Here are Places to See Absolutely!

If you want to discover Rome for free without ever reaching into your wallet or if you are planning a trip to the Urbe, perhaps just in view of the Jubilee, here are 10 tips on how to visit Rome for free without spending a euro!

No major attraction will be off-limits, you'll see!

But before you start..

Art history: Caravaggio, Michelangelo and more

The secret to admiring great artistic masterpieces free of charge is to visit churches and basilicas.The choice of course in Rome is very wide.

Some examples? Caravaggio.

His works are exhibited in the churches of:Santa Maria del Popolo, Sant'Agostino, and San Luigi dei Francesi.

Michelangelo is instead present with his Moses in San Pietro in Vincoli or with the Pietà in St. Peter's Basilica.

Certainly less famous, but also worth a visit are the perspective paintings of Del Pozzo in Sant'Ignazio: the first example of 3D in history!

Archaeology: Colosseum and Forums from above

It may not give the same feeling of grandeur, but enjoying a breathtaking view of the entire area of the Forums by going to the panoramic terraces of the Capitol is an experience not to be missed.

In this way you will literally have the whole of Ancient Rome at your feet: from the Arch of Septimius Severus to the Colosseum, from the Basilicas to the Curia, from the Via Sacra to the House of the Vestals.

As you stroll along Via Alessandrina, you will also get a close-up appreciation of the great Imperial Forums of Trajan, Augustus, and Nerva with their extraordinary markets, columns, temples, and more!

Panoramic Terraces

An excellent possibility that the city offers, is to be able to admire all the riches of the Urbe from above thanks to the famous panoramic terraces.

Unique in their kind, they offer a boundless view of Rome.

The most famous are certainly the Pincio terrace overlooking Piazza del Popolo and the one on the Janiculum Hill, but the one inside the Orange Garden on the Aventine is not to be overlooked, for example.

Rome Green: parks and villas

To rest after so much walking, one can choose various locations.

The parks in Rome are not only oases of peace surrounded by greenery, in fact they guard very precious artistic treasures.

First among them are those within the Villa Borghese park such as the Giardino del Lago, characterized by a romantic artificial islet on which the Tempietto di Esculapio dominates, or the other numerous buildings within it, so much so that it has led the villa to be called the "Museum Park."

Not to mention Villa Doria Pamphilj with the Casino del Bel Respiro, the representative seat of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, or the park of Villa Celimontana al Celio enriched by numerous pieces of the Mattei collection scattered in the gardens, among which the Egyptian obelisk of Ramses II also stands out!

Squares and Fountains

Rome is an open-air museum, and its squares and fountains tell centuries of history.Piazza del Popolo represents one of the main entrances to the ancient city, and upon entering the Basilica of Santa Maria del Popolo, one can admire two canvases by Caravaggio.

Continuing along the three trident streets, one can indulge in shopping on Via del Corso, admire some hidden treasures such as the Fontana degli Artisti on Via Margutta, or rest a while on the steps of the famous Spanish Steps, listening to the gentle sound of water flowing in the friendly Fontana della Barcaccia in Piazza di Spagna.

From here it will then be possible to reach the famous Trevi Fountain, and with a bit of effort climb up to Piazza del Quirinale to admire the grandeur of the palace that is home to the Presidency of the Republic and the Fountain of the Dioscuri, only to descend again on the opposite side, thus reaching the Rione Monti, the ancient Suburra of Roman times.