Rome is one of my favorite cities in Europe. There is soooo much to love: Gelato, the Colosseum, cobble stone streets, the food, the Pantheon, Vatican City, the list can go on and on. So, how can you see everything in just two days? Well here is what I did.
TIP: Keep in mind, that depending where your hotel is located, you might want to do these in a different order than what I recommend. So grab a tourist map and plot out your own route to this ancient and magical city.
- Spanish Steps
- The Trevi Fountain
- The Pantheon
- The Monument of the Unknown Soldier
- Roman Forum
- The Colosseum
Before you start exploring make sure you wear comfortable walking shoes. Trust me you'll be thankful you did.
First things first, the Spanish steps. These beautiful steps are known for being the widest steps in Europe. These steps have attracted many artists, painters and poets throughout the years. In fact, while here make sure you check out the house where English poet John Keats lived and died. His house is now a museum and is located at the corner to the right of the steps.
Next up: The Trevi Fountain. Make sure you make a wish while throwing a coin into the famous fountain.
HINT: Use your right hand and throw the coin over your left shoulder.
Stop number 3: The Pantheon. This amazingly built dome ceiling building is a sight that you cannot miss. The amazing part is that this building looks barely 100 years old, when in fact is almost 2000 years old! The dome ceiling is an amazing architectural feat.
After admiring the Pantheon, start to head towards the famous Colosseum. On the way, you'll run into a monument...but not just any monument. A huge, over the top gorgeous monument. The Monument to the Unknown Soldier. It is complete with incredible design work and two giant chariot statues on top.
In-between the Monument of the Unknown Soldier and the Colosseum are the ruins to the Roman Forum/Meeting Place of ancient Rome. This is where the main market, government buildings and the likes all happened back in the day. Wander through the ruins and picture what life was like during ancient Roman times.
The final stop of the day is the World Wonder: The Colosseum. This huge (and I mean huge) amphitheater was used for gladiatorial contests, animal hunts, public spectacles, executions, re-enactments of famous battles, and dramas based on classical mythology. This is definitely a must-see world wonder when visiting Rome.
Rome is jam-packed with history and beautiful architecture. Turning down random cobble stone streets sometimes lead to seeing some beautiful ancient buildings that aren't even on this list. Everywhere you turn you can take in the amazing atmosphere and truly let it sink in that you are in Rome!
- Vatican City
- St. Peter's Basilica
- The Sistine Chapel
Personally, I feel like you can't visit Rome without seeing the Colosseum and the Vatican City. It really does take all day to see everything so be prepared to spend the whole day being wow-ed.
TIP: Lines can get pretty long so try to get here early in the morning when it first opens.
Vatican City is actual the world's smallest country, and is located within Rome. While in Vatican City, make sure you see St. Peters Basilica. This beautiful basilica does not disappoint. Something well worth your time and energy is to hike up the stairs (there's a lot of stairs so be warned) all the way to the top of the dome. At the top you'll get some unbelievable views of the Vatican and Rome.
Next up, the Sistine Chapel. Now, you've probably heard of this place, and so you probably know that you have to see this when you are in Vatican City. Although one of it's most famous pieces of art is The Creation of Adam, you can spend many hours wandering the halls of this chapel taking in all the amazing history and art.
After spending the day enjoying everything that Vatican City has to offer, make sure you don't miss out on Italian gelato and pizza before you leave Rome.
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