Sunday, September 23, 2018

1o Things You Can See and Do in Rome Totally Free


Piazza Navona, Rome

1. A walk through the industrial past of Rome

Until it closed at the end of the 70s, the Mattatoio, in the Testaccio neighborhood, was the main slaughterhouse in the city. Nowadays, the complex is a combination of different entities: a modern art gallery, an architecture school, a music school and an organic supermarket.There is also a farmers market on weekends; and a coffee. Although the events and exhibitions are usually paid, there is always something wonderful free: an art installation, a freshly painted mural or an improvised concert by the students of the music school. Piazza Orazio Giustiniani.

2. The Basilica of Saint Mary and the Skull of Saint Valentine

The relics are not always convincing, but that does not diminish the extraordinary aura of some of the sacred artifacts of the churches of Rome. The skull crowned with flowers of Valentine is a spectacle for the sight, independently of which it belongs or not really to the pattern of the lovers. It is in a gold box and is surrounded by candles and bouquets of fresh flowers. The skull is a fascinating attraction, as is the rest of the Roman temple in which it is located. Piazza della Bocca della Veritas 18

3. The most classic cat sanctuary in the world

Excavated in 1929, the area contains the remains of four temples of the Republic, in addition to the Teatro de Pompeyo : the place where Julio César is believed to have been murdered.The cats began to wander around when the archaeological site was first opened, taking advantage of the shelter and protection provided by the underground ruins, and fed by the "gattare", ladies who feed the cats. Via Torre Argentina.

4. Monti vintage market

Near the Colosseum is the trendy Monti neighborhood, which houses a fantastic "urban market" on weekends, in the conference hall of the Palatino Grand Hotel. Founded in 2009, the market is a mix of contemporary creativity and vintage fashion. In it you can expect to find everything from crafts of avant-garde designers to household items, furniture and retro clothing. Via Leonina.

5. Enjoy a free movie

In the beautiful Villa Borghese - a public park that is well worth visiting - Casa Del Cinema is the result of an ambitious project, started in 2001, to transform an abandoned pavilion into a cinematic center. With a state-of-the-art projection equipment that makes it the most modern cinema in the city, the Casa del Cine (home also of a film library and a café) is a dreamland for moviegoers. There are also special presentations in which you can have the opportunity to meet the directors, producers and actors of the films.

6. See contemporary art in Gallery Gallery 1

When Room 1 was inaugurated in 1970, it was one of the first galleries in the city that showed experimental and contemporary art. Today, the non-profit gallery continues to program dynamic exhibitions that can hardly be found elsewhere in a city traditionally more focused on its historical trophies. The location of the gallery, inside an old basilica, makes the space even more fascinating. Piazza di Porta San Giovanni 10.

7. To the sound of the blues in the Big Mama

Opened in 1984, the Big Mama offers free admission to most of its shows and, with a Hall of Fame of the likes of Chet Baker and Jeff Healey, is one of the best live music venues in the city.In the neighborhood of Trastevere, the cozy venue - with capacity for 150 people - has just celebrated its 30th birthday and hosts a wide variety of jazz, rock, disco and soul performances.

8. Discover the work of the sculptor Hendrik Christian Andersen

The Norwegian-American artist Hendrik Christian Andersen moved to Rome at the end of the 19th century and lived there for more than 40 years. When he died, he left all his works to the Italian state, and his studio house - a modernist villa located between the river and the Via Flaminia - later became a museum where now some 200 sculptures, 200 paintings and 300 graphic works are shown. Via Pasquale Stanislao Mancini, 20

9. The drama of the Burcardo Theater Museum

Filled with costumes and objects, the Burcardo Museum houses a collection dedicated to the history of Italian theater. Open to the public since 1932, its collection includes a series of beautiful sculptures, including plaster busts representing writers and actors from the last two centuries; in addition to a photographic archive with thousands of spectacular black and white images of the actors in action. Via del Sudario.

10. Enjoy the views of the Gianicolo hill

Gianicolo is outside the old city, so it can not be counted among the proverbial "Seven Hills" of Rome, but it makes up for it by offering one of the best views of its roofs. Up on the top of the hill, there is a statue of Garibaldi: a charismatic figure from the Risorgimento and its location indicates one of the best places to enjoy the fabulous views. In the purest military style, every day at noon a cannon fire is fired, as part of a tradition that began in 1847 to indicate the time to the surrounding bell towers.

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