Are you planning to stay in the capital for a weekend, but do not know how to organize yourself to be able to see at least the main attractions of the city? Below we recommend an itinerary along the places to visit in Rome in 2 days absolutely.
Day 1: from the Vatican to Trastevere
A lifetime is not enough to visit Rome, that’s for sure. In the Italian capital, however, there are some things to see and some experiences to do that would really be a shame to miss during a stay in the city.
In this short guide, we want to suggest you a real route to discover Rome in just two days while enjoying all the best attractions.
That’s why, in our opinion, you should start your visit to the city from the Vatican and devote the first day to the beauties in the surrounding area.
St. Peter’s Square is certainly one of the most famous places in the world: the square surrounded by the famous Bernini’s Colonnade is a symbol of Rome and Christianity.
The advice, if you want to enter the majestic church, is to get in line early in the morning to avoid the long lines that are often formed.
Inside St. Peter’s are kept majestic works such as the enchanting Pieta by Michelangelo.
Entrance to the Basilica is free.
The Vatican Museums are among the most beautiful and rich in the world. The museum, in fact, consists of numerous galleries and exhibition: we are talking about 7 km of path!
The advice we give you is to organize your visit in advance, informing yourself on which works you absolutely want to see: this is the only way not to get lost within the various corridors and the many rooms.
Doing so, also, you will not waste time: having only two days available, every minute is precious!
At the end of the visit, you will be able to admire the majestic Sistine Chapel.
Once you’ve left Vatican City, we suggest you head towards Castel Sant’Angelo.
The ancient mausoleum of Emperor Hadrian over the centuries has undergone numerous alterations: transformed into a fortress it then became a real castle and, finally, today it is an interesting museum that tells the story of the development of the building.
If you have some time to spare, we suggest you go inside to climb up to the terrace and enjoy one of the most beautiful views of the Eternal City.
The perfect conclusion to the first of your two days in Rome is a pleasant stroll through the heart of Trastevere, one of the city’s most charming and authentic neighborhoods.
We have a bit of everything and that’s why we invite you to participate in our Roma Trastevere Gastronomic Tour! Together with a local guide you will get to know the neighborhood and its most authentic restaurants: it will be a great opportunity to discover Rome from an alternative point of view.
Day 2: from the Imperial Forum to Piazza Navona
The second day we recommend that you dedicate to the true heart of Rome: this time be prepared to walk a lot!
One of the places to visit in two days in Rome is the Colosseum, the symbol of Rome and all of Italy.
The real name of this incredible monument is Anfiteatro Flavio and it was built between 72 and 80 AD.
Inside it were hosted the bloody games of gladiators, but also naval battles and theatrical works.
Right in front of the Colosseum is another place to visit in Rome in 2 days: the Imperial Forum.
This area was once the heart of the political and religious life of ancient Rome. The beauty of this place has remained intact until now and the visit is exciting: it will literally take you back in time.
If you don’t have enough time for the full visit, just walk along Via dei Fori Imperiale and admire them from above.
Altar of the Fatherland
Continuing the walk, you’ll arrive at the Altar of the Fatherland, in Piazza Venezia.
The real name of this monument is Vittoriano and it is dedicated to Vittorio Emanuele II of Savoy, the king who completed the process of unification of Italy.
Inside is the Altar of the Fatherland where the remains of the Unknown Soldier are kept.
If you have time, you can decide to go up to the terrace to admire a magnificent view of the Forum and the Colosseum.
Another of the places to visit in Rome in two days absolutely is the Trevi Fountain, one of the most beautiful in the city and certainly one of the most famous.
What contributed to its fame was Fellini’s film with Mastroianni and Anita Ekberg.
If you want to relive the atmosphere of the famous film, then, come back here at sunset: with the dark and few people around, it will be like being catapulted into the film. Walking around Rome at night, moreover, is really an emotion not to be missed!
After a stop to flip a coin in the Trevi Fountain, it’s time to head to the Pantheon, another of Rome’s most beautiful monuments.
Today the Pantheon is a church, but it was once a temple dedicated to all the gods.
Entrance is free.
The last stop we recommend is Piazza Navona.
This splendid square adorned with three fountains was built by the Pamphilj family on the site of the Stadium of Domitian.
Between Piazza Navona and the Pantheon is also held our Rome Street Food Tour. If you have a real food lover, this guided tour of the historic center of the capital is definitely not to be missed: you will taste the supplì, pizza and an excellent platter of cold cuts and cheeses and in the meantime, you will discover the history and curiosities of the places you will visit.
We hope you find our tips on places to visit in Rome in 2 days useful.