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25 Free Things to do in Rome, Italy
1. Check out the Trevi Fountain.
Tradition says, if you throw a coin over your shoulder into the fountain, you'll come back to Rome again someday.
2. Be awed by the Oculus of the Pantheon and pay respects to Raphael while you're there.
3. See the Vatican Museum without paying for a ticket.
Go on the last Sunday of every month before 1:30 pm
4. Wander under the swinging chandeliers of Rome's fanciest church - Santa Maria in Ara Coeli.
The Trevi Fountain, Rome
5. Stroll along the Tiber river and catch Triumps and Laments before fades away.
The Tiber is the third-longest river in Italy, rising in the Apennine Mountains in Emilia-Romagna and flowing 406 kilometres through Tuscany, Umbria and Lazio, where it is joined by the river Aniene, to the Tyrrhenian Sea, between Ostia and Fiumicino. It drains a basin estimated at 17,375 square kilometres
6. Take a lap around Circo Massimo and imagine what it must have been like for the chariot racers of days gone by.
The Circus Maximus is an ancient Roman chariot-racing stadium and mass entertainment venue located in Rome, Italy. Situated in the valley between the Aventine and Palatine Hills, it was the first and largest stadium in ancient Rome and its later Empire.
7. Climb to the Pincio Terrace for sweeping views of Rome.
The Pincian Hill Pincio is a hill in the northeast quadrant of the historical center of Rome. The hill lies to the north of the Quirinal, overlooking the Campus Martius. It was outside the original boundaries of the ancient city of Rome, and was not one of the Seven hills of Rome, but it lies within the wall built by Roman Emperor Aurelian between 270 and 273.
8. Visit the manicured gardens behind Palazzo Barberini.
The Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Antica, or National Gallery of Ancient Art, is an art gallery in Rome, Italy, the main national collection of older paintings in Rome. It has two sites: the Palazzo Barberini and the Palazzo Corsini.
St. Peter's Square, Vatican
9. Take a walk in Villa Borghese.
Villa Borghese is a landscape garden in Rome, containing a number of buildings, museums and attractions. It is the third largest public park in Rome after the ones of the Villa Doria Pamphili and Villa Ada.
10. Take a breather on the Spanish Steps and revel in Roman piazza life.
11. Hike up the Gianicolo hill to see all of Rome from above Trastevere.
12. Get splashed in Pizza Navona by hanging out next to Berlini's stunning Fountain of the Four Rivers.
The Forum, Rome
13. Wander through the pretty Piazza della Pietra to admire Hadrian's Temple.
14. Get Romantic by visiting the skull of St. Valentine.
15. Catch the Pope's blessing every Wednesday in St. Peter's Square.
16. Take an evening walk down viale dei Fori Imperiali.
17. Bask in the gold gilf mosaics of Santa Maria di Trastevere.
18. See Michelangelo's Pieta in St. Peter's Basilica.
19. Take a hike in Villa Ada, Rome's second largest park that is both scenic and quiet.
20. Find Bernini's cheeky elephant statue.
21. Hop from corner to corner to see all four fountains on Via delle Quatro Fontaine.
22. Take an evening walk down Viale dei Fori Imperiali.
23. Walk up to the first level of the Vittoriane for an elevated view of the Colosseum.
24. Visit Ponte and Castel Saint Angelo.
25. Fill up your water bottle at a traditional nasoni fountain which flow freely throughout the city.
The area around Fori Imperiali
26. Stroll across Ponte Sisto and take a seat in Piazza Trilussa for some quiet people watching.
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If you are planning of going to see the Vatican Museum, we recommend you book your ticket online and "Skip the line" as it could get crazy busy. We were there early June and it took as more than three hours waiting and queing to get inside.
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