With a week to play with in Rome, you'll be able to see a substantial slice of Rome, though you'll still need a lifetime or two to see the rest.
Start at St Peter's
and climb its dome for your first view over the Eternal City
. Then visit the incredible wealth of the Vatican Museums
(+39 06 698 84947), including the Sistine Chapel
. You can book tickets online
for the museums, which saves on queuing. Note also that the Vatican Museums
have restarted late opening this Autumn, so on Fridays the museums open until 11pm.
Start at Capitoline Hill
, visit its museums
, then the Roman Forum
(an audio guide's a good call here) followed by the Colosseum
. Spend the afternoon picnicking and relaxing surrounded by the romantic ruins of the Palatine
Start by the Tiber
, with a quick peek at the Mouth of Truth
(+39 06 678 1419), before walking to the top of Aventine Hill
via the nearby cobbled path, Clivo di Rocca Savelli
, to see Piranesi's mysterious Piazza dei Cavalieri di Malta
and peer though the hole-with-a-surprise in the Knights of Malta Priory door
. Then visit the graceful church of Santa Sabina
(+39 06 579 41) and neighbouring Parco Savello
, a walled orange grove. Later head for the Spagna
district to window shop or punish the plastic.
Start the day by throwing a coin in the Trevi Fountain
according to tradition, this means you’ll return to Rome, so if you miss out on anything this trip, save it for the next. Explore in and around the Pantheon
(+39 06 6830 0230) and Piazza Navona
. Another nearby must-see is the church of San Luigi dei Francesi
(+39 06 688 271), with its dramatic Caravaggios. Browse in Via del Governo Vecchio's
vintage shops, and finish up with an aperitivo
(drink and nibbles) on the Campo de' Fiori
don't miss the adjoining Piazza Farnese
Spend the morning discovering the fuss about Trastevere
, the "other side of the Tiber". Its major churches are Santa Maria in Trastevere
(+39 06 581 4802), with its glinting exterior mosaics, and Santa Cecilia
(+39 06 589 9289). Lunch in a local backstreet restaurant and then wander through Orto Botanico
. Storm the steep hill of Giancolo
for awesome city views.
First, pick up a picnic at one of Rome's divine delis. Then start at Piazza del Popolo
and gaze at the Caravaggios
in Santa Maria del Popolo
(+39 06 361 0836). Meander uphill to Villa Borghese
for your picnic and then hire bikes to whiz along evocative umbrella pine-lined paths. Visit the Museo e Galleria Borghese
(pre-booking advisable), one of Rome's finest galleries, a baroque palace packed with ancient artistry.
Take advantage of a traffic-free Sunday to visit Via Antica
. This ancient road once stretched all the way to Brindisi
in the south. You can hire bikes from the park information office on the road and cycle out into the emerald-green, ruin-dotted countryside. Leave time to visit the ancient Christian catacombs
, and the nearby hulking Terme di Caracalla
(+39 06 575 8626), vast Roman baths. Alternatively, have a relaxing day trip out to Ostia Antica
, Rome’s astonishingly well-preserved, but often overlooked, Roman port to the south of the city.
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