You are probably familiar from school lessons about the history of Italy’s capital city – Rome.
The legend begins with Romulus and Remus, twin brothers and sons of Mars – the God of War. They were abandoned and then looked after by a ‘she-wolf’. Once they had grown up they decided to build a city but couldn’t decide where to put it.
One thing led to another and Romulus killed Remus (killing family members is a fairly common occurrence in Roman legends it seems…) and founded Rome.
Rome and all of its influence became one of the greatest empires in history!
With all that in mind we present our list of the top five free things to do in Rome:
5. Piazza Navona
It is a telling sign when a tourist attraction is frequented by locals as often as tourists. For number five on our list of free things to do in Rome, Piazza Navona, that is certainly the case.
The piazza is filled with the kind of architecture and sculptures you have come to associate with Rome. It is one of Rome’s liveliest squares with cafes, restaurants and night clubs.
Its main attraction is the fountain of four rivers or ‘Fontana Dei Quattro Fiumi’ as its known locally. It is meant to represent the Nile, the Danube, the Rio de la Plata and the Ganges rivers. You can tell which river is which because of the plants and animals featured in the sculpture.
If you liked the fountain in Piazza Navona, then you will love number four on our list of free things to do in Rome: the Trevi fountain.
The Trevi fountain is the most famous, and at 25.9 metres tall its the biggest fountain in Rome. Just from looking
at the picture above its not hard to see why people come from all over to visit!
The tradition is that throwing one coin in ensures your return to Rome, a second coin will help you find love and the tossing in a third coin is in hope of marriage. Maybe there is something in this tradition as the fountain is regularly cleared of coins totaling 125,000 euros a year!
3. Torre Argentina cat sanctuary
This next item on our list of free things to do in Rome is purr-fect (sorry) for all the cat-lovers out there. If you are more of a dog person you might want to skip this one…
Torre Argentina cat sanctuary is a no kill sanctuary home to around 250 formerly stray cats that have been found wandering the ancient ruins Rome. Volunteers are always welcome, as well as visitors. To find out opening times click here.
If you are a fan of our feline friends you might want to check out this out as a free excursion in Rome.
2. Colle Del Giancolo
If you fancy an incredible panaromic view of Rome then your next steps should be up the Giancolo (one of the tallest hills in Rome). Once you reach the top you will be able to see for yourself the breathtaking views of Rome’s skyline. Your view will be filled with domes and bell towers.
But don’t just take our word for it, see it for yourself! You can also read reviews here.
The final activity on our list of free things is one of the best preserved of all ancient roman buildings, the Pantheon.
The Pantheon was built between 118 and 125 AD and has been a Roman Catholic Church since the 7th century.
It is a must-see when visiting Rome, even Michaelangelo (who painted the Sistine Chapel) thought it was beautiful. He described it as the work of angels, not men. Best of all, you can visit for free!