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Free Things To Do in Rome

Looking for free things to do? Here's our ranking of the best free activities in Rome. Popular attractions include Trevi Fountain (Fontana di Trevi) and Roman Forum (Foro Romano). If you have extra time, St. Peter's Basilica (Basilica di San Pietro) is worthwhile.

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Trevi Fountain (Fontana di Trevi) Free attraction
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Ranks #1 in Rome attractions

Why go: A must-see on many travelers' itineraries, the Trevi Fountain is situated amongst a high concentration of hotels, shopping and nightlife ... read more»

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Roman Forum (Foro Romano) Free attraction
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Ranks #2 in Rome attractions

Why go: Not as popular as the Colosseum (but located nearby), some say the Roman Forum is more interesting (and free!). The ... read more»

St. Peter's Basilica (Basilica di San Pietro) Free attraction
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Ranks #3 in Rome attractions

Why go: The epicenter of Roman Catholicism, St. Peter's Basilica is centered in Vatican City and open daily for free tours ... read more»

Pantheon Free attraction
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Ranks #4 in Rome attractions

Why go: Open daily, with abbreviated hours on Sunday, the Pantheon is known for its perfect proportions — which is amazing, seeing as ... read more»

Church of San Luigi dei Francesi Free attraction
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Ranks #7 in Rome attractions

Why go: If you're a fan of Caravaggio, you'll want to visit the San Luigi dei Francesi. Inside this Navona ... read more»

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Trastevere Free attraction
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Ranks #9 in Rome attractions

Why go: If you want a look at the real Rome —  experts and travelers strongly recommend visiting Trastevere. Located south of Vatican ... read more»

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Church of Sant'Ignazio Di Loyola Free attraction
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Ranks #10 in Rome attractions

Why go: The Sant'Ignazio, which is open daily from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. (though closed for lunch ... read more»

Basilica di San Clemente Free attraction
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Ranks #11 in Rome attractions

Why go: Archaeology buffs might find the Basilica di San Clemente interesting: It's a second century pagan temple, underneath a fourth ... read more»

Piazza Navona Free attraction
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Ranks #12 in Rome attractions

Why go: Perhaps one of the best known of Rome's public squares, the Piazza Navona dates back to the end of ... read more»

Santa Maria in Trastevere Free attraction
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Ranks #13 in Rome attractions

Why go: One of the oldest churches in Roma — it dates back to the fourth century — travel writers say Santa Maria in ... read more»

Gianicolo Hill (Passeggiata del Gianicolo) Free attraction
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Ranks #14 in Rome attractions

Why go: To the west of the Tiber River (near another top attraction, Trastevere), Gianicolo Hill, which also goes by The Janiculum ... read more»

Campo de' Fiori Free attraction
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Ranks #15 in Rome attractions

Why go: The Campo de' Fiori is worth visiting twice in a trip — once during the day for its bustling market, and ... read more»

Porta Portese Free attraction
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Ranks #16 in Rome attractions

Why go: Porta Portese is a Sunday morning market (about 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.) that travel experts say fashionistas ... read more»

Spanish Steps (Piazza di Spagna) Free attraction
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Ranks #17 in Rome attractions

Why go: Another must-do for many travelers is climbing the alluring (especially in the spring with its blossoming azaleas) Spanish Steps. Start ... read more»

Ancient Appian Way Free attraction
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Ranks #20 in Rome attractions

Why go: The Ancient Appian Way (Via Appia Antica) has a history that dates back to 312 B.C. and includes the ... read more»

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