Two days in Rome — Day 1

There is an old saying that says “Rome wasn’t built in a day,” and it won’t take you long before you realize the accuracy of this statement when you visit the Eternal City. Roman works-of-art and masterpieces are in the city and walking through the city is walking through two thousand years of history in the present day — it can be overwhelming. There is so much to do and see in Rome probably more than in any other city in the world. In fact, Rome is one of the places around the world that once you visit you will always be happy to return there.

We will be sharing with you our idea in how to spend the perfect two days in Rome without getting bored or overwhelmed as well. Two days is enough time to see many of Rome’s highlights; however, you will likely return to Rome as there is a lot to see, but this itinerary will get you started as an introduction to the city. There are many places to see and things to do, from wandering down cobbled alleyways to exploring all the ancient ruins, trying all the different flavors of gelato and eating delicious Italian food.

Our below Rome itinerary is designed around the first time visitor in Rome trying to visit different famous sights, (a return visit can also find something interesting as well).

Colosseo

Piazza del Colosseo, 1, 00184 Roma

Coliseum should probably be the first place to visit on your two days in Rome visit. This has been a landmark location in Rome for more than two thousand years now, and it was once a battleground for the infamous gladiatorial battles and Roman emperors. It is sure a great honor to be able to visit a place where historical figures like Caesar has once sat to be entertained. However, the Coliseum is not like how it used to be anymore as the years have taken their toll but is still one of the most remarkable old Roman engineering structure that survives to this day.

Foro Romano & Piazza Venezia

Via della Salara Vecchia, 5/6, 00186 Roma

Roman Forum is yet another must-visit attraction on your first day in Rome. The Roman Forum was the heart of the Roman Empire for many years, and it sits right next to the Coliseum, so when getting your coliseum tickets the Roman forum will likely be added to it. The Roman forum is large open area dotted with excavations, various notable sights, and ruins that are open to the general public. We’d suggest that you take some tour to get the most out of your visit (you can also see yourself around as well).

Piazza Venezia, 00186 Roma

Piazza Venezia should be next on your itinerary. Of course, this place is most famous for the Il Vittoriano, a monument that was built and dedicated to King Vittorio Emmanuele II. Many buildings had to be flattened to give room for the monument of the first King of Italy. Undoubtedly, this did cause a lot of uproar among the people. Yet, it remains a true symbol that resonates with the city.

Circo Massimo

Via del Circo Massimo, 00186 Roma

The Circo Maximus which is also known as Circo Massimo in Italian was once famous for chariot races making it Rome’s largest public games venue. Other sports and celebrations like staged animal hunts and religious celebrations were of course held at the Circus, and today the Circus is now an open public park that you can visit for free.

Fontana Di Trevi & Pantheon

Piazza di Trevi, 00187 Roma

The Trevi Fountain is one of Rome classics and is no doubt the most famous fountain in the world. The Trevi Fountain is a massive Baroque installation that dated back as far as the middle of the 18th century. This fountain was designed by Nicola Salvi and its best to visit this place both day or night. There is also a small ritual of throwing a coin into the fountain — which is considered good luck.

Piazza della Rotonda, 00186 Roma

The pantheon is not far from Trevi Fountain and is another must visit sight in Rome that is nearly two thousand years old — this example of Roman engineering will wow you. The building was built for temple purposes but later turned into a church and despite its age, this circular design building is the world’s most massive unreinforced concrete dome.

Well, after a long day you sure need to wrap up your first day in Rome and having a dinner is the right way to do that. IF there is another thing to do in Rome apart from visiting places, then it will probably to enjoy the foods. You will find no shortage of options all around Rome, and the choices can be a little overwhelming. But, you will surely find something that you will like.