“All roads lead to Rome…” Such a great sentiment and so true to life! One can never call him/her a true traveler without visiting Rome! And it’s not that much about its historical and cultural heritage, but about Italian experience in general. Rome is probably one of the most visited cities in Europe if not in the whole world and it has been talked about so much and maybe even too much. But trust me, even if Rome appears to you as something routine, you will never regret visiting it at least once in your life!
So, enough for the sentimental part, let’s see how we can guide you through this spectacular city in as short as 4 days time!
Rome is a huge city, though the streets are rather narrow :) Anyway when you are in Rome, I would definitely suggest taking the touristic hop-on, hop-off bus, cause it goes to the main sights and is very convenient for visiting lots of places in a short time period. Also, if it’s your first time in Rome, make sure to see and absorb as much as you can, cause when you come back home you always regret the time you spent shopping or resting in your hotel room. :)
So our Day 1 in Rome goes as follows;
#1 Colosseum and Roman Forum.
You have 3 options for visiting Colosseum; wait hours in a huge queue; buy skip-the-line tickets online or take advantage of one of the many tours right on site. They will take you in without queue, will guide you through the main parts and explain everything you can remember about Colosseum. It will cost you something in between 40-50 EUR, but will also include a skip-the-line entry and tour guide for the Roman Forum. If you are a history fan, this will blow your mind.
#2 Basilica de Santa Maria Maggiore.
You will come across literally a hundred or more basilicas in Rome even just strolling around. Most of them are very similar and similarly beautiful, but there are a few churches that deserve a special mention and one of them is Santa Maria Maggiore. The entrance is free.
#3 Piazza Venezia, Vittorio Emanuele II Monument, Piazza Campidoglio.
Piazza Venezia is a great place to just sit and rest a little bit while admiring the surrounding beauties. Right in the middle of this square stands the great palace/ monument of Vittorio Emanuele II, if you come here before 6 you will have a chance to get in and buy a ticket to the top to get stunning views of Rome. Right next to this monument is a small piazza del Campidoglio, which was designed by Michelangelo, also a nice place to hang out.
#4 Piazza della Reppublica and Roma Termini.
At the end of your day you can have a walk around the Piazza della Reppublica and eventually get to the main train station: Roma Termini. Here you can buy your train tickets if you plan to travel by train to other Italian cities. If not, anyway this place is worth a visit; lots of shops and boutiques, crowds of people coming and going with the excitement of being in this great city, everything is so lively even late at night. This is one of the places I frequently remember and miss about Rome.
I would love to hear about your first impressions on Rome when you come back, so remember to hit my blog again and share your thoughts! But before that let’s pass on to your Day Two and Three Itinerary in Rome!