Rome is known worldwide for the preservation of ancient buildings as it blends its old culture with a mix of modernity. The lovely city is filled with historic sights and delicious food. All of this and more make Rome a city to absolutely visit at some point in your lifetime.
Day 1: Arrival
There’s so much to see in Rome and it’s such a walkable city that you won’t want to miss anything. On day one, depending on when your flight arrives begin with a couple of the notable sights in the city.
- Ciao! You’ve arrived at the Leonardo Da Vinci International Airport and your Rome adventure is about to begin. You won’t need to rent a car for this trip, but for a couple of the further sights, you’ll need to take a bus or cab
- Rome has many awesome piazzas, and you’ll see lots of them. Go to the Piazza Del Popolo first which is iconic for its large obelisk standing tall in the center. All piazzas are great places to get a meal
- From a marble piazza to a green garden, visit the lovely Villa Borghese, which is surrounded by a clean lake and colorful flowers
- At the Piazza di Spagna visit one of the more touristy places, but absolutely a must. At the Spanish Steps be sure to take some great photos. There are also restaurants and stores here so feel free to take is slow and relax a bit
- Time to update your Facebook profile picture and get a couple of Instas! As the sun goes down and the area is lit up it’ll be the perfect time to see the Trevi Fountain and take more pictures
Day 2: Have Your Wedding Cake and Eat it Too
Brace yourself for a busy second day, but all of the walkings will be worth it! Today you’ll venture to some of the bigger sites that require a bit more walking and time to conquer.
- SOD – 10:30: The Piazza Navona is a lovely place to spend your morning. Eat at some of the nearby restaurants and sit by the large fountain. If you’re lucky, they’ll be some buskers playing in the piazza
- 10:36 – 11:30: Your first ancient Roman sight will not disappoint, visit the large Pantheon and take notice at is very detailed carvings
- 11:40 – 13:30: At the Piazza Venezia, walk over to the Altar of Fatherland (nicknamed the wedding cake), which is the home to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and built to honor Victor Emmanuel who was the first king of a unified Italy. Take the elevator all the way to the roof to check out the amazing view and don’t miss the museum inside the building
- 13:03 – 14:00: Not quite one of the official Roman piazzas, but there’s definitely a piazza feel to it, visit the Capitoline Hill and check out the statues within it
- 14:05 – 16:00: Right down the street from Capitoline Hill walk over to the famous Roman Forum to see the ruins, the forum is also a great place for a picnic
- 16:20 – 17:30: The Basilica Di San Pietro in Vincoli is a Catholic church that cannot be missed on your vacation. The building is immaculate and stunningly designed, it is best known for being home to Michelangelo’s statue of Moses and part of the tomb of Pope Julius II
- 17:50 – 18:00: Walk over to the massive Domus Aurea, which is a ruined palace
- 18:00 – EOD: Take the rest of the night for your own time
Day 3: A Cool Colossal Coliseum
Only a half-mile down the road from where you ended yesterday is the Coliseum. The Coliseum is a main attraction in the city of Rome. Do not leave the city without seeing this architectural masterpiece.
- SOD – 10:30: Don’t miss a meal when the food is as good as it is in Rome. Grab a nice breakfast to start the day
- 10:30 – 12:00: You’ve seen it in pictures, now it’s your turn to experience the Rome Coliseum. The Coliseum is great to hang around as well as go inside
- 12:05 – 14:00: Put on your Ancient Roman hat and imagine what life was like during in ancient times during your visit at Palatine Hill, which is an area filled with ruins
- 14:15 – 16:00: A little bit further outside of the main area of Rome, visit the haunting Catacombs of St. Callitux.
- 16:15 – EOD: Take a bus or cab back into the city and spend the evening as you’d like
Day 4: The Vatican City
You can’t go to Rome without visiting the great Vatican City. Going there is an all day event so make sure you prepare accordingly by having lots of camera storage for pictures and by wearing comfortable shoes. The city will most likely be out of walking distance from where you are staying so arrange a bus or cab to take you over. You can also view a different one-day itinerary here!
- SOD – 9:30: Wake up early, grab a good breakfast and take a bus or cab to the Vatican City
- 9:50 – 11:00: Among the first sights of the city you’ll see, go to the Sistine Chappell. But do not just gaze at the exterior building, you must go inside and see the absolutely amazing colorful paintings covering the interior from wall to ceiling
- 11:01 – 12:30: A quick walk over go to the St. Peter’s Basilica which is the world’s largest basilica of Christianity
- 12:40 – 15:00: Another hotspot in the Vatican City is the Vatican Museum. You simply cannot miss it, the enormous building is shrouded in colorful and personable art, this is a building that is easy to spend hours in
- 15:00 – EOD: Before going back to Rome, use the remainder of the day for further exploration of the Vatican City
Day 5: The Castle & Departure
Before leaving for the airport, try and squeeze in the Castel Sant’ Angelo. If you don’t have time to fit it in on your final day, the Castel is only a twenty-minute drive from the Vatican City Museum, so you’d be able to see it on Day four.
- If you can before the flight, end your trip with a final sight at the Castel Sant’Angelo. If you can’t see it on the day of departure, it is only a twenty-minute drive from the Vatican City Museum so you’d be able to see it on day four
- Make sure you grab that final gelato before you head home and go back to the Leonardo Di Vinci International Airport
Estimated Cost $700