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VISIT ROME IN 2 DAYS WHEN IT RAINS

If you only have 2 days to visit Rome, but the weather conditions are anything but favourable, do not despair: fortunately, the eternal city offers a great number of things to do and see even indoors.
You will undoubtedly find a way to save your holiday and return home satisfied with the visit.

Below you will find our tips about what to do if you are in Rome for two days with the rain:

VISIT A MUSEUM

Visit Rome in 2 days with the rain: the Vatican Museums

One of the things that you can do in Rome when it rains is undoubtedly to visit a museum and you are spoiled for choice. Here are the most important ones:

Vatican Museums
Visit Rome in 2 days with the rain: the Vatican Museums

With 7 km of exhibition space and more masterpieces than those of many small countries, the museums can boast one of the largest collections of art in the world 

Capitolini Museums
They are the oldest public museums in the world. The focal point is a collection of ancient statues, but you will also find many masterpieces of great Italian and Flemish painters.

Doria Panphilj Palace and Gallery
It contains one of the richest private art collections in Rome. The gallery consists of ten rooms, arranged chronologically and filled with floor-to-ceiling paintings. Do not miss the Salome with the head of the Baptist Titian and Rest on the flight to Egypt of Caravaggio and also the portrait of Innocent X by Velasquez.

ENTER THE PANTHEON

The beautiful Pantheon's dome in Rome

A nice thing to do when it rains in Rome is to go and see for yourself if it is true that the rain does not enter.
(This actually happens because the opening of the Pantheon creates a “chimney effect” that is an upward air flow that leads to the shattering of water droplets.Thus, even when there is heavy rain, you have the feeling that inside there is little rain. The fact that there are both central and lateral drainage holes on the floor to prevent puddles from forming on the floor reinforces this feeling).

A TOUR ON TOURIST BUSES

A tour of Rome on hop on hop off buses Rome when it rains: the beauty of a tour on the tourist buses.
A tour on the tourist buses can be a good idea if you are visiting Rome in 2 days in the rain. You will have the chance to see all the main attractions of the city comfortably seated and dry!

DRINK A COFFEE AT SANT’EUSTACHIO

Enjoying a good coffee at the Bar Sant'Eustachio in Rome

Watching Rome in the rain while enjoying a good coffee at the Bar Sant’Eustachio, which is said by many to be the best coffee in Rome, will certainly be a good feeling. You can go there after visiting the Pantheon, if you like.

VISIT THE CATACOMBS OF SAN CALLISTO

A visit to the Catacombs can solve the problem of what to do in Rome when it rains. The catacombs of San Callisto are the largest and most visited ones. Dug at the end of the second century on private land, they became the official cemetery of the newly established Roman Church. Here people found the tombs of about 500,000 people and the tombs of 7 popes martyred in the third century, as well as frescoes and inscriptions in Greek and Latin.

THE FIVE ATTRACTIONS AND MONUMENTS TO VISIT IN ROME IN 2 DAYS

If you want or you can only visit Rome in two days you will have to organize your itinerary well in order to take advantage of the limited time and enjoy as many attractions as you can. We help you by listing 5 of the attractions and monuments of Rome that you should not miss.

 

So here is our short list of things to be included in the tour to visit Rome in two days.

The Colosseum, among the attractions to visit in Rome in two daysColosseum

Symbol of the greatness and power of Rome, the Flavian Amphitheater, is the most famous and impressive monument of ancient Rome and an attraction that still attracts, after two thousand years, about 5 million visitors a year.
The amphitheater was built by the emperor Vespasiano on the land of the vast complex of the Domus Aurea of the emperor Nero. Work began in the year 2 a.d. and ended in 80 a.d. under the emperor Titus. The inauguration ceremony lasted 100 days, during which 5,000 animals were killed.
The visit of the Colosseum, unmissable if you want to visit Rome in two days, should be completed with that of the “Fori Imperiali” (imperial Forums) that you can admire from the Via Alessandrina that runs along them. You will get an idea of what life was like in ancient Rome. The forums were in fact the main squares of the city, where public buildings stood, were there were markets and where people did their business.
You can also visit the Roman Forum and the open-air museum of the Palatine: if you have entered the Colosseum, your ticket also includes a visit to the latter two. Buy the ticket online to skip the long lines!

Information: all days except the 25 December and the 1st January 9-17. Until the15h February 8.30 – 16.30; from 16 February until the 15 March 8.30 – 17.00; from the 16 until the last Saturday of March 8.30 – 17.30; from the last Sunday of March until 31 August 8.30 – 19.15; from 1 to 30 September 08.30 – 19.00; from the 1st to the last Saturday of October 8.30 – 8.30.
Last admission one hour before closing.
Full ticket € 12, reduced ticket € 7.50, free under 18 years.

Capitoline Museums

They constitute a public gallery of the world’s oldest sculptures. Created by Pope Sixtus IV in 1471, they were enriched by successive popes as new statues were brought to light. The museums occupy the Palazzo Nuovo and the Palazzo dei Conservatori, both located on the Campidoglio square.
The Capitoline Museums host the equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius. The one in the center of the square is a copy, while the original, which has been restored, is placed in a new glazed hall, the Esedra of Marcus Aurelius, in the Roman Garden, behind Palazzo dei Conservatori.

Information: open every day 9.30-19.30, 24 and 31 December 9.30-14. The ticket office closes an hour earlier. Closed on January 1st, May 1st, December 31st.
Full ticket € 14, reduced ticket € 12.

The Basilica of San Pietro, in Rome. Tickets on line to skip the queue

The Basilica of San Pietro

It is located where in 324 a.c. the emperor Constantine had a shrine erected in honour of Peter the Apostle, who was crucified and buried right there.
The look of today is due to the project of Bramante, dating back to 1506. It was built by artists such as Raphael, Antonio da San Gallo, Michelangelo. The interior, as well as the colonnade were made by Bernini. The basilica is the largest church in the world. If you want to climb on its amazing dome we suggest you to get the ticket online: skip the queue!

Information: October 1 – March 31 every day 7.00-18.30 / 1 April – 30 September every day 7-19.00.

Visit Rome in 2 days: Castel Sant'Angelo

Castel Sant’Angelo

Also known as Hadrian’s Mausoleum, Castel Sant’Angelo was the papal fortress built in the Middle Ages on the remains of the emperor Hadrian’s mausoleum. (II century a.d.).
It is located not far from the Vatican to which it is connected via the fortified corridor called the “passetto”, in the Borgo district. The fortress has been modified several times in the Middle Ages and in the Renaissance. Do not leave the fortress without a stop on the “Terrazza dell’Angelo”, where you can enjoy a spectacular view of the city. In order to avoid queues and save time, we recommend you to order your ticket online.

The Trevi Fountain in Rome, among the most spectacular attractions of the capital

Fontana di Trevi

Together with the Colosseum it is one of the symbols of Rome in the world. This splendid baroque fountain, designed by Nicola Savi in 1732, occupies almost completely the small square in which it is located. It represents the waggon of Neptune pulled by tritons with sea horses (a wild one and a docile one) that symbolize the different aspects of the sea. It is among the most photographed monuments in Rome.

VISITING ROME IN 2 DAYS: PLACES TO GO

If you are on a quick holiday in the Eternal City and want to visit Rome’s most popular attractions in only 2 days, we recommend following our itinerary. You’ll gain insight into this charming and exciting city. What you’ll see will certainly convince you to return for a longer trip!

The following are the itinerary steps for Visiting Rome in 2 Days :

DAY 1

The Basilica of St. Peter, step one of our Visiting Rome in 2 Days itinerary.

What will you see:
Città del Vaticano
Musei Vaticani
Castel Sant’Angelo
Pantheon
Fontana di Trevi
Piazza di Spagna

The Basilica of St. Peter, step one of our Visiting Rome in 2 Days itinerary

Get off the metro at the Ottaviano San Pietro stop and walk straight to St. Peter’s square. We recommend getting there early in the morning, before hordes of visitors arrive. At St Peter’s Basilica, you will be thrilled by one of the world’s largest public spaces. Its majesty and the decorations and works of art it contains will amaze you.
Bernini’s baldachin on the Papal altar, and the immense dome, are both astonishing. Take some time to admire the Pietà, the touching work of Michelangelo, which is located in a chapel behind bulletproof glass at the beginning of the right nave. Sculpted by the artist when he was only 25 years old, it’s the only work of art that bears his signature (look closely across Mary’s chest).
Remember to wear proper clothing or you will not be permitted to enter: no miniskirts, shorts, or bare shoulders.
If you have some spare time, climb the 551 steps that lead to the top of the dome, or take the elevator to reach the terrace. From there, you must climb another 360 steps to the top, but you will be rewarded with an amazing 360° view of Rome.

Visiting Rome in 2 days: Vatican Museums

After leaving San Pietro, take some time to rest at the square and snap a few souvenir pictures, then head to the Vatican Museums located nearby. We suggest buying your tickets online to avoid the entrance queue.

The museums are huge; for a general tour, we recommend visiting the picture gallery, the Pio-Clementino Museum, the Gallery of Geographical Maps, Raphael’s rooms, and of course the amazing Sistine Chapel containing precious frescoes painted by Michelangelo (here to ensure your priority) . Keep in mind that you will spend at least 2 full hours in the Museum.

Castel Sant’Angelo

Once your tour of the museum is over, walk across Via della Conciliazione up to Castel Sant’Angelo for an external view. If you aren’t tired yet, you can go ahead and visit it from the inside (If you buy the online ticket will be able to jump the queue ). Be sure to stop at the terrace to enjoy an exceptional view of the city.
Next, take a break for lunch. Avoid the pizzerias and restaurants surrounding the Vatican, where they won’t hesitate to serve you very cheap food at extremely expensive prices.

Piazza Navona, with its beautiful baroque palaces and magnificent fountains

Piazza Navona

After enjoying a refreshing meal and some rest, our itinerary for visiting Rome in 2 days continues through Ponte Sant’Angelo. Keep walking until you reach Piazza Navona, with its beautiful baroque palaces and magnificent fountains (including the Four Rivers Fountain of Bernini). Lose yourself in the crowds of tourists, portrait artists, and street performers that fill the square 24 hours a day.

Pantheon

From Piazza Navona, cross Corso Rinascimento and continue behind Palazzo Madama (house of the Senate) along the narrow streets that lead to Piazza della Rotonda and the Pantheon. The Pantheon is one of the many symbols of Rome, and the best-preserved historical monument in the city. Upon entering, you will be overwhelmed by the magnificent marble interior and the stunning view of the world’s largest unreinforced concrete dome.

Fontana di Trevi

After leaving the Pantheon, head back to Piazza Della Rotonda. From there, take Via Pastini up to the Temple of Hadrian. Walk past it; continue on Via di Pietra, cross Via del Corso and onto Via delle Muratte. Follow the sound of flowing water up to the Fontana di Trevi. The view of this fountain will truly leave you breathless. You will be completely captivated by Rome’s must-see attraction.

Piazza di Spagna

After stopping here for photos, head on to Via della Stamperia up to Via del Tritone. Cross it and head down Via Due Marcelli. You will arrive at the famous Spanish Steps, which have recently returned to their former glory, thanks to a new restoration. The Spanish Steps are a stairway connecting the elegant eighteenth-century Piazza di Spagna to the Trinità dei Monti, at the foot of which lays the famous Fontana della Barcaccia.

End the evening with dinner at one of the many restaurants in the area.

SECOND DAY

What will you see:
Colosseo
Piazza Venezia
Musei Capitolini

 If you want to visit Rome in 2 days do not miss the Colosseo

COLOSSEO

The second day of our visiting Rome in 2 days itinerary will guide you as you discover ancient Rome. The itinerary begins from the Colosseo (Colosseum) (metro stop: Colosseo), quintessential symbol of the Eternal City.

We recommend starting your tour early in the morning to avoid the hot, sunny hours and crowds of visitors. Bring bottles of water and something to eat so you won’t spend a fortune at bars or at the food trucks parked in Via dei Fori Imperiali.

If you want to visit Rome in 2 days do not miss the Colosseo.

If you plan to visit the inside of the Colosseo, buy the ticket online  and you can skip the long queue at the entrance.

Not far from the Colosseo is the Arco di Constantino (Arch of Constantine), the most famous Roman triumphal arch and one of the last monuments of ancient Rome, and further ahead is the Palatino. Take a walk along Via dei Fori Imperiali, all the way to the Foro Romano (Roman Forum), on your left. This used to be the heart of Rome. The Fori Imperiali (Imperial Fora) is an archaeological complex extending along the road and contains ancient forums built by various emperors from 42 to 112 BC. You can admire the forums along Via Alessandrina right up to the majestic Colonna di Traiano. Here you can appreciate the wonderful bas-reliefs, carved into stone in a comic strip way, narrating the emperor’s war against Dacia.

You won’t find many restaurants or bars along the way, so we suggest bringing your lunch bag with you and stopping at the Colonna di Traiano to eat something.

PIAZZA VENEZIA

After lunch, leave the Foro di Trajano and head to Piazza Venezia, towered on one side by the enormous Vittoriano Monument. This building today is dedicated to the Unknown Soldier and was built in 1885 to honor the unification of Italy. Please note that there are strict controls here and sitting down is forbidden. You can reach the top of the Vittoriano in the panoramic glass elevator on the side of the building. Once you reach the terrace, the view is priceless.

MUSEI CAPITOLINI

Our itinerary to visit Rome in 2 days ends at the Campidoglio (Capitoline Hill), the most famous and smallest hill in Rome. You can reach it by climbing the Cordonata (it’s the most spectacular way to get there), a stairway from Piazza d’Aracoeli to piazza del Campidoglio, designed by Michelangelo. Here you can admire a perfect replica of the equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius. The original is displayed in the Capitolini Museums (equipped for the disabled) located on the right side of the square. The Capitolini Museums are the oldest public museum in the world and are well worth a visit. If you have enough time, we recommend spending a couple of hours here. Make sure you don’t miss the Pinacoteca and its paintings of Titian, Tintoretto, Rubens, Van Dyck and many other great artists, as well as the Lupa Capitolina, the Galata Morente and the Venere Capitolina. The museums are included in the Omnia Card.

Our itinerary for visiting Rome in 2 days is a general guideline and can be challenging for many. You can choose to follow each step as it is or simply skip a few based on your personal interests, on the time you want to spend at each individual attraction and on how much you’re willing to walk!

PRACTICAL INFO

Vatican Museums: from Monday to Saturday, 9.00 am – 6.00 pm (last entry is at 4.00 pm and exit is half an hour before closing).
Online priority access tickets

Basilica di San Pietro: 1 October – 31 March, every day, 7.00 am – 6.30 pm / 1 April – 30 September, every day, 7.00 am – 7.00 pm. Free entrance.

Castel Sant’Angelo: every day from 9.00 am to 7.30 pm (ticket office closes at 6.30 pm). Full price €10, reduced price €5. Included the Omnia Card.

Capitoline Museums: every day from 9.30 am to 7.30 pm, 24 and 31 December from 9.30 am to 2.00 pm. The ticket office closes one hour earlier. Closed on 1 January, 1 May and 31 December. Full price €14, reduced price €12. Included in the Omnia Card.

VISITING ROME IN 2 DAYS WITH CHILDREN – WHERE TO GO AND WHAT TO DO

Visiting Rome in 2 days with your children will be a piece of cake. The Italian capital city offers its young visitors a lot of activities and places to see. There are many parks, museums and events that you will be able to fit into your itinerary.
If you wish, you can follow the 2 day Rome-with-children itinerary we have designed for you! This itinerary is only a suggestion: you can adapt and modify it according to your interests and the time you would like to devote to each activity.
We advise you to use our Roma Pass for your visits. It will allow you to benefit from discounts and additional services while you visit museums and attractions in Rome.

FIRST DAY

Villa Borghese, the ideal place if you want to visit Rome with your children.

The first day of our 2 days Rome itinerary for a visit with children includes a stop at Villa Borghese. With its 80 hectares of green (roughly 200 acres), it is one of the biggest public parks in Rome, as well as one of the most famous. It is an oasis of serenity, offering several activities for families: it is possible to ride a bike through the park without having to worry about cars.

The park houses the Carlo Bilotti museum, very small but with valuable works of art. It hosts 18 works by Giorgio de Chirico and a portrait of Bilotti’s wife and daughter, performed by Andy Warhol. The admission is free and a visit does not take long so it could be a good idea to visit it, if the children are not too small. From the museum, go to Piazza di Siena, where horse racing and summer concerts are currently organized.

Near the square you will find the Casina di Raffaello, a playground for children from 3 to 10 years old. Here children can play and listen to animated readings and participate in one of the many activities organized by the toy library.

But the place that you will certainly enjoy the most is the Biopark, which hosts about 1100 animals from 200 different species and is definitely an attraction that your little ones will surely love. The biopark extends for 18 hectares and also organizes children’s didactic laboratories.

After the walk stop in the park for lunch
Refreshed and rested start your afternoon step of this itinerary to visit Rome in 2 days with children: EXPLORA, a museum dedicated to children from 0 to 12 years old.

It is set up as a child-sized miniature city, where everything can be experienced, touched, lived. The museum opens at 10am and the visit (not guided) takes about 45 minutes.

It is advisable to book on weekdays and it is surely necessary to do it on weekends.

Reserved tickets must be picked up at the ticket office 15 minutes before the check-in time, otherwise your reservation will be canceled. The museum is very engaging and your kids will love it.

The property is located at Via Flaminio at number 82. From the Bioparco you will have to take a half-hour walk.

 

Second Day

The Colosseum, one of the main attractions of Rome.

On the second day of our itinerary to visit Rome in 2 days with children, we propose a visit of the Colosseum (accessible to the disabled), the attraction that most of all represents the capital. It is undoubtedly the most fascinating of Rome’s monuments. It was in fact the place where the gladiators fought to their last breath and the condemned to death fought against the lions in front of an ecstatic audience.

It can be visited on two levels and most of the structure of the arena is still visible. Reserve about one hour for the visit. If you have the Roma Pass you can skip the queue and save valuable time, in addition to avoid getting the kids tired even before entering.
When you go out of the Colosseum continue the itinerary along the Via dei Fori Imperiali, at the end of which you can admire the Trajan’s Market and the beautiful Trajan Column, which describes with beautiful bas-reliefs the military campaigns of the Emperor Trajan against the population of Daci.

Get up to Piazza Venezia and climb the Vittoriano stairs.

If you do not want to be reprimanded do not sit on the steps (it is forbidden to sit down for respect to the tomb of the unknown soldier to whom the monument is dedicated and the controls are robust).

Enjoy the magnificent view by climbing up to the terrace with the elevator located to the side of the monument and then have a lunch in the area and rest.

After the break, you have two alternatives on this itinerary to visit Rome in 2 days with children: you can bring your children to the Wax Museum, the third largest in Europe for the number of collected characters. It contains a collection of 250 wax figures including, in addition to popes, politicians and poets, Barack Obama, Francesco Totti and, for the joy of the girls, Biancaneve.

Alternatively you can bring your kids to the Time Elevator, a 3D cinema inaugurated in 2005, where it’s worth seeing the show on three scenic screens, Time Elevator Roma, a virtual trip in a 45-minute flight simulator during almost 3,000 years of Roman history. The show start every hour.
The wonderful fountain of Trevi is among the things to see in Rome.

Continue the afternoon until you reach the Trevi Fountain, another of Rome’s capital attractions around the world.

The sculptural complex of the fountain occupies almost the whole square. As a result of a recent restoration, the Trevi fountain today is visible in all its original splendor. Make the inevitable usual photos and then take the via del Corso (the shopping street) where you will be able to shop for the whole family.

Finally come to Piazza del Popolo, where you will find a 23.9 meters obelisk. It is the first obelisk to be transported to Rome at the time of Augustus, to celebrate the Emperor’s victory over Egypt. Initially it was placed at the Circus Maximus.

Our itinerary to visit Rome for two days with children ends up here.