Rome: Two-Day Itinerary
Italy is one of our favorite countries, and after visiting it will be one of yours too. The people are lovely, the food is great, and the sites are beautiful. Rome itself is fantastic but pretty small, so a lot can be done in a short amount of time. On this trip, you will spend two quick but busy days in Rome.. Here we go!
Arrive at the airport and take a bus or taxi to your accommodation. If you have to go through the Central Station (which you are likely to do at some point) beware of locals attempting scams with your train/bus tickets. Some people dress and act like they work at the station; they wear collared shirts, have lanyards with fake credentials tucked into their shirts and often have a pen in hand. They will kindly offer to assist you and then walk you to the automated ticket kiosks. We are not sure what happens from there, but we did see tourists following them and exiting the station. Exercise caution and keep an eye on your belongings.
After checking in at your accommodations, find one of many small pizza places close to your place and eat all of the pizza they have. Then, head to the Colosseum. Be sure to buy tickets ahead of time and avoid the wait in line. Spend an hour or two at the Colosseum before walking to and around the Roman Forum. From there, make your way to the Piazza Venezia, where the traffic is insane. You somehow have to cross the street without getting hit by a car… good luck! You only have two days so let’s keep going. Walk over to the Trevi Fountain, and be sure to throw a coin behind your back while making a wish. They say that if you throw a coin in the fountain you are sure to return to Rome. The Trevi Fountain is bigger and more beautiful than pictures make it out to be, so don’t skip this site. The area around the fountain is also worth visiting; it is very crowded and full of pizzerias, gelato, and souvenir shops. The Pantheon and the Spanish Steps are the next stop. From there, stroll down the Via del Corso, one of the main streets in Rome for some window-shopping. For dinner, try to avoid the restaurants catered to tourists; Roscioli is a great choice.
Today is another busy day. Head to Vatican City by train first thing in the morning. If you happen upon a cafe that is open early, of course stop and sit down for a cappuccino and pastry.
When you arrive in Vatican City first go to St. Peter’s Basilica. Entrance is free, but you can buy tickets ahead of time to skip the line. The line is long but it moves fairly quickly. St. Peter’s is the most beautiful church I’ve ever seen so be sure to go inside. Next, visit the Vatican Museum. The Museum is quite big and there is a lot to see. If you are only interested in seeing the Sistine Chapel you will have to walk through the entire museum to get to it and the museum is usually very busy so it’s not a quick walk. Again, if you do decide to go to the Vatican Museum, buy tickets ahead of time.
In the afternoon, or if you’re not a fan of museums you can do any of the following: go to Piazza Navona and admire the beautiful fountains while eating some snacks and enjoying a drink, trek through the Appian Way, visit the Palazzo Massimo, or experience the Baths of Caracalla. No matter what you decide to do with your time here in Italy, you can’t go wrong.