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If you are planning your first visit to Rome and have limited time, this Rome itinerary is perfect for you. With 2 days in Rome, you have just enough time to visit the highlights. Tour the Vatican, enjoy the amazing view from St. Peter’s Basilica, marvel at the Colosseum, get a history lesson at the Roman Forum, and stroll through the heart of Rome, with its colorful piazzas and ancient historical sights.

In this article, get the full details on how to spend a perfect 2 days in Rome. Learn how to skip the lines, where to stay, where to eat, and much more. Let us take the guesswork out of planning your dream trip to Rome.

 

 

Rome Itinerary Day 1

Colosseum, Roman Forum & the Historic City Center

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The Colosseum

For many first-time visitors to Rome, the Colosseum tops the must-do list. And why not? This is a marvel of ancient engineering.

Dating back to 80 AD, this is the largest amphitheater that was ever built at the time. It could hold up to 80,000 people, spectators who were drawn here to watch gladiatorial contests, executions, animal hunts, and re-enactments of famous battles. It is one of the seven New Wonders of the World.

In 2019, this was the most popular tourist attraction in the world, with 7.6 million visitors.

With that being said, expect BIG crowds at the Colosseum. For the best experience, you will need to book your tickets in advance or join a skip-the-line tour, in order to avoid spending your valuable time in line.

Colosseum 2 days in Rome itinerary

Inside the Colosseum | 2 Days in Rome Itinerary

How to Avoid the Crowds at the Colosseum

Lines tend to be long to get into the Colosseum, even first thing in the morning.

We highly recommend buying your entrance ticket in advance. It costs an extra €2 per ticket for the online reservation fee, but this is worth it to avoid standing in long lines.

If tickets are sold out for your dates of travel, I recommend joining a skip-the-line tour of the Colosseum. You will spend a little more money than purchasing your tickets directly from the Colosseum website, but you will save a lot of time. And if you only have 2 days in Rome, your time is very valuable. 

If lines are long and you do not have advance tickets or you do not want to join a skip-the-line tour, you have two options that might cut down on your waiting time: go first to the Roman Forum (you can get a combo-ticket to later skip the Colosseum lines), or get in line at the Colosseum for the audio-guide. If you purchase the audio-guide, I read that you get to bypass the main ticket lines. If even you don’t plan on using the audio guide, it might be worth paying for it if lines are very long.

Inside the Colosseum 2 days in Rome itinerary

Visiting the Colosseum

On your visit to the Colosseum, you can either wander through it on your own, take the audio guide tour, or join a guided tour (this should be booked in advance). Most visits last 1 to 3 hours.

To buy your tickets in advance and learn more about the “add-on” ticket, visit the official Colosseum ticket office website here.

Hours: Hours vary by season. Click here to get hours for your dates of visit.
Cost: €16 (+ €2 online reservation fee) for the combo-ticket that gets you in to the Roman Forum, Palatine Hill, and the Colosseum; there is also a Full Experience ticket that also includes a visit to the Colosseum arena and underground area for €22
Website: Get updated hours and pricing here. 

Roma Pass: If you have the Roma Pass, you must make your reservation to visit the Colosseum in advance. There is a €2 reservation fee. Click here for more information. 

Getting Here: The closest metro stop is Colosseo. When you exit the metro station, the Colosseum will be right in front of you.

The Roman Forum and Palatine Hill

The Roman Forum is the historical center of Rome. This is ancient Rome, a complex of government buildings, temples, and marketplaces from 2000 years ago. Palatine Hill is one of the seven hills of Rome. It sits next to the Roman Forum. There are several archaeological sites here and you get a nice view over the Roman Forum. 

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Roman Forum | 2 Days in Rome Itinerary

There are several entrances into the Roman Forum. The Palatine Hill entrance on Via di San Gregorio usually has the shortest line. Enter here, and later, exit at the gate nearest the Colosseum.

If you like the idea of visiting the Colosseum and Roman Forum with an experienced guide, this highly rated tour includes access to the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill.

Lunch Break

Just a short walk from the Roman Forum is La Prezzemolina. This highly rated restaurant serves Italian street food and pizza at budget-friendly prices.

A Stroll through the Historic City Center

The afternoon is spent strolling through some of Rome’s most colorful spots. The Spanish Steps, the Trevi Fountain, and the Pantheon all make the list.

Below is a map of the walking route from the Spanish Steps to Campo de Fiori. We end in Piazza Navona and Campo de Fiori because these are wonderful, scenic squares to grab a table, and drink, before having dinner.

If you prefer to walk the streets of Rome with a guide, this afternoon walking tour includes the Spanish Steps, the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, and Piazza Navona. And this is another highly rated walking tour of the historic center of Rome that includes gelato or coffee. 

This walk starts at the Spanish Steps. To get here from the Colosseum, take the metro from Colosseo (line B, direction Conca d’Orco or Rebibbia). Transfer at Termini to line A, direction Batitstini, and take the metro 3 stops to Spagna. The Spagna metro station is located at the top of the Spanish Steps.

Spanish Steps

Expect the Spanish Steps to be crowded midday. Because of the crowds and the large number of tourists, beware of pickpockets here.

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Spanish Steps | 2 Days in Rome Itinerary

At the top of the steps is Trinita dei Monti. From here, it’s a nice view back out over the Spanish Steps and over the rooftops of Rome.

PRO TRAVEL TIP:  Tired and need a break? Think twice about having a seat on the Spanish Steps. In 2019, a new law was put in place to crack down on “bad behavior” in Rome. If you are caught sitting on the Spanish Steps, you risk paying a €400 fine.

The Trevi Fountain

The Trevi Fountain is one of Rome’s most famous icons. Fendi funded the most recent renovation, which took over one year to complete. State of the art LED lights illuminate the fountain…it is an awesome sight to see!

Trevi Fountain

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Legend has it that if you throw a coin into the Trevi Fountain, you will be ensured a visit to Rome. This is such a popular activity that an estimated $1.5 million USD was thrown into the fountain in 2016!

Hours: Always open
Cost: Free

The Pantheon

The Pantheon is old. Really old. The Romans were master builders and the Pantheon is one of their most amazing accomplishments.

Construction of the Pantheon was completed around 120 AD. Just think about what this building survived…barbarian raids, wars, earthquakes, and the natural aging of 1900 years of wind, rain, and even snow. For 1300 years, this was the largest dome in the world, until the completion of St. Peter’s Basilica during the Renaissance. But the best part of the Pantheon is the oculus, the circular window in the top of the dome, the only source of light inside of the building.

When you first walk up to it, the Pantheon looks like an ancient, bulky, worn-out building. But inside, it looks surprisingly nothing like the exterior. It’s beautiful in the inside, with colorful Italian marble and the very unique lighting from the oculus.

Outside of Pantheon 2 days in Rome itinerary

The Pantheon | 2 Days in Rome Itinerary

 

Pantheon 2 days in Rome itinerary

Inside the Pantheon | 2 Days in Rome Itinerary

Hours: Daily from 9 am to 7 pm, last entry at 6:30 pm. Get updated hours on the link below. 
Cost: Free
Website: www.pantheonroma.com

Piazza Navona

This huge, colorful piazza is a joy to visit. It’s filled with cafes, fountains, and lots of people. This is a great spot to take a break and enjoy a cup of coffee or glass of wine while people watching.

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Piazza Navona | 2 Days in Rome Itinerary

 

Italian Cafe 2 days in Rome itinerary

Campo de Fiori

Similar to Piazza Navona, Campo de Fiori is smaller and filled with more stalls and shops than restaurants.

Campo de Fiori 2 days in Rome itinerary

Campo de Fiori | 2 Days in Rome Itinerary

This is our final stop of the day. However, if you still have plenty of time left, consider walking across the Tiber River to Trastevere, a great neighborhood to wander and have dinner. We had a wonderful dinner at Carlo Menta.

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Rome Itinerary Day 2

Vatican City & the Borghese Gallery

Vatican City

Vatican City is the smallest country in the world. This is where the Pope calls home.

There are three big sites to visit in Vatican City: the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica.

The lines to enter the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel are legendary. We are talking up to 3-hour waits on the busiest days. Mid-mornings tend to be the busiest time to tour the Vatican. In the afternoon, crowds tend to lessen, at least a little bit. To avoid the worst of the crowds, the best times to visit Vatican City are first thing in the morning and just before closing time.

How to Avoid the Long Lines at the Vatican

Book Your Tickets in Advance. Here is the link to the official Vatican Museums website to book your tickets in advance. If you purchase your tickets online in advance, you will skip the ticket line to enter the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, which can literally save you up to 3 hours on the busiest of days. These tickets go on sale 60 days in advance and tickets sell out very quickly. If tickets are sold out for your dates of travel, I recommend purchasing your tickets through GetYourGuide or joining a skip-the-line tour to avoid waiting in line.

Join a Skip-the-Line Tour. There are numerous skip-the-line tours that include the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel, such as this highly rated tour.

Early Morning Vatican Tour. This is a pricier option, but if you want to visit the Vatican without the crowds, this is a great tour. Starting bright and early at 7:30 am, you get to visit the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel before they officially open to the public.

Visiting the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel

On this Rome itinerary, you will visit the Vatican first thing in the morning. Reserve your tickets for the first time slot (9 am). Start at the Vatican Museums and visit the Sistine Chapel.

Vatican Museum 2 days in Rome itinerary

The Vatican | 2 Days in Rome Itinerary

To get here, take the metro, line A, to the Ottaviano or Cipro stations.

Cost: €17, €4 online reservation fee
Hours: Monday through Saturday 9 am – 6 pm; last entry at 4 pm
Closed Sundays, except the last Sunday of the month (9 am – 2 pm, free)
Dress Code: Men: no shorts. Women: no bare shoulders and no shorts or skirt shorter than knee length

St. Peter’s Basilica

St. Peter’s Basilica is the largest church in the world. It is also considered to be the most renowned work of Renaissance architecture.

St Peters Basilica

St. Peter’s Basilica | 2 Days in Rome Itinerary

 

St Peters Basilica

Inside St. Peter’s Basilica | 2 Days in Rome Itinerary

St. Peter’s Basilica is a separate visit from the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel. Like the Vatican Museums, lines can be long to enter the Basilica, however, they are not quite as legendary.

To skip the line to enter St. Peter’s Basilica, consider taking a tour. This guided tour also includes the dome climb. And this tour includes the dome, a visit to St. Peter’s tomb, and a visit to the underground grottoes. 

To get here from the Vatican Museums, you will have to exit the Vatican Museums and walk 20 minutes to St. Peter’s Basilica. There is a short-cut from the Sistine Chapel to St. Peter’s Basilica, but this is reserved for tour groups (another great reason to join a tour!).

It is free to enter St. Peter’s Basilica. However, to climb to the top of the Dome, there is a fee:

  • Climb 551 steps to the top of the dome: €8
  • Take the elevator to the terrace, climb 320 steps to the top: €10

Is it worth it? Absolutely. Here is the view from the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica.

St Peters Square

View from the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica | 2 Days in Rome Itinerary

 

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Cost: Free; €8 – €10 to climb the dome
Hours of the Basilica: April to September 7 am – 7 pm; October to March 7 am – 6:30 pm
Hours of the Dome: April to September 7:30 am – 6:30 pm; October through March 7:30 am – 5 pm.
Dress Code: Men: no shorts. Women: no bare shoulders and no shorts or skirt shorter than knee length

PRO TRAVEL TIP: St. Peter’s Basilica opens earlier than the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel. If you don’t mind an early start, and if you do not plan on taking the Early Morning Vatican Tour, consider starting at St. Peter’s Basilica at 7:30 am. Crowds will be low. Plus, if you start right at 7:30 am, you have enough time to visit the Basilica and climb the dome before a 9 am time slot into the Vatican Museums.
 
Update 2022: We visited St. Peter’s Basilica for a second time in September 2022. At 7:30 am, there was a 10-minute wait to get through security and enter the basilica. When we left, at 8:30 am, there was no line and no waiting time. We returned to the area on the same day at 10:30 am, and the line was massive and I estimate that people were waiting at least an hour to get through the security line.
 
As of 2022, there is no fast-track or skip-the-line ticket. Everyone must go through the security check, whether you are part of a group tour or visiting independently. Try to get to the basilica before 9 am to avoid a long wait in the security line.

Audience with the Pope

On Wednesdays at 9:30 am, the Pope holds a general audience in St. Peter’s Square (if he is in Rome). Tickets are free. Click here for full details.

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Lunch and a Scenic Walk along the Tiber River

From St. Peter’s Basilica, it is a very nice walk along the Tiber River to get to the Borghese Gallery. As you walk towards Castel Sant’Angelo, make a detour to Borgo Pio. Along this street are some great restaurants to visit for lunch. These include Borgo 139, Mama Eat Street Food, and Borghiciana Pastificio Artiginale.

Castel Sant’Angelo was built as a mausoleum for Emperor Hadrian and his family. At the time it was built, in 139 AD, it was the tallest building in Rome. Later, it was converted to a military fortress and then to a castle that was used as a papal residence. Today, it is a museum. You can tour Castel Sant’Angelo or just admire it from the outside.

From Castel Sant’Angelo, continue the walk along the Tiber River, cross the river and enter Piazza del Popolo, and then continue into the gardens that surround the Borghese Gallery (see our map above for more details).

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Castel Sant’Angelo | 2 Days in Rome Itinerary

The Borghese Art Gallery

Even if you are not a big fan of art museums, or even just museums in general, the Borghese Gallery is still worth the visit. This art museum contains one of the best collections of art in the world. See works of art by Raphael, Caravaggio, Titian, and Bernini. Even the building is an attraction.

Borghese

Borghese Gallery | 2 Days in Rome Itinerary

PRO TRAVEL TIP:  You can only visit the Borghese Art Gallery with a reservation. Reservations can be made up to 3 months in advance. Reservations are made for two-hour time slots, starting at 9 am, and the last time slot is at 5 pm.

You can make your reservation online or call +39 06 32810. There is a €2 fee for making online reservations. Tickets can also be purchased through GetYourGuide, which includes a guided tour of Borghese Gardens. This is a great option if you want to visit the museum with a guide or where unable to purchase tickets on the official website.

Collect your tickets a half an hour before your time slot. For a 3 pm reservation, plan on arriving no later than 2:30 pm. If you arrive late, even 5 minutes late, they may turn you away. We saw this happen to other people who arrived late for their reservation.

Hours: 9 am – 7 pm
Time Slots: 9 to 11 am; 11 am to 1 pm; 1 to 3 pm; 3 to 5 pm; 5 to 7 pm
Closed Mondays
Cost: €13, prices can increase during special exhibits, +€2 reservation fee
Website: www.galleriaborghese.it
Nearest Metro Station:  Barberini

After your visit to the Borghese, it’s a nice stroll through the gardens that surround the art museum.

Crypt of the Capuchin Friars

This is optional. I’m including it because it is a short walk from the Borghese Gallery (18 minutes, 1.3 km) and because it is a very unique place to visit.

In several small chapels underneath the church of Santa Maria della Concezione dei Cappucchini are the skeletal remains of almost 4,000 Capuchin friars. The bones are arranged in artistic patterns. It’s morbidly fascinating and definitely an off-the-beaten-path location. Unfortunately, photographs are not permitted.

Hours: 9 am to 7 pm
Cost: €8.50
Get full pricing and updated hours here.
Nearest Metro Station: Barberini
Skip-the-line Tickets: You can also purchase skip-the-line tickets here.

Dinner

Near the Capuchin Crypt and the Barberini metro station is Osteria Barberini, a very highly rated restaurant with inexpensive prices. You can have dinner here or take your pick from literally hundreds of restaurants in Rome. If you did not make it to Trastevere yesterday, go there tonight for dinner and drinks.

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Trastevere | 2 Days in Rome Itinerary

Are the Travel Passes Worth It?

Roma Pass

The Roma Pass is a card that offers reduced prices into many sites in Rome and unlimited access to the public transportation network. The 48-hour pass gives you free access into your first site and the 72-hour pass gives you free access into your first two sites.

Price of the Roma Pass:

  • 48 Hours: €32
  • 72 Hours: €52

If you follow this Rome itinerary, the Roma Pass is not worth it. The savings are minimal and the Roma Pass makes scheduling your Borghese reservations unnecessarily complicated. With the new rules, you now also have to schedule your time slot for the Colosseum in advance. If time slots for the Colosseum are sold out for your dates of travel, the Roma Pass will offer you no benefit for skipping the line. 

If you plan on using the Roma Pass, reservations for the Borghese Art Gallery can only be made by telephone (you cannot book online). You will need to purchase your Roma Pass before calling to make the reservation (+39 06 32810). To get the free entry with the Roma Pass, the ticket agent will need your Roma Pass number. 

With the Roma Pass, when you visit the Colosseum, you still need to wait in line to pick up your tickets. If you are visiting Rome during peak season, it’s worth it to pay a few extra euros and buy your Colosseum tickets in advance via the official website (and skip the Roma Pass). This could save you lots of time waiting in line.

To learn more about the Roma Pass: www.romapass.it

Omnia Card

The Omnia Card is a travel pass that gets you skip-the-line access into the Colosseum, the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, and fast-track entrance into St. Peter’s Basilica. It also gets you free access into your first two sites as well as free use of the public transportation network, with several other benefits. With this card, you still have to reserve you Colosseum time slot in advance.

The Omnia Card costs a whopping €113. 

On this Rome itinerary, your first two sites are the Colosseum and the Vatican. If you add on fast-track entrance tickets to St. Peter’s Basilica, your cost is €58.50 if you book everything in advance through the official websites. You still have skip-the-line access and have a lot more money in your pocket than if you purchased the Omnia Card. The additional benefits of the Omnia Card are not worth the additional €54.50. 

Turbo Pass

The Turbo Pass is another pricey pass that does not offer any savings or benefit over booking your tickets on your own in advance.

Our recommendation is to book your tickets to the Colosseum, the Vatican, and the Borghese Gallery in advance on the official websites. Consider adding on fast-track tickets for St. Peter’s Basilica. Print your tickets at home and now you have skip-the-line access into each of these sites. If tickets are not available for your dates of travel, join a skip-the-line tour.

With More Time

If you have more than 2 days in Rome and are looking for a cool, off-the-beaten-path idea, how about biking the Appian Way?

Appian Way

Appian Way | 2 Days in Rome Itinerary

We highly recommend this activity if you are traveling with kids. It doesn’t take long for kids to grow bored with churches, art galleries, and museums. But they will probably love biking on the uneven, cobblestoned Appian Way, one of the oldest roads in the world. During our visit to Rome, this was Tyler and Kara’s favorite activity (yes, it even beat the Colosseum).

Kara Appian Way 2 days in Rome itinerary

A visit to the Appian Way takes between a half to a full day, and you also have the chance to visit the San Sebastian catacombs.

In our article below, you can learn how to bike the Appian Way independently, or you can take this e-Bike tour of the Appian Way.

Tours of Rome

Looking for more ideas of how to spend your time? These tours can easily be added to this Rome itinerary. Take a food tour, visit the underground grottoes of St. Peter’s Basilica, or stroll through the piazzas at sunset.

 

Where to Stay

Romance al Colosseo. This beautifully decorated 3 bedroom 2 bathroom apartment is located within walking distance of the Colosseum and the Colosseo metro station. From the apartment, enjoy views over the Colosseum. This place is perfect for families, accommodating up to six people.

Ale & Niki’s Home.  Located near the Vatican Museums, this is a great place to stay if you are traveling on a budget and want to stay in the heart of Rome. Multiple room types are available, including rooms that accommodate up to four people.

La Rotella nel Sacco. This is where we stayed and we had a great experience.The rooms are clean, quiet, and tastefully decorated. Margarita, our host, is very welcoming and enthusiastic about making sure you have the best experience possible during your time in Rome.

For more recommendations on where to stay, read our Best Hotels and Neighborhoods Guide for Rome. Learn where to stay for a great view of the Colosseum and get recommendations whether you are looking for a budget hotel, luxury hotel, or if you are traveling as a family.


This concludes our 2 days in Rome itinerary. If you have any questions , let us know in the comment section below.

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  1. Avatar for Jessica Askew
    Jessica Askew

    My husband & I will be going, (both for the first time) for our 20th wedding anniversary and I’m so glad I came across your article; it’s very helpful, thanks! We’ll be there at the end of October so we’re trying to find out if any sort of celebrations or anything like that will be happening, since we don’t think they do halloween there. Any ideas where I can find that sort of thing out?

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      Julie

      Hello Jessica. Happy early anniversary! You could Google festivals in Rome in October. I found this on a quick search.
       
      Tim and I just spent 4 days in Rome and this morning drove to Tuscany. I don’t know how much time you have, and we will be too busy to write up our experiences before your trip, but here are a few things we loved and highly recommend, that aren’t listed in this itinerary: drinks at sunset and dinner at Oro Bistrot (this is our fave rooftop bar/restaurant and we hit 6 of them on our most recent trip); go to the upper terrace (Ascensori Panoramici) of the Altar of the Fatherland for amazing 360 degree views of Rome; at Palatine Hill, go to the Palatine Hill viewpoint for the best view of the Roman Forum; and take a guided tour of the underground of the Colosseum (the history is amazing). If you want a cheap eat after visiting the Colosseum/Roman Forum, go to La Prezzemolina. It’s about a 7-minute walk from the exit of the Roman Forum. The pizza is typical Roman food. It’s quick, it’s cheap, and it was one of our favorite meals on our recent trip. We already mention it, but I can confirm that it’s a great spot for lunch. In the next day or two, I plan to post photos of our recent time in Rome on our Facebook page, including what the sunset spot from Oro Bistrot looks like. If you have any other questions, please let me know! Cheers, Julie

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    Roger

    Any idea how CoopCulture website releases the Colosseum tickets? Looking to purchase tickets towards end of Oct.

    Also I can’t find any tickets listed on CoopCulture website that include an access to the III level of Colosseum, how do we go about getting a ticket that also includes the top level? Only thing I see are tickets including up to Arena and Underground.

    Thanks!

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      Julie

      I can’t find them either. They have updated their website in the past few months and I did some searching and can’t find Level III access either. I know it was once there since I have pricing for it. And I tried the official website for the Colosseum but that website is not working. There is a FAQ section where you can write in with your question. Maybe someone will get back to you. Cheers, Julie

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    Angeles

    Hi Julie! Question about the Coliseo. Do you know if I buy the ticket on line from the official website if it includes the skip the line? I do not seem to find it in the description!
    Thanks!! Your web is great!!!
    Angeles

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      Julie

      Yes, what you are skipping is the ticket line (the people waiting in line to purchase tickets). You will still have to wait in a security line but that should be shorter, however, I’d still expect some kind of wait. It can vary from just a few minutes to much longer, depending on the time of day. Cheers, Julie

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    Mamma P

    HI Julie! Love this site and thank you for sharing all this awesome info. We are traveling to Rome for 1.5 days before a cruise with a 10 year old. Where would you suggest we stay that leaves us in walking distance of most sites and allows us to get to the cruise port on the day of departure? What sites woul dyou recommend with a 10 year old? Where would you suggest eating to really see culture and enjoy a delicious meal?

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      Hello Mamma P. If you haven’t seen it yet, here is the link to our Rome Hotel Guide. I recommend staying in the historic heart of Rome or near the Colosseum, to minimize how much walking you will do. On Booking.com, you can filter your results by location. On the left sidebar, in the Neighborhood section, choose both Trevi and Pantheon, to limit your search results to this area. It will put you in the heart of Rome close to many of the main sights. I am not sure how to get to the cruise port, since that sits outside of Rome, but your cruise line or hotel might be able to provide this info.
       
      On our visit to Rome, Kara was 9 and Tyler was 10. The highlights for them were the Colosseum, the gelato, biking the Appian Way, and they liked walking through the Heart of Rome. They did not like the Vatican (it was so crowded) and they thought the Borghese was boring. As for dinner, the lady who ran our hotel highly recommended going to Trastevere for dinner and I have to agree. There are a bunch of wonderful restaurants here plus it is a beautiful neighborhood to visit. We ate at Carlo Menta and really enjoyed it.
       
      I hope you have a great visit to Rome!! Cheers, Julie

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    Rick Chollett

    If you go to the Vatican museum website you can purchase your tickets with a reserved time to enter. Then simply go to the front of the line and show your tickets and walk right in! After two visits to Rome I am most definitely going back! There’s always something new and amazing around every corner.

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    Theresa Craig

    What’s the difference between a fast track ticket and a skip the line ticket? There are several variations for seeing the Collesium with the Get Your Guide tour, and it’s a little confusing. I’m just wondering the difference.

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      They are essentially the same thing, with a different name. The thing to be aware of is the length of the time of the tour. Some of these are skip-the-line tickets only, and you visit the Colosseum unguided. Others include a guided tour along with skip the line entry. You can choose which one you want based on your travel style. I try to recommend several different types of tickets because everyone has a slightly different traveling style. Cheers, Julie

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    Kimberly F Morin

    If this is our first visit to Europe and we have a week but want to see multiple cities starting or ending with Rome where would you suggest we go?

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      Julie

      Hello Kimberly. If you have a week, then I recommend staying in Italy. You can travel by train economically and very quickly to get to nearby destinations. If you want to see big cities, then you can do Rome Florence and Venice with a very busy 7 days. Other options include Rome Florence Cinque Terre or Rome Florence Milan with a day trip to Lake Como. Here is a link to our Italy page where you can see all of our articles about Italy (for more inspiration). But whatever you pick in Italy will be fabulous. Cheers, Julie

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    Eilish

    I was getting a little overwhelmed trying to plan our trip to Europe but I stumbled upon your website. The itineraries are extremely helpful. It’s nice having all of the pertinent information in one place! Thanks so much!!

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    George

    Great itinerary! Just a heads up, I was reading on Romeign (www.romeing.it) that you can’t eat nor sit on the Spanish Steps anymore, or you could face hundreds of euros of fines!

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