How Many Days to Spend in Rome?
The Beautiful City of Rome
Rome is a beautiful city that highlights Roman architecture, the Catholic Church, and the massive buildings wherever you look. The city is called the ‘eternal city’ because of the amazing amounts of beauty and life that fills the city. So now you be asking yourself how you get here or how many days to spend in Rome? Those are great questions and I’ll guide you along the way as we talk about the beautiful trip you need to take.
Rome has an amazing history, so you’ll be able to find museums, churches, monuments, and Castle’s that have been around since the Roman empire was in charge. There is so much for you to do while you are here, so much you need to see and you will do a lot of walking, so make sure you don't forget to bring a good pair of walking shoes.
What to do in While in Rome
In Rome, you’ll have so many opportunities that will enlighten you to history, culture, and modern day Rome. There are a few museums and historical sights I think you should go to, as well as a few architectural pieces you should look over.
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What sights to see in Rome
The first thing you should do is to call the Galleria Borghese. Make a reservation to visit the Galleria Borghese on another day of your trip. There is a limited number people allowed in the gallery at a time, so you want to make sure you can secure this special treasure find.
You should take time to bus to the Piazza del Campidoglio. The Piazza del Campidoglio sits on the summit of Capitoline Hill, which is where the generals of the roman empire would make sacrifices to the gods.
You need to see the Colosseum as well during your first visit. Even if you’ve seen the countless pictures on the internet, the real-life Colosseum is amazing. It will cost you about 12€ to get in, and 5€ to take a tour of the Colosseum. You should take the time to really walk around the Colosseum to experience all the architecture and areas where Romans have sat and watched the arena fights and gladiators.
Make time for The Pantheon. The Pantheon was rebuilt several times, the very first time was in 27 B.C. This monument was made final by Emperor Hadrian in the early 2nd century and has survived through 2 millenniums of vandalism. You should expect to spend about an hour here.
Castel Sant'Angelo is a great stop. It was built for Emperor Hadrian and his family in A.D. 135. Inside this ancient home, you can visit the Popes' Apartments and stand on the veranda for a panoramic view of Rome. Give this place at least an hour of your time.
Campo de' Fiori is the geographic center of Rome as well as the home to the open-air food market. After the vendors leave, the cafes and restaurants are alive and begin to make the plaza shine. Aim to eat at a restaurant here for the experience, entertainment and delicious meals.
You need to take the time to visit the Catacombe di San Callisto and the Catacombe di San Domitilla. The Catacombe di San Callisto is about 12 miles long where more than a ½ million Christians were buried between the first and fourth centuries. The Catacombe di San Domitilla is entered through a sunked church and is the oldest of the catacombs.
At night, should be the Piazza Navona which is best seen at night, and the Romans will tell you that it’s the most beautiful square you’ll find in Rome. The Piazza Navona is built above the ruins of the Stadium of Domitian which is where the chariot races would take place. Around the Piazza Navona you will find some of the best places to dine for dinner.
For this trip, I would recommend you staying in Rome for 3-5 days at the least to really enjoy and appreciate the architecture, the culture, and the experience Rome can offer you.
I broke my stay up into 4 days and I have never regretted it. I could experience the main sights, as well as go off the beaten path to enjoy small cafes, bistros, art shows, and musicians playing in plazas. I promise in Rome, you’ll never be bored.
In your Europe backpacking routes, Rome is a beautiful city that you can't miss to visit , earning its title ‘eternal city’ for how long these sights and historical pieces have been around. Rome is a place you should visit if you can.
Visiting a new city can be scary, but the locals are more than willing to help you around, and some will even take you to where you’re going. It’s a friendly city full of life, character, and history. There is nothing you will forget about Rome, and you’ll gain everything from going.
I recommend a 3- to 5-day trip to Rome, even if you spend one of those days relaxing and living just one day in Italy. Just remember to take in the sights, experience the culture and history, and appreciate the time you are in Rome.