Rome is one of the most popular European destinations, so it’s very important to plan your time in this historical city and avoid waiting in long lines. Is it possible to see Rome in 48 hours? Yes, but you will have to wake up early and most probably exclude some places from your list, especially museums. Even though, it’s perfectly possible to visit the most emblematic city points in 2 days.
What to see in 48 hours in Rome – the perfect itineraryManaging your time properly is essential to have a unique and amazing experience in Rome. I’ve been in Rome 6 times so far, sometimes it was one week and sometimes only few days. The last time traveling with Edwin we had 48 hours in Rome and it was the first time he was visiting the city. That’s why I prepared a list of my favorite places to show him and I think my list can be useful to anyone playing a two-days visit in Rome.
- Start your route from Piazza del Popolo – it’s a perfect point to begin the sightseeing because of its strategic location close to the most important monuments.
- Walk down Via del Corso – the most luxurious street in Rome
- The street ends at Piazza di Spagna, a total must on your list. Come upstairs and visit the church.
- Continue your walk for around 10 minutes until you get to Fontana di Trevi.
- Loose yourself in the narrow streets and try Roman appetizers. The Happy Hour in some places starts at 4 pm.
- Walk down a little bit more and visit Pantheon. The entrance is free and the open dome makes an amazing impression.
- Visit Piazza Navona with its beautiful fountains – it’s situated just around the corner.
- Walk down to Vittorio Emanuele monument – illuminated at night looks beautiful.
- End up your walk at Colosseum because you have to see it both at night and during the day. It’s the symbol of the city.
- Wake up early and go directly to Vatican. If you arrive before 9 am, you will avoid the lines to Basilica di San Pietro and also to the Vatican Museums.
- After your visit in the museums, come back to the centre crossing San’t Angelo Bridge and taking a look at the castle. I wouldn’t recommend to visit the castle if you only have 48 hours but it all depends on how you manage your time.
- Spend the afternoon visiting Forum Romanum, Palatinum and Colosseum.
- Important: the last entrance to these 3 places is at 15.30.
- Watch sunset at Circo Massimo which is very close to Colosseum.
- Visit Bocca della Verità – the legend says it bites those who lie!
- The last mandatory stop is Trastevere – cross the Tiber River and enjoy delicious appetizers in the most emblematic district of Rome.