From the moment you step into Rome, the city exudes a mix of modern marvels and ancient splendors. It’s an artist’s paradise, a historian’s dream, and a lover’s haven all at once. So, if you have seven days to explore, here’s how to make every second count in the Eternal City.
Where to Stay?
- Aventino: Nestled quietly, this is Rome’s best-kept secret for those wanting tranquillity.
- Pigna: Stay here if you want major landmarks to be within your walking radius.
- Trastevere: A hub for night owls and seekers of vibrant Roman nightlife.
- Testaccio: A slightly calmer neighborhood, offering a genuine feel of Roman life.
Getting Into The City:
- The Leonardo Express Train directly connects to Termini station. From there, Rome’s extensive subway system or a taxi will get you to your final destination.
- Alternatively, the Sit Bus Shuttle or the Cotral Bus serve routes into the city. Direct taxis are also available but can be pricier.
Best Time To Visit:
- Rome shines brightest between May to October. If the summer heat isn’t your friend, avoid July and August.
Day 1: Start at the iconic Piazza Venezia and be awed by the massive Vittoriano. Explore the artwork at Palazzo Venezia and find peace in its hidden Renaissance garden.
Day 2: Spend a day walking through renowned spots – the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, the eternal Pantheon, and lively Piazza Navona. Wind up the day with a visit to the Colosseum and get a panoramic view from Piazza del Campidoglio.
Day 3: For art enthusiasts, the National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art awaits. Later, have a leisurely afternoon at Villa Borghese Park and maybe even enjoy a rowboat ride.
Day 4: Devote this day to the treasures of Vatican City. Don’t rush through St. Peter’s Basilica and the treasure-trove that is the Vatican Museums.
Day 5: Using the subway, head to the grand Basilica of San Paolo Fuori le Mura. Marvel at the historical Caracalla Baths, and as night approaches, experience the streets of Trastevere.
Day 6: Get lost in the artistry of San Pietro in Vincoli. Visit the ancient wonder of Domus Aurea, move on to the Esquilino Hill, and finally to Santa Maria Maggiore. Don’t miss the culinary charm of the Jewish Ghetto.
Day 7: Walk alongside the Tevere River, cross the iconic S. Angelo Bridge, and explore the multifaceted S. Angelo Castle before wrapping up your trip.
For The Foodie:
- Try street foods like Supplì.
- Indulge in Roman-Jewish delights, especially the fried artichokes.
- Don’t leave without tasting Rome’s iconic dishes: Pizza, Carbonara, Amatriciana, Cacio & Pepe, and Saltimbocca alla Romana.
- Get the Roma Pass for easier commuting and access to popular spots.
- When visiting religious places, dress appropriately, and remove hats.
- Comfortable shoes are a must – Rome has so much to explore on foot!
- Avoid dining near major tourist attractions – these tend to be more expensive.
- Stay refreshed using Rome’s many “nasoni” drinking fountains.
In this Roman expedition, you’re sure to leave with a treasure trove of memories. Safe travels!