How to Spend 2 Days in Rome
Two days in Rome prior or after your cruise is the ideal length. You need to plan your stay in Rome wisely to make the most of it.
Tip: Take advantage of combo tours, sightseeing passes, and skip-the-line tickets. You will save time and money by doing this. Or, purchase a 48-hour hop-on hop-off bus pass.
Morning: Visit Vatican City. Take advantage of an early-access tour of the Vatican Museums. Enjoy a guided tour before the crowds arrive. Enjoy a view from the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica. Take a stroll around St. Peter’s Square. Visit Sistine Chapel, home to Michelangelo’s masterpiece, The Last Judgement.
Afternoon: Visit Capitoline Hill for a magnificent view over Rome. Stop for photos at the Pantheon, Piazza Venezia, and the Spanish Steps. Take a break to enjoy Italian gelato. Throw a coin into the Trevi Fountain.
Night: Experience Rome’s illuminations on a cruise along the Tiber river. Or, enjoy a local restaurant of your choice.
Tip: Book skip-the-line tickets, as wait times can be more than two hours at peak times.
Morning: Start with the Colosseum to follow in the footsteps of the ancient Roman gladiators and emperors. Book a skip-the-line ticket as queues can take more than two hours at peak times. Tour Roman Forum nearby.
Tip: purchase a combo ticket for the Colosseum and Roman Forum to save time and money.
Afternoon: Visit any sights that you’ve missed, do what you like the most. If you are art lover, go to the Borghese Gallery, filled with prized works by Bernini, Caravaggio, Rubens, and Raphael. If you prefer history, explore the Catacombs of Rome or the ruins of Palatine Hill. Or, head to Via del Corso for the shopping.
Night: Explore Rome as one of Europe’s great food cities. Do a food tasting tour and spend time in local restaurants and street food stalls around Campo de Fiori and the Trastevere district. Try food favorites like suppli (deep-fried rice and mozzarella balls), zucchini flowers, and sweet Maritozzi pastries.