Spending for your holiday to Rome is costly especially if considering the air ticket and the entry fees you need to pay for some of the tourist attractions. If you are traveling with your family, some of the attractions may easily break your budget could sustain. However, there are plenty of free things to do in Rome. This include going to the cinema, visiting music venues, and seeing museums which can all be free. You just need to know where to go. Check out the list below for the top 7 free things to see in Rome.
Santi Quattro Coronati
Santi Quattro Coronati is one of the top free things to do in Rome. The ancient basilica is a hidden gem where nuns live and pray. It is located in a rural part of central Rome. It opened to the public in 2014. However, in order to guarantee being able to visit, you need to book a space in advance. Famously, the the four saints that were dedicated to the church lived there before they died. The four saints were crowned coronati and are said to have refused to sculpt the image of Aesculapius god.
Even though it is not one of the famous hills in Rome, it is more attractive than any other hill in the area and is one of the best things to do in Rome. A tour around the hill gives you a breathtaking panorama of Rome and allows you to hear cannons being fired at noon or at night. It has terraces that form many popular viewpoints. From them you can see many famous sites. For example, you can see Piazzale Garibaldi where the Italian hero engaged the French in a fierce battle in 1849. Additionally, you can see the grandiose Fontana and San Pietro church. In addition, you can see the Renaissance Architect, a tiny masterpiece built in 1508.
One of the great free things to do in Rome is go window shopping. While it can be expensive to buy the things, it doesn’t cost a penny to look! One of the best places to go to shop is Mercato Monti. It is located near to the Colosseum. It hosts an urban market that opens its doors to the public every weekend. The market started in 2009 and blends both vintage and contemporary fashion. For example, you can buy original silk kimons at Mercato Monti. In addition, you can find everything ranging from handicraft, furniture, retro clothing, silverware and home ware items.
Rome’s Industrial Past
Mattatoio city is in Rome’s Testaccio district. Previously it was Rome’s main slaughterhouse. The complex now has other functions. It has a school of architecture, modern art gallery, organic supermarket and a school of music. In the neighborhood, you can visit weekend farmers’ market, cafes and places where children can play. Adults can spend their time sitting in deckchairs and drinking Italy’s finest wine. However, if you want to visit some exhibitions, it does cost a little bit of money.
Museo Hendrik Christian
Museo Hendrik Christian gets its name from the Norwegian-American artist of the same name. Christian moved to Rome before the start of the 20th Century and lived there for 40 years. He was an artist who made plenty of artwork for the Italian government. Andersen had an interest in architecture. His work inspired the development of most cities in the world and can be seen all over Rome and many other cities in Italy. Today, his studio home villa is now the modern day museum. It contains over 200 sculptures, 300 graphic works, 200 paintings.
One of the best free things to do in Rome is visit the Pantheon. Originally, the Pantheon was a temple to all the gods. The Roman Emperor Augustus built it over 2,000 years ago in 27 AD and it still stands with its glittering bronze doors as a testament to them. However, Hadrian constructed most of what you can see at the place today in 118. Later, the Catholic Church converted the Pantheon and used it as the main place to bury the kings of Italy. Additionally, other famous people such as the artist Raphael are buried there as well.
The Burcardo Museum holds an array of artifacts and costumes. Its collection includes much of the history of Italy and theatre. The museum opened to the public in 1932 and features numerous collections including beautiful sculpture and bluster busts that depict actors and writers who lived in the past two centuries. In addition, at the museum, you will get black and white drawings of thespians.