Low Cost and Free Occasions in Rome
Low Cost and Free Occasions in Rome?With its immense historical and artistic heritage, Rome is undoubtedly the world capital of ancient culture and art, and is one of the most visited tourist destinations in the world.
In most cases, however, the most visited destinations do not coincide with the cheapest ones and an entire holiday, if one wants to get to know the city and visit its museums and monuments, can be really expensive.
When you have a limited budget but do not want to miss out on discovering Rome's attractions, the ideal thing to do is to take advantage of the free and low-cost offers proposed by the city: very often it is possible to visit exhibitions, museums, villas and parks, participating in guided tours that are completely free of charge.
But the first step for a low-cost stay is obviously theaccommodation in Rome. Nowadays, offers and discounts are also offered on hotel rates: by searching carefully and with a little patience, you can find really good hotel deals.
Finding cheap and free bargains in Rome
As for your low-cost sightseeing itinerary, it is best to plan it before you leave, marking the free opening days of the museums you want to visit and booking guided tours in advance.
For example, one thing that many people do not know, and which is worth taking advantage of, is that the Vatican Museums - which also include the famous Sistine Chapel - are open and free of charge on the last Sunday of every month (entrance from 9 am to 12.30 pm, closing at 2 pm).
Other free openings are also organised periodically, such as the one planned for 27 September, on the occasion of World Tourism Day (from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., with last entry at 4 p.m.).
The only recommendation: arrive at the entrance well in advance and be patient, because the queues at the entrance are quite long, especially on these occasions.
Other stops that cannot be missed on your 'free tour' are Villa Strohl Fern and the Church of Santa Maria della Vittoria. The former is the villa that belonged to the noble patron Alfred Wilhelm Strohl, who welcomed famous 20th century artists, painters and writers here, including Carlo Levi, Francesco Trombadori and Arturo Martini.
Until 27 October, you can participate in free guided tours, which will allow you to discover the large and rich inner park, the private garden, the central building, the artists' chalets and Trombadori's original studio.
The Church of Santa Maria della Vittoria, on the other hand, is the capital's Baroque jewel, where you can enter freely from 7am to 12pm and 3.30pm to 7pm.
Inside, in addition to a rich decoration of marble, friezes and stuccoes, is the Cornaro Chapel, which houses the sculptural group dedicated to Saint Teresa of Avila, one of Bernini's most beautiful and famous