Do you work 9-5 but spend your breaks lusting over Rome ? So did I! I had no holidays left but had a huge urge to visit Rome- so I did! Some people thought it was impossible to see Rome in 2 days, but I proved them all wrong; and so can you.
One day, I was spending my break on Skyscanner (as usual) and I spotted a super cheap flight to Rome. So, being the super impulsive person I am, I booked two return tickets as soon as I got home (I persuaded my friend to come with me in those few hours).
Here is an easy-peasy guide for you to make sure you see, do and eat everything on your wishlist!
#1 Airports and transport
There are two airports in Rome – Leonardo da Vinci Airport (at Fiumicino) and Ciampino Airport. We flew into Ciampino Airport. Since it used only by the budget airlines, it is tiny! To get into the city center from Ciampino Airport, you have to take a bus. The following two are the cheapest and popular at around €4-€6 each way:
- Terravision: http://www.terravision.eu/airport_transfer/bus-ciampino-airport-rome/price-and-timetableciampino-airport-rome/
- Sit Bus: http://www.sitbusshuttle.com/en/timetable/
The city is connected by an easy metro system that connects all the major attractions. You can buy a ticket at a kiosk before you get onto the tram. We found the majority of kiosk to be confusing/difficult to work so be patient and have lots of change! Also, be wary about homeless people ‘helping’ you use the machine – they are not helping, they just want your money!
We stayed near the Colosseum in a place called Conte House. The below is quick summary of the accommodation plus the link.
Name: Conte House.
Cost: £53 per night
Location: Perfect location. It was only a 5 minute walk from the train/bus station, a 15 minute walk to the Colosseum and just around the corner from the red line metro that will stops near all the major sight seeing spots.
Address: Via Merulana 191, 00185 Rome, Italy
- Free Wi-Fi
- Luggage storage
- Shuttle service (surcharge)
- Air Conditioning
- Designated smoking area
- Continental breakfast
- Snack bar
- Shared kitchen
Click here to book/see more.
The woman who checked us in was very accommodating. She gave us a free map and advised us on where to go and how to get everywhere so we would be able to see all the major sights in the little time we had. We were going to go on a free walking tour, but because she showed us everything we needed to, we decided that it would be better to go at our own pace.
#3 Must-see sights
We took the red metro to Piazza del Popolo. From here we were able to alot of the sights in one day.
Sights seen on Day 1:
The following is the list of sights we saw on the first day, in order.
- Spanish Steps – these steps look over a fountain and is the perfect place to eat your lunch.
- Trevi fountain – this fountain is famous for people people throwing coins and making wishes. It is the most beautiful fountain I have ever seen – it definitely did not disappoint!
- Pantheon – this is a beautiful church with a huge hole at the top of its dome. It will take your breathe away (free to visit)
- City Hall – You can not miss this… literally you can’t because it’s sooo big! Walk up the steps for a great view and for some great photo opportunities
- Colosseum– This was my favourite sight to see in Rome – it was utterly stunning. Top Tip: The Colosseum closes an hour before sunset so make sure to leave plenty of time for it!
EU citizen between the ages of 18 and 25: €7
Anyone under the age of 17: Free
Night tour: €22
Online tickets: http://www.coopculture.it/en/the-colosseum.cfm#
“I came for the Trevi fountain but I fell in love with the Colosseum.”
Sight seen on Day 2
The following is the list of sights we saw on the second day, in order.
- La Vatican– (You can take the red metro to La Vatican, if your accommodation is too far away (time is very precious!!)). This is the scared city within Rome, where the Pope lives. There is a lot of security surrounding La Vatican so be prepared to wait in queues and for your bag to to be checked when going through security. Once you get through security, you can get up close and personal with St Peter’s Cathedral. Inside, the décor was out of this world. The roofs and walls were lined with gold, extravagant paintings and marble statues of saints. It was the definition of holy. However, the gift shop did take away from the whole ambiance.
- Casteel St Angelo – This castle is the perfect place to view the whole city. From one side of the castle, I was able to see St Peter’s Cathedral and the other side I could see all the beautiful old buildings and monuments. It was great place to rest our feet for half an hour.
EU citizen between the ages of 18 and 25: €6.50.
Or if you are great planner or just really lucky, if you visit the Castle on the first Sunday of the month it’s FREE.
Italians, in my opinion, make the best food. Pasta, pizza, and gelato, what else can you ask for? Find yourself a proper Italian restaurant and order the biggest thing on the menu, you deserve it after walking all that!!.
#5 Top Tips
- Wear your most comfiest shoes
- If you are a student, bring your Student ID – you can get lots of discounts!
- If you decide not to stay at the Conte House, ensure that they offer luggage storage (you do NOT want to drag your suitcase around all day!)
- AND ENJOY YOURSELF!!
I hope you book your ticket to Rome soon!
Love Liza x
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