Do you have a free weekend or little time on your hands? Spend 2 days in Rome with us, discovering the essentials of the eternal city.
Famous for its history, monuments and great beauty, Rome has so many things to discover, from the Vatican Museums and Sistina Chapel to the Colosseum, the Imperial Forums and Villa Borghese Gallery, it offers a plenty of places to visit during a weekend in Rome. But having little time, you have to make choices. What should and can be seen in 2 days in Rome?
2 days in Rome
What to see in two days in Rome? In a city with 28 centuries of history, it is difficult to choose the must see during a roman weekend. Our itinerary is built to discover the most famous roman attractions using the opportunity given by Visit Rome Pass, a tool to carry with you to make the most of your two days trip in the Eternal City. With more than 50 top attractions and activities to do, including the entrance to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, and the unlimited use of all public transportation on Rome circuit to not waste time in the traffic, Rome Visit Pass is the best solution to visit Rome easily.
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Day 1: Colosseum, Imperial Forums and the ancient Rome
It is one of the new seven wonders of the world, the biggest ancient amphitheatre ever built and despiste the time it is still the biggest standing amphitheatre in the world, the Colosseum with more then 7 million visitors for year is a must to see during a trip in Rome. The Flavian Amphitheatre, better known as Colosseum, was built in traditional roman travertine limestone and is located in the old town of the eternal city, during the Roman era it was used as a stadium for the gladiators battles and as a theatre for drama shows ispired by the Roman Mythology. Symbol of the city of Rome in the world, Colosseum, even though partially damaged during the centuries by earthquakes and looting, is still an iconic monument of the Roman Empire, a legenday place celebrated in many movies over the years.
West of the Colosseum, the Roman Forum has been the center of the world for over a millennium, the most famous site of power of the history. Located in the valley between Palatine and Capitoline hills, the Forum is part of the archeological site of Colosseum and by visiting its ruins of religious temples, political palaces and economic buildings it is possible to admire the magnificient of Roman Empire history layered over the centuries.
The rest of the day can be spent to continue the discovery of ancient Rome exploring for exemple the Capitoline Museums, which collects the oldest archeological finds of roman era, or the baths of Caracalla, one of the most beautiful and well preserved example of roman thermal architecture. Otherwise the Ara Pacis Museum, made by the archistar Richard Meyer, which hosts one of the most precious archeological treasures, the altar of sacrifices for peace of Augustus era, or the Imperial Forum Museum located in the Markets of Trajan, an ancient roman building on the slopes of the Quirinal hill.
Day 2: Vatican Museums, Sistina Chapel and other museums
With over 5 million visitors in 2022, Vatican Museums is the second most visited museum in the world thanks to the wonderful masterpieces hosted in their 24 exhibition halls. By visiting their rooms and galleries it is possible to admire famous artworks made by Giotto, Leonardo da Vinci, Caravaggio and other iconic painters and sculptors.Vatican Museums are also famous all over the world to be the place where to see the Sistina Chapel, painted by Michelangelo with its decorated ceiling and the altar wall with the masterpiece The Last Judgment and the Stanze di Raffaello, decorated by Raphael, with the iconic The School of Athen.
Also the Saint Peter’s Basilica deserves a visit with the great dome designed by Michelangelo, the Bernini's furnishings such as the Baldacchino, and the sculptures which decorated the aisles of the church, one of these is the famous the Pietà made by Michelangelo. Saint Peter square is the main entrance to the Vatican City, the papal enclave in Rome, with the Doric colonnades by Gian Lorenzo Bernini which adorn the square.
In the afternoon there are plenty of opportunities to continue to explore the artistic heritage of the city using Visit Rome Pass in one of the beautiful museums dedicated to the glorious era of roman baroque, such as the National Gallery of Ancient Art in Palazzo Barberini and Palazzo Corsini or the majestic Villa Giulia which hosted the National Etruscan Museum. Otherwise Villa Borghese, the biggest park of the city center, hosts one of the most popular italian museum, the Galleria Borghese, with the great masterpieces made by Caravaggio, Bernini and Canova.
Two days in Rome: the essential
In short, we have shown you that you can visit Rome in two days. Sure you'll have to make choices and you won't be able to capture the nuances of this incredible city, but you can get a taste that will make you want to return.
To recap, here's what we think you can't miss in 2 days in Rome:
- Imperial Forums
- Ancient Rome
- Sistine Chapel
- Vatican Museums
Remember that if you are short on time, the ideal way to save money and energy is to choose a city pass such as Visit Rome Pass 48h, that has everything included, including public transportation.Visit Rome with Visit Rome Pass 48h❯