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.
What will you see:
Piazza San Pietro
Campo dei Fiori (Field of flowers)
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.
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.
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.
What you will see:
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).
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.
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
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.