Two Days In Rome: A Detailed Plan

Updated On October 8, 2023
Arch of Constantine in Rome

You’ve probably heard about ancient gladiators, majestic Colosseum, stunning Roman history.

So be ready to become a part of it!

Don’t lose your chance to discover probably the most glorious city in the world with its history and architecture (and tasty food, of course).

Hope our 48-hour plan will be helpful.

Day One

9 A.M. – Sample Rome’s Best Coffee

La Casa Del Caffe Tazza D’Oro, which was opened in 1946, is considered one of the best coffee shops in Rome.

Starting your day with a cup of flavored espresso or latte from here is the warranty for a good day.

A cup of coffee
A cup of coffee

10 A.M. – Give Your Blessing To Pagan Gods

Only in a few steps, there’s a Historic Center of Rome, where is Pantheon Temple situated.

Built over 2000 years ago, Pantheon has preserved really well.

Ancient Romans used to pray to Pagan gods here.

Take an hour to admire this unique Roman architecture.

Also, there’s no admission fee.

Pantheon temple
Pantheon temple

11:30 A.M.  – Embrace Your Inner Gladiator

Hop in a taxi and drive to the Colosseum.

Just imagine standing in the amphitheater.

All you think about would be its glorious story.

What happened there?

Romans gathered here to watch gladiators fatally fighting with each other, or even with exotic animals.

To enter you have to pay $14 (for non-European citizens).


2 P.M. – Lunch Like A Roman

Guess you became a little hungry.

Visit the nearby Hostaria al Gladiatore restaurant.

There you can taste traditional Italian cuisine – pasta, pizza, and soup.

Enjoy the view of Colosseum and enjoy your meal!

Italian noodles
Italian noodles

4 P.M. – Explore The Old Jewish Quarter

Move to the Jewish Quarter which is one of the oldest parts of the city.

Its rich history tells that the Jewish Quarter has the oldest continually surviving Jewish community in the whole world.

Accompany your walk through the narrow winding streets by grabbing a portion of street food, such as roasted artichokes or stuffed zucchini flowers.

Jewish Quarter in Rome
Jewish Quarter in Rome

7 P.M. – Eat Pizza Like A Roman

District of Trastevere is really worth visiting because it’s full of restaurants to eat pizza in.

This place is also famous for its colorful houses and narrow old streets.

You can head to the top pizza points like Dar Poeta or La Boccaccia.

Order a famous Roman-style pizza.

It’s known for the thin crispy crust and delicious toppings.

10 P.M. – Negroni Time

Negroni is a well-known Italian cocktail (made from Campari, pink vermouth and gin).

The best bars are situated in the Pigneto district.

For example, join Bar Necci and enjoy a glass of Negroni.

Negroni drink
Negroni drink

Day Two

10 A.M. – Make A Wish

Starting the morning with a wish is a great idea.

Head to Fontana di Trevi, or Trevi Fountain which is a famous Roman fountain built in Baroque style.

Many people also consider it the most beautiful fountain in the world.

Throw a coin into the water and your wish will come true!

Trevi fountain at night
Trevi fountain at night

11 A.M. – People Watching At The Spanish Steps

Buy a gelato and take a walk to the Spanish Steps.

It’s a great place to just sit down and enjoy the atmosphere and views of the Eternal City.

Spanish steps
Spanish steps

1 P.M. – Lunch At The Market

Visit Testaccio Market, the food market with a large variety of fruits, vegetables, meat, and other delicacies.

Also, it has a selection of street food such as sandwiches and pizza.

Testaccio Market is a great place to have a cheap but delicious meal.

You can take a taxi if you don’t want to walk or to save time.

Fresh tomatoes and eggplants
Fresh tomatoes and eggplants

2:30 P.M. – An Afternoon In Vatican

Let’s move to Vatican City, an independent city-state in the middle of Rome.

It’s famous for the huge number of historical buildings.

Discover Vatican churches.

Also, you can visit the Vatican Museum to marvel the collection of Renaissance art.

Don’t miss the chance to get at the top of St. Peter Basilica.

There you can enjoy a panoramic view of the Vatican and Rome.

Even though you have to overcome more than 550 steps (you can also use a lift), it’s worth to reach the highest pitch and admire watching the city view.

Entry costs $6, and $3 more for lift.

View to Vatican City
View to Vatican City

7 P.M. – Enjoy Traditional Italian Dinner

Spend your evening in Matricianella, which locals also call trattoria.

The menu includes a huge variety of traditional Italian dishes.

Order pasta carbonara, make your evening better with a glass of wine and call it a day with the delicious Tiramisu dessert.

Five bottles of Italian wines
Five bottles of Italian wines

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