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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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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

Rome Day Trips: Hillside villages of the Castelli Romani

Rome Day Trips: Hillside villages of the Castelli Romani

As the age old saying goes, “when in Rome, do as the Romans do.” Many Romans (the Pope included) who have tired of eating glorious food, sipping on a hearty red, and throwing down a few espressos head for the hills. Literally. More specifically, they get themselves to one or more of the tiny villages, » Read more

Rome Entertainment: Movies, music, and theater on a budget

Rome Entertainment: Movies, music, and theater on a budget

Undeniably, Rome is a remarkable city with a thousand things to see and do. It’s not difficult to spend an entire day pounding the cobblestones taking in all that there is to experience. So when night falls, it’s often nice to just chill out and let yourself be entertained. Here are some of the best » Read more

Rome day trip: Ostia Antica, Italy’s best-kept secret

Rome day trip: Ostia Antica, Italy’s best-kept secret

Ostia Antica, one of Italy’s most interesting and best-preserved archaeological sites, is also one of the country’s best-kept secrets. Well, that’s certainly the impression one gets when arriving there, due to the distinctly unusual tranquility of the place, and the conspicuous lack of tour groups, roving guides, and buses. Considering that Ostia Antica is only a 30-minute train » Read more

Rome: Cool off at the city’s new outdoor pool… by the Colosseum

Rome: Cool off at the city’s new outdoor pool… by the Colosseum

UPDATE SUMMER 2012: This pool no longer exists. The article below was published in 2009. —– Summer can be stifling in Rome and come August, most of the locals head for the hills. This year (2009), with more Romans staying put than in the past—and hordes of visitors filling the streets—Rome seems more crowded and » Read more

Rome Tip: Find the best (free!) people watching in town

Rome Tip: Find the best (free!) people watching in town

By Sav D’Souza in Rome—Whether it’s dining al fresco, taking in the ancient sights, or paying a visit to one of the many piazzas, Rome offers lots of perfect places to indulge in the pleasure of people watching. The best part? Taking in a passerby or two is free and open to everyone. Just keep » Read more

Rome: San Giovanni walking tour—church, cheap clothes, tiramisu

Rome: San Giovanni walking tour—church, cheap clothes, tiramisu

The distinctive Porta San Giovanni gate welcomes you to the Rome’s San Giovanni neighborhood. The area lies south of Termini station, near enough to Rome’s center, but ideally located away from the hustle and bustle, and most tourists. Among other delights, Rome’s San Giovanni neighborhood offers its share of interesting sights, cheap clothing opportunities, and sweet eats. Here’s » Read more

Rome: Free “Angels and Demons” walking tour

Rome: Free “Angels and Demons” walking tour

By Sav D’Souza in Rome— The release of the movie “Angels and Demons” is set to do for Rome what “The Da Vinci Code” did for Paris—bring a lot more Dan Brown fans to town! But while Rome is currently afire with pricey ”Angels and Demons”-inspired guided tours, you can visit most of the sights featured in the film » Read more

Rome free afternoon: Our four favorite parks in Rome

Rome free afternoon: Our four favorite parks in Rome

By Sav D’Souza in Rome— Rome, like most European destinations, has some delightful parks. Whether you plan to relax after a day on the town, or spend a free afternoon strolling through gardens, sitting and public—park, the Villa Doria Pamphilj. Named after two noble Italian families, this marvel sits West of the Tiber and just South » Read more

Rome Neighborhood Spotlight: Trastevere

Rome Neighborhood Spotlight: Trastevere

The scene at Porta Portese’s market in Trastevere; photo by Tara Bulba Today we bring you another neighborhood spotlight, this time we’re focusing the lens on Trastevere in Rome, Italy. Ciao down! Across the river… Trastevere, which literally means “Beyond the Tiber,” is an area directly west of the Tiber River in Rome. Not only » Read more

Rome: Capuchin Crypt offers free visits, anatomy lesson

No bones about it, Rome’s Capuchin Crypt is an incredible (and intense) way to spend an hour. Located underneath the Church of Santa Maria della Immacolata Concezione on Via Veneto, this burial chamber is unique in its decorative technique—rooms are adorned extensively with human bones. More than 4,000 monks are buried within the crypt’s six rooms, all of whom died between 1528 » Read more

Rome: Historic bus tour for €1!

Let’s face it: We’re already big fans of European public transportation. But when a bus or tram offers a freebie historical tour of a city, we’re downright nutsy about it. Next stop, Rome! In Rome, one of the best ways to get around the city (especially if you’re tired of walking) is to get on » Read more

Rome tip: Michelangelo for free!

Rome tip: Michelangelo for free!

During his time in Rome, Michelangelo charged the ancient city with works of incredible beauty. His sculptures, frescoes, and architecture still inspire a city-wide love affair. And, his priceless work is on view at no cost to modern admirers. Angela K. Nickerson, author of A Journey into Michelangelo’s Rome, takes us on a very cheapo-friendly » Read more

Rome: A list of free tourist sights

Rome: A list of free tourist sights

  Alas, with Roman hotel rates higher than ever and the dollar at depressing lows against the euro, it can be difficult to find any budgetary relief for tourists in Italy’s capital city. Or is it? This morning we were doing a little research on the value of “all-in-one” tourist passes in Rome, when we » Read more

Rome: Film Fest Takes Center Screen This Week

When in Rome, do as the locals do and attend the city’s annual film festival, which kicks off this Thursday, October 18th, 2007. The opening night will be celebrated with a screening of Second Wind, a wild French film about bank robbers. We’re there. You can snag screening passes for the 10-day event online or » Read more

Rome: City Will Party All Night on “La Notte Bianca”

Rome: City Will Party All Night on “La Notte Bianca”

We’re big fans of the city-wide all-night party trend in Europe. Paris seems to have come to the party first in October 2002 with its “Nuit Blanche” of performances, gallery openings, monument tours, and late-night shenanigans. Rome followed the next year, launching “Notte Bianca” with great success. Indeed, according to party planners, the party has » Read more

Rome: Mercato Trionfale, Prati

Rome: Mercato Trionfale, Prati

The Mercato Trionfale, in the Prati neighborhood, goes often without mention in the guidebooks. While it isn’t particularly charming, it’s one of the largest, cheapest, and most authentic city markets in Rome. The market stretches up and down both sides of Via Andrea Doria. Clothing, housewares, fruit, vegetables, meat, cheese, wine, and even breads are » Read more

Rome Flash: Photography Festival

Rome Flash: Photography Festival

The Sixth Annual Rome Photography Festival is well underway, and over 100 venues in the city are displaying the work of Italian and international photographers. This year’s version of the multi-site festival is dedicated to “Questione Italiana,” namely, the state of photography in Italy. The vast majority of the exhibitions are free or come at » Read more

Hidden Rome: Monteverde Vecchio

Take the 44 bus from Piazza Venezia and you’ll find the unimaginable: a slice of Rome untouched by tourists. Monteverde Vecchio, situated on Rome’s highest peak, is almost exclusively residential. Shopping is limited to neighborhood establishments. In addition to priceless views from Janiculum Hill, Monteverde offers a snapshot of everyday Roman life. Get off the » Read more

Rome tip: See Caravaggio for free

Rome tip: See Caravaggio for free

Caravaggio is best known for rendering biblical figures in a realistic light (and for his swaggering braggadocio). His work was all but forgotten until the early 20th century. Since then, Rome has essentially become Caravaggio central. In past years, there have been many illuminating Caravaggio exhibits in Rome, namely the one held at the Ala » Read more