Rome – “the eternal city”
City breaks are the perfect way to taste the culture and vibe of a country to know if you want to discover it more.
Exactly so was our trip to Rome. It was the first time we visited Italy, but we definitely want to go back. It is a city that has won us through its architecture, history and romantic atmosphere.
Before the trip to Rome, we did our homework. Respectively what we would like to visit and where we will eat the most delicious food.
To visit Rome in 2 days is not impossible, especially if you are not a fan of museums. Otherwise, a week will probably not be enough.
If you also have two days available, we are telling you below our itinerary and how exactly we visited.
Day 1 Rome itinerary
This fountain is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Rome. Because of this, it is constantly over-crowded.
The best way to visit the Trevi Fountain is to arrive here early in the morning.
Trevi Fountain is the largest fountain in Rome. It was built in Baroque style and was completed in 1762, at the intersection of three ancient roads.
After the Trevi Fountain, our second stop was the Pantheon. We visited the former Roman temple at the opening time, so we didn’t queue to enter. The morning is the most perfect time of the day to visit the Pantheon, as the entire temple will be covered in the warm rays of the sun.
The pantheon is now a Catholic Church, its construction was started during the reign of Augustus and completed by Emperor Hadrian. It is incredible to think that it dates from the year 126 and is in perfect condition.
Visiting hours Pantheon: Mon-Sat: 8:30 – 19:15; Sunday: 9am – 5:45 pm
Sant ‘Eustachio Il Caffè
The most delicious and aromatic coffee you can drink in Rome is at Sant ‘Eustachio Il Caffè. It is a small cafe shop near the Pantheon.
If you want to serve a croissant and an espresso outside at a table you have to pay a service fee. But many locals order coffee and serve it standing up.
This small gallery/passage is, in fact, the inner courtyard of a private building. This passage is a true hidden treasure, just near the Fountain of Trevi. The Sciarra Gallery is full of art and decorations from the nineteenth century.
Admission to the Sciarra Gallery is free, from Monday to Friday during the business hours.
This elegant market dates from the 1st century, built in place of a stadium/arena where in ancient Rome competitions and games took place.
Navona Square has three fountains, in the center is the magnificent Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi, in the southern part Fontana del Moro, and in the northern part Fontana Neptune. The entire market is surrounded by cosy cafes and restaurants.
Sant’Angelo Castle was built in the 2nd century. Here you can admire entire collections of paintings and furniture in Renaissance rooms. And the view over Rome is incredible from the castle upper floor.
Ticket price: 15 Euro/adult; 2 Euro/child/student
* The ticket also includes a visit to the National Museum of Venice Palace.
Visiting hours: Monday-Sunday: 09:00 – 19:30
After discovering most of the tourist attractions in the northern part of the city, we went to another country where we spent the next 6-7 hours.
The Vatican is the smallest country in the world, but it has so much to offer. It is said that you would need more than a year to admire each piece of art for 3 seconds.
Among the most important objectives to visit in the Vatican are:
- Vatican Museums
- St. Peter’s Square and the Egyptian Obelisk
- St. Peter’s Basilica
- Sistine Chapel
Osteria da Fortunata
To end a perfect first day in Rome, you must enjoy a delicious serving of pasta accompanied by good wine. At Osteria da Fortunata pasta are made by hand in the restaurant window. Although we waited quite long until we received the food, it was worth it. The pasta was flavoured, fresh and nourishing, exactly the kind of food you need after a full day in Rome.
Day 2: Rome Itinerary
The best way is to start the day by visiting the Colosseum because you will enjoy it in peace (almost alone). The sooner you get in, the fewer people will be in or around it.
If you think it is dating from year 70-80, and it still looks so good, then you wonder how it was built so durable at the time.
If you want to take a few pictures outside, then you will need to wait in a little queue to capture it from the ideal spot.
Visit prices of Colosseum, Forums and Palatine Hill:
- € 16.00 / person
- € 2.00 / student / child
* Tickets are valid 24 hours with 1 entry in the Colosseum and 1 entry in the archaeological area Roman Forum / Palatine / Imperial Forum.
Visit hours Colosseum:
- January 2 – February 15: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm (last entry at 3:30 pm)
- February 16 – March 15: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm (last entry at 4:00 pm)
- March 16 until the last Saturday in March: 8:30 am – 5:30 pm (last entry at 4:30 pm)
- from last Sunday of March to August 31: 8:30 – 19.15 (last entry at 18.15)
- September 1 – September 30: 8:30 – 19:00 (last entry at 18:00)
- October 1 until the last Saturday in October: 8:30 am – 6:30 pm (last entry 5:30 pm)
- from last Sunday of October to December 31: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm (last entry at 3:30 pm)
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As soon as you finish visiting the famous Colosseum, walk for a few meters and enter the Roman Forum. Another tourist attraction that will put your imagination to work. You will find here a series of structures one more beautiful than the other. You can wander for a few hours without getting bored. We stayed for about 3 hours and we rushed a bit. The basic rule also applies to the Roman Forum, the earlier you get, the better. By the end of our visit, the groups of organized tourists had already started to appear.
Venice Square is the central point of Rome. In one part of the market is the Monument of the Unknown Soldier. The market is right next to the Roman Forum and nearby is the Traiana Column.
Venchi Cioccolato e Gelato
It is known that you cannot visit Rome without visiting a Gelateria. we received a lot of recommendations and tested as much as we could in the two days. 😀 The most delicious ice cream we ate at the Venchi Cioccolato e Gelato.
Spanish Steps are among the more crowded attractions, almost as crowded as Trevi Fountain. Here you have to get at sunrise to be able to take pictures with them empty. We arrived around noon and they looked like this:
If you think you can sit down to eat something, you can’t. Eating on the Spanish Steps is forbidden and the police make sure that this rule is respected. Being a tourist objective “on the street”, it is free and the program is non-stop.
Piazza del Popolo
Piazza del Popolo is a large market whose name translates as “People’s Market”. At the time it was the main entrance in Rome. And for centuries it was the place where the public executions took place, the last one taking place in 1826.
Here you can admire the Egyptian Obelisk in the middle of the market, the entrance of the trident delimited by 2 twin buildings.
On the east side of the market, there are several steps that will lead you to a terrace. Terrazza del Pincio offers you an incredible view of the market and of Rome. And you can continue your exploration in the Villa Borghese park.
This small restaurant “hidden gem”.
We ordered a woodchopper for 2 people, it matched perfectly with a glass of wine. It was filled with a selection of local foods such as: prosciutto, ham, vegetables, cheese, etc. Simply delicious!
The atmosphere is warm, romantic, and the employees are friendly.
Other sights that you can visit in Rome or admire on your way to other major attractions
- Mouth of Truth
- The Temple of Hadrian
- Campo de ‘Fiori
- Turtle Fountain
- Trajan’s Column
- Villa Borghese
>Take care of personal items in crowded areas.
>Purchase tickets for tourist attractions online or from the authorized counters. Not from people who approach you on the street.