5 days are quite enough to enjoy all the main attractions in Rome and go also for a day trip nearby. The Italian capital has so much to offer that you’ll never be bored. It’s the cultural hub in Italy. Although it’s very ancient, it’s still very vibrant and you can enjoy a relax lifestyle here. During your 5-day itinerary in Rome take your time to visit not only the great beauties of the city, but also some good restaurant. In fact, Rome it’s worldwide famous for its food and local specialities. Don’t miss this opportunity!
5-Day Rome Itinerary Summary
- Day 1: Colosseum, Roman Forum, Piazza Venezia, Campidoglio
- Day 2: Piazza di Spagna, Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona, Campo de’ Fiori
- Day 3: Vatican City, Vatican Museums, Via del Corso
- Day 4: Day trip to Tivoli, Villa Adriana, Villa d’Este
- Day 5: Circo Massimo, Bocca della Verita’, Trastevere
Start your first day visiting the most famous attraction in Rome: the Colosseo (Colosseum). This massive stadium-like building has been there for more than two thousands years. It was used for gladiators contests and public spectacles in ancient Rome. If you’d like to see the internal structure, we suggest you to book the ticket online in advance, so to avoid long queues.
Nearby the Colosseum, you can walk towards Arco di Costantino (Arch of Constantine) and then proceed to Foro Romano (Roman Forum), the ancient center of Roman life. If you’re planning to enter the site, be sure to go with a guide, it’s the best way to go back in time and understand how people used to live 2.000 years ago. If you’re on a budget, fret you not, you can see the whole Forum from the walking down the street called Via
At the end of this street, you will arrive at Piazza Venezia, where you can admire the Altare della Patria or Vittoriano, also known as the typewriter for its particular shape. The huge white monument has great national significance, since it represents the long process of unification undertaken by Vittorio Emanuele II throughout the second half of the 19th Century.
Climb the stairs just beside the monument to arrive on the top of the Capitoline hill and see the Campidoglio, the Roman major office, and the stunning panorama. Finish here your first of your 5-day itinerary in Rome.
Start your second of your 5-day itinerary in Rome at Piazza di Spagna. This square is famous for its fountain, called Barcaccia (literally ugly boat in Italian, we assure you, it’s anything but ugly) and the stairs that bring to Trinità
Once you’ve done being amazed by Piazza di Spagna, prepare yourself for even more stunning places. Proceed to Fontana di Trevi (Trevi Fountain), one of the most beautiful fountains in the World, designed by Bernini, the same artist of La Barcaccia. Turn your back to the fountain and toss a coin inside the fountain, it will bring you luck.
Continue your itinerary towards Pantheon. Built to be a Roman temple in 126 AD, but currently a Catholic church, it’s famous because of its dome, still the World’s largest unreinforced concrete dome. The legend says the rain doesn’t enter from the hole in the center, but it’s not true.
Walk to Piazza Navona, where you can find a huge fountain in the middle of the square. It’s called Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi (Fountain of Four Rivers) and it was designed by Bernini. You can see the Nile representing Africa, the Danube representing Europe, the Ganges representing Asia, and the Río de la Plata representing the Americas.
Go now to Campo de’ Fiori, another square close to Piazza Navona. Usually, there is an outdoor market with some local products. Near Campo de’ Fiori, you can also enjoy some wine in one (or more) of the several wine shops and bars around the area.
We’re sending you abroad for your third day in Rome. In fact, you’re going to the Vatican City, the smallest country in the World. This is the Pope’s home and it includes the most important church for the Catholics: San Pietro (St Peter’s Basilica).
We highly suggest you to enter for a visit, no matter what your faith is. The paintings and the sculptures inside the church are really worth some time, you can find the masterpieces of the most important Italian Renaissance artists (1450 – 1650 AD). One in particular is extremely famous: la Pietà, designed by Michelangelo. It represents the Virgin Mary holding Jesus in her arms after he was crucified.
After visiting San Pietro, walk towards Castel Sant’Angelo (St Angel Castle). Initially built by the Roman emperor Adrian to be his mausoleum, it began a castle and a fortress for the popes. Now it’s a museum.
If you still have some energy we got three options for you to end the third of your 5-day itinerary in Rome.
For the art lovers, book a ticket for the Vatican Museums and access the Sistine Chapel. This chapel is entirely full of paintings from the best artists of the Renaissance (14th-16th Century).
Shopping addicts, you’ll be set up with a tour in Via del Corso. This is a long street full of nice shops. You can choose to buy a souvenir from one of the hundreds Italian and international brands.
Nature lovers, for you we suggest
TIVOLI: Villa D’Este e Villa Adriana
On your fourth day, enjoy a day-trip to Tivoli, a small city near Rome where you can visit two stunning Villas with garden. One is from the Roman era and the other one from the Renaissance, both UNESCO Heritage sites. Take the train from Tiburtina or Termini station, it’s just an hour journey from Rome. Start with Villa Adriana (Hadrian’s Villa), built in the 2nd C
In the afternoon, proceed to Villa D’Este, a 16-century villa with a beautiful Renaissance garden and many fountains. In fact, the villa has 51 fountains and nymphaeums, 398 spouts, 364 water jets, 64 waterfalls, and 220 basins. Be sure to be nearby the Organ Fountain around one of these times: 10.30 – 12.30 – 14.30 – 16.30 – 18.30. You’ll be amazed by the sound of a hydraulic organ built in 1611 that is activated only during these times.
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If you have still both your hands, then go to Isola Tiberina, the only island in the middle of
We hope you enjoyed your 5-day itinerary in Rome!