Things to do for €10 or less

One of the best things about visiting this magical city is that there are plenty of things one can do for €10 or less. Here’s a list of what’s available this month.

Villa Farnesina
Via della Lungara, 230
Tel.: 06.06060884
Cost: €5
Villa Farnesina is a splendid Renaissance villa located in Trastevere, built for a wealthy banker from Siena, Agostino Chigi around 1511. What makes this villa such an attraction for visitors are the beautiful frescoes created by the great painter Raffaelo.

Visit the Cupola of St. Basilica
Piazza San Pietro
Cost: €5-€7
Visitors often make a bee-line to visit the inside of St. Peter’s Basilica to take in all of its beauty. But what many tourists don’t know is that you can actually climb up to the top of St. Peter’s Cupola. If your pretty feet can handle the 551 steps, the cost is €5. Otherwise, taking the elevator is €7.

When in Rome, do as the locals do and go for an aperitivo, the Italian version of happy hour. For the price of a drink (around €5-10), you can munch on a finger food buffet while mingling with the locals. Some popular places are Freni e Frizioni (Via del Politeama, 4), Fluid (Via del Governo Vecchio, 46) and 79ers (Via del Pellegrino, 79).

Casa del Cinema
Largo Marcello Mastroianni, 1 (Villa Borghese)
Cost: Free
Die hard cinema buffs can catch a flick in a glorious former villa at the Casa del Cinema where the City of Rome sponsors free movie showings every afternoon and evening. One can catch a flick often times in English and if you’re lucky, you might even meet the director after the screening.

Vatican Museums & The Sistine Chapel
Viale Vaticano
Cost: Free (last Sunday of the month)
Visiting the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel can set you back €15. However, on the last Sunday of the month, one can enter the museums and Sistine Chapel for free.

Catacombs of San Callisto
Via Appia Antica, 110/126
Cost: €8
An interesting thing to do when Touring the Eternal City is to visit the Catacombs of San Callisto along the Appia Antica. Guided tours of the catacombs in various languages are available for free.

Mitreo di San Clemente
Via di San Giovanni in Laterano, 108
Cost: €5
Underneath the Basilica of San Clemente lies a mystical archeological complex that is situated in the valley that separates the Celio from the Esquilino Hill. The complex dates back to the first century AD and one can witness an ancient altar, sanctuary and other ruins.

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