What to see for free in Rome: free places, museums and monuments

If you are about to take a trip to Rome to visit one of the most beautiful capitals in the world, we want to recommend some of the places, museums and monuments that you can visit for free, without paying any ticket.

Especially for those looking for a trip or a low cost holiday in Rome, these tips could be very useful for not spending a lot while visiting the Eternal City.

If you have not yet found where to sleep in Rome, you may also find it useful guide of the best areas to stay in Rome.

What to see for free in Rome

Saint Peter Basilica

Although it may happen to find a bit of a queue, admission to the most important and visited church in the world is free, and the visit of this extraordinary architectural work is absolutely not to be missed during a trip or vacation in Rome.

Inside, in addition to being able to admire the statue of Michelangelo's Piet脿 and Bernini's canopy, you can observe the majesty of this basilica and the vault of its dome from below.


The Pantheon is one of the most visited monuments in Rome, not only because admission is free, but also because inside you can admire precious paintings and works.

The main interest remains to look at the largest unreinforced concrete dome ever built, with a central hole from which you can observe the sky.

Villa Borghese

Villa Borghese is the most famous park in Rome. Visiting this green oasis in the heart of Rome with shady paths and important museums is absolutely not to be missed, especially on hot summer days.

Navona Square

It is one of the most famous and visited squares in Rome. The square is surrounded by beautiful Baroque palaces and adorned with splendid fountains, as well as the presence of stalls and street performers every day of the week.

Trevi Fountain

The Trevi Fountain is the largest and one of the most famous fountains in Rome. Furthermore, it is considered one of the most famous fountains in the world. According to the legend, throwing a coin with your eyes closed, with your back to the fountain, would guarantee a future return to the city.

Church of San Luigi dei Francesi

Inside this baroque church you can admire the cycle of San Matteo, a trio of the first religious paintings by the famous Italian artist, Caravaggio

Via del Corso

With a length of approximately 1.600 meters, Via del Corso is one of the most pleasant streets to stroll during the day. There are also good shops for shopping.

Campidoglio square

Designed by Michelangelo, Piazza del Campidoglio is one of the most beautiful public spaces in Rome. The square is accessed via a large staircase designed by Michelangelo.

Field of 'Fiori

During the day it is one of the most loved and visited markets in Rome, while at night it becomes an important meeting place for young people and for lovers of nightlife.

Spanish Steps

Piazza di Spagna is one of the most famous and visited squares in Rome. The main attraction are the grandiose stairways, several times location for events and fashion shows, and a place of relaxation for many Romans and tourists who rest on its steps.

Basilica of San Pietro in Vincoli

This church, a place of Catholic worship in the historic center of Rome, located in the Monti district, on the Oppio hill, is rich in works of art. Among the main ones, the tomb of Julius II and the famous statue of Moses by Michelangelo.

Piazza del Popolo

Piazza del Popolo is one of the most famous squares in Rome. Located at the foot of the Pincio, around the square there are three churches, the most important and the oldest is the basilica of Santa Maria del Popolo, rich in works of art.

Church of Santa Maria della Vittoria

The main attraction of the Church of Santa Maria della Vittoria is the altar with the spectacular sculptural group of the Transverberation of St. Teresa of Avila, the work of Gian Lorenzo Bernini. In addition, there are other important works and frescoes, some by famous painters such as Guercino

The Victorian

Wrongly called Altare della Patria, the National Monument to Vittorio Emanuele II or Mole del Vittoriano, is one of the six most emblematic symbols of Rome.

The stairways of the monument can be climbed for free, and allow you to reach the panoramic terraces located halfway up the monument. To reach the terrace at the top you need to pay a ticket that allows you to use the lift.


The vibrant atmosphere of this neighborhood, even late into the night, draws miles of tourists every day. It is the most characteristic district of the capital, where you can breathe the most authentic Roman atmosphere.

Free tour of Rome

If you want to take a free tour of the capital you can try one of the daily walking tours of the historic center organized by New Rome Free Tour.


Numerous free concerts are held in Rome throughout the year. Most of them take place during the Roman summer. The most famous free event is the concert on May 1st which sees the participation of many famous national and international artists

Monuments and places to visit for free in Rome on certain days

Put your state museums: first Sunday of the month from October to March

Vatican Museums: the last Sunday of the month

Coliseum, palatine e Roman Forum: first Sunday of the month from October to March

Montecitorio palace: first Sunday of the month from October to March

Mercato di porta portese: every Sunday morning

Weekly audience of the Pope: every Wednesday morning

Panoramic view of Rome - Photo from Istock

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