What You Can Do in 2 Days
If you visit Rome for two days you should focus your trip on seeing Vatican City with its museums and chapels, as well as the Colosseum, the Pantheon, Castel Sant'Angelo, and the Trevi Fountain. In addition, during your two days in Rome, you should wander around its beautifully arranged streets, check out the stores and indulge in the Italian cuisine.
How to Tackle 2 Days in Rome
In order to make the best of the 2 days in Rome, you need to make a list and group the attractions you want to see on each day. This way you will avoid running around all over the city and wasting your precious time. Rome has a great public transport but the best way to visit the city is to by walking as much as you can.
What to See on Day 1
Start your day with a delicious Italian coffee and a tasty breakfast. This way you will prepare yourself for a long, amazing day.
The Roman Forum
The Trevi Fountain
What to See on Day 2
Though you might feel tired from so much walking during your first day, you should devote your second one, also to exploring. Begin with indulging in a mouth-watering breakfast at La Dea Bendata Caffè and then go to the Vatican City. Dedicate this day to history, religion and art and explore every corner of the charming Vatican.
St. Peter's Basilica
The Vatican Museums
The Sistine Chapel
Gardens of Vatican City
You can end a beautiful day with some relaxing time spent in the Gardens of Vatican City. The beautiful green fields, together with the unwinding atmosphere will make you have the perfect evening in Rome.
How to Spend Your Evenings?
Rome has a very interesting nightlife. Diversity is the best word to describe Rome’s night scenes. From alternative and electronic clubs like Goa Club to unique places like Room26, Warehouse or Qube with its three levels of music from house to jazz to disco, Rome has something for every kind of people. Just make sure to dress well and prepare yourself for a night to remember!
Where to stay in Rome?
Even though it might be a bit more expensive than other areas, staying in The Centro Storico (historic center) is a great idea (more details on where to stay).
City cards and Travel cards
You could buy 48 Hours Roma Pass. However, we feel it is not worth it.
What to Eat and Drink
Nicknamed Caput Mundi (Capital of the World), Rome is one of those cities that, besides great history, art and architecture, it is also extremely popular for its delicious food. You can begin your culinary adventure with tasting the classic dishes here carbonara y Cacio e Pepe. Besides visiting food markets, having dinner in restaurants, you should also get closer to the Italian street food. Whether you want to indulge in brisket, artichoke, or kidney sandwiches, street food in Rome will completely satisfy you.
Places to Consider Visiting If You Are with Kids
Rome is a beautiful city with great parks, as well as incredible coffee shops. If you want to travel to Italy’s capital with your child, you should get ready to keep your calm. An idea for spending quality time with your kids in Rome is referring to the children's museum near Piazza del Popolo and Piazzale Flaminio.
Places to Consider Visiting If You Are a Couple
There is nothing more romantic than getting in touch with history, religion and art together with your partner. So, visiting the City of Vatican together with the man or woman of your dreams is a fantastic idea. Not only will you get close to religious aspects and historical facts, but there is a spiritual energy Vatican gives all its visitors.
On a Longer Trip
Two days in Rome is only enough for a rapid introduction. If you want an advice, try to have a bigger vacation in Rome. It will only give you the chance to visit more touristic spots, to feel the vibe of the city and, if you choose great tours, even to see part of it as a local.
For me, 2 days is the perfect amount of time to stay in Rome.
Rome is so full of history and architecture that it is too crowded to spend more time here and have a peaceful vacation. Make sure to have two full days and one night in Rome, to maximize the opportunities to see its two very distinct parts – Historic Rome, and the Vatican - that you can cover one on each day.
Your first day should be devoted to the Vatican City.
The Vatican city is actually a tiny geography – just over 100 acres - with the steep Monte Mario on one side. The 3 major attractions of the Vatican can easily be visited in a day and you will feel like you had a very satisfying experience.
Arrive early at the Vatican and try to get in line for St. Peter’s Basilica even by 630 if possible, the Basilica opens at 7 AM. This might sound like a really early but you will thank me for my advice because the short lines at this time allow you can enter the basilica quickly be done in 2 hours, and hit the Vatican museums while it is still very early in the day. Remember that the security lines at all times of the year are pretty long and strict, and that is also a very strict dress code at the Basilica.
The Basilica always surprises me because it looks much smaller than it actually is. It is so tall that it can contain the Statue of Liberty in it. With the torch! Walking on into the Basilica, rent the audio guide it is pretty good. I would divide the basilica tour into three parts, the first part being a climb off the cupola, which opens at 8 AM and takes about 40 minutes. The second part should be a visit to the treasury, it should not take very long but it is a nice visit full of lavish Papal gifts. The last is a visit to the Vatican grottoes which is the crypt underground of the Basilica, and should take you about 30 minutes at the most.
After you’re done with Basilica, go to the Vatican museums and make sure you have skip the line tickets to visit the museums. There are many kinds of tours available on the Vatican museums website so you should take whichever is suitable for you, though personally you can visit without a tour if you’ve done enough research. Maybe downloaded an audio app for free online.
You should budget for approximately 3 to 5 hours at the Vatican. You will end up spending quite a long time especially in the Sistine Chapel, which is the masterpiece of Michelangelo. Other highlights of the Vatican museums include the Raphael rooms and the amazing spiral staircase. Many also like the Papal throne and the Gregorian Egyptian museum.
There is a little café in the museum itself so you should stop by to refresh and maybe rest and have a large snack and drink. You will be tired after a very early morning. There are hardly other places to eat within the Vatican. Remember that the Vatican Museum allows you to also store food and drink in the cloakroom, so it is a good idea to carry your own packed lunch with you from Rome. After you’re done with the Museum take a break in St. Peter’s square, find a bench and have lunch.
Other things to do in the Vatican are the Vatican Gardens tour, and maybe a visit to the Vatican post office, which is a unique experience because the Vatican has its own postal system and the stamps can be bought as souvenirs.
Your second day in Rome should be devoted to historical Rome.
I suggest that you focus on only three big attractions for your day in Rome. The first attraction is actually a combination of the Colosseum, the Forum, and the Palatine Hill. All these attractions are on the same one ticket that must be booked in advance otherwise you might end up wasting even up to three hours standing in line.
While planning your visit to the Colosseum, consider if you want to take either the underground tour or the tour of the Third ring for great views. The Palatine hill is a raised elevation in Rome with ancient noble houses in ruins. It is also the best access to the Roman forum. The Roman form itself is a collection of ancient ruins of Roman marketplaces in temples and depending on how interested you are in history these are very exciting are just something that you need to see when you’re in Rome.
You should plan to be done at the Colosseum complex by about 1:30 PM. Then make your way to the Spanish steps where you can relax for a while before you decide to have lunch at one of the nearby restaurants. Carry on to Villa Borghese nearby to see the museum for the art, and the gardens with sculptures.
Walk back down to Pantheon before it closes, you will be amazed at its size and magnificence. Then visit the Trevi fountain as it begins to get dark; this is one of the sites where you must visit in despite it being so crowded. And wind up the night at Piazza Navona, which is a lively square of Rome with a lot of activity, bars and cafés.
Where to stay the night
The closest district to spend the night is Prati and this is a pretty nice district for those very keen to visit the Vatican and remain close to the Historic Centre of Rome as well. An interesting story about Prati is that you cannot see St. Peter’s from any street. This design goes back to the the times when the Pope and the rest of Italy were not the best of friends and so in a way to spite the Vatican the Prati streets were planned as such.