The best Rome itinerary for a weekend trip

The best Rome itinerary for a weekend trip

Rome – the “eternal city”. I am sure that visiting Rome is one of the things on everyone’s “bucket list”. There is no person who doesn’t want to go to Rome at least once in life. Every visitor to Rome is amazed by all the sides of this magnificent city. There is energy, youth, culture, life, great food and wine, history, architecture. Rome is vibrant, a vast city who will catch your heart at first sight and you will always want to come back.

First time in my life I went to Rome this autumn and i was thrilled to have an opportunity to be there. Before coming, i did some research on the easiest (and cheapest) ways to visit the best places in Rome in 2 days of my “tour”. Rome is a big city and visiting everything will be time-consuming.

A fool is one who admires other cities without visiting Rome.โ€ โ€“ Francesco Petrarca 

My goal was to visit the main attractions of the city in a short time and to experience most of this gorgeous city. I didn’t want to arrange a tour guide or tours that can be very fast. Instead, I created my own guide to all the best places in Rome in 48 hours. Here is introduced the best Rome itinerary for a few days in Rome and you want to experience most of this gorgeous city.

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Rome Itinerary – Day 1.

The nearest point to Rome Termini, where my hotel was located, is Colosseum, so i decided that to take it as a starting point of the Rome itinerary. Colosseum is only 3 station far from Termini Railway Station. If u choose to go there by metro ticket will cost you 1,80 euro for 90 min. Entrance fee to Colosseum is 12 EUR and it includes admissions to Roman Forum and Palatine Hill – three stunning sites that are must see. Buying a ticket is a challenge for itself, thus i recommend you to book a ticket online in advance or simply come early in the morning and skip an endless queue.


The Colosseum is the largest Roman amphitheatre that is ever built. It could host around 80.000 spectators back in time. It’s a special feeling being at this place and reviving a time of gladiators. Or time when animal fights were the main entertainment for wealthy people. Even it was destroyed many times over the thousands of years, Colosseum remained a symbol of the city. It is a fascinating structure that survived many catastrophes from the 1st century A.D. when it was built. However, it remains a place for millions of tourists around the world.

The Coloseum
The Colosseum

Palatine Hill

On the left side of the Colosseum is Palatine Hill. This is one of the Seven Hills that Rome was built on and one of the oldest parts of the city. It stands 40 meters above the Roman Forum, looking down upon. In Ancient Rome, it was considered one of the most respectable neighbourhoods in the city and home of aristocrats and emperors. Today, the Palatine hill is an extensive archaeological site. Ruins of the Flavian Palace and Stadium of Domitian can still be seen, along with the legendary Hut of Romulus. Palatine is something of green heaven. I enjoyed visiting all those amazing, well-preserved frescoes of ancient Roman life.

The Roman Forum

Down the hill and after you cross beautiful, baroque garden from 18th Century it stretches the Roman Forum. It was the epicentre of religious and public life in Rome. The Forum is, along with the Colosseum, the greatest sign of the splendour of the Roman Empire that can be seen today. It is a huge place that requires a lot of walking there. Be prepared with water and some snacks!

The famous squares in Rome

Five minutes after the Roman Forum on the left you will reach Piazza Venezia or Venice Square. At first, it doesn’t seem to be a regular square as there is always a lot of traffic. One part of the Piazza is the site of Italy’s Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, part of the Monument to Vittorio Emanuele II, the first king of Italy.

The Vittorio Emanuele II Monument, also known as the Vittoriano, Il Vittoriano, or Altare de la Patria, is a monument built in honour of Victor Emmanuel II, the first king of a unified Italy.

This monument is one of the oldest civil Renaissance buildings in Rome. In 1916. it was acquired by the Italian government. Mussolini used the building as its headquarter and made speeches to the Italian people from the balcony.

Throw a coin into Di Trevi fountain

Di Trevi Fountain

From Piazza Venezia through Via Nationale on the left side, you will see a small street Via Della Pilotta. If you go all the way that street you will reach the famous Trevi Fountain. This is the largest baroque fountain in the city and. It is said that if you toss a coin over your shoulder you will come back to Rome. It is a great fountain, indeed, however, it is full of tourists trying to take pictures like me. Finding even tiniest place for a good shot seems impossible! My advice is to visit a fountain at night as it is even more beautiful thanks to night reflectors.

โ€œRome is not like any other city. Itโ€™s a big museum, a living room that shall be crossed on oneโ€™s toes.โ€ โ€“ Alberto Sordi.

Left from the fountain you should cross Via Del Tritone, which will guide to Piazza De Spagna and well known Spanish steps. The Spanish Steps are a set of steps, between the Piazza di Spagna at the base and Piazza Trinitร  dei Monti, dominated by the Trinitร  dei Monti church at the top. Spanish steps are the main place for chilling on sunny days so definitely should be on your Rome travel itinerary.

I really like the area around Trevi fountain as there are a lot of charming restaurants, pubs, and stores where you can purchase souvenirs, handcraft. I am not a fan of buying fridge magnets, but going back home without Italian pasta and original olive oil is a “no-no”. At this point, you can seat and have some espresso, eat pizza margarita as you will need energy if you decide to go further on our trip. After refreshment, walk through the street called Via Del Babuino and you will directly arrive at Piazza Del Popolo if you still have some energy.

Rome Itinerary-Day 2.

best rome itinerary

On the next day, our second Rome travel itinerary started from River Side and St. Angel Castle that is nearby Vatican. Sadly, i did not have an opportunity to visit the Vatican this time due to lack of time, hopefully, i will in one of my next visits to Rome.

If you walk from the opposite side of the Castle you will get to one long street. It is called Via Corso Vittorio Emanuele II that is full of beautiful churches, stores, pubs. From there you can reach another famous square – Piazza Navona, known by beautiful fountains. It is built in first century AD and the ancient Romans used this place for “games”, and hence it was known as “Circus Agonalis” or “competition arena”.

Piazza Navona

In the last centuries, Piazza Navona was transformed into a highly significant example of Baroque Roman architecture and art. In the centre stands the famous “Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi” or “Fountain of the Four Rivers” designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini in the 17th century and topped by the Obelisk of Domitian. There are two other fountains also very beautiful and famous.

The piazza is one of Romeโ€™s liveliest squares, full of tourists, portrait painters, vendors, musicians, mime artists, shops and restaurants. It is a place where you can seat in one of the cafes with a view at the square and it’s surrounding renaissance buildings, have cappuccino or gelato, enjoy in the music of the street musicians. Truly romantic place capturing authentic atmosphere of Italy.

Beautiful churches in Rome

Next to Piazza Navona is located church called Sant Agnese in Agone. It is one of the many churches in Rome. Every church is in baroque still and you can easily spend hours by just watching mosaic, painting on the ceiling and richness of the colours and design.


The Pantheon

Another remarkable building to see was the great Pantheon.
It is the best preserved Ancient Roman monument that successfully survived the damage of time and gravity. It’s still intact with all its splendour and beauty. The word “pantheon” is a Greek adjective meaning โ€œin the honour to all Godsโ€. In fact, the Pantheon was built as a pagan temple at first, glorifying all the gods. It was converted to a Catholic church in 7th century A.D. As soon as you enter Pantheon you will look at the giant dome, with its famous hole in the top (The eye of the Pantheon). An interesting fact is that distance from the floor to the top of the dome is exactly equal to its diameter.

Piazza De Popolo

The Pantheon is one of the monuments that is truly revealing the glory of the Ancient Roman Empire. Close to Pantheon is one very famous street in Rome – Via Del Corso. It’s a quite long street, well-known among shopping lovers. There are numerous shopping stores, but I can say on the pricy side. However, even if you do not have intentions to buy anything, walking all the way this street will be also fun. At the end of it, you will reach another great place – Piazza Del Popolo.

piazza del popolo
Piazza Del Popollo and Pinzio Terrace

Piazza Del Popolo is a well-known square with Egypt obelisk in the centre of it. Catch some sun here and then take stairs on the left. You will reach Pincio Park. From Pincio Terrasse you will have an impressive view of the square as well as the city so do not miss the opportunity to capture that. Pincio park is in other hands, a great place for families and kids. You can rent a bike, have lunch or espresso. Or you can just seat at the bench and enjoy in the silence and have some “gelato”. Again, there was another great day behind us in Rome.

How to get to Rome from another city in Italy?

If you are travelling to Rome from another city in Italy (or vice versa) i can highly recommend you to take a train. Rome central station is Rome Termini and is well connected with all the other cities in Italy. You can get everywhere in just a few hours. For example, i was travelling from Rome Termini to Milan central station just 3h and 30 minutes and the ticket was around 45 EUR. Check out the best travelling guide in Milan also: Travel guide for a weekend trip to Milan

Booking a ticket in advance can be even more affordable so you can visit sites or Railway in Italy is a super efficient, fast and comfortable and most popular way of transportation, thus do not bother to use domestic flights for travelling around Italy.

The last tip is that you always carry a map on your weekend trip to Rome. It is a huge city and not everyone knows what site is where. The map of main attractions you can find here.

Enjoy in this beautiful city and let me know what did u like the most!

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