Rome in 2-3 days
Spend your first day wandering around the centro storico (historical centre) checking out the Trevi fountain, the Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Campo de’Fiori and the Spanish steps. Don’t forget to stop for gelati.
On day two head to the Colosseum and the nearby Roman Forum. After lunch head to the Jewish ghetto area and then across to Isola Tiburina and Trastevere.
Get up early on day three and head to the Vatican. Go straight to the Vatican Museums where you’ll see the Sistine Chapel before making your way to St Peter’s Basilica around the corner. Visit the tombs of the popes and then climb to the top of the dome for a view you’ll never forget.
Rome in one week
Get away from the crowds and the noise by spending a day in Rome’s green lung, the Villa Borghese, one of Europe’s most elegant gardens. The massive park is a magnet for Romans on a Sunday and is the perfect place for a picnic on a fine day. It’s also home to a couple of outstanding museums including the Galleria Borghese.
Head out to Via Appia Antica and see the catacombs and tunnels where early Christians buried their dead and, during the worst times of persecution, held church services discreetly out of the public eye.
Rome is home to hundreds of churches, many of which feature some incredible art work. You can easily spend a day or two wandering in and out of a couple of dozen. Review and read our online Rome travel guide to help you efficiently plan your visit to Rome.