel at Michaelangelo’s Moses
- Chase bubbles at Piazza Del Popolo
- Picnic by the lake in EUR and enjoy the cherry blossoms if you’re visiting Rome in Spring
- Go see the massive all year round nativity scene at the church of Santi Cosma e Damiano in the heart of Rome
- Head to the Mercato Centrale in Termini to try free samples of the local Italian food and cheese
- Among the cool free things to do in the city is the the famous keyhole of Rome. This keyhole is located on the Aventine Hill with an amazing view of the dome of the Vatican through a tiny keyhole
- Go and see the super cool optical illusion at Via Piccolomini
- Enjoy a fun day under the Roman Pines at the largest park in the city- Villa Pamphilj
- Take a refreshing dip at the Bracciano Lake near Rome
- Go for a run by the Tiber river that runs through the center of Rome
- Take a walk through Piazza di Pietra and admire Hadrian’s Temple
- Visit Rome’s very own Pyramid of Cestius right outside the Pyramide metro stop on line B (Blue Line) in the city
- Pay your respect at the graves of English poets Shelley and Keats at the protestant cemetery just outside the ancient city walls of Rome
- Take a stroll down Piccola Londra (Little London) in the neighborhood of Flaminio
- Watch out for the brass cobblestones you can find across the city which serve as a memorial to individual holocaust victims who lived in the city and were taken from their homes
- Visit the Saint Catherine Russian Orthodox Church in the city that is almost a thousand years old
- Dine by the 2500 year old Servian Wall at Mc Donalds in the central train station of Termini
- Attend a secret free church choir concert in the Chiesa di Sant’Agnese in Agone near Piazza Navona
- Among the fun free things to do in Rome is a self guided tour of the cool street art in the Ostiense district of Rome
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Lerato | Life from a Bag says
Rome is on my bucketlist. I would love to visit one day!
Hope you do! It is a wonderful city <3
I loveeee Rome. I can’t wait to get back and visit all the places on your list. I really love the idea of enjoying a beach day at Ostia Lido!
While Ostia is not the best beach around, it is the closest. But feel free to message me for better beach recommendations. 😀
I haven’t been to Rome since I was 16! I’ll have to revisit, and I will definitely pin this for when I do.
Hope you do come back. Rome is a beauty <3
Josy A says
So many of these sound great! I always love walking around cities and seeing the architecture, it is awesome how much of this is ancient in Rome! Visiting Parks and trying the gelato also sound like fabulous ways to spend time there.
BTW, the secret free church choir concert in the Chiesa di Sant’Agnese sounds amaaazing! What a great idea!
Yess! It is cool! There are many more churches that have them during the month of December in preparation for Christmas.
This is a fantastic round up of free things to do, thanks for putting this together! I am bookmarking this for future reference, since my partner is from Italy we are there often.
Glad you found them useful 😀
Now THAT is an extensive list! Wish I was there right now. ?
Maybe you should visit again once things are safe 😀