Rome is one of the most gorgeous cities of Europe, famed not just for its cultural heritage but also for its architectural prowess back in the day. Spending a mere 2 days in Rome might not give you enough time to feel like a local, but it will certainly give you time to “Do in Rome as the Romans Do”. As part of your Rome itinerary, you can choose to cover all the ancient monuments on one day, and enjoy the next day touring the markets and the restaurants apart from the more quirky tourist attractions.
A great part about touring Rome is that most of the attractions are close by, so you can explore them all walking, save money on transport and explore the city like a local. The city has a great transport system that will let you cover most attractions in Rome within 2 days. With the metro, trams and local buses plying at all times of the day and night, it becomes an easy task to wander around the city with a day pass for all the transport options.
Here is a suggested itinerary for 48 hours for you to follow, on your Roman Holiday:
Day 1 in Rome – with kids
- On day one of your 2 days in Rome, start your sightseeing by paying a visit to the Colosseum, where you can marvel at the sight of the ancient sports and gladiatorial arena. Right next to this amphitheater is the Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill. Here, several statues and temples reside side by side, and only one ticket is required for visiting all these attractions. The only catch is it takes a lot of time to complete your exploration of these places. Our advice is to reach the Colosseum early in the morning, so that you skip some of the lines and can spend maximum time enjoying the attractions.
- After you are done with this area, it is a good idea to pay a visit to the Trevi Fountain, which is also nearby. It is an extremely popular attraction, having been featured in plenty of movies and serials. Carry some change, because everybody who visits Trevi Fountain is supposed to make wishes by throwing in a coin.
- After you have wrapped up this part of the itinerary as part of your 2 days in Rome, you can enjoy lunch at a nearby restaurant and then head for a quick tour of the Vatican City – one of the tiniest self-governed country within a country.
- Next, you must visit the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican museums to understand what these corridors of power are all about.
- After your visit to the Vatican City, you probably won’t have much time to cover any other city attractions before they close, so your best bet is to visit the local markets and enjoy the nightlife of Rome.
- You can also spend the evening at Spanish Steps, enjoy some street food with the locals and just sit on the steps for that perfect photo opportunity!
Day 2 in Rome
- The second day of your Roman sojourn can start with sightseeing with a visit to the Pantheon, where the tomb of Raphael is. Follow that up with a visit to the Castel Sant’Angelo, where you can find ancient paintings and furniture used back in the Roman glory days.
- For an experience of the local markets, pay a visit to the Campo de’ Fiori, where local produce and other items are available for sale.
- Other attractions that you can cover nearby include the Circus Maximus, the baths of Caracalla and the Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi, a gorgeous fountain with a homage to The Ganges, the holy Indian river, among 4 other rivers from around the world.
- If you want to enjoy a panoramic view of the entire city spread at your feet, visit the Janiculum, a famed hilltop terrace that lets you witness Rome in all its glory from a vantage point.
It would have been perfect if you could take out more time for the “Eternal City”. But if you can’t, you can follow our complete guide to see Rome in 2 days and enjoy some of the most historic attractions of the new world.