Rome is an expensive city, but you don’t have to break the bank to enjoy it. A surprising number of its big sights are free and it costs nothing to stroll the historic streets, piazzas and parks, basking in their extraordinary beauty.

Free Art

  • Churches

Feast on fine art in the city's churches. They're all free and many contain priceless treasures by big-name artists such as Michelangelo, Raphael, Bernini and Caravaggio. Major art churches include St Peter's Basilica, Basilica di San Pietro in Vincoli, Chiesa di San Luigi dei Francesi, and Basilica di Santa Maria del Popolo.

  • Vatican Museums

Home to the Sistine Chapel and kilometres of awesome art, the Vatican Museums are free on the last Sunday of the month.

  • State Museums

Eight of Rome's municipal museums are free, including Museo Carlo Bilotti and Museo Barracco di Scultura Antica. All state-run museums are gratis on the first Sunday of the month.

Free Monuments

  • Pantheon

A pagan temple turned church, the Pantheon is a staggering work of architecture and an astonishing sight with its cavernous interior and soaring dome.

  • Trevi Fountain

You don’t have to spend a penny to admire the Trevi Fountain, although most people throw a coin in to ensure they'll return to Rome.

  • Bocca della Verità

According to legend, if you tell a lie at the Bocca della Verità (Mouth of Truth), it'll bite your hand off.

Need to Know

Transport Holders of the Roma Pass are entitled to free public transport.

Wi-Fi Free wi-fi is available in many hostels, hotels, bars and cafes.

Tours To take a free tour check out www.newromefreetour.com.

Piazzas & Parks

  • Piazzas

Hanging out and people-watching on Rome's piazzas is a signature Roman experience. Top spots include Piazza Navona, Campo de’ Fiori, Piazza di Spagna, and Piazza del Popolo.

  • Parks

It doesn’t cost a thing to enjoy Rome’s parks. The most famous is Villa Borghese but also worth searching out are Villa Torlonia, Villa Celimontana, Gianicolo Hill, and Via Appia Antica.