EuroCheapo's Rome Sights Articles

For years many of Rome’s most famous sights were completely free to visit. While some notable ruins now charge admission, Rome’s major sights remain pretty affordable, especially if you follow the basic tips we outline in the articles below.

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A World Apart: Rome’s English Cemetery

A World Apart: Rome’s English Cemetery

England’s 19th-century love affair with Italy has left a legacy in cemeteries across the country. Not all English visitors went home to die. Thus Florence, Livorno, Naples and Rome are Italian cities that boast a Cimitero degli Inglesi. At rest abroad Each warrants a visit, but don’t expect to find a little exclave of England. » Read more

Resolutions in Rome: Day trips, concerts, cooking school and more in 2013

Resolutions in Rome: Day trips, concerts, cooking school and more in 2013

Looking back on 2012, I realize that it was a big year for me in Rome. I married my Italian fiancée and became an Italian resident, visited exotic foreign destinations like Paris, Malaysia, Amsterdam and Vatican City (hey – it’s technically a country!) and ate a lifetime’s worth of Mozzarella del Buffalo. In April, I » Read more

Rome for the Holidays: Christmas markets, nativity scenes and midnight mass

Rome for the Holidays: Christmas markets, nativity scenes and midnight mass

Rome is a great place to visit in the holiday season. Thanks to the mild winter temperatures, the city stays vibrant and alive even during the coldest months of the year. There is something magical about strolling along the cobbled streets in the evening, eating chestnuts and admiring the lights strung up around the historical » Read more

Rome: Three reasons to love Testaccio

Rome: Three reasons to love Testaccio

A short stroll from Piramide (Metro Line B), Testaccio is one of the most vibrant, yet under-rated neighborhoods in Rome.  A hub of pubs, late-night clubs, markets and cute specialty shops, there is plenty to see and do in this historical part of the city. While tourists flock to Trastevere and squish into bars around the » Read more

Rome: 4 favorite vintage clothing shops

Rome: 4 favorite vintage clothing shops

By Sarah Tighe in Rome— There are some drawbacks to shopping for vintage threads in Rome. The vintage shops can be inconsistently priced and home to impressive amounts of dust. But there are advantages too – look hard enough between the tightly packed shelves and you’ll find some really interesting pieces – often designer. Want » Read more

Rome at Christmas: Holiday events in 2011

Rome at Christmas: Holiday events in 2011

By Nicole Arriaga in Rome— With Christmas fast approaching, Romans are getting into gear spreading the holiday cheer. While you won’t see any street-corner Santas in Rome, that doesn’t mean Mamma Roma is a Grinch. The city has a long list of festive holiday activities, and almost all are free! Here’s a quick overview of » Read more

Rome Concert Schedule: Free and cheap concerts in November

Rome Concert Schedule: Free and cheap concerts in November

By Nicole Arriaga in Rome— Music lovers traveling to Rome can always find a cool venue to check out whether they’re into “cover band” music, rock and roll, jazz, or even swing. Even better, quite often these live music performances will cost you little or nada. Here’s a list of some cool concerts happening in » Read more

Rome: What to do on rainy days in Rome

Rome: What to do on rainy days in Rome

By Nicole Arriaga in Rome— As the saying goes, when it rains it pours and the last place you want to be when traveling is stuck outside in the rain. When it’s raining like mad in Rome, you don’t want to be hanging out in the middle of the Roman forum, as there’s nowhere to » Read more

Rome Outdoor Movies: Catch a flick “al fresco”

Rome Outdoor Movies: Catch a flick “al fresco”

By Nicole Arriaga in Rome— During the summer nearly all the locals in Rome enjoy wining and dining all’aperto. As most restaurants (and apartments) in Italy don’t have air conditioning, many residents prefer dining outdoors in a lovely piazza or going for drinks with friends along the banks of the Tiber River. Another activity that » Read more

Make a Splash in Rome: Best pools to beat the heat

Make a Splash in Rome: Best pools to beat the heat

By Nicole Arriaga in Rome— When the “going gets hot” in the Ancient City, the (untough) locals and tourists get going—to escape the sweltering heat in seaside towns like Ostia and Fregene. That’s because Rome doesn’t offer many options to escape the steaming sun. Yes, the city is, um, overflowing with tempting waterworks, but the Trevi Fountain, the fountains at Piazza » Read more

Rome: The 5 most romantic spots in town

Rome: The 5 most romantic spots in town

By Nicole Arriaga in Rome— When most travelers think of romantic cities, their thoughts head straight for Paris. Stealing a kiss at the top of the Eiffel Tower or ducking into an intimate café to gaze into each other eyes is indeed priceless. But not so fast, Paris! There’s also an endless supply of romantic » Read more

Rome: How to spend the day in Trastevere

Rome: How to spend the day in Trastevere

By Nicole Arriaga in Rome— Rome wasn’t built in a day… and you certainly can’t uncover all of its treasures in a day, either. But something you can do is uncover the city’s beauties neighborhood by neighborhood, devoting a day to each one. Which better neighborhood to start off with than the charming quartiere of » Read more

Rome: 10 things to do for less than €10

Rome: 10 things to do for less than €10

By Nicole Arriaga in Rome— Even though Rome is fast becoming one of the most expensive cities in Europe, there are still plenty of memorable things to do that won’t put a big strain on your budget. Here are my top ten Roman activities that cost less than €10. 1. Galleria Borghese: €8.50 Piazzale del » Read more

Rome: 5 free ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve

Rome: 5 free ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve

By Nicole Arriaga in Rome— For those of you with plans to ring in the New Year in Rome, the problem is not finding something to do. Rather, the real dilemma lies in narrowing down your celebratory options. Fortunately for Cheapos, Capodanno (New Year’s Eve) is one time when the city’s squares come alive with » Read more

Rome: Christmas markets, ice skating, and other holiday activities

Rome: Christmas markets, ice skating, and other holiday activities

By Nicole Arriaga in Rome— When it comes to holiday festivities, Rome doesn’t exactly turn into tinsel town. That’s partly because the holiday season in Italy is focused on the religious aspects of the celebration, rather than on leaving presents under the Christmas tree. Christmas traditions in Italy Italians wait to give gifts to children » Read more

Understanding soccer in Rome — and how to get tickets

Understanding soccer in Rome — and how to get tickets

By Nicole Arriaga in Rome— Ask almost any Italian and they’ll tell you there are only two things in life that they cannot do without: coffee and calcio (soccer). Right up there with coffee, calcio in Italy is definitely much more than a game. It’s a passion. Italians eat, breathe and live soccer. There are » Read more

25 free things to see and do in Rome

25 free things to see and do in Rome

By Nicole Arriaga in Rome— Though Rome is one of the most expensive cities in Europe, there are plenty of things to see and do in the capital that won’t break the bank. Here’s a list of 25 activities that won’t cost one euro cent: 1) Churches: Some of Rome’s finest artwork and architectural design on » Read more

Tips for exploring Rome’s outdoor markets

Tips for exploring Rome’s outdoor markets

While it’s not hard to find a supermarket in Rome that carries all of the essentials on your grocery list, there’s nothing like scouring a mercato all’aperto (an open-air or farmers’ market) for the freshest fruits and veggies. Ah, yes. Shopping at these markets is a real Roman rite of passage and the perfect chance to » Read more

Rome: Top 5 kid-friendly attractions in Rome

Rome: Top 5 kid-friendly attractions in Rome

While the Vatican Museums and Pantheon in Rome may keep the grown-ups enthralled, the endless “old stuff” may not captivate kids for long. So for anyone traveling with younger ones to Rome, what can the ancient city offer to keep everyone amused? Well, many things, as it turns out! Plus, many of the city’s kid-friendly » Read more

Rome: Top 5 Vatican attractions

Rome: Top 5 Vatican attractions

A visit to Rome is not complete without seeing the Vatican. With its world-famous St. Peter’s Square, imposing dome, rather nice painted chapel ceiling, and fairly well-known resident, it has plenty of attractions. But with so much to see, where should you start? 1. St. Peter’s Square This vast space is famous for being the » Read more

Rome: Discovering the Piazza Navona

Rome: Discovering the Piazza Navona

Exploring the Piazza Navona in Rome’s historic center is like visiting London’s Covent Garden but with a warmer climate and with much older buildings. The Piazza Navona is where you can find street entertainers, mime artists, portrait painters, and street cafes set amongst the backdrop of baroque fountains and elegant period buildings. You are likely to » Read more

Rome Shopping: 5 spots to find Roman fashion for every budget

Rome Shopping: 5 spots to find Roman fashion for every budget

By Samantha Collins in Rome– Whether you are seeking designer dresses or cheap chic, Rome has some of the best places to shop in Italy. The names of Italy’s finest designers sit alongside independent boutiques and market stalls as shopping in Rome caters to every budget. Here is my “Top Five” guide to the best places » Read more

Rome: A magical walking tour of optical illusions

Things in Italy’s capital city are not always what they seem… Here’s a fun sightseeing walk around Rome‘s center that will illustrate the city’s penchant for illusions!  This guided walk takes you around the center, from Mount Testaccio, over the Aventine Hill, past the “Mouth of Truth,” and then along the banks of the Tiber » Read more

Rome: Spending Christmas in Rome!

Rome: Spending Christmas in Rome!

Whether your idea of a good Christmas break is ice-skating under the watchful eye of an ancient castle, sharing midnight mass with the Pope, or simply eating and drinking too much, Rome is the perfect place to indulge and celebrate. So just how should you spend the festive season in Italy’s Eternal City? The Christmas » Read more

Rome Art Walking Tour: See Caravaggio’s finest works for free

Rome Art Walking Tour: See Caravaggio’s finest works for free

There is something about Caravaggio that fascinates people. Even those who would normally prefer to cross a street of hot coals than spend time looking at paintings seem happy to make an exception for this rebel of Counter-Renaissance Art. To celebrate Rome’s Caravaggio exhibition that has just opened at the Villa Borghese (and runs through January » Read more