2 days in Rome
2 days in Rome probably isn’t enough if you want to explore lots AND relax. A week could easily be spent exploring all the treasures Rome has to offer.
We got a lot done though in the short space of time. We were knackered at the end of both days.
Rome is full of stunning architecture and history and I was blown away by some of the buildings and sights. I could have strolled around for days, stopping for a glass of wine and a snack or gelato along the way. Plan your days I would say based on sights that are near each other. The Colosseum and Trevi and Spanish steps are all near each other.
Getting There & Hotel:
Flights to Rome are quite cheap, especially if you book online-we went with Ryanair and I think we paid £120 each return to Ciampino. From the airport you can get a bus to the nearest station which will bring you into the centre. The train is about £7. Our flight was delayed so we didn’t want to fanny around with buses and trains and then a cab as we missed out on time, so we just got a cab. The cab prices are set fares into the centre and a surplus after – €30 from Ciampino airport and €40 from Fiumicino airport.
Our hotel, Hotel Des Epoques was so cute. I booked last min and it was quite reasonable and looked very old school Italian so went with it. It wasn’t as near the city centre as I’d have hoped(it was a 15 min walk to termini station and about a 25 min walk to Trevi fountain) but it was very reasonable compared to others. It was clean, Instagrammable and the breakfast was full of delicious pastries!
Sights To See:
Trevi Fountain of course. It’s said to be the most beautiful fountain in the world. It is definitely beautiful and central near all the little cafes and restaurants -so many lanes to venture down for a drink or some food al fresco. The Spanish Steps are also very near the Trevi so easy to see both together and have a spot of lunch. Don’t forget to throw a coin in the fountain and make a wish! There’s a gelato shop near the Spanish steps also called La Strega Nocciola that was so good-not a huge amount of flavours but the nicest pistachio gelato I have ever tasted. I also got a scoop of hazelnut(my favourite). I had gelato every day!
Colosseum was a star see for me. You come out of the metro and it’s literally just there in all its glory. If those walls could only talk ..It’s only 2 stops from Termini but we walked back from there to the centre into the Trevi fountain at our ease in about 20 mins.
The area around the Colosseum is beautiful, much nicer than by the Trevi , if you ask me. You’ve got the Roman Forum , which we didn’t pay to go into as you can see clearly into it on the walk. There’s some gorgeous buildings in this area, beautiful churches which I went in and out of and lit some nightlights in and there’s the Museo del Vittoriano which is another incredibly beautiful build. We sat outside a bar directly across from the Colosseum and had a bottle of prosecco and some olives just taking in the view and we stopped for some arancini and a pizza slice while walking back in by the Trevi.
You can do the Colosseum and Roman Forum in half a day including having a drink and spot of lunch.
The Vatican City you need a day in if you are planning on doing the museum and Sistine Chapel along with queuing to go inside St.Peters Basilica also. 10 mins on the tube will get you here it’s 6 stops from termini station. We got queue skip tickets right by the Vatican for €32 , however you can buy online for €21 but they were all sold out. I’m guessing touts buy them all to sell them on the day. Inside the Vatican museums it takes about an hour to get to the Sistine Chapel. You have to see it though! Make sure your shoulders are covered and you’re wearing something that covers your knees or just bring a shawl to wrap around. We went into St.Peters square and the queue for the Basilica was huuuge-hundreds queuing in the heat so we took it all in and went on our way.
The Pantheon we saw at night. There are some lovely little restaurants in the square where the pantheon is. We sat at a restaurant opposite and had a lovely little romantic dinner with a fabulous view of it lighting up and sipped wine for the evening.
I’d suggest buying 24/48/72 hr pass it gets you unlimited metro and bus journeys and starts at €7.
Bring your walking shoes that is for sure! Rome consists of a LOT of walking and sightseeing so have some comfy shoes with you. I put my wedges on for a photo and it was back into my good old birkenstocks. It’s all cobblestones so not worth the potential broken ankle and blisters.
2 days in Rome probably wasn’t enough..maybe 3 would have been better.
So glad I have Rome ticked off my list ..where to next?! A relaxing Sun hol I’m thinking.
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