10 FREE things to do in Rome! Plus some ways to save money on meals, accommodation and transport.
But it's very easy to spend a lot of money in Rome - most of the main sites charge an entry fee, there are people trying to sell you things on every corner and you're not going to want to miss out on anything! Don't worry though, we've put together a great list of 10 free things to do in Rome - which take the main sites into consideration too:
[If you do decide to go in, you can buy your Colosseum tickets here]
Situated next to the colosseum is the Roman Forum. It is an impressive bunch of ruins originally used as a marketplace, but over the years hosted many important events including elections, trials and gladiator fights!
It's completely free to walk through, and so cool!
[But you can also buy a guided tour of the Forum which includes the Coloseum here]
In terms of age, Altare della Patria is super-duper young compared with most of the other sites in Rome (it was completed in 1925)! Is it worth seeing?
Less controversial and far cuter is the Torre Argentina Cat Sanctuary. This was one of my absolute favourites in Rome because it's where
archaic Rome meets cute, caring Rome.
Torre Argentina does what it says on the box and cares for cats. They collect the strays, neuter them and debug them. Then they are free to roam the ruins and wait in comfort for an adopter.
They were so friendly and so gorgeous! Seriously! Most stray cats we've met have been (understandably) grumpy/stand-offish /scared but these guys were just so lovely and sweet :)
|Photo credit: pixabay|
Find out more about the Pantheon here!
Piazza Navona is a great little spot. If you go in the morning it will be completely deserted and you can fully appreciate the fountains.
If you go in the evening it will be packed and you can enjoy the street artists and people watch.
Like the Colosseum, Castel Sant'Angelo has an entry fee, but is free to observe from the outside and, like the Colosseum, it has a good looking exterior.
And if you do want to go inside get your Sant'Angelo tickets here.
Okay, okay our final free thing to do in Rome is actually not even located in Rome, because despite it feeling like you're still in Italy, and the border being a tiny gate, when you're in the Vatican City you are in a whole other country!
Tips on how to save money in Rome:
The first time we stayed in Rome we stayed at a lovely Airbnb. Airbnbs are often cheaper than hotels in Rome, and you save more money by having your own kitchen (and thus making some of your meals at 'home').
Additionally, we can offer you an AirBnB voucher - get 30 euros off when you spend 66!
House sitting is definitely a possibility in Rome and it means free accommodation!! (In return for looking after someone's pets and home. We've never house sat in Rome, but we have house sat in other capitals like Berlin, Helsinki and the Gold Coast; and we've house sat in other areas of Italy - the East Coast and Sicily. Check out our favourite house sitting website: Trusted Housesitters to see if there are any house sits in Rome at the moment.
Cheap (but nice) hotels
Last but not least: hotels. Here are some great hotel like rooms with hostel prices in Rome:
1. If you're staying at a House Sit or an AirBnB, you can make at least one of your meals at home (and save some dough). Eating home-made sandwiches at the Colosseum can't be the worst thing that's ever happened to you, right?
Of course, if you're only going to be in Rome once you're probably going to want to have all of your meals out and soak up as much of that yummy Italian food as possible.
So yes, if you are staying in Italy for a long time and/or have plans to return (we're here for a month and coming back in October), then consider having a few budgety meals in your AirBnB/House Sit.
2. This one is for everyone:
Like buying a croissant next to the Eiffel Tower, any quick, 'cheap' food bought next to the Colosseum will be a) over priced and b) not great for your taste buds.
If you walk just a few blocks away, the prices will be cut almost in half, and the tastes will double in tastiness.
And if you're in Rome for a fancy event (anniversary, birthday, though to be fair any trip to Rome is a fancy event..) you might want to consider taking a Blacklane car - they provide professional chauffeur services across the globe at the lowest rates. Feel free to read our full Blacklane review or go straight to their site with your Blacklane discount code from us: 624GRVGP
As always, don't forget your travel insurance! And if you have one, your EHIC card
It's so important to take a map with you wherever you go. Especially a map of Rome because it can get a little confusing!
We will be going to Rome again soon so watch this space and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more Rome tips!
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