Visit Rome in 2 days with your children and family 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 the interests of your family 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.



What you will see

1. Villa Borghese gardens


Things to see in Rome: Villa Borghese Gardens

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 (BUY THE TICKETS HERE!), 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 visit (guided) takes about 1 hour and 45 minutes.

Entrance tickets can be purchased online (https://www.mdbr.it/en/info-2/) and give the right of direct access to the museum without going to the ticket office. 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.


What will you see

1. Colosseum
2. Venice plaza
3. Wax Museum or Time Elevator
4. Trevi Fountain
5. Piazza Del Popolo


The Colosseum, symbol and main attraction of Rome
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, HERE FOR THE TICKETS ), 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 (HERE FOR THE TICKETS) 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.
It is 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 (HERE FOR THE TICKETS), 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.


Visit Rome in 2 days with children: Trevi Fountain

The wonderful fountain of Trevi is among the things to see in Rome.

Continue the afternoon until you reach the fantatisc 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 most important shopping street in Rome) where you will be able to shop for the whole family.


What to see in Rome: Piazza del Popolo

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.

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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 :


  • 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


1. Vatican City

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  
  • 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.

2. 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

3. 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.

4. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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.


  • Colosseo
  • Piazza Venezia
  • Musei Capitolini

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

1. 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. First of all 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.

2. 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.

3. 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!


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. 

Castel Sant’Angelo: every day from 9.00 am to 7.30 pm (ticket office closes at 6.30 pm). 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.  Included in the Omnia Card.

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The Itinerary of Movies Set in Rome

There are so many movies set in Rome that have become part of our culture and have become a reference point in the collective imagination of each of us.
Who does not have in mind the famous bath of Anita Eckberg in the Trevi Fountain, or the unforgettable Audrey Hepburn riding a Vespa around the Capital with Gregory Peck in the Roman Holiday movie?

In this itinerary we offer you a tour of the attractions that have been the background of some of the most beautiful movies set in Rome since the 1940s.
The walk takes place in the center of Rome so we left to you the choice of the point from which to start, according to the movies and their main locations. If you have decided to visit Rome in 3 days you can choose this itinerary as an alternative to the classical tours.

The List of Some of the Most Famous Films Set in Rome

Rome Open City, among the film set in Rome

1. ROMA CITTA’ APERTA (Rome open city) – 1945

The Roberto Rossellini’s film, played by a great Anna Magnani, is considered one of the masterpieces of the world cinema and of neo-realism.

Set in a Rome where the Fascist regime has just fallen, he sees as protagonists a priest, a commoner and a communist engineer who are trying to resist the violence of German invaders.
Many scenes have been shot in the Pigneto (like the final one where the protagonist, Pina, is killed while running behind the truck that takes away her husband captured by German soldiers, this takes place in Via Raimondo Montecuccoli).
Another location is Piazza di Spagna where you can still see the pension from which a partisan, surprised by the Nazis, flees on the roofs of the Spanish embassy.

Vacanze romane, one of the movies Set in Rome

2. VACANZE ROMANE (Roma n Holidays) – 1953

Unforgettable film by William Wyler with Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck. Shot entirely in Rome and in the studios of Cinecittà.

Among the most famous locations where is shown the story of the beautiful Princess Anna, heir to the throne of an imaginary kingdom and the American journalist Joe, there is Via Margutta 51 (the house where Joe lives and where Anna spends a night); the Trevi Fountain (where the haircut scene is set); the Trinity Monument Stairway (where they meet Bradley with an ice cream); The Pantheon (scene at the bar with the photographer who is the journalist’s friend); The Colosseum (where the protagonists enter after the famous Vespa tour); The Mouth of Truth (where the scene of the unspeakable secret takes place); Piazza Barberini, (seat of the Embassy where Anna was a guest).


Un americano a Roma: The Itinerary of Movies Set in Rome

Un Americano a Roma (An American in Rome), one of the films set in Rome

3. UN AMERICANO A ROMA (An American in Rome) – 1954

Directed by Steno, is a costume satire of post-war Italy. Alberto Sordi interprets Nando Mericoni, Trastevere‘s young boy ridiculously obsessed with all that is American. The location included in the itinerary of films in Rome is that of the Colosseum. It is here that the movie begins. In fact, in the initial scene, Nando climbs the Colosseum and threatens to throw himself down if he is not alllowed to reach his dream or going to Kansas. His friends attend the scene and begin to remember the most exhilarating episodes of his young life. Unforgettable scenes are those of the spaghettis or that of road information given in a stingy English.


4. A DOLCE VITA (The sweet life) – 1969 

Directed by Federico Fellini who in this film immortalizes the image of a Italy after the end of the war, which after losing its innocence, looks to the American model, with the desire for a life of indulgence and pleasure. The novelist Marcello Rubini (Marcello Mastroianni) tells the story of Rome.
The most famous venues are the Trevi Fountain, in which Anita Ekberg enters and invites Mastroianni to dance by whispering the famous “Marcello come here!”, and Via Veneto, in the past, a symbol of celebrity nightlife. Among the other locations there is also Piazza del Popolo, where the parties attended by Mastroianni took place.

Among the famous films set in Rome there is Il talento di Mr. Ripley (Mr. Ripley’s talent)

5. IL TALENTO DI MR. RIPLEY (Mr. Ripley’s talent) – 1999

Of the Oscar-winning director Anthony Minghella and taken from the novel by Patricia Highsmith, the film is a psychological thriller played by a great cast. Tom Ripley (Matt Damon), a brilliant but psychopathic man, meets Dickie Greenleaf (Jude Law) and his girlfriend Marge (Gwyneth Paltrow) who escaped in Italy to live with the money of Greenleaf’s father. The latter hires Ripley to bring him back home but after some time, overwhelmed by envy, Ripley ends up killing Greenleaf and assuming his identity. Among the scenes in Rome there are those set in Piazza Navona, at the Roman Forum and the Campidoglio.

Angel and Demionds, set in Rome

Angeli e demoni (Angels and Demons), one of the films set in Rome

6. ANGELI E DEMONI ( Angels and Demons) – 2009

Dan Brown’s best-selling film directed by Ron Howard and with Tom Hanks deals with the story of the brilliant professor Robert Langdon who is called to Rome by the Vatican to decipher the symbol delivered together with a threat letter. A symbol that belongs to the Illuminati, a secret society that has in its ranks scientists and artists with the sole aim of destroying the Catholic Church.
The film features some of Rome’s most characteristic places: the Church of Santa Maria della Vittoria (inside it the scene of the shootout between the murderer and the men of the Vatican Gendarmerie was shot); St. Peter’s Square (where Robert Langdon arrives inside a Lancia Delta); Piazza Navona (here there are dangerous chases between the police cars with sirens blaring and the assassin who, when reached, manages to run away leaving behind a trail of blood); Castel Sant’Angelo (within which there are shootings and chases and the area is surrounded by police and helicopters in an attempt to stop the assassin, hidden in the secret); The Pantheon (chosen as the scene of the first horrible crime. On the floor the body of the first killed Cardinal will be found).

Take part in the tour of the Dan Brown’s novel locations!

7. LA GRANDE BELLEZZA (The Great Beauty) – 2013

Directed by Paolo Sorrentino, winner of the Oscar 2014 as the best foreign film. He narrates the story of the novelist Jep Gambardella (played by Toni Servillo) who begins to meditate on his life between lounges, terraces, gardens and Roman squares. The film has been shot almost entirely in a decadent and beautiful Rome.

Amongst the breathtaking sceneries that can be seen in our itinery of films set in Rome, there are Villa Medici, Palazzo Barberini, Piazza Navona, Palazzo Pamphilj, Caracalla’s Baths.

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Discovering the Eternal City in its entirety could take you months, or even years, but you can still visit Rome in 3 days and get a taste of its incredible beauty. Monuments, attractions and ancient buildings are found around every corner and pleasing surprises at every step.
There are endless itineraries available to help you discover the Capital of Italy. You can easily “tailor” these itineraries according to your preferences and your time available for visiting each attraction. The itinerary we offer will guide you through all the iconic locations that make Rome such a unique city worldwide.

Below is our 3 days itinerary to visit Rome 



  1. Città del Vaticano 
  2. Castel Sant’Angelo 
  3. Piazza Navona
  4. Campo dei fiori

Visiting Rome in 3 days: Basilica of San Pietro

Being fresh and rested, we suggest Città del Vaticano (Vatican City) as a starting point for visiting the capital (metro stop: Ottaviano – San Pietro).


It’s always a good idea to get there early in the morning so you can avoid large crowds of visitors and tourists.
Begin with Basilica di San Pietro (St. Peter’s Basilica), the largest, richest and most spectacular church in Italy. No picture and no story can describe the emotional impact created by the immensity of this building and the magnificent decorations and works of art it contains. Please remember to wear proper clothing or access to the Basilica will be denied. Avoid miniskirts, shorts or bare shoulders.

After visiting the basilica, take a break at Piazza San Pietro (St. Peter’s Square), snap some pictures and enjoy the magnificence of one of the world’s largest public spaces. Then head over to the Vatican Museums for an unforgettable experience. We suggest buying your tickets online to avoid queueing and enjoy the visit!

The museum (equipped for the disabled) is incredibly large and it would take you years to see it all, therefore, for a general tour, we recommend visiting:

  1. The Pinacoteca (Art Gallery)
  2. The Pio-Clementino museum
  3. The Galleria delle Carte Geografiche (Gallery of Maps)
  4. The Stanze di Raffaello (Raphael Rooms) 
  5. The amazing Cappella Sistina (Sistine Chapel, here to ensure your priority) with its precious frescoes painted by Michelangelo. Keep in mind that you will spend at least 2 full and intense hours in the museum.

 Visit Rome in 3 days: the amazing Castel Sant'Angelo



Once you exit the museum, take a walk along Via della Conciliazione up to Castel Sant’Angelo. This is a Papal fortress built upon the mausoleum of Emperor Hadrian in the Middle Ages. (2nd century AD). Don’t leave the fortress without enjoying an amazing view of the city from the terrace. If you bought the Roma Pass you will be able to jump the queue and access the site directly through the appropriate turnstiles.

After your tour, take a well-deserved break, have a meal and recover your energy. Avoid the pizzerias and restaurants surrounding the Vaticano, where they won’t hesitate to serve you very cheap food at extremely expensive prices.



Our 3 days visit to Rome itinerary continues through Ponte Sant’Angelo. Enjoy a pleasant walk in a maze of alleys and squares that maintain an authentic Roman character to this day. Head towards Piazza Navona, the epitome of all Roman squares. Be enchanted by beautiful Baroque palaces and magnificent fountains (including Bernini‘s Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi). Here you will find crowds of tourists, portrait artists and street performers filling the square day and night.

Visit Rome in 3 days: the crowded Piazza Navona
Piazza Navona, one of the most famous places in Rome

For a break you can visit the nearby Piazza Sant’Eustachio and enter its namesake Cafe: this place may not look special but they have the best espresso in Rome.


Return to piazza Navona and exit through the South. Cross Corso Vittorio Emanuele and follow Via dei Ballauri up to Campo dei Fiori, with its famous statue of Giordano Bruno, the heretic monk burned at the stake during the Reformation. This square is one of the centers of Roman life: a crowded marketplace during daytime and a place to hangout for a drink at night.
Finally sit down for dinner in the surrounding area to end the first evening of our itinerary for visiting Rome in 3 days.


To save on entry to these attractions, we recommend using one of the many combined packages. You can find some of them below. Alternatively you can buy the Omnia Card




  1. Colosseo
  2. Vittoriano
  3. Campidoglio

The second day of our visiting Rome in 3 days itinerary will guide you as you discover ancient Rome. Start your tour early in the morning in order to avoid the peak of crowds flooding through the city. We recommend bringing along bottles of water and something to eat. This will help you avoid spending a lot of money at bars or at the food trucks parked in Via dei Fori Imperiali.

The Colosseo, one of the main attractions of Rome


If you are visiting Rome in 3 days with your kids, you don’t want to miss the Colosseo (Coliseum). Start from the Colosseo (metro stop: Colosseo), Rome’s quintessential symbol and most exciting monument.
If you plan to enter it, please 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. After taking a few souvenir photos, take a walk along Via dei Fori Imperiali, all the way to the Foro Romano (Roman Forum), on your left. This was once 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.

Admire the forums along Via Alessandrina right up to the majestic Colonna di Traiano. If you brought your lunch bag with you, we suggest stopping under the Colonna di Traiano, since you won’t find many restaurants or bars in this area. Otherwise, if your not too tired, you can reach Rione Monti (from the Fori imperiali take via Cavour and make a turn onto via dei Serpenti). It’s an area with lots of uphill walking but you will find many restaurants, trendy bars and bistros.

Rome attractions: Piazza Venezia


After a refreshing meal and some rest, head to Piazza Venezia and visit the Vittoriano. Opinions on this attraction are divided into two groups: those who love it and those who hate it. Certainly you can’t ignore it. It was built in 1885 to honor the unification of Italy and today this monument is dedicated to the Unknown Soldier. Please note that there are strict controls here and sitting down is forbidden. The terrace at the top offers an amazing and unique view. You can reach the top of the Vittoriano with its panoramic glass (HERE FOR THE TICKETS!) elevator on the side of the building.


For our last step of the day we suggest visiting the Campidoglio (Capitoline Hill), the most famous and smallest hill in Rome. The most spectacular way to get there is by climbing the Cordonata, a stairway from Piazza d’Aracoeli to Piazza del Campidoglio, designed by Michelangelo. Here you will find 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. It’s included in the Omnia Card.


To save on entry to these attractions, we recommend using one of the many combined packages. You can find some of them below. Alternatively you can buy the Omnia Card




  1. Piazza di Spagna
  2. Fontana di Trevi
  3. Pantheon


The itinerary of your last day in Rome begins from Piazza di Spagna (metro stop: Spagna) with the famous Trinità dei Monti (completely restored to its former glory), at the foot of which lays the famous Fontana della Barcaccia. The architectural elements and the surrounding ochre buildings convey an undeniable 18th-century elegance to the Piazza.

The spectacular Trevi Fountain, the largest and most famous fountain in Rome


Via dei Condotti, which starts in front of the stairway, is a popular fashion-shopping destination in Rome. Along the pedestrian street you will find the most elegant and expensive shops in Rome. Do not miss the opportunity to do some shopping here if you can afford it. Stroll all the way to Via del Corso (another shopping street) where you will reach the spectacular  Fontana di Trevi (Trevi Fountain), the largest and most famous fountain in Rome. The streets leading to the fountain are not directly aligned with it, so it will appear suddenly in front of you and truly leave you breathless at first sight. Such magnificence is preceded by the sound of flowing water, which will guide you to this wonderful place.


After visiting the Trevi Fountain, snapping some pictures and having something to eat, cross Via del Corso and head to the Pantheon. Like the Colosseum, the Pantheon is one of the great symbols of Rome and the best-preserved historical monument in the city. Visit the building and be amazed by the marble interior and the world’s largest unreinforced concrete dome.

When you are through visiting the Pantheon, you will arrive at the last step of our itinerary: Trastevere. If you have some energy to spare you can reach the area by walking through the Jewish district. Otherwise, reach Largo Argentina and catch tram number 8, which leads to Viale Trastevere.

Trastevere, traditionally a poor working class district, still maintains its authentic Roman character. Today it’s expensive, chic and one of the most exciting areas in Rome where tourists, intellectuals and wealthy people live. Take a walk down the ochre streets and visit Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere along with the splendid basilica, Piazza Trilussa and the Basilica of Santa Cecilia in Trastevere. Walk up the hill to the Gianicolo and enjoy a wonderful view of the Eternal City.

End the last day of your visit to Rome by dining at one of the many restaurants, bars and trattorias in this area.

This is a general itinerary for visit Rome in 3 days. If you think the steps above are too challenging you can remove some and you can decide what attractions you should spend more or less time at.


To save on entry to these attractions, we recommend using one of the many combined packages, here are some of the below. Alternatively you can buy the Omnia Card



St. Peter’s Basilica
1st October – 31st March:
every day 7.00 am- 6.30 p.m
1st April – 30th September every day 7.00 am – 7.00 pm

Vatican Museums
from Monday to Saturday: 9.00 am – 6.00 pm (last admission at 4.00 pm and exit from the rooms half an hour before closing).
Priority access tickets

Sant’Angelo castel
Every day 9.00 am -7.30 pm (the ticket office closes at 6.30 pm). Closed January 1st, May 1st and December 25th.
Included in the Omnia Card and the Roma Pass.

from 27 March to 31 August
9.00 am – 7.15 pm
from 1st September to 30th September
9.00 am – 19.00 pm
from 1st to 30th October
9.00 am – 18.30 pm
from October 31st to December 31st
9.00 am – 16.30 pm
Last admission one hour before closing.
Included  the Omnia Card and the Roma Pass

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Whether you come for 3 days in Rome, whether your stay lasts a bit more or less, a tour of the Vatican Museums is a must. In fact, this visit alone justifies a travel.

Believe us, a visit to the Vatican Museums is such an exciting experience that will hardly be erased from your mind. Once you get out of there, you’ll be struggling to figure out how much beauty has passed under your eyes.
The museum complex is characterized by seven kilometers of exhibition space and contains more masterpieces than many small countries.
It is located in the Vatican Apostolic Palace and offers visitors one of the largest art collections in the world. They say that, to visit the Vatican Museums, it would take an average person about twelve years, do not think therefore that you will be able to see it all in a single visit!

The advice that we give you is to give precedence to:

  • the Raffaello Rooms
  • the Pio-Clementine Museum (to stay in ecstasy in front of Laocoonte and Apollo of Belvedere)
  • the Pinacoteca (do not miss the Raffaello Transfiguration)
  • the Geographic Gallery
  • the awesome Sistine Chapel (here to ensure your priority entry)

We remind you that museums are equipped for disabled people and, upon reservation, wheelchairs are available free of charge (for bookings: contact the reception at musei@scv.va or for direct requests contact the “special permits” desk).

It is also possible to enter with strollers.
Since queues at the Vatican’s ticket office are endless, we suggest you to buy the tickets online, you will save you a lot of time and avoid the stress of a queue.



These were the private apartments of Pope Julius II, who entrusted to Raffaello, who was then 25 and was not yet very famous, to realize the frescoes of the four rooms. This commission allowed the painter to raise his “quotations” considerably. However, only two rooms were painted directly by him: the Signature Room (the study) and the Room of Heliodorus (the waiting room used for private hearings). The other two rooms, the Room of the Village Fire (the dining room) and the Constantine Hall (reception hall) were designed by students who followed his designs.

Visit the Vatican museums: Raffaello's rooms


It houses a fantastic set of classic statues. Among these, the most famous are the “Apollo del Belvedere” (Roman marble copy produced in the 2nd century BC of an original Greek statue in bronze dating to the fourth century BC), considered one of the great masterpieces of classical art, and the Laocoonte group (depicting a Troyan Priest of Apollo and his children fighting a deadly struggle with two sea snakes), which is also a Roman copy of a Greek original statue dating back to the I century. A.D. Both are located in the Ottagono Courtyard, the central courtyard of the palace.


It was made by Pope Pius XI in 1932 and accommodates 460 paintings arranged in chronological order from the XI to the XIX century, with works by Giotto, Beato Angelico, Filippo Lippi, Guido Reni, Raffaello, Caravaggio and several other great artists.


One of the lesser-known venues of the Vatican Museums, this gallery, 120 m long, is covered by huge and beautiful topographic maps, all made between 1580 and 1583 for Pope Gregory XIII on the basis of the indications of one of the the greatest cartographers of the time, Ignazio Danti.


Visited by over 4 million people a year, it is the only place in the Vatican Museums that nobody would think of skipping. The Sistine Chapel is a spectacular place to visit and will be unforgettable.

It was originally built for Pope Sixtus IV and was inaugurated on the 15th August 1483.

It is a parallelepipedon with a barrel ceiling 40.2 m long, 13.4 m wide and 20.7 m high, the same size, as it was assumed, of the Temple of Solomon in Jerusalem.

All the chapel, already frescoed by the best Renaissance artists, including Botticelli and Pinturicchio, just to name a few, and with a marble flooring in many colours was sacrificed to give space, all along, to two masterpieces by Michelangelo: the Genesis, realized between 1508 and 1512 and the amazing Universal Judgment, painted in 1541.

In the latter, unlike the vault, it is impressive the amount of overseas blue that has been used. At that time, blue was very expensive, because it was made with lapis lazuli. But since it was paid by the Pope Julius II, Michelangelo did not bother. On the contrary, he did not spend much in painting the vault since he had to pay personally for the materials.

Visit the Vatican Museums: the entrance to the Sistine Chapel

Timetables: Monday to Saturday 9.00-18.00 (last entry at 16.00 and exit from the halls half an hour before closing)

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The Colosseum– How is It Made?

The symbol of the capital city par excellence and an architectural masterpiece of ancient Rome, the Coliseum is the most visited attraction of the city, with almost five million visitors a year.

You can not, therefore, exclude it from your itinerary when you visit Rome, whether you come to the capital for a couple of days, or have a chance to stay longer.

The Coliseum, we guarantee, will knock your socks off, both for its spectacular size (it is the largest Roman amphitheater in the world) and for the emotional impact that it will have on you (you cannot remain impassive in front of the the fact that the building represents a proof of the great cruelty and ferocity of ancient times).

Since there are endless queues to visit this attraction, we suggest that you get the ticket on line, you will save time that could be spent by visiting the other wonders of the capital.

But how was the Coliseum made?
We provide below some news about the structure of what has become the model for all subsequent sports stadiums.


In the past they were entirely covered with travertine. They are divided into three levels of arches framed by pilasters (pillars embedded in the wall) with tuscan capitals (lower level), ionic capitals (middle level) and corinthians capitals (highest level). The arches of the middle and upper levels were embellished with statues, while the tallest part featuring windows and corinthian pilasters was characterized by the supports for the 240 pillars that supported the “velarium”, a huge retractable fabric tent covering the arena.
On the ground floor there are 80 archway entrances (vomitoria), that allowed the spectators to enter and sit in a few minutes.


Originally it had a wooden floor covered with sand in order to avoid that the gladiators could slip and in order to absorb the spilled blood.

The arena could also be flooded during naval battles (naumachie). Thanks to some trapdoors it was possible to enter the underground spaces and underground passages that constituted the hypogeum.

Visit the Coliseum in Rome: the arena


The “cavea“, the area reserved to spectators, was divided into three parts: the senators sat in the lower rows, rich people in the middle and the plebeians in the upper ones. The women, except the vestals, were relegated to the top sectors.

As nowadays, the spectators had a numbered ticket pointing to a seat in a precise area.
In front of the seating rows there was a large terrace (the podium), which was reserved to the emperor, the senators and other personalities of respect.                                                        



The underground areas were situated under the whole structure and were used to store scenographies. It was the place where the naval battlegrounds scenographies were built, to be eventually lifted with a complex pulleys system. The gladiators reached the hypogeum directly from the adjoining school, whereas the fierce animals were brought from Mount Celio, where there was a “zoo” where the beasts were locked in cages built within the masonry. From there the animals were brought to the Colosseum by using a goods lift.
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Discovering the wonders of the eternal city aboard a panoramic hop-on hop-off bus is ideal if you have little time available or are traveling around the capital with children. On board of the bus of the City Sightseeing Rome company, you can admire all the main attractions of Rome: the Colosseum, Piazza di Spagna, Vatican City and all the other treasures of Rome will have no more secrets for you!

The ticket is valid 24 or 48 hours.


With a hop on hop off bus of the City Sightseeing Roma you will be able to:

  • Spend all the time you want in the various stops along the way
  • Get on and off at any of the 8 stops or sit back and enjoy the whole bus ride
  • Listen to the interesting tourist information of the on-board audio guide
  • Share your fantastic experience with friends and family with free WiFi on the bus
  • Check the location of City Sightseeing by downloading the “Sightseeing Experience” app

Note: the ticket does not include the entrance fees to the different attractions

1. How long does the tour take?

The whole tour takes 1 hour and 40 minutes and, thanks to the hop on hop off service, you can get off at any of the stops available along the way

2. Daily departures 

Departures are from 09:00 am to 7:00 pm from any stop on the tour. Buses leave every 10 minutes from April to October and every 15-20 minutes from November to March

3. Meeting place

Any s Line A (the stop 6 of the Vatican is in Via Borgo Sant’Angelo, 200 meters before the stop indicated on the tour map)

4. How much does it cost

From 27 euros per person

5. Stop line A

Stop 1: Terminal A. Termini Marsala/Terminal B. Largo di Villa Peretti/ Terminal C Piazza dei Cinquecento, all’angolo con Via Cavour

Stop 2: Santa Maria Maggiore

Stop 3: Colosseo

Stop 4: Circo Massimo

Stop 5: Piazza Venezia

Stop 6: Vaticano

Stop7: Fontana Di Trevi

Stop 8: Piazza Barberini

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Free Museums in Rome: What to See and When to Visit Them

Knowing where are the free museums in Rome will allow you to “get an education” without putting your hand in the wallet. There are in fact several free museums in Rome: some are always free, others are free only on the first Sunday of the month, others still have free entrance on the last Sunday.

To simplify the task of understanding which museums to see and when to access them for free, we have created a list of some of the free museums in Rome: choose where to go according to your interests and the time you have available.

Museums in Rome That Are Always Free

Napoleonic Museum

In the museum there is a large collection of Napoleonic memorials, inherited from the collection owned by Count Giuseppe Primoli (1851-1927), son of Carlotta Bonaparte and kept inside Palazzo Primoli. Inside the same palace there is the Primoli Library and the Mario Praz Museum, the detached home of the National Gallery of Modern Art.
Address: Piazza di Ponte Umberto I, 1

Timetable: Tuesday – Sunday 10.00 – 18.00; 24 and 31 December 10 am – 2 pm. The ticket office closes half an hour before. Closed on Monday, December 25, January 1, May 1.
Admission: free

Museum of the Roman Republic and Garibaldi Memory

It is located in Porta San Pancrazio, a strategic point for the defense of the French siege of 1849, conducted by Garibaldi. The museum and the Garibaldi’s memorabilia are small but well-kept, and lead through the memories of the heroic resistance in which Goffredo Mameli and Emilio Dandolo died. Among Garibaldi’s memorabilia you’ll find the red shirt worn by Garibaldi.
Address: Largo di Porta San Pancrazio

Timetable: Tuesday – Friday 10.00 – 14.00 (entry every 45 minutes); Saturday, Sunday and public holidays 10.00 – 18.00 (normal entrance); 24, 31 December 10.00-14.00. Closed December 25, January 1, May 1.
Admission: free

Museum Carlo Bilotti

It is a small museum. It contains only 23 works, of which 18 are by Giorgio De Chirico. Temporary exhibitions are often held here.
Address: Viale Fiorello La Guardia

Timetable: Tuesday – Friday 10.00 – 16.00; Saturday and Sunday 10.00 – 19.00. Closed on Mondays.
Admission: free

Historical Museum of Liberation

It is the palace, now converted into a museum, which was used by the SS as a place of imprisonment and torture for so many anti-fascists, many of whom were shot by the same SS. It is a collection of documents, newspapers, posters and flyers about the Nazi-fascist occupation of Rome and the Second World War Italian Resistance.

The structure has been kept as close as possible to its appearance during the war years, so it is not welcoming buiding.
Address: Via Tasso, 145

Timetable: Tuesday – Sunday 9.30 – 12.30; Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays 15.30 – 19.30. Monday closed.
Admission: free

Barracco Museum (Giovanni Barracco’s ancient sculpture museum)

It contains a beautiful collection of Greek, Roman, Assyrian and Egyptian sculptures and artefacts, donated to Rome by Senator Giovanni Barracco in 1902.
Address: Corso Vittorio Emanuele 166/A

Timetable: October to May: Tuesday – Sunday 10.00 – 16.00; June to September: Tuesday – Sunday 13.00 – 19.00; 24.31 December 10.00-14.00. Entrance up to half an hour before closing. Closed on Monday, December 25, January 1, May 1
Admission: free

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The Colosseum – 10 Curiosities All To Discover

“As long as there is Colosseum, there will also be Rome; When the Colosseum falls, Rome will also fall; When Rome falls, the world will fall as well”

(Prophecy of the Venerable Beda, eigth century).

A 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.

So, whether you plan a short visit, or decide to visit Rome in 3 days or more, a stop at the Colosseum is a must.

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To let you have some knowledge when visiting this wonder, we reveal some curiosities that you may not have known before. Here they are:

1. When it was built

The amphitheater was built by the Emperor Vespasian on the grounds of the vast complex of the Domus Aurea of Nero. The work started in 72 a.d. and ended in 80 a.d. under the Emperor Tito. The inauguration ceremony lasted 100 days, during which 5.000 animals were killed.

2. The size

The shape of the Colosseum is not round but oval. It is an enormous ellipse with a 527 meter perimeter. Originally it was 52 meters tall but today its height is about 48 meters. These dimensions make it the largest amphitheater in the world. At the top there were 240 uprights supporting the “velario”, a huge fabric tapestry that covered the arena. The viewers came from 80 arched entrances (vomitoria) and could fill the Colosseum in minutes

3. The capacity

The Flavian amphitheater could accommodate 50.000 spectators

4. The origin of the name

The Colosseum was originally called the Flavian Amphitheater, in honor of the illustrious Flavi family to which belonged the emperors Vespasian, Tito and Domiziano, who started and completed the construction work.The name Colosseum dates back to the Middle Ages and refers not to its size, but to the size of the Colossus of Nero, a giant statue that was at its side.

Another hypothesis is that the name derives from its position, because it is located on a hill where once there was a temple of Isis (from which “Collis Isei“).

5. Usages

In addition to the fights of gladiators, the Colosseum was also used as a pool for naumachie, that is, representations of naval battles. A civil and environmental engineering professor of the University of Edinburgh, Martin Crapper, suggested that water ran through a series of internal wells and pipes under the stands and calculated that the time needed to fill the entire arena would have been of about 7 hours.

6. The shows

At the Colosseum the shows lasted for an entire day. The spectators were forced to bring from home soft cushions to be able to sit on the hard stone seats.

7. Seats

All the people could take part in the games that took place in the Colosseum. Class distinctions were made only for the assignement of seats. The cavea was in fact divided into three parts: the senators sat in the lower rows, the less wealthy in the middle rows and the plebeians in the higher rows. The women (except the vestals) were relegated to the top. For the most well-off classes the seats were in marble, while for the other people the seats were in wood. Like today, everyone had a numbered ticket and each spectator had a place assigned to a specific seat.

The podium, a large terrace in front of the rows of seats, was reserved for the emperor and senators and other personalities of concern.

8. As a garden

After its decline after the end of the empire, the Colosseum was covered with plants, some were exotic, and grew up with the help of the microclimate of the amphitheater. There would be about 350 species of plants that for centuries have been studied by botany experts.

9. The Colosseum as a quarry

During the Renaissance it was used as a travertine and marble quarry for the construction of many buildings including Palazzo Venezia and Palazzo Barberini. People stopped taking materials from the Flavian Amphitheater only in the 18th century after a renewed love for the ancient Roman vestiges. It has been calculated that only one third of the original construction has been left.

10. Among the seven new wonders of the world

Since 2007, the Colosseum has been included among the seven new wonders of the world along with the Great Wall of China, the ancient city of Petra in Jordan, the statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio in Brazil, the ruins of Machu Picchu in Peru, the Chichen Itza pyramids in Mexico and the Taj Mahal in India.
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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:


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:

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

Vatican Museums
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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. It is included in the Roma Pass

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. TICKETS



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 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!


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.


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.

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