Top 5 free things to do in Rome
Whether it be the Colosseum, St. Peter’s Basilica or an awesome pizza, you’re probably heading to Rome with a few biggies on your hit list. But with big prices to match, it makes sense to include some lesser known gems that are easier on the wallet. So, to get you started, here are our top five free things to do in Rome.
1. Do a free walking tour of Rome
The best way to learn about the city’s most famous sights has won TripAdvisor’s certificate of excellence nine years in a row. Tours last two hours and run twice a day every day, but advance booking is essential. And if your guide does a good job, be sure to tip them if you can.
2. Discover the 9th-century Basilica di Santa Prassede
The most interesting Roman church you’ve never heard of is dedicated to St Praxedes, who protected Christians from persecution and buried those she couldn’t save in the nave’s well. You’ll also see a wealth of beautiful mosaics, and even what is believed to be a piece of the column Christ was tied to before he was crucified.
3. Uncover modern history at Museo Storico della Liberazione
The former headquarters of the SS during the Nazi occupation of Rome offers visitors a chilling yet profound experience. The museum exhibition includes artefacts that document the Resistance, the persecution of the Jews and the Ardeatine massacre, while graffiti by members of the Resistance is still visible in the cells where they were imprisoned.
4. Explore the Quartiere Coppedè
Designed by Florentine architect Gino Coppedè, this whimsical neighbourhood is one of Rome’s best-kept secrets. With a fantastical mix of sculpture, Tuscan turrets, gargoyles, frescoes and gardens, there’s something interesting to see around every corner.
5. Stroll through Villa Borghese
Rome’s most beautiful park is a must-visit. With museums, landscaped gardens and lakes spread over 80 hectares, you might want to bring a picnic and soak in the atmosphere!