The Complete Beginner’s Guide: Exploring Rome in 2 Days!

Think it’s impossible to see the whole capital of Italy in two days? You are right!
It is absolutely impossible to see all the attractions! But using this plan you will see the most important, historically and culturally valuable places in this city.
And you will wish to come back to Rome again and again. Guaranteed!

Day 1-st
10: 00 -11: 00 – walk on Piazza Navona


It is one of the most beautiful squares in the world and really perfect place to feel the spirit of the city! Start your day here, with a cup of coffee in one of the various cafes in the square.
Watch the artists, musicians, mimes and three beautiful fountains of the great Bernini – Fountain of the Four Rivers, Neptune Fountain and the Moors Fountain.
Now the area is surrounded by palaces, churches and Renaissance houses. It is the center of Roman life where young people and students love having fun at night.

11:00 – 12:00 – take a direction to the Campo di Fiori

Campo di Fiori and its surroundings are well-known by crooked streets with beautiful arches.
If you wander here slowly, carefully looking around, you will have a chance to find read wonders. Don’t miss a chance to buy vintage hats, furniture for dollhouses, time-darkened mirrors, rare decorations and much more.
Great souvenirs for your friends guaranteed!

12:00 – 13:00 – visit the Pantheon
Outside it is a typical ancient Roman temple, covered with dents and scars, with columns and a hole in the roof. It remained unchanged since the Renaissance.
Temple is still open for visitors. By the way, the residents of the city can still be baptized or married here, if they are not confused by the graves of Raphael and two first Italian kings.

14:00 – 15:00 – admire the Trevi Fountain


Can you believe that Trevi Fountain was built in 1732? And it is still very beautiful and large.
A Roman aqueduct Acqua Vergine provides water, despite it was padded in the I century BC, it is still functioning properly to our days.
Its length is more than 13 km. There is a tradition to throw a coin into the fountain over right shoulder. Throw one – arrive again, two – wait for a romantic date, three – for the wedding, four – for wealth. So, think twice and throw a coin!
Also, if you want to try something really delicious, you can buy ice cream opposite the fountain. Bet you will love it!

15:00 – 17:00 – outdoor activities in the park of Villa Borghese
Are you ready for an active part of the day? Here you can rent bikes, rollers, boats and buggies and enjoy the nature.
Buy pizza, sandwiches in different cafes and visit small outdoor cinema. When the weather is warm you can lie on the grass, breathe clean air and gain strength. Local residents and students like to arrange picnics here. Why not to join them?

17:00 – 20:00 – follow the tram №3


Drive through the old town, past the ancient walls and water pipes directly to the Coliseum and the Roman Forum. The most popular wreck in the world is Coliseum.
For many centuries, the local residents were dismantling the ancient stones and boulders for their own constructions. Sounds strange, ha?
There is nothing to do inside, the same as in the Roman Forum. We recommend you to spend there a lot of time only if you are interested in the history of the Ancient World.

20:00 – 21:00 – walk along the Tiber
Visit the Basilica of Santa Maria in Cosmedin on the shore of the ancient river.
Note the Gothic altar, the bishop’s throne, Easter candelabrum and floor in Cosmatesque style.
The most fantastic is the mosaic of the old cathedral of St. Peter and the Bocca della Verità or The Mouth of Truth.
It is antique round marble slab with the image of the Oceanus mask. The mask reaches 1.75 m in diameter. However, it works as a lie detector . People believed that if the liar puts his hand in the open mouth, the deity will bite it.

21:00 – 22:00 – have a dinner in Sora Margherita on the Piazza delle Cinque Scole
The place is a real secret. It’s not easy to find. It serves Italian and Jewish cuisine. The food is surprisingly tasty. You will remember this place for all life.

22:00 – 23:00 – walk along the old Coronary street
Are you an antique lover? If your answer is «Yes», this place is a paradise for you!
In shops you will find an incredible selection of fans, jewelry, and small furniture of the XVIII-XIX centuries.  The atmosphere is warm and cozy. Walk and enjoy! Here you can choose antique gifts for your friends.


Day 2-nd
10:00 – 12:00 – go abroad, to the Vatican

Vatican is a separate state with its own mail, telegraph, telephone, radio, newspaper, Swiss guards and the white line boundary delineated on the pavement.
Visit the main and the most-visited area of the Vatican – St. Peter’s Square with colonnades. It is decorated with 162 Bernini statues.
This cathedral can really surprise with its size and beauty. You must see the Pieta – sculpture of the Virgin Mary with Jesus in her arms and the Sistine Chapel. To get inside, you must wait in a really long queue. But it is worth it!

12:00 – 13:00 – climb the dome of St. Peter
Firstly, it offers a stunning view of the Vatican and Rome. And secondly, this is one of the four post offices in the Vatican. You can send postcards to friends and your family from here. They will be shocked, won’t they?

13:00 – 14:00 – lunch in a family restaurant Spinosi Alberto
The restaurant is located near the Vatican, on Via del Mascherino. The food is very varied and delicious. Portions are large and hearty. Prices are quite affordable for such an emotional place. In this restaurant you will feel like you’re at home.

14:00 – 19:00 – Vatican Museum is a must-visit
Here you will see Raphael in the Pinakothek, the Apollo Belvedere in Apollo Gallery, Laocoon in the Hall of Laocoon, Hercules Gallery, Gallery of maps and the Vatican gardens.
The total length of the museum galleries and halls is 7 km. Get ready to be tired!

19:00 – 20:00 – a trip to the most ancient church of Rome – Santa Maria in Trastevere

It is one of the oldest churches of Rome. It is a place where you will actually feel the serenity of the sanctuary. There you will find works of art and antiquity of early Christian and medieval periods.

One more thing that will help you to visit more places in 2 days is a car. You can easily rent it online in advance, for example, using this service: and be sure that you will not miss any interesting place in Rome.

So, as you can see, it is quite possible to get acquainted with Rome in just 2 days, and we hope this list will help you a lot.
We promise that you will love this city and will not forget your magic journey till the end of your life.

Author Bio: Lily Berns is a travel writer and tries to find the best and brightest things to do, for your travel in different cities of the world. For the best deals on renting a car for your trip she recommends service