Rome is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe and the world. The Eternal City is home to so many incredible attractions, including the independent state of Vatican City. There is so much to do and see on any Rome itinerary, but tickets to major sites such as the Colosseum and the Vatican Museums start to add up quickly. Thankfully, there are plenty of free things to do in Rome to balance out both your budget and experience of Italy's magnificent capital. The architecture in Rome is nothing short of breathtaking, so a stroll through the streets is one of the best ways to enjoy the city. Along with an endless array of magnificent historic buildings, statues, and monuments to enjoy, there are also plenty of quiets parks and quaint squares where you can soak up the local lifestyle. Daring to go a little bit off the beaten tourist track can reward you with free entry to some less famous sites that may not be the big tourist drawcards but are by no means less impressive. You don't have to spend a small fortune to experience the Italian capital. Spare some time in your Rome itinerary and reward yourself and your budget with some of Rome's best free attractions. You might even glean a different view of the Eternal City. Whether you're on a tight budget or want to splurge on other things, these fabulous free Rome attractions will set you on the right track. Trastevere, the colourful and vibrant neighbourhood across the river Tiber, is perhaps Rome's loveliest and most picturesque neighbourhood. If you're a fan of cobbled, narrow alleys lined with quintessential Roman restaurants and bars, then you'll fall in love with Trastevere. Unlike similar neighbourhoods in other major cities that attract tourists, Trastevere has never really lost its traditional atmosphere or charm. That's why even locals love to spend an evening strolling through Rome's prettiest neighbourhood. Trastevere is a great neighbourhood to have dinner for the atmosphere and try some good traditional Italian food. Even if you're visiting Rome as a vegan, you won't feel left out. Although there are no strictly vegan restaurants in Trastevere, you will find plenty of vegan options.On Sunday mornings, you can browse the flea market at Porta Portese at the edge of the Trastevere neighbourhood.Free walking tours are a great way to get your bearings in any new city. They usually last around 2-3 hours taking you to the main sites for an overview of the city and what there is to see and do.Tour guides on free walking tours are also a wealth of knowledge about the best locals tips on what to do, how to get around, where to eat etc. And of course, the best free and discounted stuff in Rome.After the tour, you’ll have a better understanding of the city, its layout and an idea of which sites are worth spending money on and which to skip.There are also themed tours that deal with specific topics that might particularly interest you. These could be street art tours, history tours related to a particular period, or less-known topics that many tourists might miss. You can do as many free walking tours as you like. The first time we did a free walking tour was in Venice – we did three, all with different themes. We still recommend them as the best way to see Venice and start your time in Rome.We advise taking a free tour when you first arrive in Rome. It’s a great way to dive into the atmosphere of this fantastic city and get all those valuable local tips before setting off on your own.It’s customary to leave a tip at the end of a free walking tour depending on how satisfied you are, but it’s not mandatory.