What to see in Rome in 2 days
Coming to tourist places for a couple of days, travelers want to see as many famous sights as possible in a short time. When the sightseeing program includes a short “Roman vacation,” it is better to plan your itineraries around the capital of Italy in advance, so that you do not miss the most interesting and informative things in 2 days of walking around Rome.
What is the most famous attraction in Rome? Everyone will answer – of course, the Colosseum. Planning a 2-day itinerary, you can book a hotel near the ancient amphitheater, so that you don’t lose time on unnecessary movement around the city. From Fiumicino Airport, most tourists take an express train to Rome’s main station, Termini. From the Termini subway station next to the station you can get to the Colosseo subway station, where you can rent an apartment in advance. The best way to spend the first day of your walks in Rome is to see the main “gems” of the left bank of the Tiber.
Havenly ruins of the Colosseum, one of the biggest stadiums of the beginning of the era, is the greatest monument of the architecture of Ancient Rome. A trip to the capital of Italy would be in vain without seeing the Colosseum. The Flavius Amphitheater, as the Colosseum is also called, is open from 9 am until sunset. The elliptical-shaped amphitheater with travertine marble finish, is striking in its scale, reaching a length of about two hundred meters and more than a hundred and fifty – in width.
To get into the ancient architectural structure, you need to take a queue, which moves pretty fast.
In its time, the Colosseum became a model for the construction of stadiums. All subsequent sports arenas of the world were built in its likeness. Thanks to the many entrances located along the entire perimeter, the stands of the stadium are quickly filled up with spectators and are as quickly abandoned by them.
There are other sights in the vicinity of the Colosseum, each of which you can devote a little time to:
- The ruins of the Great School of Gladiators;
- The Basilica of St. Clement;
- Constantine’s Arch of Triumph.
- The Roman Forum
Moving northwest from the Colosseum, it takes a few minutes to reach the Roman Forum, an ancient square with the remains of ancient buildings. Within the area you can examine the ruins of temples, triumphal arches, and colonnades. The Roman Forum was of paramount importance for the governance of the Empire. This is where the best minds of Italy gathered to make decrees and decisions of state importance.
Pantheon of the Gods
It is simply impossible to pass by this unique ancient Roman structure in the Piazza Rotonda. “The Temple of All Gods,” built at the beginning of the era, celebrates the greatness and power of the Roman Empire. The hemispherical dome with a coffered ceiling and a 9-meter oculus that evenly illuminates the interior space of the structure is considered a unique engineering construction of ancient times.
The Colonna Gallery and Palace
The palace of the noble Italian family Colonna is one of the most ambitious works of ancient palatial architecture, so it must be included in a 2-day tour of Rome. The Colonna Palace began to be built in the Middle Ages, and its construction lasted for 5 centuries. The interior interiors of the palazzo Coronna amaze by the wealth and luxury of decorations. The palace includes a gallery where masterpieces and rarities of art have been collected for centuries by the Coronna family.
If your first day of travel in Rome is a Saturday, you can visit the palace from Via della Pilotta from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. On Saturday afternoons and all other days, admission to the palace is by reservation.
Finish the first of your two days of travel in Rome at Italy’s most famous fountain, the Trevi Fountain. A majestic fountain with allegorical sea statues, almost 50 meters wide, it looks even bigger because of its proximity to the facade of the exquisite Palazzo Poli. Many legends are associated with the Trevi Fountain. To return to Rome again – you need to throw a coin into the waters of the fountain. Those who want to meet their love will have to “shell out” for two. And if you dream of a wedding, only three coins will help in this case.
Learn in detail about all the beliefs and legends of the Roman sites, ordering guided tours and author programs. Plan your own route to Rome with the help of the experienced travelers at Vinsky’s forum.
On the second day of your trip to the capital of Italy, pay attention to the sights on the right bank of the Tiber. If you cross the Tiber around the Colosseum, from the Sant’Angelo, Ripa or Regola districts, you’ll get to Rome’s most authentic corner, Trastevere. Don’t miss the opportunity to stroll through the narrow medieval streets inhabited by native Romans.
Trastevere is on the other side of the Tiber from the main Roman sites, on the Janiculum Hill. It was once a separate settlement, which later became part of Rome. In colloquial Italian Trastevere means “Zarecie”. Over the centuries, Trastevere has been remodeled and redeveloped. Constant renovations have resulted in complex labyrinth of narrow cobblestone streets. In Trastevere, amongst the old houses, ivy, ancient temples, and everyday life of Rome’s citizens, you experience the true spirit of Italy. Its distinctive corner is full of cozy taverns, grocery stores, and souvenir stores. In the streets everywhere you can hear the melodic songs of street musicians.
On a walk through Trastevere, you can visit:
- Villa Farnesina, in which the ceiling paintings are by the hand of the great Raphael;
- The Museum of Rome;
- the beautiful Botanical Gardens in the grounds of an ancient manor house;
- the church of Santa Maria in Trastevere, one of the oldest in Rome,
- And also climb Mount Gianicolo to see the beautiful panorama of Rome from the top. A walk north from Trastevere along the Tiber promenade will take you to the jewel of Catholicism, the Vatican City.
Just over 40 hectares covers the most famous “state within a state”, the residence of the popes and the heart of the Catholic world. Every day thousands of tourists and pilgrims from all over the world visit the Vatican, gathering in front of St. Peter’s Basilica.
The famous Vatican cathedral begins its work very early – at 7 am, museums open two hours later.
If you get to the Vatican on Wednesday, you can attend a sermon read by the Pope himself on this day of the week.
Beneath St. Peter’s Basilica is the ancient Necropolis with ancient frescoes and Peter’s tomb. In the museums of the Vatican there are a huge number of collections of world art, for the study of which it is better to choose a more leisurely schedule to visit Rome.
If you still have some free time left after walking around Trastevere and visiting the Vatican, you can return to left bank Rome and explore the main “piazzas” of Rome and those sights that were not included in the first day’s itinerary.
Piazzas of Rome
In close proximity to each other are two famous piazzas of Rome – the Capitoline and Venice. The architectural ensemble on the hill of the Capitol was designed by Michelangelo himself and today includes:
- Senators’ Palace;
- Palace of Conservators;
- New Palace.
- In the center of the space is an equestrian monument to Marcus Aurelius.
An ancient staircase decorated with statues of lions and ancient heroes can be descended to Capitoline Square. At the foot of the Capitol is Piazza Venezia with its magnificent palace of the same name, the monument of Vittoriano and the triumphal column of the victorious emperor Trajan.
Also within walking distance is the rectangular Piazza Navona framed by ancient palaces, churches and fountains, and Piazza España with its famous staircase and world fashion boutiques. After visiting Rome’s “piazza”, end the second day of the tour with a rest in the Borghese Gardens.
Two days of strolling through Rome’s main sights will pass quickly, leaving a lot of impressions and pleasant moments. To learn more about Rome, get thematic tours or plan additional independent trips to the beautiful capital of Italy.
Excursions in Rome
We found 489 excursions in Rome in Russian with the current schedule for September and October 2022. Prices for fascinating walks with a guide from 10 euros. Choose your route, read the description and book tours in Italy online.
We invite you to a fascinating tour of the Vatican Museums with the largest collection of paintings and ancient sculptures.
The majestic city on seven hills will open the doors to the eventful past of the Roman Empire.
The main sights and fascinating stories about the mores of the locals on a sightseeing tour.
Trace the city’s path from Antiquity to its modern appearance and learn about the inhabitants of the past and present.
If you want to observe local life and immerse yourself in an authentic Italian atmosphere, the Trastevere neighborhood is the place for you.
Rome and the surrounding area
At the beginning of the 17th century, a luxurious villa surrounded by a beautiful park was built for Cardinal Borghese and his family. This Italian noble family was a great connoisseur of art. The Borghese collections contained paintings by great masters and unique sculptural compositions.
The ruins of the ancient Flavian amphitheater are Rome’s most famous landmark and calling card. The second name of the ancient architectural structure is the Colosseum, which means “huge” in Latin. The amphitheater was built by Emperor Vespasian for spectacular events.
According to the Lateran Accords of 1929, an independent papal state, the Vatican City, was established within Rome. The territory of the Catholic mini-state is less than half a square kilometer. It is located on Vatican Hill in the northwestern part of the Italian capital, not far from the right bank of the Tiber. The entire Vatican area is surrounded by the medieval Leonina wall.
The main purpose of the construction of the fountain in the Trevi Square was to provide the inhabitants of Rome with drinking water. Initially no one imagined that the sculptural composition would be so pompous. When erecting the fountain architects combined two architectural styles – Baroque and neoclassicism. Construction of the Trevi Fountain was carried out in the XVIII century for 30 years. The construction is 50 meters wide.
Roman Pantheon is two thousand years old. “Temple of all the gods” was built by Marcus Agrippa, a close associate of Emperor Octavian Augustus, as the inscription on the portico of the building tells us. This is where Romulus, the founder of the city, is said to have ascended to heaven. The portico and colonnade lead to the rotunda. There are no windows and light enters through an opening in the roof dome, the oculus.
The unification of Italy took place when the kingdom of Sardinia was joined by the central and northern parts of Italy, and later by the Venetian Region and Rome. An important role in the process of unification was played by Sardinian King Victor Emmanuel II. In honor of the historical event on the Venice Square was created a monumental composition of white marble.
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