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VISIT ROME IN 4 DAYS. THE ROUTES OF THE PERFECT ROME ITINERARY

A visit of Rome in 4 days will surely give you the opportunity to enjoy without hurry most of the attractions in the capital. Museums, parks, monuments will no longer have secrets for you. There are a thousand itineraries that can be organized to visit Rome in 4 days, and you can choose them according to what you are interested to see and the time you want to dedicate to each attraction.
To make your task easier, we offer you our suggestions, including all the attractions that you should not absolutely miss during your stay in the Eternal City. This is a rough itinerary, which you can follow in full or even partially, depending on what you want to do.

Here is our itinerary to visit Rome in 4 days:

FIRST DAY

What will you see:
Basilica of San Pietro
Castel Sant’Angelo
Piazza Navona
Campo dei Fiori

VATICAN CITY

The Basilica of San Pietro is unmissable if you want to visit in Rome in 4 days

Since you are still full of energy, we recommend that you start your itinerary to visit Rome in 4 days from the Vatican City (metro stop: Ottaviano-San Pietro).You should arrive early in the morning, when the flow of visitors is still low.
The Basilica of San Pietro is unmissable if you want to visit in Rome in 4 days
Visit immediately the Basilica of San Pietro, the largest, rich and spectacular Italian church. No photograph or explanation by people who have visited it can make to feel the emotion that the grandeur of the building inspires with the magnificence of the decorations and the works of art that it contains. We recommend that you wear appropriate clothes if you do not want to be stopped from accessing the basilica. Miniskirts, shorts, or bare shoulders are not allowed.
At the end of the visit, stop for a few moments in Piazza San Pietro, enjoying the magnificence of what is one of the largest public spaces in the world.

Then head to the Vatican Museums, which are nearby. We advise you to buy the tickets online to avoid the queue at the entrance. The museum (equipped for the disabled) is immense and it would take years to see it all, therefore, for a panoramic visit we suggest you go to the Pinacoteca, the Pio-Clementino museum, the geographic maps gallery, Raphael rooms and of course the ‘unmissable Sistine Chapel with the priceless frescoes by Michelangelo. Consider being in the museum for at least two hours.

CASTEL SANT’ANGELO

After leaving the museum, walk along Via della Conciliazione toy arrive at Castel Sant’Angelo, the papal fortress built in the Middle Ages on the ruins of the emperor Hadrian’s mausoleum. (II century d.c.). Do not leave the fortress without a stop on the Terrazza dell’Angelo, where you can enjoy a spectacular view of the city. If you have the Roma Pass you can skip the queue by passing through the appropriate turnstiles for direct access to the site.After the visit, treat yourself to a well-deserved break to eat and regain your strength. Pay attention because that the area around the Vatican is full of pizzerias and trattorias that often serve poor food at an excessive price.

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Continue your itinerary by crossing Ponte Sant’Angelo, and take a stroll through alleys and squares that still maintain an authentic Roman character. Head towards Piazza Navona, the quintessence of Roman squares. Let yourself be enchanted by the marvelous Baroque palaces and exuberant fountains (including that of the four Bernini rivers). The square is characterized by a large crowd of tourists, portraitists and street artists who fills it every hour of the day and night.
If you want to take a break you can go to the nearby Piazza Sant’Eustachio and enter the Café with the same name: the place is not anything special but serves the best espresso coffee in the city.

CAMPO DEI FIORI

Then go back to Piazza Navona and exit the square towards the south. Cross Corso Vittorio Emanuele and follow Via dei Ballauri to Campo dei Fiori with the famous statue of Giordano Bruno, a heretic monk condemned to the stake during the Counter-Reformation. The square is one of the focal points of Roman life: during the day with a busy market, in the evening is a pace where to go for a drink.

Finish your evening by dining around this area.

SECOND DAY

What will you see:
Piazza di Spagna
Fontana di Trevi
Pantheon

PIAZZA DI SPAGNA

Piazza di Spagna, the ideal place to spend an evening if you want to visit Rome in 4 days

The second day of your itinerary to visit Rome in 4 days starts from Piazza di Spagna (metro stop: Spagna) with its famous steps of Trinità dei Monti (which after the restoration has regained all its splendor), at whose feet you will find the famous fountain of Barcaccia. Together with the ocher-colored buildings that surround it, these architectural elements give the square an indisputable eighteenth-century elegance.
In front of the stairway there is Via dei Condotti, destination of the expensive shopping fans. Along the way there are indeed the most elegant shops in Rome. If your wallet allows you, do not miss the opportunity to make purchases.

FONTANA DI TREVI

Follow the road all the way up to Via del Corso (another shopping street) from where you can reach the spectacular Trevi Fountain, the largest and most famous of Roman fountains. You will notice the fountain suddenly, with an emotional impact that will leave you breathless. The streets leading to the fountain are not in fact aligned with it. One can understand Its proximity by the noise of the water, but nothing allows the visitor to foresee the magnificence of the place.

PANTHEON

After stopping at the Trevi fountain, taking your inevitable photos and eating something, cross Via del Corso and go to the Pantheon. Together with the Colosseum, the Pantheon is one of the great symbols of Rome and the best preserved ancient monument of the capital. The visit of the building will leave you amazed, with its largest concrete dome in the world and the interior covered with marble.

THIRD DAY

What will you see:
Colosseoum
Vittoriano
Capitoline Museums

THE COLOSSEUM

If you want to visit Rome in 4 days the Colosseum is an unmissable attraction

The third day of our itinerary to visit Rome in 4 days includes going to the discovery of ancient Rome. We recommend starting the tour in the early morning to avoid the hours of overcrowding and to take bottles of water and something to eat. You will avoid spending a fortune to buy them in bars or vans in Via dei Fori imperial.
Leave from the Colosseum (metro stop: Colosseum), the symbol of Rome par excellence and the most exciting among the monuments of the ancient city. If you decide to visit it inside, buy the ticket online (Roma Pass), you will skip the long lines at the entrance.
Not far from the Colosseum you will find the Arch of Constantino, the most famous of the Roman triumphal arches and one of the last monuments of ancient Rome. After taking some souvenir photos, take Via dei Fori Imperiali and arrive to the Roman Forum, once a pulsating heart of Rome, which will be on your left. On the other side of the road there is the whole area of the Fori Imperiali, the archaeological complex that contains all the forums built by the various emperors between 42 AC and 112 AD. You can admire the Forums from Via Alessandrina, by arriving up to the imposing Trajan’s Column.
Along this route there are not many restaurants or bars, so we suggest that you eat something packed once you arrive under the Trajan’s Column. Alternatively, if your legs allow it, you can reach the Rione Monti (from the Imperial Fori take Via Cavour and then turn into Via dei Serpenti). It is a district full of hills, but full also of trattorias, trendy clubs and bistros.

VITTORIANO

Once you have refreshed and rested a bit, head for Piazza Venezia to visit the Vittoriano. The judgment on this attraction divides visitors into two groups: those who love it and that of those who hate it. What is certain is that it is impossible to ignore it. Built in 1885 to commemorate the unity of Italy, today it is dedicated to the unknown soldier. Please note that it is forbidden to sit for respect of the place and the controls are strict. The view that can be enjoyed from the terrace at the top is incomparable. You can reach the top of the Vittoriano with the panoramic glass elevator accessible on the side of the building.

CAPITOLINE MUSEUMS

As the last stop of the day, we suggest you to visit the Campidoglio, the most famous and smallest Roman hill. The most spectacular way to get there is along the Cordonata the steps leading from Piazza d’Aracoeli to Piazza del Campidoglio, designed by Michelangelo. Here there is a perfect copy of the equestrian monument to Marcus Aurelius. The original is located in the Capitoline Museums (equipped for the disabled) located on the right of the square. The Capitoline Museums are the oldest public museum in the world and are absolutely worth a visit.

FOURH DAY

What will you see:
National Etruscan Museum of Villa Giulia
National Gallery of Modern Art
Museum and Galleria Borghese
Piazza Barberini

MUSEUM AND GALLERIA BORGESE

The Borghese Gallery in Rome, one of the main attractions

Dedicate the last day of your itinerary to visit Rome in 4 days to discover one of the most beautiful parks in the city: Villa Borghese.
It consists of several parts, and you can find avenues lined with trees or hedges and flower beds. It is crossed by pebble bodies as well as by some roads. The park is ideal for resting or for taking the children for a picnic.
The main entrance is on Piazzale Flaminio, that you can easily reach by getting off at the Flaminio underground station (line A). From there take Via Flaminia and follow it until you reach Via di Villa Giulia. Continue on this road that will take you to the National Etruscan Museum of Villa Giulia, which since 1889 houses the national collection of Etruscan objects coming mostly from graves scattered throughout Lazio. Among the most important pieces we point out the sarcophagus of the spouses, finely sculpted.

Then enter Viale delle Belle Arti. Stroll up to the staircase of the National Gallery of Modern Art where you can find masterpieces of Italian artists between the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Return to Viale delle Belle Arti and continue until you reach Viale di Villa Giulia. Enter the park, walk until you get to the Museum and Galleria Borghese (included in the Roma Pass) which houses one of the most prestigious collections of art objects in Rome. In one space you will find concentrated works by Caravaggio, Bernini, Botticelli and Raphael, and the famous statue of Canova portraying Paolina Borghese as the winning Venus.

PIAZZA BARBERINI

Once out, take Viale Museo Borghese and reach Corso d’Italia. Go through the Arco di Porta Pinciana and arrive in Via Veneto. Walk on this historic street of Rome, with its cafés, clubs and luxurious hotels, also immortalized in the unforgettable film “La dolce vita” and arrive to Piazza Barberini, where you will find the beautiful Bernini’s Triton Fountain. It represents a triton blowing a jet of water through a shell, sitting in turn on a shell supported by four dolphins.
Our itinerary to visit Rome in 4 days ends here.
In this itinerary we have included several museums in the Villa Borghese. You can decide whether to visit one, or more than one and, consequently, when to have a lunch break.

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

San Pietro Basilica: 1st October – 31st March every day 7am -6.30pm / 1 April – 30 September every day 7am-7pm. Free admission.
Vatican Museums: from Monday to Saturday 9am-6pm (last admission at 4pm and exit from the rooms half an hour before closing).
Buy tickets online for priority access to skip the line
Castel Sant’Angelo: every day 9am-7.30pm (the ticket office closes at 6.30pm). Full ticket € 10, reduced ticket € 5. Included in the Roma Pass
Colosseum: every day except 25 December and 1 January 9-17. Until February 15th 8.30am – 4.30pm; 16 February to 15 March 8.30am – 5pm; from the 16th to the last Saturday of March 8.30am – 5.30pm; from the last Sunday of March until 31 August 8.30 – 19.15; from 1 to 30 September 08.30am – 7pm; from 1 to the last Saturday of October 8.30am – 6.30pm. Last admission one hour before closing. Full ticket € 12, reduced ticket € 7.50, free under 18 years. Included in the Roma Pass.
Capitoline Museums: every day 9.30-19.30, 24 and 31 December 9.30am – 2pm. The ticket office closes an hour earlier. Closed on January 1st, May 1st, December 31st. Full ticket € 14, reduced ticket € 12. Included in the Roma Pass.
Villa Giulia’s National Etruscan Museum: Tuesday to Sunday 8.30am – 7.30pm; the ticket office closes at 6.30pm; closed on Mondays; also closed on January 1, May 1 (except for special openings arranged by MiBACT) and December 25. When the Monday, closing day, coincides with a holiday (eg Easter Monday), the museum remains open. Full ticket € 8.00, reduced ticket € 4.00. Included in the Roma Pass.
National Gallery of Modern Art: Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 6:30 pm 24 and 31 December from 10 am to 2 pm. Closed on Monday, 1 January, 1 May, 25 December. Admission is allowed up to half an hour before closing time. Full price: € 7.50, reduced ticket: € 6.50. Included in the Roma Pass.
Borghese Museum and Gallery: closed on Mondays, from Tuesday to Sunday from 8.30am to 7.30pm. Closed 1 January, 25 December. Admission is allowed until half an hour before closing.
Full € 11.00 (9.00 + 2.00 booking required), reduced € 6.50 (4.50 + 2.00 booking required). The cost of admission to the museum may be increased compared to the amount paid at the time of booking for the opening of a temporary exhibition. Included in the Roma Pass.

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VISIT THE MUSEUMS OF ROME IN 2 DAYS – WHERE TO GO

You have only 2 days to visit Rome but are you crazy about museums?
The capital is full of beautiful museums that should all be visited, but since tou have to make a choice, of course, we suggest you to select the most important ones, which represent the main attractions of Rome. Vatican Museums, Capitoline Museums, Galleria Borghese and others are therefore a must to be included in your itinerary if you wish to visit the museums of Rome in 2 days.
To make it easier for you, we can suggest you a choice that you can adapt as you like.
Please note that for every museum it is necessary to dedicate at least two hours, so we suggest you to see only one of them per day. Then you can use the rest of the day to see the areas of the city around the museum that you have decided to visit.

FIRST DAY

What will you see:
Musei Vaticani
Piazza San Pietro
Castel San’Angelo
Piazza Navona

Campo dei Fiori (Field of flowers)

VATICAN MUSEUMS

Sistine Chapel in Roma. The universal judgment

Start your day in the capital with a visit to the Vatican Museums (buy the tickets online to avoid the queue and save time). You will arrive there by stopping at the Ottaviano San Pietro stop.

It will be difficult to forget the experience of having visited this museum which is one of the largest collections of art in the world. It is impossible to see all 7 kilometers of exhibition space where there are more masterpieces than those of many small countries. So you will have to choose what to see. We advise you to go to the Pinacoteca (do not miss the Transfiguration of Raffaello), to the Pio-Clementino Museum (for the Apollo del Belvedere and the magnificent Laocoonte), to the Gallery of Geographical Maps, in the Raffello rooms and in the unmissable Sistine Chapel (it is the only room with air conditioning).

BASILICA OF SAN PIETRO

At the end of the visit stop in the amazing Piazza San Pietro enjoying the grandeur of the Basilica of San Pietro. Take the usual photos to remember the day and if you wish stop to eat and rest.

SANT’ANGELO CASTLE

After resting walk through via della Conciliazione and come up to Castel Sant’Angelo and admire it only from the outside.

PIAZZA NAVONA AND CAMPO DEI FIORI

Cross Ponte Sant’Angelo and stroll through the alleys and squares that will take you to Piazza Navona, characterized by beautiful Baroque palaces and wonderful fountains (including that of the Four Rivers of Bernini)
The square is always crowded with tourists and street artists at every hour of the day and night. If you want to take a break you can go to the nearby Piazza Sant’Eustachio and enter the homonymous café: the place is nothing special but serves the best espresso in the city.
Then return to Piazza Navona and exit the square towards the south by reaching Campo dei Fiori. It is here that the heretic Giordano Bruno was burned alive and in memory of this event there is a statue that represents it. The square is one of the focal points of Roman life: during the day it is a lively market full of people, in the evening a place to go for a drink.

If you do not want to see the Vatican Museums, you can visit alternatively the National Roman Museum: Palazzo Massimo alle terme (metro station: Termini). The museum (accessible to disabled people), is often overlooked, but is wonderful, spacious and bright and contains spectacular classical art pieces (the resting boxer, sleeping Hermaphrodite), as well as extraordinary paintings and mosaics.
After the visit to the museum you can plan the rest of the day according to the itinerary described above. You can arrive in Piazza Navona with a half-hour walk.

TICKETS FOR THE FIRST DAY

To save money on the admission to these attractions we recommend that you use one of the many combined packages, we’ll introduce you to some of them below. Alternatively, you can purchase the Omnia Card.

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

Vatican Museums: from Monday to Saturday 9.00-18.00 (last admission at 4pm and exit from the rooms half an hour before closing). Full ticket € 16, reduced ticket € 8.
Included in the Omnia Card.
St. Peter’s Basilica: October 1 – March 31 every day 7.00-18.30 / 1 April – 30 September every day 7-19.00. Free admission.
National Roman Museum – Palazzo Massimo alle terme: Open every day from 9 to 19.45. Closed on Mondays (except Monday in Albis and during the cultural week), January 1st, December 25th. The ticket office closes at 19.00. Full ticket € 8 Reduced ticket € 3.50, free under 18 years. Included in the Roma Pass.

SECOND DAY

What you will see:
Capitoline Museums
Campidoglio square
Piazza Venezia

On your second day of the itinerary to visit the museums of Rome in 2 days we suggest you visit the Capitoline Museums, one of the most popular attractions in the capital (equipped for the disabled).

CAPITOLINE MUSEUMS

the Capitoline Museums in Rome

Arrive in Piazza Venezia (Piazza Venezia bus stop) and reach Piazza del Campidoglio by accessing the Cordonata, the staircase that leads from the Ara Coeli square to the top of the hill.

At the centre of the square, built by Michelangelo, you will find a copy of the equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius (the authentic one can be found in the Capitoline Museums).

There are three palaces that surround the square: Palazzo Senatorio at the back, Palazzo Nuovo on the left and Palazzo dei Conservatori on the right. The latter two buildings host the Capitoline Museums.

The main entrance to the museum complex is in the Palazzo dei Conservatori, where there is the original core of the statuary collection and a Pinacoteca (on the second floor) with paintings by Tiziano, Tintoretto, Rubens, Van Dyck and many other great artists.

Palazzo Nuovo instead contains a considerable number of classical sculptures. Not to be missed, among others, is the Capitoline wolf, the dying Galata and the Capitoline Venus.

For the visit, take into account at least two hours.

PIAZZA VENEZIA

When you leave the museums stop for lunch and regain some strength. Once you feel refreshed and rested, return to Piazza Venezia, dominated by the Vittoriano, the immense monument of white marble built in 1885 to celebrate the unity of Italy.

The monument was later dedicated to the unknown soldier and a torch perpetually burns inside it, guarded by guards of honour.
Please note that it is forbidden to sit both on the steps and inside, there are strict controls.
To enjoy a full view of the city, go up to the terrace with the glass elevator that is on the side of the monument.

TICKETS FOR THE SECOND DAY

To save money on the admission to these attractions we recommend that you use one of the many combined packages, that we describe below. Alternatively, you can purchase the Omnia Card

PRATICAL INFORMATION

Capitoline Museums: 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. Included in the Omnia Card.
Doria Panphilj Palace and Gallery: every day from 9.00 to 19.00. Last entry at 18.00. Closing on: December 25th, January 1st, Easter. Also open on November 1st, Easter Monday, April 25th, May 1st, June 2nd and August 15th. Full ticket € 12, reduced ticket € 8, family ticket € 40.002 adults + 3 children aged 6 to 18 years. Free under 5 years.

Roman Divinities – The Names and Their Characteristics

The Temple of Venus Genitrice, the Temple of Minerva, the Temple of Vesta (all in the Roman Forum) are just some of the sacred buildings devoted to the Roman divinities that you can admire when visiting Rome. The whole city was dotted with temples and sacred places to go to pray to the gods to solve social, personal issues, thank them or make the necessary sacrifices.
The Roman pantheon was mainly made up of divinities of ancient Italic origins, which, after the influence of other peoples, assimilated foreign gods, especially Greek ones.

But how were these Roman deities?
Like the Greek ones, they were imagined in human semblance and with life habits similar to those of men with personal stories that often clashed with them not only in love affairs, but also in warlike affairs.
They obviously had over-the-top qualities and powers, but also the characteristic defects of men. They frequently argued and were jealous of each other.

Below you will find a small list of the major Roman divinities, so that you will be able to be prepared when you visit Rome.

JUPITER

King of Heaven and the founder of all gods. Juno’s brother and husband was famous for his extramarital adventures from which many heroes were born, such as Hercules, demigods and some monsters. His symbols were the lightning and the eagle (symbol, among other things, also of Rome).
Greek form: Zeus

NEPTUNE

God of the sea and the earthquakes, was the brother of Jupiter and Pluto. Married to the Anfitrite nymph, lived in an underwater palace. He had four children from her, including Triton and Cimopolea. He was also the father of many more or less monstrous creatures, such as the legendary cyclops and the legendary Pegasus. His symbols were the trident and the horse, created by himself by the foam of the waves.
Greek Form: Poseidon

PLUTON

Brother of Jupiter and Neptune, he was never welcome on the Olympus, so that he did not even have a throne in the gods’ residence. He controlled the Hells, where he lived. In Roman times it also became the divinity of metals, precious stones and everything that is under ground. He kidnappedr Proserpina, daughter of Ceres, and made her his bride. His symbol was the helm of Terror.
Greek form: Ade

MARS

God of war, son of Jupiter and Juno, in the Roman era he was very important. He was given the name of Ultore, the Avenger. Protector of the Empire, he lost his ferocious character, typical of the Greek form, to assume a more rigid and demanding personality. He was the lover of Venus, father of Phobos and Deimos. His symbols were the boar and the bloody spear.
Greek Form: Ares

VULCAN

Juni’s son, when he was newly born was thrown down from the Olympus by his mother because he did not look good. God of fire, craftsmen and blacksmiths, he was married to Venus. His symbols were the anvil and the quail (which bounces along strangely, just like him).
Greek Form: Hephaestus

APOLLO

Diana’s twin was the god of music, poetry, medicine, archery, and bachelors. As the sister represented the moon, he was attributed to the sun.
Greek Form: Apollo

MERCURY

God of wayfarers, travelers, thieves, and messengers. He was the courier of the gods, son of Jupiter and Maia. His symbols were the the helmet. the winged sandals and the caduceo.
Greek Form: Ermes

BACCUS

Originally he was a demigod, son of Jupiter and a mortal, Semele, but after inventing the wine he was promoted to divinity by taking the throne of Vesta. He was the god of wine and festivities. The symbols were the tiger, the leopard, the grape and the thyrsus, a spear topped by a pine cone.
Greek Form: Dionysus

JUNO

Wife and sister of Jupiter, she was the goddess of women, marriage, maternity and fertility. Jupiter gave her a son, Mars, and a daughter, Iuventas, a goddess of youth. Her symbols were the peacock and the cow (a maternal animal).
Greek Form: Era

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CERERE

Goddess of Agriculture, sister of Juno and Vesta. Mother of Proserpina, her symbols were poppy and barley.
Greek form: Demetra

VESTA

Goddess of the household and home, gave up his throne on the Olympus to Bacco. She was a virgin and very humble goddess. In the Roman period, a group of priests who devoted themselves to the goddess took on a great deal of importance, thanks to the creation of the Order of the Vestals. Its symbol was a crane.
Greek Form: Estia

MINERVA

She was the goddess of wisdom and minor arts. She was not much loved by the Romans, because she was the protector of the Greeks, their rivals. She was a virgin goddess born of Jupiter’s mind. Its symbol was the owl.
Greek form: Athens

VENUS

Goddess of love born out of the blood of Uranus and the sea foam. She was given a wife to Vulcan, but it was well known that she was in love with Mars. From the union of the two, Phobos and Deimos were born, Fear and Terror. Her symbols were the dove and the magic belt that made anyone fall in love with her.
Greek Form: Aphrodite

DIANA

Goddess of hunting, of virgin girls and of childbirth, later of the moon. She never married or had children. She was the twin of Apollo, the sons of Leto and Jupiter. At her service she had some aides, the so-called Hunters of Artemis, virgin girls under her protection.
Greek form: Artemis

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