The best of Rome in 2 days

The old saying goes, ‘Not even a lifetime would be enough to get to know Rome’ and it’s true. The city is a modern day marvel built on layers of ancient ruins. It can be overwhelming if you only have two days in the Eternal City, but if you follow this itinerary you’ll certainly get a feel for the very best of food and sights that this city has to offer.

Day One

Breakfast with the locals 

Breakfast in Rome isn’t bacon and eggs or a sit down affair. Head to any coffee bar, order cappuccino and cornetto (Italian version of a croissant) and  drink and eat standing like a Roman. A great option for local breakfast experience in the Prati neighbourhood—walking distance from St. Peter’s Basilica—is Castroni (Via Cola di Rienzo, 196).

Holy domes

After breakfast, head to St. Peter’s Basilica. The wait is worth it for a look inside. Space covered in technicolored marble and the striking sculpture of Pieta by Michelangelo (to the right when you walk in) can marvel anyone. Afterwards, linger outside to the Bernini’s piazza and sunbathe on the colonnade.

To market, we go 

Cross the Tiber River to Piazza Campo de’Fiori, where a lively market takes place. The famous Forno Campo de’Fiori bakery is also located at the piazza, a place to grab pizza bianca (Rome’s equivalent of a focaccia, crispy and salty on the outside and soft and fluffy on the inside). If you are in the mood for something sweet, head to Roscioli Caffe (Piazza Benedetto Cairoli 16) around the corner and try their famous roman cream bun, the maritozzo!

Rome in 2 days

Bernini and Caravaggio spotting 

From Campo it’s a short walk to Piazza Navona, one of the best examples of Baroque architecture in the city. Here, you can get your fix of Bernini, whose Fountain of the Four Rivers dominates the piazza’s centre. On your way to the Pantheon stop at the church San Luigi dei Francesi to view three famous paintings by Caravaggio.

When in Rome.. eat! 

Not far from here, take the tram near Largo Argentina, which will take you to Trastevere, one of the liveliest and prettiest districts in the city. There are plenty of delicious Roman dinning restaurants. For a real-deal pizza head to Ai Marmi (Viale di Trastevere 53), the wait pays off. And, for a roman cuisine (cucina romana) try out Da Enzo (Via dei Vascellari 29). Save some room for a gelato from Fatamorgana at Piazza San Cosimato and take a stroll through the buzzing nightlife.

Day Two

Catch the view and walk over the rooftops

For a peaceful start into your day in the chaotic city grab your morning cappuccino and cornetto, start your morning at the Pincian, the hill that overlooks Piazza del Popolo. Take a walk along the Roman roofs and domes until you come to the church at the top of the Spanish Steps, the Trinita dei Monti. Head down into the city which is now fully awake. Stop at the historic Caffe Greco at the famous high-end shopping street, Via Condotti for a second coffee. Stroll through the shopping streets, stop by the Trevi fountain, make a wish and toss your coin!

Pasta is a must 

Take a lunch break at local homemade pasta spot Pastificio Guerra, at Via della Croce 8. They serve only two daily pasta dishes, for a few euros you can eat like a local here. If you prefer something fancier, head to Enoteca al Parlamento Achilli (Via dei Prefetti 15), restaurant with a Michelin star.

Rome in 2 days

Capitoline Hill

After lunch head towards Piazza Venezia at the end of Via del Corso. Climb the hill right of the big white building, Vittoriano, to the Capitoline Hill where you will find the Campidoglio, designed by Michelangelo. Enjoy view over the Forum and Palazzo Senatorio.

Rome in 2 days

Hip Rome by night 

For aperitivo and dinner, head to one of the Rome’s hip neighborhood’s Monti, right next to the Colosseum. Get a glass of wine at Fafiuché, Via dell Madonna dei Monti, 28. Visit Urbana 47 which offers contemporary Italian slow food in a stylish vintage setting. Or just wonder around Monti and discover unique shops, restaurants and bars.

Here you can find our hotel in the center of Rome!

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The MEININGER Roma Termini is in a lovingly renovated old building close to the main train station Termini. MEININGER has good public transport connections and from the Castro Pretorio station you can take a short ride to the Roman Forum and Colosseum and go in search of the ancient Romans.

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