Though visiting Rome can become pretty expensive, only a few tourists know that there are plenty of museums you can see for free. Why not taking the opportunity to visit such an amazing amount of beautiful works of art if it’s for free?
Not many tourists know that on the first Sunday of each month all public museums in Italy can be visited for free. That includes also monuments and archaeological sites that are state property. This new law was introduced in 2014 and since then each first sunday many museums get crowded. While it’s a great opportunity to visit great museums for free, tourists should also take into account that they might be required to wait on a long que before entering their favorite site. So remember this option on the next useful dates (March 5th, April 2nd, May7th) and make sure you plan your day in the most convenient way.
In particular will be free admission for all visitors: Colosseum ,Castel Sant’Angelo Villa Adriana and Villa D’Este(Tivoli) , the Galleria Borghese , MAXXI , Palazzo Massimo, Palazzo Altemps, the Crypta Balbi the Baths of Diocletian , the Baths of Caracalla ,The National Gallery of Modern Art and Contemporary, the Mausoleum of Cecilia Metella and the Villa dei Quintili on ‘Appia Antica ,National Etruscan Museum of Villa Giulia ,HC Andersen Museum, M. Praz Museum, Museum Boncompagni Ludovisi for decorative Arts and Costume , National Gallery of Ancient Art (Palazzo Barberini and the Palazzo Corsini) ,Galleria Spada ,National Museum of Palazzo Venezia,Oriental Art “G. Tucci” ,Prehistory and Ethnography “L. Pigorini” ,the Ostia Antica Exca-vations ,Ostiense Museum.
The Vatican Museums have always been free (and crowded!) the last Sunday of each month.
Opening times are from 09:00 to 12:30, and guests must leave by 14:00. The ticket entitles you to the same access as a normal ticket. Normally, the cost of the ticket is 16€ (plus € 4 if you book online).
OTHER INTERESTING MUSEUMS THAT ARE FREE ALL YEAR LONG
●Central Institute for Graphics-Located above the Trevi Fountain, from the palace you can enjoy a unique view on the fountain.
Address: Via Poli, 54; Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 10.00 to 19.00
●Napoleonic Museum– Featuring several collections of Napoleonic memorabilia.
Address: Bridge of Umbero Square I, 1;Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 09.00 to 21.00
●Museum Henrik Chistian Andersen-A museum dedicated to the great Norwegian-American sculptor who spent the last part of his life in Rome.
Address: Via Pasquale Stanislao Mancini, 20; Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 09.00 to 19.30
●Roman Republic Museum-This museum is dedicated to the birth of the Italian state in mid nineteenth century.
Address: Largo di Porta San Pancrazio; Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday from 10:00 to 14:00, Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays 10:00 to 18:00
●Museo Carlo Bilotti-Contemporary art museum with works by Giorgio De Chirico, Gino Severini, Andy Warhol and other artists.
Address: Viale Fiorello La Guardia (in Villa Borghese); Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday from 10:00 to 16:00, Saturday and Sunday 10:00 to 19:00
●Historical Museum of the Liberation-You can visit the palace used by the Nazis as a prison for many anti-fascists during World War II.
Address: Via Tasso, 145.Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday from 09.30 to 12.30, Thursday and Fri-day 15:30 to 19:30
●Canonica Museum-It offers a collection of marbles, bronzes and sketches by artist Pietro Canonica.
Address: Viale Pietro Canonica, 2 (in Villa Borghese).Opening hours: from October to May Tues-day-Sunday 10:00 to 16:00, from June to September Tuesday-Sunday 13:00 to 19:00
●Museum Burchard-A museum on theater and commedia dell’arte, with books, documents and various memorabilia.
Address: Via del Shroud, 44.Opening hours: Tuesday and Thursday from 9:15 to 16:30
●Museo Barraco-Discover the fabulous collection that Giovanni Barraco donated to the municipality of Rome in 1902. As many as 400 works distributed in nine rooms, it is a must to immerse yourself in Medieval, Egyptian, Mesopotamian, Etruscan, Cypriot, Phoenician, Greek, Hellenistic and Roman history.
Address: Corso Vittorio Emanuele 166 / A.Opening hours: from October to May Tuesday-Sunday 10:00 to 16:00, from June to September Tuesday-Sunday 13:00 to 19:00