How to make the most of Rome in 2 days?
Rome is a city that caters well for all kinds of travelers. Whether you are a couple looking for a romantic break or a group of youngsters that wants to just have fun and dance the night away, Rome is the place for you. The nice thing about this city is that it is relatively compact. So, if you are only there for one or two nights you can still fit a lot in. Just take a look at this example Rome in a weekend itinerary and you will see what I mean.
Friday afternoon and evening – Getting started on the right foot
After arriving, enjoy a coffee or a drink in the lounge and get your bearings. Once you are feeling refreshed, go upstairs and get ready for your first special night, in the city. In Rome Opera Tickets are easy to come by, so one option is to go for a meal and then go on to the opera. Or, if you prefer, enjoy a classical concert at St Paul´s Within the Walls. There are some lovely restaurants located close to this venue. Just be sure to pre-book your table and buy your tickets in advance, especially during peak season.
After the concert, take a taxi tour of Rome. Again, pre-book, you do not want to be stranded and have to walk a long way in high heels to get back to your hotel or a rooftop bar. There are some great chauffeur-driven taxis that include a driver who will tell you about the various sights as you pass them.
Saturday – see the sights
Today is all about seeing the sights. Quite a few of the main tourist destinations in Rome are closed on a Sunday. For example, the Vatican museums only open on the last Sunday of every month. So, if you are only there for a weekend you have to fit what you can into Saturday. Most of the museums stay open until 6 pm, but the last admission is 4 pm.
Given the fact that you are not going to have much time available, it makes sense to take some sort of motorized tour. There are plenty available, in Rome. Segway, electric bike, Vespa, and bus tours are all easily available. But, given that it is the weekend it makes sense to pre-book. Doing so will often save you money as well as time. For the busier sights pre-book your entrance tickets as well. That way you can skip the worst of the queues at some of the most classical Rome attractions such as the Colosseo.
If you really prefer to walk everywhere, take a look at this alternative itinerary. It includes nice little touches such as where to stop and eat on the way.
Sunday – eat and chill out
Provided you have seen everything you wanted to on Saturday you will have Sunday free to completely chill out. If you want you can have a little lie-in, drop your bags at a luggage storage in Rome, and then head off to one of the city´s exciting markets.
The best is the Porta Portese Market, which sells everything and opens at 5 am and the Borghetto Flaminio flea market that gets going at about 10 am. There are plenty of places in these areas to enjoy a light breakfast. For lunch, skip the typical cafes and restaurants. Instead, go on an eating tour. There are several available and it is a nice way to round off your weekend in Rome. Just be sure to pack your cases before you go, so they are ready for you to pick up and take to the airport for your flight home.
Note: If you have 3 days in Rome, make sure to check the city surroundings and if you can enjoy 4 days in Rome or more, consider taking a day trip to nearby Ostia Antica or Napoli and Pompeii! You won’t be disappointed.