🇮🇹 Rome: Extended weekend trip

🇮🇹 Rome: Extended weekend trip

Overview

🏆 Best for: Couples, family

📆 Duration: 3 days

☀️ Best time to do this: April to June and September to October

💵 Approximate budget per person*

  • Budget: $300
  • Mid-range: $600
  • Luxury: $2000

*excluding flights

Trip highlights

Pantheon
Pantheon
Trastevere neighborhood
Trastevere neighborhood
Villa Borghese
Villa Borghese
Vatican and Sistine Chapel
Vatican and Sistine Chapel
Pasta cooking class
Pasta cooking class
Spanish steps
Spanish steps
Colosseum
Colosseum
Vespa ride
Vespa ride
AS Roma football game
AS Roma football game

Getting there

✈️ Flying

Getting to the city center from Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport

  • Taxi: 30-45 minutes
  • Train: 30 minutes (Leonardo Express to Termini Station)
  • Bus: 45-60 minutes

Getting to the city center from Ciampino Airport

  • Taxi: 20-30 minutes
  • Train: 30 minutes (combined bus and train via Ciampino Station to Termini Station)
  • Bus: 40-60 minutes

🚆 Train

Arrive at the Roma Termini train station.

Consider the train if you’re coming from Florence, Napoli, Bologna, and other neighboring cities. Italy has good quality trains that are often faster and cheaper than flying.

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The station is located in the city center. It’s possible to walk or take a taxi to the accommodation.

Accommodation in Rome

Itinerary

Day 1: The History Walk

Start your day in Rome with a leisurely stroll around the city center, beginning at Piazza Navona to soak in the vibrant atmosphere. Next, visit the Pantheon, marveling at its ancient architecture before heading to Piazza Venezia for a wonderful view of the city below. And conclude your day at the Colosseum and the surrounding Palatine hill.

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Start your day at Piazza Navona

Stroll through Piazza Navona, one of Rome’s most charming and lively squares, known for its stunning Baroque architecture and vibrant atmosphere. Once the site of an ancient Roman stadium, today it features the magnificent Fountain of the Four Rivers by Bernini and is surrounded by bustling cafes and street performers.

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Admire the architecture of the Pantheon

Discover the Pantheon, one of Rome's most iconic ancient structures, renowned for its immense, unreinforced concrete dome and the oculus that illuminates its grand interior. Originally built as a temple to all Roman gods, this well-preserved edifice offers free entry and a glimpse into Rome's architectural brilliance.

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View the city from the top of the Piazza Venezia monument

Marvel at the grandeur of Piazza Venezia, home to the imposing Victor Emmanuel II Monument. This striking white marble edifice, also known as the Altare della Patria, commemorates Italy's unification and offers visitors the chance to pay respects at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. For breathtaking views of Rome, take the elevator to the terraces.

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Explore the Colosseum from within

Step into history at the Colosseum, Rome’s most iconic ancient amphitheater, where gladiators once battled for glory. This colossal structure, capable of holding up to 50,000 spectators, showcases the engineering prowess of the Roman Empire.

Map for the first day

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Day 2: Exploring the Vatican and amazing food

Spend the first day walking around the city center and enjoy the atmosphere. Relax by the river and treat yourself with wine or gelato. Feeling hungry? Stop and experience the Italian culinary magic in any of the local restaurants.

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Walk the bridge to Castel Sant'Angelo

Marvel at the grandeur of Castel Sant'Angelo, an imposing fortress with a rich history, originally built as a mausoleum for Emperor Hadrian. This iconic site, now a museum, offers panoramic views of Rome from its rooftop terrace.

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Explore the Vatican and see the Sistine Chapel

Discover the wonders of the Vatican Museums, home to an extensive collection of art and artifacts. The highlight is the Sistine Chapel, where Michelangelo’s extraordinary ceiling frescoes captivate visitors.

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Relax in the Villa Borghese park

Rome’s most famous public park, renowned for its lush gardens and cultural attractions. The park is home to the Galleria Borghese, where you can admire masterpieces by Bernini, Caravaggio, and Raphael.

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See the sunset at the Spanish steps

Connecting the Piazza di Spagna with the Trinità dei Monti church, this grand staircase is a bustling gathering spot for locals and tourists alike. Surrounded by stylish boutiques, cafes, and historic buildings, it's the perfect place to relax and people-watch.

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Where to eat and drink

Michelin guide restaurants

There are 87 Michelin Guide restaurants in and around Rome. 1 of those with 3 stars, 3 with 2 stars and 16 with 1 star.

What to eat and drink

Cacio e Pepe

A simple yet flavorful dish is made by tossing pasta with Pecorino Romano cheese and freshly ground black pepper, creating a creamy, peppery sauce that clings to each strand.

Suppli

Delightful Roman street food snacks, consisting of rice balls filled with gooey mozzarella, coated in breadcrumbs, and deep-fried to a crispy perfection.

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Carciofi alla Romana

Tender artichokes prepared Roman-style, stuffed with a mix of garlic, fresh mint, and breadcrumbs.

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Carbonara

The pasta is combined with eggs, cheese, pancetta, and pepper, then tossed together to create a creamy, savory sauce that coats every strand to perfection.

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Tiramisu

Layers of delicate ladyfingers soaked in espresso and rich mascarpone cream and dusted with cocoa powder.

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Day 3: Explore the local experience

Spend the first day walking around the city center and enjoy the atmosphere. Relax by the river and treat yourself with wine or gelato. Feeling hungry? Stop and experience the Italian culinary magic in any of the local restaurants.

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Wander through the Trastevere neighborhood

This historic area offers a mix of quaint boutiques, lively bars, and traditional trattorias where you can savor authentic Roman cuisine. With its beautiful squares, such as Piazza di Santa Maria, and picturesque alleyways, Trastevere provides a delightful escape from the city's more touristy spots.

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Go for a pasta cooking class

Learn the art of crafting fresh pasta from scratch, guided by expert chefs in a hands-on workshop. From kneading the dough to creating various pasta shapes like fettuccine and ravioli, you'll gain valuable skills and enjoy a delicious meal you've prepared yourself.

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Rent a Vespa

Zip through Rome like a local by renting a Vespa, the classic Italian scooter. Perfect for navigating the city's narrow streets and bustling traffic, a Vespa allows you to explore at your own pace.

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Watch a local football game

Experience the excitement of a football game in Rome, where you can watch local teams AS Roma or SS Lazio at the Stadio Olimpico. This iconic stadium, shared by both clubs, offers an electrifying atmosphere, especially during derby matches.

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What to bring home

Homemade pasta

A staple of Italian cuisine, no more explanation is needed here.

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Limoncello

Limoncello is one of Italy's most beloved liqueurs. This bright, zesty lemon liqueur is made from the zest of fresh lemons, infusing it with a vibrant and refreshing flavor.

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Weather in Rome year-round

  • When to visit: For good weather, manageable crowds, and a range of activities, late spring: April to June and early fall September to October.
  • Off-season option: Going in December for the Christmas season can be charming as well.

Weather overview

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Temperature overview

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