2 Days in Rome – An Itinerary for Classic Must-See Places in Italy

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There’s no question that Rome is one of the most beautiful and historically significant cities in the world and travelers just can’t seem to get enough of it. With its history, charm, and delicious food, it’s no wonder this ancient city is at the top of many people’s travel lists.

If you’re only going to have a couple of days in this magical place, here are some classic sights that you definitely don’t want to miss! From awe-inspiring churches and ancient ruins to charming piazzas and bohemian neighborhoods, Rome has something for everyone.

Keep reading for my top recommendations on the best classic places to visit during your 2 days in Rome. Get ready for an unforgettable adventure!

DAY 1: Colosseum, Roman Forum + Palatine Hill, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps

The historic center of Rome is a must-see for any traveler. These 6 iconic sites make up the list because they’re all within walking distance and provide an amazing introduction to this incredible city! You won’t want to miss any of these must-see places, especially if it’s your first trip to Rome.

Side of the Colosseum in daylight

1. Colosseum

Head to the Colosseum around 10 AM and start your tour of this magnificent place.

I would recommend at least an hour at the Colosseum, but you can spend as much time as you need here (we were here for 2+ hours).

But first, some history on the Colosseum.

In all honesty, my eyes glaze right over when the talk of history comes up, but I am so intrigued by the Colosseum and its past – so get ready to learn how the Colosseum came to be.

The Colosseum has been in existence since 70 A.D.ish. It was gifted to the Roman people by Emperor Vespasian. His son Titus restored it and opened it up as the Colosseum, also known as the Flavian amphitheater, in 80 A.D.

The Colosseum was opened up for 100 days of games in its prime time–this was your entertaining gladiator-type combat games for both humans and wild animals. This type of celebration occurred over the next 400 years until people’s opinions about combat games started to change and they were no longer interested.

Did you know? Gladiators were usually prisoners of war, criminals, or slaves.

Of course, during those 400 years, the Colosseum had also weathered natural disasters such as thunderstorms and earthquakes. Then it became a place for storing building materials for other areas in Rome, and finally was just neglected, abandoned, and vandalized.

In its prime days, the Colosseum was known as the biggest amphitheater in Rome; it could seat more than 50,000 spectators in the stands. The Colosseum is made up of stone and measures around 620 x 513 feet – that’s almost 3x the size of a football field! It’s also 3 stories tall with different types of columns on each floor.

A view of the arena ruins inside of the colosseum

Part of the Colosseum is indeed missing due to an earthquake in the 7th century and then instead of storing building materials, the people started using its materials to build other structures in the city. It wasn’t until the 1990s when restoration began on the Colosseum and now, it’s one of the most popular tourist sites in Rome.

Whew, with all that history you can now walk into the Colosseum and share some insights for those who need it. The Colosseum is massive and you are literally standing on history. I stood in wonder thinking about humanity all those centuries ago.

My roommate and I chose not to do any tours, but in hindsight, I really wish we booked a personal tour from a guide who knew tales of the Colosseum. I would recommend you look into booking a tour to get valuable information (that we clearly missed out on) and see it from a local’s knowledge.

This is the tour I would recommend, which also includes a tour of the Roman Forum and is about 3 hours long. Tours from GetYourGuide are also a great place to start too (see below)!

  • Operating Hours: 10:15 AM – 7:15 PM
  • Colosseum | Address: Piazza del Colosseo, 1, 00184 Roma RM, Italy
Overlooking the Roman Forum
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2. Roman Forum + Palatine Hill

After exploring the Colosseum, you’ll want to walk right next door to check out the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill.

In the ancient days, the Roman Forum was originally a marketplace – a venue for public speeches, criminal trials, and a meeting place. Shrines and royal residences were located in the Roman Forum too.

Today, the area holds some of the oldest structures in the world. One of them, and the most prominent, is the Temple of Saturn with 8 columns left standing. Saturn was the god of the Golden age and worshippers who sacrifice to him wished for financial success.

You’ll know the Temple of Saturn when you see it. It looks like the rest of the structure should be there, and it… just isn’t. I think it’s so cool that we have some of the oldest parts of history still standing!

Palatine Hill is the centermost hill and one of the 7 hills of Rome. It’s also one of the oldest areas of Rome, believed to be where the city of Rome originated from its founder Romulus. It overlooks the Roman Forum, which makes it so easy to stroll over and explore.

Ruins of Palatine Hill

Back in the day, Palatine Hill was a neighborhood mostly for the rich then Augustus, the first emperor of Rome, came and started building palaces on the hill and it slowly became the residence for the rulers of Rome including Tiberius, Domitian, and Nero.

While walking around Palatine Hill, you’ll be able to see the palaces of the past royals, some bathhouses, and more.

I would recommend at least 1 hour in the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill area, but you can easily spend up to 3 hours here. It’s that cool.

Marta at MamaLovesRome does a wonderful job of explaining all you need to know about visiting the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. You can check out her post here: Visiting the Roman Forum.

  • Operating Hours: 10:15 AM – 7:15 PM
  • Roman Forum + Palatine Hill | Address: Via della Salara Vecchia, 5/6, 00186 Roma RM, Italy

3. Pantheon

Next, walk a few minutes north and check out the Pantheon, a Christian church. It’s most notably known for its cylindrical shape and having the largest unreinforced concrete dome.

You’ll also notice the large columns lining the front: 8 in the front, and another 8 behind those. Again, pretty magnificent.

After seeing the ruins of the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill, you’ll be surprised to see how well-preserved the Pantheon is. The reason for this is that it was very well used over the years and the upkeep of the building needed to be consistent and continuous.

The original architect and origins of the Pantheon are unknown due to a lack of recordkeeping, but the current structure was designed by Marcus Agrippa (Emperor Augustus’ son-in-law) who wanted it to be a place of worship for the Roman gods.

From pagan worship to a Christian church, the Pantheon is in use today and there are masses held on Sundays. Visitors are asked to be respectful of the building and its religious proceedings.

It’s also the burial site of several artists and monarchs of Rome as well, including Vittorio Emanuele II who was Italy’s first king since the 6th century.

Visits to the Pantheon are free and the recommended time spent at the Pantheon is about 20-30 minutes walking around to view the beautiful design inside and gaze at the wonderous dome.

After seeing the Pantheon, you can take a break and find some lunch before heading out to see the Trevi Fountain.

  • Operating Hours: M-Sat: 8:30 AM – 7:30 PM; Sunday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM 
  • Pantheon | Address: Piazza Della Rotonda, 00186 Roma RM, Italy
Front view of the Trevi Fountain

4. Trevi Fountain

The Trevi Fountain with its beautiful Baroque design is a must-see for any traveler to Rome.

Standing at 86 feet tall and 161 feet wide, this 250+ year-old structure makes up one of Italy’s most recognized landmarks — not just in the city itself but across all of Europe as well!

In the olden days, it is said that a virgin and Roman technicians found a source of sacred water and wanted to bring it into the city center. The aqueduct that feeds the Trevi Fountain is called Aqua Virgo which is still in use today.

Fun fact: You can taste a bit of history by drinking the water in the surrounding fountains, but don’t drink from the Trevi — it’s illegal!

The words “tre” and “vie,” means 3 streets, which is how the fountain derives its name. The Trevi Fountain is at the junction of 3 streets. When you visit this amazing structure, you can bask in its history, and consider how the Ancient Romans also used the same flowing water.

The Trevi Fountain gets thousands of visitors every day and when they come, some choose to throw a coin. The saying goes that 1 coin will bring you back to Rome, 2 coins will find your love, and 3 coins will bring you marriage.

It’s illegal to steal money from the Trevi Fountain. However, the coins are collected at the end of the evening, usually around 3,000 Euros, and are donated to charity to help fund meals for the homeless in the city. How awesome is it that strangers can help the residents of Rome get a meal?

Trevi Fountain | Address: Piazza di Trevi, 00187 Roma RM, Italy

View of the Spanish steps from the bottom
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5. Spanish Steps

The Spanish Steps, as misleading as the name is, was financed by a French diplomat, Étienne Gueffier in the 1700s. The steps lead up to a church called Santissima Trinità dei Monti. This church is open for visitation where you can see paintings by Daniele da Volterra, a good friend of Michelangelo.

Even though it was built by a French diplomat, the Spanish Steps got its name from the plaza below known as “The Spanish Square” or Piazza di Spagna.

The “square” isn’t really a square but is shaped more like an hourglass where the thinnest area of the plaza has a fountain. The fountain was installed by Pope Urban VIII after he saw a boat washed up in the piazza and was impressed by it.

The Spanish Steps are an iconic stop during your 2 days in Rome. Today, the city of Rome has put a ban on sitting on the Spanish Steps to preserve them, but the area is still a pretty cool place to visit and watch people.

You can also read about my little mishap on the Spanish Steps when I was there.

View of the Spanish Steps from the top
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Seeing the Spanish Steps at the end of your first day can be really amazing. You can climb up the steps and look into the piazza below to watch the sunset.

  • Spanish Steps | Address: Piazza di Spagna, 00187 Roma RM, Italy

DAY 2: Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica + Square, Campo De Fiori, Trastevere

The Vatican Museums are a treasure trove of art and history. You’ll spend most of your time exploring the galleries, with their many must-see paintings by masters and seeing Michelangelo’s iconic frescos in the Sistine Chapel.

The Vatican City is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, so get ready!

Sign of the Vatican Museum in Italian
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1. Vatican Museums

The Vatican Museums are located in the city-state of Vatican City (read more about what the Vatican City is all about with that link) and comprise a total of 54 museums, making it one of the most important sets of museums in the whole world.

I would say the Vatican Museums make it on the “once-in-a-lifetime must-visit” bucket list.

With so much history behind the Vatican Museums, you’ll need to read up on it here to fully understand how they came to be: Vatican Museums, Rome.

Essentially, Pope Julius II had some private works he was keeping back in the day, and from there, various popes kept adding to the galleries over the centuries, creating different rooms for them.

Today, the Vatican has around 70,000 pieces of artwork with only 20,000 of them available for public viewing. So even though there are 54 museums in Vatican City, there are 1,400 rooms to hold all the artwork. That’s amazing and crazy at the same time!

Now you can’t see all of them in a day, but listed here are the most popular must-see galleries. (The Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica will get their own paragraphs below.)

The spiral staircase inside the Vatican Musuems
  • Raphael’s Rooms: One of the most famous Renaissance paintings in the world is located in Raphael’s Rooms called The School of Athens. He was an artist Pope Julius II hired to decorate his house. Raphael’s School of Athens shows the faces of his friends, such as Aristotle, Plato, Leonardo da Vinci, and more.
  • Galleria degli Arazzi: Also known as the Tapestry Hall, you’ll see floor to ceiling tapestries on each side of the wall woven with wool, silk, gold, and silver threads. On the left, you’ll see Jesus – make eye contact and walk by to see if He’s watching you. Take a glance at the ceiling while you’re here.
  • Galleria delle Carte Geografiche: Also known as the Maps Gallery, the gallery has a magnificent ceiling with a floor-to-ceiling hallway of Italy maps Italy. Even though they were designed centuries back, it’s amazing to see how accurate some of the maps are!
  • The Spiral Staircase: Usually seen at the end of your museum experience, the spiral staircase is the exit out of the Vatican Museums. If you are with a tour guide, you might not exit here, so ask to see them beforehand!
The ceiling of the maps gallery

There is, of course, more to see at the Vatican Museums and you can spend your whole day here. Every time you go, there will probably be something new for you to see. However, these are the classic stops in the Vatican Museums if you only have 2 days in Rome.

Again, my roommate and I decided to tour ourselves when visiting the Vatican Museums. We were able to take our own time strolling through the galleries and enjoyed everything.

Painting of The School of Athens
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If there is a time to book tickets in advance, the Vatican Museum is the time to do so. Although the Vatican Museums are limiting tickets, you can still be in line for a while.

Book your tickets so you can skip the line!

However, if you would prefer to book a tour, you can choose one of these below that best fits your needs.

I would recommend planning 2-3 hours at the Vatican Museums.

  • Operating Hours: M-Th: 8:30 AM – 6:30 PM; F-Sat: 8:30 AM – 10:30 PM
  • Vatican Museums | Address: 00120 Vatican City
A picture of Michelangelo's "The Creation of Adam"
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2. Sistine Chapel

The Sistine Chapel is probably the number 1 reason why most people venture into the Vatican Museums – the Sistine Chapel alone brings over 5 million visitors!

Back in 1503, Pope Julius II (the guy who hired all these new painters) invited Michelangelo to come and give the Sistine Chapel an update by painting its ceiling, but he was very hesitant to do so.

Michelangelo considered himself a sculptor and was actually working on building the Pope’s tomb, but he chose to paint anyway.

Fun fact: New popes are elected in the Sistine Chapel: white smoke means a new pope was elected and black smoke means there wasn’t a 2/3 vote.

The Sistine Chapel is home to many incredible works of art, but none are more famous than “The Creation Of Adam” where God and Adam are seen reaching out to each other, almost touching fingers.

Some believe that the outline behind God and the angels look like a human brain and one theory even suggests that it is God bestowing intelligence on humans.

Michelangelo was obsessed with the human body and studied cadavers, so he would have been very familiar with the shape of the human brain; it’s very possible that shape really is the human brain!

If you take a step back and glance around the whole chapel, you’ll see several depictions of stories from Genesis. On the West wall of the chapel, you’ll find a less famous, but still spectacular painting called “The Last Judgement” where God has come down to judge humanity.

Bigger view of the Sistine chapel's ceiling
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The Sistine Chapel will be your last stop before exiting the museum, which means you’ll have to go through the whole Vatican Museums to get there.

It also means that you won’t have to purchase a separate ticket as the Sistine Chapel would be included.

There are rules for entering the chapel, such as no talking, and you can stay as long as you want to admire all the paintings and ceiling.

You are not allowed to take photos in the Sistine Chapel, so you may be asked to put your electronics away. There isn’t a dress code, but since it is a chapel, I would recommend wearing long pants or a skirt and a shirt with sleeves.

Recommended time at the Sistine Chapel is 20-30 minutes as you can spend as much or as little time as you’d like here. The whole chapel is one large room.

  • Operating Hours: 9 AM – 4PM, closed on Sundays
  • Sistine Chapel | Address: 00120 Vatican City
St. Peter's Basilica in dayllight
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3. St. Peter’s Basilica + Square

St. Peter’s Basilica is located in Vatican City. It is known as the largest church in the world and one of the most important buildings in Christian history. St. Peter’s Basilica is also where the pope resides today.

The basilica dates back to around 324 A.D. when Emperor Constantine had a church built over Peter’s tomb. In the 1500s, Pope Julius II had a larger basilica made to replace the old one, and so today we have a ginormous, beautiful building.

Did you know? “Basilica” means a large, public building with many functions. It is also the term a pope gives to certain churches for special privileges.

The Pieta, a sculpted masterpiece created by Michelangelo, adds enchantment and beauty to the basilica. It depicts an angelic Virgin Mary holding Jesus’s crucified body in her lap–it is quite moving! I

t is believed to have sat on the ground for casual viewing, but today this beautiful work can be found behind bulletproof glass in a small chapel.

Outside of St. Peter’s Basilica is St. Peter’s Square or Piazza San Pietro. In the mid-1600s, Pope Alexander VII hired architect and sculptor Gian Lorenzo Bernini to create a square that would match the awesomeness of St. Peter’s Basilica — and he does just that.

View of St. Peter's square from above with views of the symmetrical "arms"
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The columns, or colonnades, of St Peter’s Basilica, are known for their symmetrical design; each row of colonnades has 4 columns. Bernini created them to resemble arms embracing people who enter the church, with the columns holding up 140 statues on top representing multiple saints and leaders of the Church.

St. Peter’s Basilica and square a free to visit; however, the lines for the basilica can get pretty long especially if you plan to visit after the Vatican Museums.

You can stand in line, book a guided tour to skip the line, or add a tour to your Vatican Museums’ guided tour ticket to visit the church.

  • Operating Hours: 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • St. Peter’s Basilica + Square | Address: 00120 Vatican City
rows of liquor in Campo de Fiori

4. Campo De Fiori

After making your way through the Vatican City, make a stop at Campo De Fiori for lunch. You’ll find local produce, meats, and, of course, flowers. Throughout the market, you’ll also find local food shops and bakeries to have a picnic if the weather is nice.

Before this area was a square, it was a flower meadow in the 15th century. When Pope Callixtus III put down paved roads, the whole area became a cultural and commercial focus. Today, Campo De Fiori is probably the oldest market in the country.

If you stay in the area towards the evening, you’ll find the square come to life with young people coming out to enjoy drinks or a meal. For more information about the market, visit the website.

  • Operating Hours: 8 AM – 2 PM
  • Campo De Fiori | Address: Piazza Campo de’ Fiori, 00186 Roma RM, Italy
A cobblestone street and building in Trastevere
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5. Trastevere

Head on over to Trastevere and explore this beautiful bohemian neighborhood. You’ll find colorful buildings with ivy overhanging, great pubs and restaurants, and get a glimpse of authentic Roman life.

  • Basilica di Santa Maria: Known as one of the oldest churches in Rome, the beauty is on the inside with gilded gold mosaics from the 11oos and moving artwork.
  • Orto Botanico and the Gianicolo: Also known as the Botanic gardens, visit the bamboo grove and cool down in the Japanese gardens found here.
  • Piazza Trilussa: Located in the heart of Trastevere, find re-orient yourself at Piazza Trilussa. You’ll find people mingling here or enjoying a drink.
  • Food or Walking Tour: With so many restaurants to choose from, you can get a grand tour of the best food from a local guide.
  • Take pictures of this beautiful neighborhood: You’ll be bound to get some amazing pictures to share with your family and friends. Capture the narrow streets, the cobblestoned paths, and the colorful buildings.
  • Check out the nightlife: At night is where Trastevere comes to life. Grab a drink or sit down at a restaurant and enjoy the life of this small Roman neighborhood.

Map of Things to do for 2 Days in Rome

Key: Dark Blue: Day 1 – Historical center; Orange: Day 2 – Vatican City + Trastevere; Purple: Restaurants

Rome: A Very Brief History

According to myth, Rome was founded when Romulus killed his brother Remus to rule the city. Both brothers were believed to be sons of Mars, the god of war, and were sent away in a basket on the Tiber river — the king feared one of the boys would overtake his throne. A she-wolf found and raised them and they ended up killing the king anyway.

This is bringing back some 6th-grade history…

an overview of the city of Rome
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The truth, though, is the origins of Rome weren’t really written down so we don’t actually know what happened. What historians do know is that Rome started off with multi-cultural people in a small town. When Rome won the Pyrrhic War against Italy in 280ish B.C., the Greeks took notice.

It gets a little fuzzy, but Rome continues to win wars and by the time there was writing about this great city, Rome was an emerging imperial power complete with emperors.

As you read through the itinerary, it had contain more history than any other itinerary I’ve written. Rome has a long and deep history and you can’t see the eternal city without understanding its history.

Take it in, learn something new, and when you’re visiting this amazing city, you’ll be standing among centuries of history.

**Most of my historical research comes from britannica.com and history.com.

View of the city of Rome

The Best Time to Visit Rome

The best time to visit Rome is in the months of September-November. The best month, however, is October when the city comes alive with color. The days are a perfect 70°F with cooler nights at 50°F. You’ll also miss the crowds during this time as well.

May is also another great time to visit Rome with similar temperatures as the fall. You’ll be in the city just before the influx of tourists coming in the summer months.

Avoid Rome in the summer if possible as those are the hottest months, with the most tourists, and the longest wait times for activities.

How to Pack for 2 Days in Rome

Pafoua and roommate in Colosseum

When visiting in the fall or May, pack a light jacket for the cooler evenings. In the daytime, you can get away with shorts and a t-shirt, or even jeans.

For the Vatican Museums, you’ll need to make sure to follow the dress code: shorts or skirts below the knees for women (pants are good, too), no sleeveless or low-cut tops, and men must take off their hats when entering.

You can pack an extra outfit to change into after all the walking or sightseeing. However, for 2 days in Rome, you are good to go with 3 shirts, 2 bottoms, a dress, and a light jacket.

Places to Eat in Rome

The number one food I wanted to try in Rome was pizza. To get this, after your visit to the Vatican Museum, stop at The Pizzarium and get yourself a slice or 2. The owner Gabriele Bonci has created slices with cured meats and cheeses and local produce. The menu may differ from day to day, but you’ll be sure to get something tasty here.

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Chef Arcangelo Dandini opened up a street-food-type restaurant with finger foods right in the center of Rome. In between visits to these classic places in Rome, stop by Supplizio to grab some Roman rice balls and fried classics like crocchette di patate (potato croquettes) or crema fritta (pastry cream).

Grab a drink at Ma Che Siete Venuti A Fà when you’re in Trastevere. This pub has various draft beers from Italy, Belgium, Germany, and the U.K. If you don’t know what to order, the staff can recommend something to your taste.

Trapizzino is a small food chain with locations all over Italy. They offer sandwiches made from pizza crusts and shaped like a triangle. You can grab this affordable meal on the go anywhere, but the location in Trastevere will have seating if that’s what you prefer.

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You cannot visit Rome and not try gelato, my weakness. You can get this delicious treat anywhere in Italy and it will be delicious. However, if you want the best of best, grab a cone (or cup if that’s you) at Otaleg! which is super creamy and made from high-quality ingredients.

Read next: 21 Best Foodie Cities in Europe For Food Enthusiasts

Where to Stay in Rome

Even though it’s not central to all the sights you’ll be visiting, a stay in the bohemian neighborhood of Trastevere will give you a taste of local life and be in foodie heaven. You’ll find Italian cobblestoned streets and beautiful buildings.

a hotel room in Tree Charme: a bed with a chair to view the outdoors at the window
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For budget travel, book a stay at Hostel Trastevere which is right next to Trastevere Old Town and various restaurants. On the property, there is an outdoor terrace to enjoy the Italian air in the evening (or early morning if that’s you), a kitchen, common areas, and other amenities.

Another great place to stay is at the Tree Charme Hotel with elegant rooms and outdoor terraces as well. They offer great amenities like free wifi, a private bathroom, a flatscreen, and more. It’s also in a great location for access to visit all the sites in this itinerary as well.

Colosseo metro stop in Rome
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How to Get Around Rome

For the historic area of Rome (i.e. the Colosseum, Roman Forum, etc.), you can easily walk from one site to another as each place is within 10-15 minutes of walking. Within the walls of the Vatican City, walking is also best as the city is enclosed by walls.

To get to the Vatican City, you’ll need to either take the metro or a taxi as the city is further out from the historical heart of Rome. To use the metro, you’ll need to purchase a pass either in the metro station or a convenience store to get onto the subway busses.

The easiest way to purchase a metro pass is to get a 48-hour pass so you can ride unlimited amounts of times within your 2 days in Rome.

You can start on the blue metro line for the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill (Colosseo stop), You’ll be able to stay on the orange metro line for the Spanish Steps (Spagna stop), Trevi Fountain (Barbarini stop), and the Vatican Museum (Ottaviano stop).

For any switches from the blue to orange lines, you’ll need to stop at Termini so you can transfer to a different line.

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Safety in Rome

Tourists may encounter petty crimes such as pickpockets or groups of con artists who try to distract visitors and snatch their bags. Keep your belongings close to you and walk with a purpose.

For taxis, grab the official white ones and ask them to turn on the meter so you don’t get scammed into paying for more than you should. Sometimes thieves may slash tires while cars are on the road, which can delay your trip and put you in danger. My advice? Go on foot if you can or take the metro. You’ll save money and avoid these antics.

Rome is full of scammers so beware. Check ATMs before inserting your cards, check your change to make sure it’s real money you’re getting back, and keep your eyes on your surroundings so you don’t get surprised. Don’t buy any tickets from people in the streets, rather purchase them ahead of time or directly at the location you are wanting to see.

Final Thoughts on 2 Days in Rome

Rome is a city that will enchant you and leave you with memories for the rest of your life. With cobblestone streets, grand buildings, and centuries-old churches it’s easy to see why this is one of Italy’s most popular tourist destinations.

If there are any places on your bucket list in Rome or if you’re just looking for ideas about what to do while visiting, I hope this itinerary gives you a spark of ideas!

This 2-day itinerary includes all the classic must-see spots so no matter how much time you have at your disposal (or whether travel plans change) there’ll always be something new waiting for you here.

What’s on your personal Rome bucket list? What excites you most about visiting Italy’s capital for 2 days? Leave some comments below!

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My Favorite Travel Tips + Resources

Here is a quick glance at all my go-to travel tips and resources that I use to plan every trip! For more information, check out my travel resources page.

  • Booking flights: I use Google Flights to check all routes and find the best flights. Then I compare them with Expedia (for reward points) and Skyscanner (for the lowest prices) before I book.
  • Accommodations: I love budget-friendly rentals or booking at a hotel where I can earn points. For hotels, I go through Booking.com or book directly with Marriott (for points + rewards). When I travel internationally, I’ll book through Hostelworld for very budget-friendly stays. For vacation rentals, I usually look through Airbnb, but you could also use Vrbo. Expedia also has some great bundles for hotels, flights, and car rentals altogether.
  • Transportation: For travel in the United States, I love renting through Expedia with Enterprise or Thrifty. They have been consistent and provide the best customer service. For international travel, I’ll book through Rome2Rio or Eurail for trains or bus fares.
  • Travel Credit Card: I book all my travel (flights, hotels, car rentals) through my favorite travel credit card. I also use this card for everything on my trip including dining, excursions, and souvenirs. Apart from earning 5x more points towards free travel, there are amazing benefits: no foreign transaction fees, trip cancellation/interruption insurance, trip delay reimbursement (so I can book worry-free), fraud protection, emergency assistance – it’s really a great deal! Check it out here!
  • Vaccines and Medications: Check the CDC website for updates on necessary vaccines to enter a country, including updates on Covid-19 and recommended places to visit. I recommend getting all the vaccines you need before you go!
  • Tours + Experiences: I absolutely love my tours! Everything from eerie walking ghost tours to food tours, I’ll usually book something every trip either through Viator or GetYourGuide. I also love LastMinute.com for very affordable tickets to theaters and other experiences in Europe.
  • What to Pack: I almost always travel by backpack. For products I like, check out my packing guide page for all the things I take with me on different trips.