As mentioned in our last entry, for me, Rome is an incredible and huge city, there is a lot to see and to experience and sometimes this is hard to do with our tight schedules. But do not let that be an excuse to not enjoy this city! In this post, I will tell you how to organize your trip to enjoy Rome to its fullest with just a weekend. Here, you will find tips and tricks on transportations, where to stay and the best monuments and places to visit if you have 48 hours in Rome.
When landing at Leonardo da Vinci International Airport you are welcomed by many bus companies offering passage to Rome’s city centre. The price for the round trip is about 10€ per person, and everything is well indicated. There is also the option to take the express train from the airport to the city centre, but is more expensive, about 14€ per one-way trip.
We arrived on a Friday’s night, opened Google, and tried to take the bus to go to our lodging but we were too slow and it already left, so we had to walk for 20 minutes to get there. Apart from our misfortune, what I try to tell you is that Google can help you getting around the city, it has all timetables for public transport nearly real-time updated.
Once in the city what we love to do, is try to just walk to all places. Roaming through the city this way allows you to find hidden gems, restaurants and plazas. But be aware, in large cities like Rome this can be tiring. For instance, I always wear a step meter and it showed that we walked for nearly 50km during the weekend.
On the other hand, there are several options for more fast and comfortable travelling the city:
Roma Pass 72 horas (38,50€). Includes discounts on entry tickets for several monuments.
Roma Pass 48 horas (28,00€). Includes discounts on entry tickets for several monuments.
Roma Plus 24 horas (30,00€). Combination of public transport and touristic buses.
Roma Plus 48 horas (40,00€). Combination of public transport and touristic buses.
BIT – Integrated Time Ticket (1,50€). Valid for 100 minutes from first validation.
ROMA 24H (7,00€). Valid for 24 hours.
ROMA 48H (12,50€). Valid for 48 hours.
ROMA 72H (18,00€). Valid for 72 hours.
We stayed at a Bed & Breakfast called Letto e Latte and we cannot recommend it enough (with this LINK you can get a 10% off). The rooms was really cosy and comfortable, everything was new and well maintained. The hosts were pleasant and attentive, they were even worried on whether we had good and enough breakfast.
For us, a very important aspect of the destinations to which we are going is to get the most traditional/local meal possible. There are infinite places, good places to eat, it’s Italy! But I recommend a place near the Colosseum where you only heard people speaking in Italian, for me, a good sign. They serve Italian homemade food at reasonable prices, it’s called Trattoria-Pizzeria Luzzi, and if you go, you have to try their tiramisu.
Areas of interest
Termas de Caracalla
It was the most luxurious structure that was built in antiquity: decorated with works of art and marble, and had water supply and drainage systems.
There are lockers to buy the tickets or they can be found online.
Foro Romano and Palatino
The Roman Forum is where the whole life of the citizens of afoot in ancient Rome developed. The Palatine is where the Imperial residence was located.
Tickets include a visit to the Colosseum. They can be purchased online or else, there are lockers there. Buy your tickets in the Roman Forum to avoid the Colosseum queues.
It is the largest amphitheatre built during the Roman Empire. It is one of the biggest tourist attractions in the city.
Even if you already have the entrance, you will find it crowded with tourists and guides who will try to take you a tour of the area. Go early and avoid the endless queues.
In it is the Venezia Palace and in the centre there is the monument to Vittorio Emanuele II; Completely made with white marble. The entrance to the monument is free.
The Piazza Spagna in Rome is one of the most famous in the capital due to its long stairways overflowing with people and the Barcaza fountain at its feet. Without a doubt, it is a place where you can rest peacefully taking an ice cream on the stairs and observing the atmosphere.
The elongated square owes its form to what used to be the Domitian stadium. It has a church and three fountains. The main source is the one seen in the photo: the Fountain of the Rivers and on it stands an Egyptian obelisk, alluding to the ruins of the old stadium (in Roman circuses there used to be obelisks).
Fontana di Trevi
One of the most monumental fountains that exist, is in a plaza much smaller than you would expect and causes a feeling of closure with the number of tourists who visit. Even so, it must be visited.
It is one of the best-preserved monuments of ancient Rome: it went from being a temple to all the gods to a church dedicated to the martyrs. Its interior is surprising, its dome has a circular overture where «rainfalls and prayers go to heaven».
It was the largest circus in Rome, where 300,000 spectators could fit. It can be seen with perspective from the Palatine.
Catacombe di Calixto
It is one of the largest and most important underground cemeteries in Rome. They are the official cemetery of the Roman church of the 3rd century, and there are more than 500,000 people buried there. It gives some discomfort to walk through the alleys of the catacombs
Puerta de San Sebastiano
It is an old door of the Aurelian rampart. Formerly it was called Porta Appia (there passes the Via Appia Antica). In the same access is the museum of the rampart.
Sant Angelo's Castle
It is a fortress located on the banks of the Tiber River. It is the mausoleum of the emperor Adriano and his family. We did not go to him because he did not have enough good reviews and we did not have too much time.
It is a quiet and bohemian district, and pleasant to walk around. There are many traditional restaurants far from the most central areas.
For me, these are the most special and emblematic spots in Rome. It is worth visiting them and with 48-hour express visit, without a doubt, it is possible.
Until next time!