Rome 2 days itinerary, following the Italian charm

by Alessia

Talking about Italy is easy to get Rome to stick in the mind. Who has already been in the Italian Capital, will understand what we are talking about. If you are going to visit for the first time Rome, this is the proper guidance of your Rome 2 days itinerary. If you have never been to Rome you need to start planning your two days in Rome, this is a must-do at least once in your life.

There are many things to do in Rome in 2 days and in this guide, we will help you to organize a perfect Rome itinerary 2 days without missing anything. As the Capital of a beautiful country, Rome has got a lot of sightseeing which you can’t miss exploring Rome. It is not just art, culture, but even tradition and romance.

Things to do in Rome in 2 days

There are many things to do in Rome in 2 days, but if you have an organised plan you can enjoy the city without stress yourself. A well done Rome itinerary in 2 days will include all the most important monuments of the city. Be ready to wake up early and enjoy a couple of amazing sunrise with a stunning view.

In another post, we wrote about the best photo spots of Rome, where you can snap the city as you want. Rome is so crowded during the day, if you want a few personal photocards of Rome, you have to wake up early visiting the landmarks when there are no people around.

Day 1 – Ready for 2 days in Rome Itinerary

  • Colosseum
  • Roman Forum
  • Trevi Fountain – Altare Della Patria
  • Pantheon
  • Piazza Navona
  • Spanish Steps – Piazza di Spagna
  • Villa Borghese
  • Leonardo Da Vinci Museum

If you are thinking that 2 days in Rome are not enough you can plan 3 days itinerary in Rome and be able to explore the city without any rush.

Visit the Colosseum – The Ancient Roman Arena

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The symbol of the city and you can’t miss to visit it. The Colosseum is one of the most important monuments in Rome for its story and architecture. It’s a stunning monument and considered the 7th Wonders of the Modern World. If you don’t have a pre-purchased ticket, which we highly recommend, you might wait hours before to be able to enter and visit the Colosseum.

In your Rome itinerary for 2 days, you don’t want to waste time, you can buy a ticket online and save time. There are occasions where with less than 30 euro you have the entrance to the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill.
Nearby metro station: Colosseo

TopTips: The perfect time to visit the Colosseum is in the early morning, with the sunrise. It’s the perfect time of the day, no one is around and you will be inspired to take some beautiful pictures.

Roman Forum and Altare Della Patria

Following the ancient cobbled street from the Colosseum to the city centre, you have to look at your right and left. Via dei Fori Imperiali is filled with Roman history. Place a stop by this ancient street in your list of things to do in Rome in 2 days, is the perfect way to understand better the history of this city. Plan a quick stop to the Roman Forum located close to Altare Della Patria.

Via dei Fori Imperiali is the street where you are, sometimes, especially during the weekend the street is traffic-free, so you will enjoy the view on the ancient Roman Empire History. On your left side you will find the Roman Forum, the ticket office is in a middle way from the Colosseum, but as before we suggest to book your ticket in advance.

On the right side, there are other ruins of what was the most famous and strength empire in the history of the world. In front of you, the white structure is the Altare Della Patria.

Trevi Fountain – Rome in two days

One of our favourite places in Rome is the Trevi Fountain. This is another symbol of Rome known Worldwide. We had the pleasure to enjoy the fountain in the early morning as no one was around.

In this case, it’s worth it to wake up early and a lovely compensation would be having a proper Italian breakfast with coffee and croissants. The fountain is easy to reach walking from the closest metro station which is Barberini. There are many legends about Rome, one of that is linked to this fountain.

With a proper Tour Guide of Rome, you will enjoy all the Italian traditions enjoying your time in Italy.

The Myth of Trevi Fountain – What to do in Rome in 2 days

Visiting Rome, you have to pay a visit to the Trevi Fountain, the masterpiece is rich in stories and legends. It took years to build this fountain, many artists, architects and Popes were necessary to complete the work. The legend of Trevi Fountain is that if throw one coin in the water, you will return to Rome.

If you throw two coins, you will fall in love with an attractive Italian. Throwing three coins you will marry the person you met. But you have to do that in an exact way. Most of the people think that is just throwing a coin, but the best aspect of this myth is how to flip a coin in the fountain.

How to throw a coin into the Trevi Fountain

If you want to follow the exact way to throw away the coin into the Trevi Fountain, you have to pursue those steps. It is not just throwing away a coin, that you will have good luck for life. Did you like an easy win? The most important to achieve the desired effect is doing everything in the right order. You can use any coin you would like, there is no legend about that.

The myth of Trevi Fountain wants you to throw the coin with your right-hand side over your left shoulder, so crossing your body. In the meantime, you have to wish for something. The coins that are thrown away in the fountain every day are collected by the local council to found a children charity, so you are contributing to building up a better world, not just for you.

Pantheon – Must see in Rome in 2 days

The Pantheon is located in the heart of the city centre is one of the most important sightseeing of Rome. If you want to visit the inside of the Pantheon you can and there is no entrance fee. Win-win, even that the history behind this monument is really huge and a guide will get you deep inside of the ancient building past.

This awesome masterpiece is the most complete ancient building in Rome and you can’t miss to visit it. Walk-in and around to get your unique pictures of Rome. This is one of the top Rome attraction.

TopTips: Remember that Rome is a busy city and there are tourists all around the streets. If you want to explore Rome in 2 days without any stress be ready to wake up early and be out at 7 am, or get your guide. There are many free tours of Rome, and we suggest some here.

Piazza Navona – What to do in Rome in 2 days

Piazza Navona is one of the most beautiful and the largest square in Rome. Home of three awesome fountains Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi, Fontana del Moro and Fontana di Nettuno. La Fontana Dei Quattro Fiumi or Fountain of the Four Rivers is the most photographed fountain in the square.

Piazza Navona was for us the best place where to take pictures. But I must say it there were plenty of tourists and it was almost impossible to take a good photo. This Piazza is really charming and is one of the things to visit in Rome in 2 days.

Spanish Steps and Piazza di Spagna – Rome 2 days itinerary

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Located close to Spagna metro station, Spanish Steps and Piazza di Spagna is a must-see in your Rome 2 days itinerary. The staircase is a favourite spot among tourists to sit, relax and enjoy the views of Piazza di Spagna. If you want to take some amazing picture you need to be there before 8 am when there are no tourists around. From Piazza Navona is really easy to reach Piazza di Spagna as it is less than 10 minutes by walk.

Villa Borghese – What to see in Rome in 2 days

Villa Borghese is the largest public park in Rome. It is the perfect place to chill in Rome. The Villa Borghese Gardens are located on the Pincian Hill, close to Spanish Steps and Piazza del Popolo. The park is always open and it is free of charge. To visit Galleria Borghese the tickets are available online or to the ticket office.

There is 2 euro per tickets reservation charge plus 13 euro standard fee. For European Union citizens between 18-year-old and 25, the price is 6.50 euro plus the 2 euro reservation charge. Sometimes the admission charge might be higher where there are temporary exhibitions.

Leonardo da Vinci Museum in Rome

Located close to Villa Borghese and Piazza del Popolo, the Leonardo da Vinci Museum is another sightseeing of the city. It is one of the places to visit in Rome in 2 days if you love Leonardo da Vinci. Well, who doesn’t love it? Personally, we loved it and that’s why we encourage you to book the tickets and explore it.

The price of the ticket is moderate as is 13.50 euro per person which include the presales reservation. During Summer the museum is open from 10 am until 9 pm and in winter closes at 7 pm.

You can reach the Leonardo da Vinci Museum very easy or by underground line A getting off at Flaminio stop or if you are around the area you can easily walk.

Day 2 of a complete Rome itinerary

  • Vatican City
  • St.Peter’s Basilica and St. Peter’s Square
  • Vatican Museum
  • Sistine Chapel
  • Castel Sant’Angelo
  • Trastevere
  • Campo de Fiori
  • Piazza Venezia

Vatican City – Rome 2 days itinerary

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You can’t plan a Rome 2 days itinerary without planning a visit to the Vatican City. It is located in the centre of Rome and it is an independent city-state. Vatican City can get very busy as is one of the top attractions in Rome.

We wanted to explore it without anyone, so we woke up early in the morning to have the pleasure to visit the Vatican. If you feel lazy to wake up so early you can go by night as well where the atmosphere is completely different.

St. Peter’s Basilica – Things to do in Rome in 2 days

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Other things to do in Rome in 2 days is visiting St. Peter’s Basilica. The Basilica is open daily from 7 am to 7 pm from April to September and from 7 am to 6 pm from October to March.

To enter the main St. Peter’s Basilica is free, though there are admission fees for a few parts such as climbing St. Peter cupola. You can take the steps all the way which are 551 steps or a lift part and then continuing walking and you will have only 320 steps. One you will reach the top the view is just stunning. You have a 360-degree view of St. Peter’s Square and the city of Rome.

TopTips for two days in Rome: Very important when planning your visit to the Basilica is the dress code. Men must wear long trousers, shorts are not allowed, and shoulders need to be cover. Women can wear skirts but must be no shorter than knee length and shoulders need to be covered.  

Vatican Museum – Rome in 2 days

One of the best museums I have ever seen is the Vatican Museums. The tickets to the Vatican Museum includes the entrance to the Sistine Chapel. The museum is open from Monday to Saturday from 8.30 am to 6 pm and it is closed on Sunday and religious holidays. The last entrance to visit the Vatican Museum is at 3 pm.

The museum itself is amazing but the best part for us was the huge staircase in the middle. We go crazy for taking pictures of it and with all the tourists wasn’t easy. The tickets for the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel together is 17 euro which we highly recommend to book in advance. There is an online booking fee which is 4 euro. If you are unable to visit it remember the tickets are non-refundable for any reason.

Sistine Chapel – Rome itinerary 2 days

Included in the Vatican Museum tickets the Sistine Chapel is another must see in Rome in 2 days. The Sistine Chapel is the wonder of the Renaissance and is one of the greatest treasures of the Vatican. It’s known for its decoration and for being the place where the Popes are chosen.

The Chapel is Michelangelo great masterpiece and it is located inside the Vatican museum. So, if you want to visit this stunning place you need to buy a ticket for the Vatican Museum and will allow you to visit the Chapel as well.

Castel Sant’Angelo – Places to see in Rome in 2 days

Sant’Angelo Castel is a fortress located on the right bank of the Tiber close by to the Vatican City. Planning a Rome itinerary 2 days is not easy if you don’t know where to go and what to see and Castel Sant’Angelo is one of the top places to see in Rome in 2 days. The Castle starting from outside is stunning and awesome.

Trastevere

If you are spending two days in Rome for sure you will check out the Trastevere area. The area where you can find good food and nice people strolling around. Usually is the place where most of the locals go and we all know that where locals go means the food is good. If you are looking for accommodation, in the Trastevere area there are a couple of nice hotels like Casa Mia and Trastevere Roma. Summer is amazing in Italy, check the lungotevere Summer Festival for your night out in Rome.

Campo de Fiori – Rome 2 days itinerary

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Campo de Fiori is one of the main squares of Rome. Today is one of the most beloved parts of the city. Locals love this place. From Monday to Saturday there is a famous market well known for its flowers, fruit and vegetables. When the market ends the area becomes one of the best meeting places in Rome. There are plenty of bars and restaurants perfect for a night out during your Rome 2 days itinerary.

Piazza Venezia – Things to do in Rome in 2 days

Other things to do in Rome Italy in 2 days is visiting Piazza Venezia. This Piazza is really famous in Rome located at the foot of Campidoglio, is the political centre of the eternal city. Piazza Venezia has in the middle a white stunning building. This is called Altare della Patria, a symbol of the Italian unification and the democratic political. Every year on the 2nd of June there is a celebration that takes place here to remember the people fallen in the second World War. From Piazza Venezia starts the amazing and ancient Roman road toward the Colosseum. On the side of it, there is Via dei Fori Imperiali.

Where to eat in Trastevere and try the typical food in Rome

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The first thing everyone thinks about Italy is the food. Well, the food is amazing and in your things to do in Rome 2 days itinerary, you will eat pasta and pizza every day. Usually, the restaurants in the middle of the city centre are the most expensive one but if you know where to go you can find good deals with low prices. Trastevere is the riverside of the city, is not just a great photography location in Rome, but also a great place to hang out. We will suggest you point your GPS to San Lorenzo, one of the best places to meet the locals and find amazing and tasty spots.

Best restaurants in Trastevere Rome

  • Cencio La Parolaccia
  • Nannarella
  • Ombre Rosse

Cencio la Parolaccia

This is a famous restaurant in Rome is known for its food and for the lovely company by the owners and waiters. The speciality is doing jokes about the clients and having fun while eating. This place is usually fully booked and, if you really want to try something different during your stay in Rome, you should book the table and enjoy the lovely food and people. You can ask locals why this place is typical in Rome.

Nannarella – Trastevere restaurants

It is one of the best Trastevere restaurants where you can enjoy typical Italian food. You can choose from the main course of pasta to a proper Saltimbocca sandwich. The most typical in Rome is the pasta and you can’t leave Italy without eating at least one portion of pasta. It is like a tradition and Nannarella is the perfect place where you can taste all the flavour of good food. Do you know what is Cacio and Pepe? Cacio is kind of cheese, Pecorino, typical from Rome and Pepe mean pepper. Think about pasta with Cacio and Pepe. At the first bite, you will be in paradise.

Ombre Rosse – Where to eat in Trastevere

A really good restaurant where to eat in Trastevere is Ombre Rosse. We found it by mistake and I must say it we made the best decision ever. The pasta was so good and even all the other plates were looking delicious. As Italian, we do eat a lot of pasta from lunch until dinner we don’t mind. What we always prefer to do is having a light lunch while we are strolling around and then having a proper dinner, where we can eat a bit more and try something new.

Day trips from Rome to Naples

One of the things you should know about Rome is that is well connected with the city around. You can plan a lovely day trip from Rome to Naples and be able to explore another gem of the South of Italy. You can reach Naples from Rome in a lot of easy ways. Rome to Naples by train is the quickest and sometimes cheaper. There are good offers on Italo website where with 20 euro you can go to Naples and come back to Rome.

Most of the people prefer to use the car. If you never drove in Rome or Naples we don’t really recommend to start to do it know. It’s very difficult to find parking spaces. There are two main train stations in Rome where you can take the direct train to Naples, Roma Termini and Roma Tiburtina. The journey with the high-speed train is 1 hour, perfect for a day trip outside Rome.

If you want to discover Naples in a couple of days checks our itinerary about this southern gem. Not fancy of 2 days in Naples? We wrote a full itinerary on how to get the best from a one day trip to Naples, Italy.

Rome to Amalfi coast day trips

From Napoli to Positano easy on a budget - What to do in Naples Italy in 2 days
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Explore the best beaches in the Amalfi Coast, see our latest post here.

Another little gem of Italy or better say of Naples, it is Amalfi coast. Amalfi is not far away from Naples and you can plan a Rome to Amalfi coast day trips without spending a lot. The high-speed train will cost 10 euro to get to Naples. From Naples, there are few ways on how to get to Amalfi. The easiest, cheapest and most beautiful for the view is to take the bus. Don’t think about renting a car as you won’t find any parking space and it would be only stressful. We both have born in Naples and as a local, we are the first one which uses public transport when we want to reach Amalfi or Positano.

Are you looking for places to stay in the Amalfi Coast? Check our tips on day trips from Sorrento!

Rome to Florence day trip

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Rome is well connected to Florence as well so it will be easy to plan a day trip from Rome to Florence. You can book your train ticket with Italo a high-speed train here in an hour you can reach Florence. The main train station in Rome is Termini where it is easy to find a train going towards Florence. A day trip from Rome to Florence is the perfect deal to explore another beautiful gem of Italy. The best thing is that Rome to Florence train doesn’t cost anything and one day in Florence would be a good idea for a romantic getaway.

How to get to the airport – Roma Fiumicino and Roma Ciampino

Keep in mind that Rome has got two airports, both of them are easy to reach by bus or even by car. The most commonly used is Roma Fiumicino which is only one hour away from the city centre. You can get the bus from Roma Termini direct to the airport or Fiumicino or Ciampino. We always book our tickets in advance to avoid any kind of mistake or queue. You can buy the tickets on Flixibus website or sometimes we use Terravision as well. The price is 6 euro and you can reach the airport very easy.

Our suggestions – Rome Travel Tips

If it is your first time in Rome you might want to know a couple of things before packing your bags:

  • If you are visiting Rome during the summer, always carry with you a bottle of water
  • Use flip flops to stroll around the city during the hot summer
  • Bring with you only the essentials
  • Follow the dress code if you are visiting St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Rome can be very hot but at the same time very cold so check properly before packing
  • Thieves are everywhere and if you arrive in Termini train station keep on eye on your belongings
  • If you love pictures don’t forget to pack something colourful
  • For train or bus tickets carry with you some cash
  • Credit/Debit cards are accepted in most of the restaurants but sometimes with street food, you will need some cash

What to expect from your Rome 2 days itinerary

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Rome is perfect for a short city break in Italy. We have been to Rome many times and we still love. A Rome 2 days itinerary is the best way to be able to discover the amazing Italian Capital. If it is your first time in Italy and especially in Rome, we recommend to plan your trip in advance. Try to avoid the summer season as the weather is extremely hot and you won’t be able to enjoy this lovely city.

There are plenty of things to do in Rome in 2 days and we know you want to make the most of it. Prepare your luggage, book the flight and enjoy the Italian Capital. A 2 day Rome itinerary is perfect to explore the most sightseeing in the city but if you are thinking about how many days in Rome you can consider exploring Rome in 3 days.

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