The itineraries you will find here are targeted at people visiting Rome in two days and buying the Roma Pass. It will allow you unlimited runs on the city’s public transport and discounts for museums and events.
DAY 1 The best of Rome from the splendours of ancient - Rome to the great squares and fountains of the city
The itinerary begins with the antique city’s most famous and magnificent monument, Colosseum, once known as Anfiteatro Flavio. It could host between 60 and 80 thousand people as a modern stadium and was 50 mt. high, however it was only used for a little more than 4 centuries. If you whish to visit its undergrounds and the third ring, from where you will admire a stunning view, please call 06 39967700 – coopculture.it for information and reservation.
You may go on with your visit of the archaeological area by starting with Palatine Hill, where Caesar’s Palace relics still remain impressively facing Circus Maximus and you may continue with the Forum valley. Once you have ended your visit you may start strolling along via Cavour and immerse yourself into the historical ancient popular borough Rione Monti.
After this break you can take via dei Fori Imperiali (5) again and walk up Capitoline Hill to fully enjoy an unique view of the Roman Forum and the scenographic square designed by Michelangelo. Musei Capitolini as well would deserve a visit. As soon as you go down Capitoline Stairs you will discover Piazza Venezia with its huge white monument Altare della Patria and Palazzo Venezia from XV century.
Walking on along via del Corso and turning on the right on via delle Muratte Trevi Fountain, designed by Nicola Salvi in the XVIII century, will open before your very eyes with all its splendour in few minutes. Never forget to throw a coin in the pool! This will bring you good luck and will make you come back to Rome.
Walking back along via delle Muratte and crossing via del Corso you will reach Piazza di Pietra, with its towering columns, last remaining of the ancient temple dedicated to Emperor Adrian.
Walking down via dei Pastini you will reach Piazza della Rotonda, a market square up to some decades ago, today always crowded with tourists and Romans sitting down for a coffee outdoors. La rotonda (the round temple), this is the name Romans call the Pantheon with amazing example of Roman building techniques, it was initially built to be a temple but later on was changed into a christian place of worship. Do not miss to visit it and to admire its world biggest dome built in concrete more than 2 thousand years ago.
After a coffee break or an ice-cream walking along towards Piazza Capranica you will reach the impressive Palazzo di Montecitorio, seat of the Chamber of Deputies, sided by Palazzo Chigi from the XVI century, today the Prime Minister’s seat. At this point you will be facing via del Corso, most important street for the shopping in Rome.
Walking northwards you will meet some of the most famous and chic side streets to name some: via della Vite, via Frattina, via dei Condotti where all the main fashion designers have their boutiques.
Right after going past the historic Caffè Greco, you will reach Piazza di Spagna dominated by its monumental stairs - Spanish Steps - leading to the church of Trinità dei Monti. In the middle of the square you will admire a unique XVII century fountain that the Romans call La Barcaccia as it looks like a boat about to sink.
If you like to have dinner in this area, you will have plenty of choice from the luxury hotel restaurants to the most popular trattorias and pizzerias.
DAY 2 - Rome along the Tiber. From Vatican City to popular Rome
St. Peter’s Square in the early morning offers the possibility to fully enjoy its perfect architecture and the white travertine. The entrance to St Peter’s Basilica is free. The visit to the Treasure Museum and to the Dome are on payment. If you feel like climbing the stairs you will be rewarded by the spectacular view of the city.
You may admire “la Pietà” by Michelangelo, the baroque Baldachin and Alexander VII’s funeral monument made by Bernini. If you wish to visit the Sistine Chapel and to admire the amazing Vatican collections you have to go to the Vatican Museums (10 minutes walk from the Basilica). Reservation is suggested in order to avoid long lines.
St. Angel’s Castle is also a fascinating site you could visit within a walking distance from the Vatican. Before you go on with your visit do not miss to get up the terrace where you will surely enjoy a breathtaking view of Rome!
You may have a quick snack at the cosy café inside the Castle or you can get across the bridge St. Angel’s bridge to reach the left bank of the river where you will find lots of cafeterias, snack bars and restaurants in between via dei Banchi Nuovi and corso Vittorio Emanuele.
As you follow via dei Coronari, with all its antique and vintage shops, you will quickly reach one of the most beautiful squares of the city: Piazza Navona. Before you get into the square we suggest a stop at in Piazza di Tor Sanguigna and get a look at Domitian’s stadium impressive ruins, underneath Piazza Navona.
If you like you can also visit the archeological area on payment. Piazza Navona’s unusual shape derives from this ancient Roman Stadium where horse and chariot races used to take place. In the middle of XVII century Pope Innocent X transformed it into his “private lounge”. The Four Rivers Fountain, masterfully built by Bernini, stands imposingly in the middle of the square surrounded by prestigious buildings.
Palazzo Braschi is on the opposite side of the square, today seat of Museo di Roma; crossing the inner courtyard you will find yourself straight on corsoVittorio Emanuele and will reach Barracco Museum, today hosting ancient sculpture works (freeentrance).
As you will cross corso Vittorio Emanuele you will go straight on and get to Campo de’ Fiori, the only historical square in Rome where there is no church. In fact, in the past this square was one of the places used for public executions. The statue of Giordano Bruno the philosopher burned to death because of his ideas, stands in the middle of the square to remind us of him. Every morning you can buy fresh vegetables in the open air market and in the afternoon you can buy typical products and find ideas for souvenirs in the delicatessen shops and groceries around the square.
Just walking a little bit ahead you will find Piazza Farnese with its huge Palazzo Farnese, seat of the French Embassy. Go on to via dei Giubbonari, cross via Arenula and go straight to the Ghetto. You will discover that the Jewish tradition is still deeply alive among ancient relics as Ottavia’s Portico and Theatre of Marcellus, palaces and fountains Bakeries, cake shops and kosher restaurants are passed on from fathers to sons. Jewish Museum and the Synagogue will complete your visit.
Your day is about to end. Cross the river through Ponte Fabricio and reach Tiberina island where once stood Esculapio’s temple, god of Medicine. You are now in Trastevere, once a popular borough today famous for night life thanks to several clubs, discos, restaurants and trattorias.