Two days in Rome — Day 2
Yesterday we’ve seen some of the main attractions Rome has to offer. I’m sure you still feel a little dazzled from those visits. But you’re still missing some other incredible works of the Roman empire. Let’s not waste a second longer and head for your second day in the Italian capital.
Vatican City is the perfect place to start your second day in Rome. This is the world’s smallest city, and it houses different attractions like the Vatican Museums, the St. Peter’s Basilica and Sistine Chapel. You should probably spend your morning exploring these attractions, and we’ll even advise that you spend more time here as the Vatican Museums alone has many things in stock for you. However, gaining entrance to the Vatican City attractions can be daunting, especially if this is your first time — but, we have you covered. Booking your tickets online is the best way to skip the long line at the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica.
Piazza San Pietro, 00120, Vatican City
Standing in front of this square will just leave you impressed of its giganticness! The 284 columns and 88 pilasters that flank the square in a colonnade of four rows are just a perfect example of the Roman empire. On top of those are 140 statues of saints created in 1670 by the disciples of Bernini. What you cannot miss, is the 25 meters high Obelisk in the middle that was carried to Rome from Egypt in 1586.
Piazza San Pietro, 00120, Vatican City
Then in front of the square one of the most famous Basilica in the world, St. Peter’s one. It’s just one of the largest churches in the world. Inside you’ll find extremely impressive pieces of art under its incredible dome. It was designed by Michelangelo and continued by Giacomo Della Porta. Visiting this Basilica is an amazing experience and you can even climb on top of the dome to admire the view.
00120 Vatican City
Who would dare not to know the most famous chapel in the world? The Sistine Chapel is part of the Vatican Museums and is named after Pope Sixtus IV. Famous for its biblical paintings that were made by the famous Michelangelo. The Last Judgment is painted on the wall opposite the entrance; the story of Christ is featured on the North Wall and the stories of Moses on the South Wall. But the most famous of it all is the ceiling fresco. Definitely a must see in Rome.
Lungotevere Castello, 50, 00193 Roma
The next place you should head to after the Vatican visit is the Castel Sant’Angelo. This impressive construction is located at the banks of the Tiber river, and it’s almost two thousand years old. The structure was for Emperor Hadrian and his family as a Mausoleum, and it was the tallest building in Europe when it was built. It is now a museum, and the view from the top is worth the trek up.
Spanish Steps & Piazza Del Popolo
Piazza di Spagna, 00187 Roma
These impressive steps were opened in 1725, and it leads from a fountain at the base up to a church at the top. These steps are very popular among visitors in Rome, and it was well known after the film Roman Holiday in 1953. You should sure take some photos here, and the best part is that the steps are free to visit.
Piazza del Popolo, 00187 Roma
The Piazza del Popolo which is also known as “People’s Square” was once the first part of the city that many travelers arrived at during the 17th and 18th centuries. This is a very great place to get a coffee or a bite to eat before you move to another location on the guide.
Villa Borghese & Chiesa di Santa Maria della Vittoria
Piazzale Napoleone I, 00197 Roma
Take the stairs that will take you to Pincio Hill. Enjoy the view and then enter the gardens of Villa Borghese up Via Delle Magnolie. Go to Viale Pietro Canonica and I strongly advise you to turn left and pass the gates to go to see, at the end, the temple of Asclepios. You can even rent a boat and spend a romantic moment. You can get into the Borghese Gallery which is an important and famous museum of the city. The collection it holds is impressive!
Via Venti Settembre, 17, 00187 Roma
Are you looking for the perfect place to take some beautiful picture? Then this church is famed for its sculpture by Bernini that is dated back as far as the 17th century — and is worth seeing and taking a photo of. If you are also a fan of art, then you can head over to the National Gallery of Ancient Art, found in the Palazzo Barberini where you can see Italy’s most important collection of paintings.
Its been a long two days and we are sure you enjoy your visit. Just as we did yesterday, having a taste of Rome great foods — gelato is the best way to end the day. This is the Italian version of ice cream, and it is worth a taste when you are in Rome. The gelato is deliciously creamy and fantastic.