Top 6 free things to do in Rome

Is it really possible to roam free in Rome? While there are plenty of things you can do in the romantic and culturally-rich city that can cost an arm and a leg, there’s also an awful lot Rome has to offer that won’t cost you a single Euro. Here’s a brief run-down of a few of them:

1. Visit Scalinata di Spangna.

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These Spanish steps extend from Piazza di Spagna to Trinita dei Monti church at the top. The widest staircase in Europe, these 138 steps are well worth climbing.

2. Take a picture of the Colosseum.

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You’d be mad to visit this iconic amphitheatre and not take a picture. This truly awe-inspiring building is begging to be photographed.

3. Visit an ‘aperitif’ bar.

The meaning of ‘aperitif’ has taken on a whole new slant in Italian culture. Although this isn’t technically free, for the price of an aperitif (a pre-dinner drink) you also get to fill a plate with delicious finger foods – completely free of charge.

4. Marvel at Michelangelo’s famous statue.

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Head to San Pietro in Vincoli to witness one of Michelangelo’s most well-known sculptures, created in the early 16th century.

5. Have some time-out in the squares.

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Rome is renowned for the sheer beauty of its squares, and enjoying the atmosphere of them is absolutely free. The most popular are Piazza Navona – with its stunning baroque fountains, and the regal marble floor of Piazza della Rotunda.

6. Stroll around Rome’s neighbourhoods.

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To get a real feel for the city, have a wander around the cobbled and narrow streets of Trastevere and Testaccio – home to a huge artificial mount, consisting of the fragments of broken amphorae (ancient Roman jar).

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