Low Cost Activities to Enjoy in Rome

Who said that to visit one of the most beautiful cities in the world you must spend a fortune? In fact, Rome has a wealth of attractions that you can enjoy without re-mortgaging your house. Here are some of our favourite activities to enjoy in Rome if you’re on a budget.


A Tip from the Locals…

On the first Sunday of each month, civic museums and state archaeological sites are free to enter! That includes Ara Pacis, the Capitoline Museums, the GNAM (which is a few steps from Villa Borghese), the Trajan Markets and many others!


Take a Peek at Rome’s Cityscape

Italy_Rome-st-pauls.jpgAt the top of Aventine Hill in Rome, you can find the gate of the Priory of the Knights of Malta, which is opposite the Orange Garden. If you look through the gate’s keyhole you can see a sublime view of St Peter's Dome framed by the hedges of the Priory gardens – it makes for a fantastic and unique photo opportunity.


Seek out Famous Art

Rome is home to some of the most famous works by Caravaggio and many are free to view as they adorn the walls of Rome’s prettiest churches. For example, in the Church of San Luigi dei Francesi (near Piazza Navona) you can find "The Calling of St Matthew", "The Inspiration of St Matthew" and "The Martyrdom of St Matthew". Meanwhile, inside the Basilica of Santa Maria del Popolo, there are two remarkable works by the artist: “Crucifixion of St Peter" and the famous "Conversion on the Way to Damascus". But our favourite piece is perhaps “Madonna di Loreto” at the Cavalletti Chapel of the Church of Sant'Agostino.


Take a Stroll around Rome’s Classic Attractions

Rome-piazza-navone.jpgRome has plenty of iconic architecture that you can enjoy without spending a euro, including the Spanish Steps, Villa Borghese and the Trevi Fountain, as well as Janiculum Hill, where you can take in panoramic views of Rome. And then there’s the Tiber Island, Porta Portese and Piazza Navona, which can all be enjoyed free of charge.


Or for Hidden Gems…

If you would prefer to escape the tourist attractions or have been to Rome before and want to discover more of what the city has to offer, then near Campo de Fiori there is the so-called Arc Acetari, a medieval courtyard in the heart of Rome reachable from Via del Pellegrino. Here, it’s almost as if time has stood still and it gives you an enchanting glance into life as a resident of the Eternal City.

Or for some of the best views in Rome, head to the Victorian terraces, where you can take one of the two panoramic elevators to the highest point of the museum complex, where you can take in a full 360° panoramic view of Rome, including the Tiber River, the Jewish Ghetto, Piazza del Campidoglio, the Quirinal, the Colosseum and Roman Forum, and even the Castelli Romani villages on the outskirts of the city.


We hope this blog has given you some ideas of activities that you can enjoy in Rome on a budget. If you have any top travel tips that you would like to share with us, why not share them with us on Facebook or Twitter? We’d love to hear from you!

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