Rome is one of the world’s most magnificent cities. I visited this year for my honeymoon and it quickly became my favourite place, EVER. If you haven’t already been, add it to your travel wish list now! Once you’ve booked your flights, this guide will help you plan a whirlwind tour of the best sights and attractions.
48 hours in Rome
You could happily spend weeks plodding Rome’s beautiful streets, but it is possible to do the main attractions in just a couple of days. The beauty of Rome is that you can walk just about anywhere, so you don’t have to worry about pricey cabs or public transport. We walked everywhere, and used Google Maps if we weren’t sure where we were going, so I’d suggest purchasing some mobile internet to use while you’re out there, just in case.
Start your city break at the Spanish Steps. At the bottom, you’ll find designer stores and flocks of tourists. As you scale the famous steps, you’ll enjoy stunning views of the city and the iconic Baroque architecture of the Trinita dei Monti church. Stop for some photographs and then make your way to the Trevi Fountain. After years of renovation work, the scaffolding has been removed, and you can see this incredibly ornate fountain in all its glory. Designed by architect Nicola Salvi in the 1700’s, this is one of Rome’s most treasured gems. Watch the water cascading gently over the marble figures; it’s really romantic and we saw quite a few proposals. From here, it’s just a short walk to the Pantheon. This ancient church is breathtaking from the outside, but the inside is the main attraction. Stand still, look up, and prepare to be dazzled by the intricate artwork, and the sunlight shining through the glass windows. Finish off the day by climbing Capitoline Hill and watching the sunset.
It’s day two, and you’ve got an action-packed day ahead. Head over the Vatican City bright and early to avoid the queues (seriously, it’s a 2 hour wait unless you buy a skip-the-queue pass) at St Peter’s Basilica. Spend an hour looking around this beautiful church. Read up on its history, and learn about its significance to Catholics all over the world. Move onto the Vatican Museums, where you’ll find an impressive collection of artwork, and of course, the Sistine Chapel. After your visit, take a walk or hop on the metro to the Colosseum. Step into the cauldron and all those memories of watching Gladiator will come flooding back. This is an incredible place, which really transports you back to Ancient Rome. The atmosphere is indescribable. You can just imagine spectators watching, cheering, and shouting from the galleries. Just a minute’s walk away, you’ll find the Forum, which has been painstakingly preserved. You’ll see ruins of Roman villas, the ancient square, and government buildings.
Where to stay
There are hundreds of hotels and holiday flats in Rome. Centro Storico is the place to be if you want to be at the heart of the action. If you search in this area, you’ll be walking distance from most of the main attractions.
Rome is one of the most popular city break destinations, and it’s easy to see why. This is a unique place, where history comes alive, and you see something spectacular around each and every corner. If you’re heading to Rome, get your camera primed and ready, and make sure you have comfortable shoes for walking. Have a fantastic time!