Do you have only two days to visit Rome? Following is an exciting and evocative itinerary for those who want, in a short time, to know the main and must-see attractions of the city.
From Vatican City to Piazza di Spagna
St. Peter's - Castel Sant'Angelo - Piazza Navona - Pantheon - Piazza di Spagna
Our itinerary starts from the huge square in front of the Basilica of San Pietro, symbol of Christianity par excellence. It is worth stopping to visit the basilica which houses the majestic 29 meter-high bronze canopy, made by Bernini, Michelangelo's Pietà, Clement XIII's tomb in Canova and Giotto's Navicella mosaic. Remember to wear suitable clothing, people with trousers or short skirts and bare shoulders are not allowed in the basilica.
551 steps divide you from the top of the dome, but the effort will undoubtedly be rewarded by the wonderful 360 ° view of Rome. It is possible to take a lift that will take you up to the terrace level from there again 360 steps and you will be on top!
Not far away are the Vatican Museums with the famous Sistine Chapel, given their vastness and the wonder of the works contained we suggest you to dedicate a whole day.
With your back to the Basilica, walk all the way to Conciliazione, where you will find souvenir shops and religious items, until you reach the second stage of our itinerary: Castel Sant'Angelo. In some periods of the year it is possible to visit, besides the National Museum of the same name, the stuccos, frescoes and various furnishings of the papal apartments and an important collection of ancient weapons, also the secret passage, Passetto, which connected the Vatican City with the castle, which from the Middle Ages to the 16th century, was often used by popes to escape from the looting of enemies.
Just in front of the Castle, a bridge surmounted by white Angels will allow you to cross the Tiber, just on the other bank heading towards the left you will arrive at the crowded Piazza Navona. Here and in the nearby streets, you will find ice cream parlors, pizzerias and restaurants where you can take a break.
From here you will cross Corso Rinascimento and behind Palazzo Madama (Senate) a series of characteristic streets will lead you to Piazza della Rotonda and the Pantheon.
From Piazza della Rotonda, take Via dei Pastini, up to Piazza di Pietra, with the great Temple of Hadrian, continue along Via di Pietra up to Via del Corso Umberto, cross it and take Via delle Menatte, which takes you to Piazza di Trevi . Already from a distance you will hear the showers of the water of the Trevi fountain, and if you want to return to this special place, turn your back and throw a coin into the fountain, as an old custom suggests.
The day draws to a close but Rome still has a surprise for you! From Piazza di Trevi, take Via della Stamperia to Via del Tritone, cross the street and take Via Macelli, which takes you to Piazza di Spagna.
From the Colosseum to the Campidoglio
Colosseum - Fora - Campidoglio
This second day will take you to the discovery of the "Ancient Rome". It starts from the Colosseum, 2000 years of history and this monument remains the symbol of Rome par excellence. By buying the Roma Pass you will avoid having to make a long queue. A few steps from the Colosseum, on the right, here is the Arch of Constantine, the most famous Roman triumphal arch and a little further on the Palatine Hill.
Continuing on Via dei Fori Imperiali you get to the Roman Forum the ancient square of Rome, on the other side of the road you can appreciate the area of the Imperial Forums.
Leave the Fori and head towards Piazza Venezia, one side of the square is occupied by a large monument inside which are often hosted important exhibitions: the Vittoriano. The panoramic lifts will take you to the top where you can enjoy a breathtaking view.
The last stage of this is the Campidoglio, the smallest Roman hill, but the most famous. The floor of the square is decorated with the famous twelve-pointed star of Michelangelo. At the center of the star, there is a large statue on horseback: it is the perfect copy of the monument to the emperor Marcus Aurelius.
We suggest you visit the Capitoline Museums where the original statue is kept.