What are the best things to do in Rome Italy? How to discover all the beauties of the Italian capital, and one of the cradles of our civilization? Discover in this blog post the itineraries to visit Rome in 2, 3 or 4 days, the best places to eat and where to stay in Rome, as well as practical advice to make a great trip. Let’s go!
- TOP 15 things to do in Rome 🤩
- Nice places in Rome 😋
- Best areas to visit and stay in Rome 🛌
- Itinerary and tips for visiting Rome in 2, 3 or 4 days 🌟
- How to get from the airport to the city center? ✈️
1. TOP 15 best things to do in Rome
What to do in Rome to enjoy your trip and have a great vacation? The city of Rome is full of treasures, and certainly, if you are going to visit Rome in 2 days for a first trip, you will want to come back again. So, what are the essentials to see and discover in Rome? Here is our TOP 15!
Good to know! Rome is an exceptional city. In addition to all the must-see places in Rome Italy, during your walks, we strongly advise you not to hesitate to enter the churches and basilicas that you will come across on your way. They are all amazing! It’s really everywhere, it’s incredible. And as soon as we leave the path of the tourist flow a little bit, we find these exceptional places almost empty, just for us! So let’s take advantage of it.
1.1 Visiting the Pantheon area in Rome
It is the most central district of Rome: pedestrian streets, alleys, exceptional architecture, and very beautiful monuments to discover.
- Trevi Fountain
- Piazza Navona
- … and treasures that are not very touristy, but very beautiful! For example, the Church of Santa Maria dell’Anima, the Church of Saint Louis or the Church of Santa Maria in Via.
Advice. Deviate just a little from the most direct route, and you will see that the experience will be quite different! You will avoid souvenir shops, crowded streets, and discover Rome differently. Even in the parallel streets very close to the direct route, it is already much quieter.
At least 3 hours needed to see the must-sees of Pantheon area. You can discover the Panthéon district at any time. But it is really that at the very beginning of the morning and in the evening, there are fewer people. Moreover, you can come back several times, just for a stroll or for dinner.
1.2 Visiting the Pantheon in Rome
The Pantheon is an ancient religious building located in Piazza della Rotonda in Rome. Built in the 1st century BC, then rebuilt in the 2nd century, this monument was originally dedicated to all the deities of the ancient world, then in the 7th century it was converted into a church. The Pantheon in Rome is the largest ancient monument that has survived in good condition to the present day. What heritage!
1.3 Discovering the Trevi Fountain
The Trevi Fountain is the most famous fountain in the world. Located in the heart of the historic center of Rome, the Trevi Fountain is a must see if you are going to visit Rome in 2, 3, 4 days or more.
Advice. As we saw above, this area of Rome is the most touristic. And clearly the Trevi Fountain is taken over by tourists from all over the world. So, in order to take advantage of this architectural treasure, come here rather in the morning, ideally before 9am.
1.4 Visiting the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill
In order to save time, we advise you to see these three places on the same day, because they are located in the same district. You can arrive via Piazza Venezia, then visit the Roman Forum and the Colosseum, or vice versa. If you want to visit Rome in 2 days, visiting these 3 places will take you at least 5 hours.
Highly recommend: skip-the-line tickets. It all depends, of course, on when you go to Rome, but if you go in the middle of high season, you will waste a lot of time without skip-the-line tickets: find out prices and more here. For a 2-day trip to Rome in autumn, spring and especially in summer, I think it is imperative to skip the line. Otherwise, choose to see the places, but not visit them. Find out more here: Tips for visiting the Colosseum and the Roman Forum.
1.5 Discovering Venice Square in Rome
Place de Venise is especially famous for the monument to Victor Emmanuel II. Compared to other buildings in downtown Rome, this monument is clearly very tall: it takes 70 meters high. It is possible to climb on the terrace of the monument to admire a superb view of Rome!
1.6 Going to the Vatican: visiting St. Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel
There are several things to visit in the Vatican, but the main thing to see first is St. Peter’s Basilica. Same as for the Colosseum, if you want to save time and visit Rome in 2 full days, we advise you to take skip-the-line tickets to visit Saint Peter’s Basilica and the museums of Vatican (prices and booking here).
Plan at least 3 hours to go to the Vatican, visit Saint Peter’s Basilica, and discover this part of Rome quietly. Check out our blog post to learn more: Visiting the Vatican. You can also see the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel: in which case allow more time (again at least 2 hours of visit more).
1.7 Walking along the Tiber river
What to do in Rome to get off the beaten track? Stroll along the quays of the Tiber! We found that the banks of the Tiber are not highlighted enough in travel guides, although they are very nice.
1.8 Visiting the Trastevere area of Rome
Less touristy. Even if you only have 2 days to visit Rome, I think it is interesting to discover less touristy areas. The Trastevere neighborhood is one of them (for now). It is located in another part of Rome, and already on the way we pass through other corners and that alone is great! You can go there during the day, but also in the evening for dinner.
1.9 Discovering Plaza de España and Plaza del Popolo
If you have already had time to visit the Vatican Museums in the first 2 days, you can discover other areas of Rome. For example, see two beautiful squares: Plaza de España and Plaza del Popolo.
Good to know. Calle del Corso is a semi-pedestrian shopping street. The Via del Babuino Street is also a shopping street. It also leads from Plaza de España to Plaza del Popolo. Between these two streets, there are plenty of very nice and typical Roman alleys. There is also Via Margutta, which is very interesting. In order to avoid the crowds and enjoy more of Rome, I invite you to take them.
1.10 Going to the Terrasse del Pincio, admiring a lovely view of the city, taking a walk in the park
In order to create an interesting route, you can go from Plaza de España towards Plaza del Popolo. From here, it is possible to climb the Terrasse del Pincio and observe Rome from there.
Peaceful and refreshing. During our trip, once up, we also discovered a nice park. We really enjoyed this moment. If you are going to visit Rome in 3 days and in the middle of summer, this little break will make you happy!
1.11 Visiting the Villa Borghese in Rome
This is a nice park that you will like, especially if you appreciate art! Inside this park there are 3 interesting places to visit: the Villa Medici, the Gallery and the Borghese Museum, and the Museum of Carlo Bilotti. Otherwise, there are also very pretty statues, temples and fountains scattered all over the park. Entrance to the park is free, but not to the museums.
Route idea! You can walk there from the park located after the Terrasse del Pincio. This is a great route for those who enjoy walking.
1.12 Going to the Campo di Fiori market
Taking a trip to the market during a trip is always great! In any case, it was always good experiences for us. The atmosphere is generally great. This is the case for the Campo di Fiori market. You can go there from the Pantheon district, the Trastevere district or Piazza Venezia.
1.13 Visiting Castel Sant’Angelo in Rome
After visiting the Vatican, you can walk along the Tiber and discover the Castel Sant’Angelo. Another exceptional monument (built in 139)! From the castle you can have a beautiful view of the city. Find out the skip-the-like tickets here.
Besides, if you feel like walking a bit more, you can see the beautiful Cavour Square and the Supreme Court building. We stumbled upon it by chance, and it was really worth it (there were 10 of us on this huge square in the middle of the day!). We think it’s a pretty cool place to visit in Rome if you stay there for at least 4 days.
1.14 Visiting the Cavour area in Rome
It is a neighborhood around the Cavour metro station, and close to the Colosseum. It is not necessarily interesting to visit if you only stay in Rome for 2 days. If you are going to visit Rome in 4 days, it is a small district to discover. We liked this area, because surprisingly it was quieter than the other areas of downtown Rome, and we were able to find some nice places for lunch or dinner. On the other hand, the Parc del Colle Oppio is rather to be avoided.
1.15 Enjoying Italian cuisine
If you are going to visit Rome with family, lovers or friends, among the essential things to do, there is of course Italian cuisine!
Good to know. Sometimes it is difficult to have a table in the evening, but even during the day. If you are going to visit Rome in the middle of the tourist season, we advise you to book the table in advance, when possible.
2. Nice places where to eat in Rome
What else to do in Rome besides sightseeing? Eat, of course! Discover our addresses where to eat in Rome. Click on the location to open its location in Google Maps.
Hostaria Farnese: very well located in Rome, but still a little further away from the touristy streets, this Italian restaurant is an excellent place to eat in Rome. Fresh products, delicious dishes. We recommend!
Virginiae: a very good restaurant with Italian specialties! The service is impeccable, the food is good, and the restaurant is located in the heart of the historic center of Rome, just a few minutes walk from the Pantheon.
Tonnarello: on the other side of the Tiber, in the Trastevere district, this restaurant is a perfect place to have a great time and taste good Italian cuisine!
3. Best neighborhoods and places to stay in Rome
Where to stay in Rome? There are 5 main areas of downtown Rome to know. We have made a map so that you can identify them more easily here: Best areas where to stay in Rome. In this blog post, we have also given some addresses of hotels that we know. And here are some good places to stay when visiting Rome.
For a romantic trip to Rome. The Little Queen Pantheon hotel is a very good place to visit Rome as a couple. The decoration of the rooms is splendid, and the location is perfect for visiting Rome on foot.
Not far from the Tiber. Just a few minutes walk from Rome’s Castel Sant’Angelo, The Bridge Suites hotel offers beautiful rooms to stay in Rome and enjoy your trip.
Guest house. Very well located in Rome, Residence Regola is a good place to sleep comfortably in Rome without breaking the bank.
4. Itinerary and tips for visiting Rome in 2, 3 or 4 days
Here’s what you can do in Rome for 2, 3 or 4 days.
4.1 Best things to do in Rome in 2 days
If you have 2 full days ahead of you to visit Rome, you will see once there that you will definitely come back. However, one can of course visit Rome in 2 days and enjoy it to the fullest! Here are the must-sees to see in Rome in 2 days. For more, read: Weekend in Rome.
- Discovering the Pantheon area
- Visiting the Colosseum in Rome and the Roman Forum (prices, photos and tickets here)
- Discovering Venice Square
- Visiting St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican
- Strolling along the quays of the Tiber
- Discovering the Trastevere area
4.2 Best things to do in Rome in 3 days
If you are going to visit Rome in 3 days, you can see the places we saw above for the 2 days, but organize them differently and add other very beautiful places to see as well.
- In addition to what we have seen above, spend more time in the Vatican by visiting, for example, the Sistine Chapel or other museums (prices and tickets here). The treasures of the Vatican are not only Saint Peter’s Basilica, but also its museums. The Vatican art collections are world famous, the interiors are also exceptional and worth seeing. Find out more in our blog post: Visiting the Vatican, tickets, times, days to avoid.
- Seeing Plaza de España and Plaza del Popolo
- Going to the Terrasse del Pincio: admire a lovely view of the city, take a walk in the park
- Visiting the Villa Borghese in Rome
4.3 Visiting Rome in 4 days
If you are going to visit Rome in 4 days, you can absolutely take the places mentioned above in the article, and add to them: the Campo di Fiori market, and the Castel Sant’Angelo, the Cavour district.
- Going to the Campo di Fiori market
- Visiting Castel Sant’Angelo in Rome
- Discovering the Cavour area
5. How to get from Rome airport to the city center?
You have at least 3 options to get from Rome Fiumicino airport to the city center:
- Leonardo Express train
- Bus, or airport shuttle
- Take a taxi once there, or book an airport transfer with reception on arrival
Find the pros and cons of each of these 3 solutions in our dedicated blog article: How to get from the airport to the city center of Rome.
Rome is an open-air museum city. Visiting Rome is one of the must-do things in Europe. We hope that your stay in Rome will leave you with very good memories, and we wish you a very nice trip!