As one of the most famous cities in the world, it can be hard to fathom just how you can get around Rome in two days.
Fortunately, we are experts at the old sightseeing as efficiently as possible game and we’re happy to let you know just how to do it.
Take a city of nearly 3 million residents, put a swathe of tourists on top of that and you’ve got an idea of how busy this place can be!
Where possible walking is always our favourite mode of transport, but we would recommend a 48-hour Roma Pass for €28.
It will give you access to the public transportation system and discounts for various museums and sites across the city but excludes the Vatican.
Tip: You can buy these online or if buying individual Metro tickets, you can get them from the Tobacconist shops inside Metro stations.
Ok, by now you must know we love an Air BnB. We found self-catering apartments just outside the city centre which were clean and large rooms but shared with other travellers. There was a lock on the bedroom door, so we felt safe leaving our stuff there and we could cook our own food.
In terms of hostels, well there’s a lot of options. In warmer months check out Plus Roma Camping for something a bit different. Another highly recommended hostel is The Blue Hostel which is handily located near the Colosseum and fantastic for a romantic trip as you have a bit more privacy than your average hostel.
In a city with 3000 years of history it’s hard to narrow down what to see. This is everything we did in two days and how to make sure you don’t miss out on anything vital.
They say once you throw a coin in this magical, mystical fountain it means one day you’ll return to Rome. In fact, the fountain collects over a million euros a year which subsidises a Catholic run food bank for those in need. It’s beautiful to look at and you’ll have done a good deed for the day. It does get crowded so early mornings are best to have it to yourself.
These are just a short walk away at the piazza di Spagne which was used as the backdrop of the famous Roman Holiday film with Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck. Take a wander around the narrow streets and see a plethora of exquisite piazzas and take the chance to do so with a gelato in hand.
You can’t do Rome without a trip to one of the new seven wonders of the world. This is the world’s largest amphitheatre and it’s estimated to have held between 50,000 and 80,000 people. Although it’s seen years of earthquakes and stone looters, this is the ultimate symbol of Imperial Rome.
The original market place for the old citizens of Rome, these ancient ruins once housed several important government and official buildings. Located between Piazza Venezia and the Colosseum they are easily walkable from either direction.
If you didn’t know Rome is built on seven hills and this is the centremost hill and it stands 40 metres above the Roman Forum. It’s said that this was once the home to a fire breathing giant called Cacus who terrorised the residents, but don’t worry Hercules took care of him a long time ago!
Tip: To get in we recommend looking up Coopculture to buy your ticket and regular access to the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill is priced at 14€ for an adult.
Our first day was getting acquainted with the city and doing a lot of the sights by foot. Day two was our Vatican day, this required taking Line A to Ottaviani. We didn’t buy our tickets beforehand BUT if we were to return, we probably would do so.
Firstly, get up early and get in as early as possible to this museum. It is packed at most times of the year and as we stated above, it’s probably best to buy your tickets online and/or book a tour to take you around the museum. There is so much in here, it took us 4 hours. Popes over the years have been collecting some wonderful world treasures and without a doubt this is the best haul we’ve ever seen. Do not miss the contemporary art collection – everyone walked by it, but it has everything from Van Gogh to Dali. You’ll finish at the Sistine Chapel which is of course the cherry on top of an antiquated cake. There are no photos allowed in here and we’ve been warned phones will be confiscated or you will be told off.
St Peter’s Square (Basilica)
The papal enclave of Vatican City hosts this tremendous Italian Renaissance church. Originally this was built by emperor Constantine in the 4th Century but this was torn down and replaced with what is still there today which dates to the 1500’s. It is not the official seat of the Pope that is in fact San Giovanni but because it’s so close to the Pope’s house this is where the action tends to happen.
For tickets to the museums go here and if you find yourself in Rome on a Wednesday you can see the Pope give mass in the square!
Campo dei Fiori
After that you will be hungry or ‘hangry’ as we like to call it. You’ve been walking for hours and need replenished. No visit is complete without heading to an Italian market – Campo dei Fiori is such a place! It takes its name from Field of Flora as before it was a market there was a meadow of flowers. There are colourful stalls and lots of fresh produce to be enjoyed.
Our last sight was the Pantheon, a ten-minute walk on foot from the market. It is the best preserved Ancient Roman monument and its name means ‘Honour all Gods’. Its giant dome is the most fascinating part of the structure and it is the largest unsupported dome in the world, plus it has a little hole at the top. Outside you’ll find the ‘Fountain of the Pantheon’ designed by Della Porta in 1575 where you can spot some dolphins!
Where To Eat
If there’s one thing Rome is not short on its lots of busy restaurants and chic cafes.
Our top picks are:
In the Pantheon area the you cannot miss Armando al Pantheon, a truly authentic restaurant. It’s tiny inside so you’ll need sharp elbows but it’s well worth it to sample some classic Italian fare. For something a bit more upmarket then try Pipero Al Rex for its passion of all thing’s hospitality. Set up by its maître and located in a small contemporary hotel, it’s gourmet dining with flair. Finally, for a taste of where the locals go then try Al Ceppo in the Parioli neighbourhood. It’s customer-centric, it has a big hearty menu and it’s timeless.
We left and took a bus to Umbria straight after our two days in Rome, which is where our next travel guide will take us – to the heart of Italy!