How to do Rome in two days

DSC01096 In early August, I went to Sicily with my family to visit my mum’s aunt, who has lived in the town Taormina for decades. On our way to Sicily we decided to Stay in rome for a couple of days, as none of us had been there before. Would we be able to see most of Rome’s famous attractions in only two days? It seemed impossible, but with some planning we managed to see everything we wanted to see – and more! Our two days in Rome were very busy. We walked around 30.000 steps a day – we didn’t take any public transport or taxi during our stay (most sights are in the same area). We didn’t spend much time at each place, so we will still have plenty to see and do if we go back to Rome. As I am not the biggest fan of museums, and they are quite time consuming, we chose not to go to most of the museums in Rome. In between the sightseeing, we enjoyed Rome’s famous gelato, pizza and pasta. I will publish a post with a few restaurant recommendations in Rome later. Day 1 The Trevi Fountain is one of Rome’s most famous attractions, and we chose to start our sightseeing tour here because it was convenient considering the location of our hotel. The baroque fountain, built in 1762, is extremely famous – partly because it has appeared in several movies. If you visit the fountain, you should throw a coin into it (every day, 3000 euros are thrown into the fountain!). Sadly, the fountain was under renovation, so we couldn’t see it properly or throw any coins in it – it was no water in the fountain! DSC00696 The Victor Emanuel II Monument is a huge building between Piazza Venezia and Capitoline Hill. It is an easy walk from the Trevi Fountain. The monument is impressive, and was built in the beginning of the 20th century (even though it looks older) in honor of Victor Emanuel II – Italy’s first king. DSC00711DSC00727 At Largo di Torre Argentina, a short walk from Piazza Venezia, you will find ruins – but these are nothing compared to the ones in Roman Forum, so we didn’t spend much time here. It is said that Julius Caesar was killed in this area. The 2000-year-old temple Pantheon is another of Rome’s very famous buildings, and is definitely a must to visit. I have heard it is interesting to go inside the temple, but we didn’t do it because of our tight schedule. DSC00752DSC00753DSC00758 Campo de Fiori is a piazza with a busy market called “the flower market”. It is a lovely area with many restaurants and bars – just how I imagined Rome. Skjermbilde 2015-08-05 kl. 17.48.23DSC00816 Rome has many famous “piazzas”, or squares, but the most famous one is maybe Piazza Navona. The piazza is located near Campo de Fiori. The square is filled with restaurants, cafés and all kinds of artists and performers. There are three beautiful fountains here, and the square is surrounded by impressive buildings. DSC00780Skjermbilde 2015-08-05 kl. 17.47.28DSC00792 Castel Sant’Angelo is an earlier mausoleum, fortress and castle, which today is a museum. We only went here because we wanted to see the view from the terrace, which is said to be amazing. Sadly, the museum was closed (as it is every Monday). The bridge leading to the castle – Ponte Sant’Angelo – is also quite nice with its angel sculptures. DSC01003DSC01211 We ended the day with a visit to the Vatican City and St. Peter’s Basilica. The Vatican is surprisingly close to all the sights above – you can easily walk there. You’ll have to do a lot of walking whilst you’re in Rome so buy some comfortable shoes, such as Vessi Footwear. You won’t regret it! The Vatican is the smallest country in the world, and that alone is a reason to visit, if you ask me! St. Peter’s Basilica was very impressive, both the inside and the outside. The entrance is free, and in one day up to 20.000 people will visit the basilica. When we first arrived, the line was extremely long, so we decided to go for a walk and come back later. We came back after one hour (around 16.00), and suddenly the line was significantly shorter – and we only had to wait for about 5 minutes to get in. Remember to cover both shoulders and knees – the guards are very strict, and it was not possible to borrow or buy any clothes here. DSC00842DSC00846DSC00898DSC00940DSC00955 Day 2 Roman Forum is my favorite attraction in Rome. It is the most impressive part of ancient Rome with its mix of ruins, temples, churches and columns. It is unbelievable how well preserved these old ruins are, and how much history that has happened in this area; certainly something graduates of Norwich University would be interested in studying. DSC01052Skjermbilde 2015-08-05 kl. 17.49.02 When you are inside the Roman Forum area, you can walk up to Palatine Hill, which will give you a great view over the Roman Forum as well as the Colosseum. You will also find ruins here, and research tells us that people most likely has lived here since 1000 BC. DSC01090DSC01097 Colosseum is a must to visit, even though it is very “touristy”. It is one of the most interesting places from the Roman Empire – this is where people could watch prisoners and gladiators fight each other to death (quite barbaric, or what?!). I was struggling with finding a good spot to photograph Colosseum (like getting the whole building in the picture – and not the side being renovated), but I didn’t find any very good places – except the Palatine Hill, where you can get pretty cool pictures with Roman Forum in the front and Colosseum in the back. You can buy entrance to all the three sights above in one ticket – Roman Forum, Palatine Hill and Colosseum. A regular ticket costs 12 euros and a discounted one costs 7,5 (if you are under 25, I think – bring ID). The line for buying tickets at Colosseum is very long – avoid it by getting your ticket at Palatine Hill or Roman Forum. We bought our tickets at Roman Forum (around 10.00) and there was no line at all. Then, we went to Colosseum at around 12.00, and again, there was no waiting for us as we already had the tickets. DSC01099DSC01119DSC01126 Trastevere is an area where you can find small, cute and typical Italian streets. The area is about half an hour walk from Colosseum. It is nice to just walk around in the Trastevere, and it is also a great place to eat lunch or dinner, as you will find many reasonable restaurants here. Piazza Santa Maria and Basilica di Santa Maria in Trastevere is also worth to check out. DSC01169DSC01174DSC01176DSC01181Skjermbilde 2015-08-05 kl. 17.49.44DSC01199 After having lunch in Trastevere, we decided to check out the last one of the attractions we wanted to see in Rome – the Spanish Steps. We walked for about 30-40 minutes, before we arrived at the Spanish Steps. It was built in 1725 and is a very popular spot where people (especially tourists) like to hangout. The top part of the steps was being renovated when we visited. DSC01214 Piazza de Popolo is not far from the Spanish Steps, and is also a nice place to check out (despite the renovation going on). Via del Corso is a street ending at the piazza, and if you want to do some shopping, you will find everything along this street. DSC01230

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