The eternal city.
“Rome is the city of echoes, the city of illusions, and the city of yearning.”
– Giotto di Bondone, Renaissance painter
You’ll find a strange combination of chaos, romance & elegance in the Italian Capital City of Rome. Not a single spot seems to be desolated in the old Roman center. Get ready for marvelous architecture with the finest marble stones, ceilings paintings, and gold leaf decorations that encapture the rich history of mighty Rome. The deep city center actually is a widespread open-air museum with wonderful decaying elements of Roman and Renaissance times.
This travel guide will guide you through five amazing things you can do in Rome on a budget. Perfect for a lovely city trip.
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Visit two museums of choice with the Roma pass
The useful Roma Pass gives you full access to public transport, free museums, several discounts and reduced-price ticketing for events, exhibitions and tourist services in Rome. You either pay €28 euros for 2 full days or €38,5 for 3 full days. It’s worth paying for because it will give you a lot of advantages. You’ll get the chance to visit 1 or 2 museums for free and the reduced tickets can help you save a lot if you are planning on visiting quite a number of museums/events in Rome.
A good choice is to incorporate the famous Colosseum as one of the ‘free’ museums to visit with your card. Visiting Rome in summer times can be crowdy and long cues line up in front of the Colosseum in Rome. With the Roma pass, you can skip the line and save a lot of time that you’ll want to spend on visiting other great points of interest instead of waiting in a long cue.
– Venerable Bede, Saint.
Walk around in Europe’s finest open-air museum
Once upon a time at the heart of old Rome, Forum Romanum began as a commercial marketplace where political, economic and religious subjects got handled. A part of the old center of the Roman Empire is welcoming free visits daily from 9 am to dawn. You can combine the entry fee for the rest of the Forum Romanum with the rate for the Palatine Hill using your Roma Pass.
Roman temples, decaying boulders, and triumphal arches are to be found in the Forum Romanum, one of Europe’s finest open-air museums.
The Pantheon, Fontana di Trevi & Countless Churches
Taking into account that Rome is an outspread open-air museum, there are quite a few spots in the city that are worth visiting. The best part is that most of these places are cost-free to visit like the Pantheon, which is a great example of such a whereabout. It’s located on a modest square called ‘Piazza Della Rotonda‘ in Rome and used to be a Roman temple, now a church.
The Pantheon is widely praised for its huge dome and stunning architecture. With a span of 43.2 m (142 feet), it used to be the largest dome in the world until Brunelleschi’s dome in Florence that was built in the 13th century.
The Fontana di Trevi from the 18th century probably is the world’s most famous wishing fountain. It’s situated on another small piazza called ‘Piazza di Trevi‘ in Rome. The legend goes that if you throw in a coin from the right hand over the left shoulder you’ll ensure that you will return to Rome in the future.
When you are wandering the streets of Rome, make sure to take a stop now and then and look for some of the smaller churches in the side streets. Even the most little churches can be stunningly decorated with great marble, gold leaf decorations and trompe-l’œil ceiling paintings.
Peaceful Palatine Hill in Rome
There are seven hills in Rome of which Palatine Hill is the oldest. Ruins of ancient palaces still can be found in concentrated numbers on this hill. It stands high above the Forum Romanum at one side and upon the Circus Maximus on the other. Palatine hill might offer some of the best views in Rome and it is surprisingly peaceful up there.
Villa Borghese Gallery & Gardens
Villa Borghese is Rome’s largest open green area. A great place to chill out, the Villa Borghese has plenty to see also including the Borghese Gallery. The park is free of charge whilst the museum will cost you a bit, but the works of art in the Villa Borghese Gallery are worth paying for.