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The official guide to visiting Rome in two days: Day 1

St Peter's Basilica
Elizabeth Smith/ personal photos

Rome is known as the eternal city, the city of fountains, love, and seven hills. It is a magical place rich in history, culture, food, architecture, and Vespa’s. Rome is a bustling vibrant city where the old meets new. The city runs and feeds off the history that surrounds itself. A walk down a couple blocks always leads a visitor to a historic side. History is waiting at every turn down a street.

While Rome is filled with an abundance of attractions to see, can Rome be conquered in visiting for only two days? The answer is, yes. The feat has been done. It is not recommended to only visit for two days; however, if that is all the time you have, it is doable. Whether you have a layover or can only afford a weekend be prepared for a great deal of walking. Main attractions, which make Rome the icon the world knows and loves, can be visited.

Transportation
Transportation Elizabeth Smith/ personal photos

Transportation

Day one may start out with arriving in Rome early in the morning if you haven’t flown in the night before. From the Fiumcino airport, you can access Rome by bus, train, taxi, or rental car. Transportation by bus is the cheapest, requiring about a half hour to Rome. Make sure to get off at the train station, which will be the stop after the bus passes the Colosseum.

Palatine Hill
Palatine Hill Elizabeth Smith/personal photos

Palatine Hill

Starting at the train station is essential because it is the best and most central point to begin the walking journey. Once off the bus, head towards the Colosseum. Purchase tickets at the Palatine Hill. Visit and wander the old ruins there first, then make your way to the Colosseum. At the Palatine Hill you can purchase a ticket that includes both sites that way you avoid the incredibly long line at the Colosseum.

Colosseum
Colosseum Elizabeth Smith/ personal photos

Colosseum

After enjoying the Colosseum, take one of the side streets and find yourself a small café or pizzeria for lunch. For the best pizza, always find a place that has square pieces, and weighs them when you order. With so many options along the side streets, a tourist can’t go wrong in choosing a bite for lunch. Enjoy a coffee and away to the next attraction.

Trevi Fountain
Trevi Fountain Elizabeth Smith/ personal photos

Trevi Fountain

The next stop is the Trevi fountain, which for the best atmosphere should be visited twice. Once during the day and once at night to enjoy the exquisite beauty the fountain offers. Pop into a gelato shop near the Trevi for a tasty snack.

Pantheon
Pantheon Elizabeth Smith/ personal photos

Pantheon

After visiting the fountain make your way down to the Pantheon. The Pantheon will make any visitor’s jaw drop at the height of the ceilings and detail that is inside this deceiving structure. At one time a place of pagan worship, now the Pantheon is a Catholic Church. Many tombs line the circumference of this massive architectural feat. Peer up at the ceiling and the detail that leads up to the opening at the top of the dome.

Spanish Steps
Spanish Steps Elizabeth Smith/ personal photos

Spanish Steps

At this point in the journey, you have two choices. One is to view the Jewish district or head straight to the Spanish steps. Both can be easily visited from this location; however, remember you only have two days so you want to keep backtracking to a minimum to visit the Spanish steps.

Finding the Spanish steps is the tricky part. They are tucked around a modern upscale shopping district. A less impressive fountain than the Trevi stands at the foot of the steps. The church at the top of the steps is quite impressive. Many visitors sit, and watch tourists, and passersby on the steps. The steps can be littered with pushy street vendors so beware!

Pasta
Pasta Elizabeth Smith/ personal photos

Pasta

After this time if your feet haven’t fallen off, you should be relieved to eat dinner. Everyone wants to find the classic Italian restaurant with the name brand dishes. Ask a local where is good to eat dinner. When in doubt, eat at one of the many restaurants near Trevi. Always look at the menu before going inside. The owner or a host will be trying to ‘win’ your business. If the restaurant is empty inside, try somewhere else no matter how nice the man the entrance is. The best suggestion is order something simple. It is amazing how tasteful a simple pasta Carbonara is in an Italian restaurant and the portions are fairly reasonable as well.

Trevi at night
Trevi at night Elizabeth Smith/ Personal photos

Trevi at night

After dinner take a stroll to see the Trevi fountain all lit up in the night. It is one of the most magical things to be witnessed in Rome. Throw a coin in for good luck and an amazing adventure in Rome. Take a taxi to your hotel and enjoy a good night’s rest.