Many people think a weekend in Rome is enough time to see everything in the city. However, the Eternal City has a lot to offer and we’re sure you don’t want to be stressed on holiday, so we recommend spending a week here.
In order to help you plan your vacation, we created this 7 days itinerary in Rome.
TIP: Pack some comfortable shoes, because lots and lots of walking will be involved!
Day 1: Explore Ancient Rome: Colosseum, Palatine Hill and Roman Forum
We all know that the Colosseum is the symbol of Rome, so you can not miss it! You definitely need to visit one of the most beautiful landmarks in the world.
Near the Colosseum, you will find Palatine Hill, one of the Seven Hills of Rome, considered to be the birthplace of the Italian capital. You will also find the Roman Forum nearby, the center of daily life in Ancient Rome, kind of the heart of the city.
Visiting the Colosseum usually takes around 2-3 hours, but you can combine everything in one guided tour that also includes the Palatine Hill and Roman Forum. We totally recommend you the Colosseum Guided Tour, to enhance your travel experience in Rome.
Day 2: Vatican Museums
The Vatican Museums are some of the largest museums in the world. Home to an enormous collection that varies from ancient Roman and Egyptian artefacts, religious objects, amazing paintings and even modern art, the 26 museums of the Vatican are by far the most popular destination in Rome, in part because of the marvellous Sistine Chapel. If you’d like to learn more about the Vatican Museums, we recommend you the Vatican Small Group Guided Tour.
Day 3: Rome Piazzas
Rome is known for its beautiful piazzas. There is a square in almost every corner of the city, each with its own unique architecture, history and atmosphere. Traditionally, the squares of Rome were used as gathering places for everything from political meetings, to casual lunches with friends, and many of them are still used for that! Among the most popular piazzas in Rome are: Piazza Navona, Piazza Venezia, Piazza di Spagna, Piazza del Popolo etc. If you want to explore the beautiful squares of Rome, we recommend you booking the Rome Piazzas Private Walking Tour.
Day 4: Castel Sant’Angelo
Castel Sant’Angelo known also as the Mausoleum of Hadrian was converted into a papal fortress in the 6th century and named after an angelic vision of the Pope Gregory the Great. Museo Nazionale Castel Sant’Angelo houses an impressive collection of paintings, sculptures, military memorabilia and medieval firearms. You can join the fascinating Castel Sant’Angelo Private Guided Tour to discover centuries of ancient history with a professional guide.
Day 5: The Pantheon
The Pantheon is the only ancient Roman building remained nearly intact. One of the most recognisable Roman buildings, the Pantheon is known as the temple of all gods. When the temple was built, the only source of light was the oculus in the center of the dome. A clever lighting trick is played out on 21 April, the founding date of Rome. At midday the sunlight hits the metal grille above the door, filling the entrance way with light. This would have illuminated the emperor in ancient times, reflecting his perceived status as a god on earth. There is also a myth that claims it never rains in the Pantheon. Are you curious to find out if this is true? We recommend you our Golf-cart private tour to discover the secrets of the Pantheon.
Day 6: Fountains of Rome
There are more than 2000 fountains in Rome and over 300 monumental fountains in the entire city. Every fountain has its own history and many have beautiful legends behind them. It is impossible to imagine Rome without its magical fountains. Since the ancient Roman times when water flowed freely from its aqueducts, the fountains of Rome are an invaluable artistic and cultural heritage. We recommend you to join our Fountains of Rome and the City of Water Walking Tour, to explore the wonderful fountains in the city and to find out the most amazing legends.
P.S: Don’t forget to throw some coins in the Trevi Fountain.
Day 7: Trastevere
Trastevere is one of the most beautiful and typical Italian neighbourhoods. This lively neighbourhood will make you feel like a real Italian, with its narrow cobblestone streets, colourful buildings, small bars and restaurants, people shopping everywhere and drinking espresso. Trastevere is also home to the best hidden gems of Rome, from historical churches and local food markets, to some of the city’s coolest restaurants. When you walk through the streets of Trastevere, you will be able to discover the most amazing and well-kept secrets of the Eternal City and feel the real Roman atmosphere. We’re sure you don’t want to miss this amazing neighbourhood, so we recommend you our History, Culture and Roman Cuisine Walking Tour in Trastevere.
Now, you know how to visit Rome in one week!
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