How to see the sights of Rome for free
Rome is an incredible city, but can be hard on the wallet if you aren’t well-informed. I’ve put together a guide on how to see the main tourist attractions for free.
There’s also a huge list of museums you can get into for free on the first Sunday of the month in Italy, including museums in Milan, Florence, and Venice.
Be warned though, especially on the “First Sundays”, these places can be flooded with visitors and pickpockets seeking to profit off of the long lines.
The Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel
Free on the last Sunday of the month, coincidentally the only Sunday they are open every month. Expect massive crowds and pickpockets.
Free on the first Sunday of the month, but you need to call in advance to reserve a spot, which will be difficult as they hit capacity quickly.
Free on the first Sunday of the month, but again, expect massive lines.
Roman Forum & Palatine Hill
Free. There are even free tours if you know where to look.
Free the first Sunday of the month.
St Peter’s Basilica
Always free, but the neighboring Vatican Museums do normally have a fee.
Arcibasilica di San Giovanni in Laterano
Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore
Feel free to comment with more tips about how to get around Rome for free or reduced admissions and I will add them in.
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