Rome travel guide for 2 full days

Rome travel guide for 2 full days

Rome travel guide for 2 full days

Visit the Italian capital and discover the most beautiful sights and historic places of Rome in 2 days. Rome is home to one of the world’s most popular tourist attractions, the Colosseum, one of the seven wonders of the modern world.
Read our Rome travel guide to easily discover Rome’s iconic sights, most beautiful places, and one of the best restaurants in the city.

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Best time to visit Rome

Rome is ideal to visit all year round, with pleasant temperatures even in winter. The peak season runs from June to September. The best time to visit Rome is in the off-season when the temperature is more comfortable, there are fewer tourists, and accommodation is much cheaper.

How to get to Rome?

The fastest way to get to Rome is by plane, visit Skyscanner for cheap deals. From Fiumicino Airport you can take the train to Termini. The Termini is a transport hub, and the journey to Rome takes 30 minutes and costs 14 EUR.
Another popular option in Europe is to use Flixbus. For more information and timetables, click here.

If you have more time in Italy, visit the Amalfi Coast.
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Rome travel guide for 2 full days

How to get around Rome?

It’s comfortable to walk around Rome on foot, no matter where you are in the city, everything you want to see is a short distance away.

Rome has a great metro system running almost all over the city, with a metro ticket costing 1.50 EUR and valid for 100 minutes.
The buses are slow but can help you reach places where the metro doesn’t go. You can buy tickets from the machines at the metro stations or the Tabacchi shops. In Rome, there are many ticket offers for tourists, more information you can find here.

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Day 1

Colosseum

Start the morning at the stunning Colosseum, the largest built amphitheater in ancient Rome. The beginning of its construction dates back almost 2000 years. In the arena, there were different events, such as gladiator fights and public executions. Take a historic walk around the arena, where gladiators previously fought for their lives in front of more than 50,000 spectators.

The Colosseum is located in central Rome and is easily reached on foot or by Metro.
It’s open every day from 10.30 AM to 7 PM. The last ticket buy is possible one hour before closing. If you want to avoid waiting for several hours, buy your ticket online.
There is an additional charge of 2 EUR per ticket for online booking.

The 24-hour ticket allows a single entry to the Colosseum, except for the arena. This ticket includes a visit to the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill, which costs 16 EUR.
Discounted tickets are available for EU citizens aged between 18 and 25, for which the entrance fee is just 2 EUR.

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From 2 PM you can buy a cheaper ticket for 9.50 EUR. The ticket also includes a visit to the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill, but not valid for 24 hours, just for that day.

The 48-hour ticket is the same as the 24-hour ticket, but it includes access to the arena for 22 EUR.

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Visit the Arch of Constantine next to the Colosseum!

The Arch of Constantine, Rome

Roman Forum & Palatine Hill

After the Colosseum, you are a short walk found in the Roman Forum in the center of ancient Rome. Rome’s first settlement began with the Palatine Hill, which offers stunning views of the Roman Forum and the Colosseum. We recommend a visit in the morning or the afternoon, as the heat of summer is unbearable. Don’t forget to take your ticket to the Colosseum with you.

Altare Della Patria

Close to the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill, Piazza Venezia and the Altare Della Patria offer a great view of the city. It was built in honor of Italy’s first king, Victor Emmanuel II. Admission is free, but a ticket is needed to visit the museum.

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Under Rome are plumbing systems that provide clean drinking water to the population. Small fountains are used as drinking places by locals and tourists, so feel free to fill your water bottle.

Pantheon

Altare Della Patria is an easy 10-minute walk from the Pantheon. The Pantheon had the largest dome in the world until St. Peter’s Basilica was built in the Vatican. The only light source in the building is the iron dome. The Patheon dates back nearly 2000 years and is one of Rome’s best-preserved buildings.

Opening hour daily from 9 AM until 7 PM, and admission is free.

Piazza Navona

After the Pantheon, visit Piazza Navona, one of Rome’s largest and most beautiful public squares. The square has 3 wonderful Baroque fountains, the Neptune Fountain, the Moor Fountain, and the Four Rivers Fountain. The middle is the largest, where you will find magnificent statues, and there is an obelisk written with Egyptian hieroglyphics in the middle. The four statues symbolize the continent’s largest rivers, the Nile, the Danube, the Ganges, and the Rio de la Plata.

Piazza Navona is full of cafés, restaurants, and street artists. It’s a great place to relax and have a cup of coffee or a delicious Italian meal. Piazza Navona is close to Campo de’ Fiori market, where you will find flowers, fresh fruits, fish, and vegetables.

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There are many restaurants and cafés by all attractions, but these are very expensive. Walk a little further, and you’ll find much cheaper restaurants.

Day 2

Trevi Fountain

There are many monumental fountains in Rome, more than 2000. The largest and most spectacular is the Fontana di Trevi. The Trevi Fountain is always crowded, we recommended arriving in the early morning hours. The Trevi Fountain is also worth a visit in the night light.

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Throw a coin into the Trevi Fountain! According to legend, anyone who throws the coin over his left shoulder in the well with his right hand will surely return to Rome. Each day, around 3,000 euros a thrown into the fountain, and Rome spent to help those to needy people.

Visiting the Trevi Fountain in Rome, Italy

Spanish Steps

Not far from the Trevi Fountain is also a great attraction, the Spanish Steps. Go up to the top of the stairs from where you will have a wonderful view. Around the Spanish Steps there are fantastic restaurants and cafés where you can relax and meet Italian people.

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When visiting Rome, muss to try the Italian Gelato.

Just a 5-minute walk from the Spanish Steps, Spagna Metro Station connects you to Ottaviano and a 10-minute walk from the Vatican.

The Spanish Steps in Rome, Italy

Vatican

The Vatican, home to the Pope and the Roman Catholic Church, is the smallest independent state in the world. Tourists can visit many sites such as the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica, and St. Peter’s Square. The square is free to visit, no ticket required. The dome at the top of the Basilica offers fantastic 360-degree panoramic views.

The entrance to the dome using stairs is 8 EUR, with the elevator 10 EUR. If you choose the elevator you will have 320 steps to the dome. When visiting the sights of the Vatican, it is recommended to dress conservatively and cover shoulders and knees.

View of the St. Peter's Square

Castel Sant’Angelo

A visit to the Vatican is worth combining with the Castel Sant’Angelo as it is only 10 minutes apart. Its original purpose was built as a mausoleum of Emperor Hadrian. Later the popes converted the building into a fortress and used it as a castle, and today it functions as a museum. As you may know from the Da Vinci Codex, there is a passage leading to the Vatican.

The entrance fee is 14 EUR for adults, and a discounted ticket for 7 EUR for EU citizens aged between 18 and 25.

Opening hours are from 9 AM to 7.30 PM.

Discover Castel Sant'Angelo, Rome

Trastevere

Visit the Trastevere area, where is one of Rome’s best restaurants is Carlo Menta. You should definitely try Quattro Formaggi pizza, carbonara spaghetti and tiramisu.
The restaurant is open daily from noon until 11.30 PM, but the tables fill up quickly in the evenings.
Another great restaurant in the area is Tonnarello, a few minutes’ walk away from Carlo Menta.

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