Art and Archaeological Sites
Where other than Roman churches can you admire so many works by such masters as Caravaggio, Tintoretto, Michelangelo, and Raphael for free? It doesn’t cost anything to take in the celebrated Roman fountains or enter the Pantheon to gaze at the famous dome and pay homage at Raphael’s tomb. During the Settimana della Cultura, or Cultural Week (usually held in spring), many of the major archaeological sites and museums in and around Rome waive their entrance fees. Check out www.beniculturali.it for exact dates and listings. In autumn, Rome holds White Nights when many museums and sites are open in the evenings free of charge. The Vatican Museums are free on the last Sunday of every month (only open, however, until 12:30, and there is usually a huge line up).
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