Rome in 48 hours
The very best of the Eternal City in one weekend.
1. DAY 1
Start with top destination and take Metro B to the stop near the Colosseum. The Flavian Amphitheatre - the symbol of Rome – is one of the 7 wonders of the world and dominates the city landscape in all its grandeur. A selfie snapped in the sunshine with the Colosseum behind you will be the finest souvenir you will take home and record numbers of likes on Instagram!
Did you get your snapshot? Good! Now leave the Colosseum behind you and stroll along Via dei Fori Imperiali surrounded by an open-air museum full of history. Relax! This is one of the most important and fascinating archaeological areas in the world, a timeless spectacle telling the story of ancient Rome that no one can resist!
The Roman Forum, the Forums of Caesar, Augustus and Trajan and their spectacular setting will make your heart beat faster as they lead you into Piazza Venezia. Here stands the Vittoriano with its Quadrighe Terrace - climb up and enjoy the breath-taking view over Rome! Is everything going well? Well, a few minutes’ walk will take you to the staircase in Piazza del Campidoglio - another marvel you absolutely must see.
Feeling a bit peckish? It's time for lunch. Take a taxi to the Jewish ghetto, where taverns, restaurants and bistros serve excellent kosher cuisine. Well-fed and rested? Start the afternoon with a good coffee at the old Sant'Eustachio coffee roasting mill and walk towards the Pantheon: originally a temple dedicated to all the Roman divinities, it was later converted into a Christian basilica and houses several illustrious tombs, such as those of the Kings of Italy and Raphael.
Some curious facts: the Pantheon is a solar temple. Its only source of light is the oculus, the hole at the top of the dome that projects a sensational light show on the summer solstice at precisely 12:00.
La Dolce Vita is ready and waiting in the magical setting of the Trevi Fountain! Admire all its magnificence, throw a coin and make a wish.... but which one? Perhaps it's time for a good aperitif in Piazza di Pietra! The wonderful and evocative Roman columns, the cobblestones and the golden light of Rome are the setting for a delightful break with a good glass of white wine.
Even if you are a little tired, it is worth taking a taxi for a moonlit dinner in the magical setting of Piazza Navona. There are several traditional Roman trattorias where you can enjoy a truly unforgettable evening.
2. DAY 2
Sorrentino's film "La Grande Bellezza" (The Great Beauty) is a magnificent snapshot of Rome and this is the Rome you will see today. Take Metro A as far as the Ottaviano stop. A short walk takes you to the beauty of the Vatican Museums, the absolute masterpiece of Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel and the grandeur of Dome and Square of St. Peter's.
Leaving Via della Conciliazione behind you, a few minutes on foot takes you to Castel Sant'Angelo, the fortress built by Emperor Hadrian overlooking the noble River Tiber and magnificent views. It's certainly time for another record-breaking selfie: colours, geometries, climate and beauty all emanate the Roman spirit of Italy's capital.
After a coffee break, you can follow the Janiculum promenade on foot, by taxi or Bus lines 115 and 870 which both stop at the Belvedere. Here, you can admire one of the most evocative and fascinating views of Rome in a place for romance and declarations of love. After admiring this striking panorama of the Eternal City, you can walk down to the Botanical Garden in the ancient park of Villa Corsini, a small green space in the heart of the historic centre.
It's time to wander at random through glimpses of Trastevere and its bars, restaurants and small artisan shops. Visit the Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere and sip a beer at the feet of the fountain, then have dinner in a typical trattoria and remember that Trastevere doesn't need too much planning: just let yourself go because its alleys will surprise you.