Rome in five days

Hello, I love your website! We’re traveling to Italy in September and spending a week in Rome, and I don’t want to miss anything! Both my husband and I have already been but missed a lot the first time around, so we want to make up for it.

Our itinerary looks like this:
Day 1 – Vatican (we want to book a tour of the museums and sistine chapel to avoid the lines), the dome of Saint Peter’s Basilica.
Day 2 – We want to do a free walking tour of Rome to see the main sites, and then a tour of the Coliseum and the Forum in the afternoon.
Day 3 – Galleria Borghese, Villa Borghese for an early picnic, Capitoline Museums in the afternoon
Day 4 – Pompeii
Day 5 – More relaxed, Trastevere and Ara Pacis
Day 6 – Fly out

What do you think? Is it ok if I show you the rest of our itinerary?


Hi Miriam, thanks for liking!

My comments on your itinerary:

Day 1: fine, you will need the full dayto visit the Vatican

Day 2: Do reserve in advance your coliseum entrance. You will need a full afternoon for Coliseum + Forum, so plan accordingly. This will leave you only half day to visit “the main sites”, which is a little too short – but you can catch up on day 3

Day 3: Use the morning to visit Spanish steps, ara pacis, fontana di trevi, Villa Medici, Pincio Terrace. these are all in the same area, close to Villa Borghese park. The Galleria Borghese is on the other side of the park, which is pretty big – you could rent a bycicle or segway to speed up (in the park, close to Villa Medici). The capitoline Museums can be combined with  a vist to the Ghetto, to the Bocca della Verità (church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin) and a visit to Aventino (great view on the forum, medieval churches, key hole in piazza cavalieri di Malta.

Day 4: you can visit Pompei in a day trip from Rome, but plan 2 hours high speed train + local train to Pompei. A long day.

Day 5: Trastevere can be visited in 1/2 day, ara pacis in one hour (it’s actually closer to the Spanish Steps than to Trastevere). You can still add something in this day. What about a tour on the Appia Antica + catacombs (in that case, better in the morning, so you can finish your day in Trastevere and have dinner there)

For additional ideas + itineraries, have a look at my posts about Rome:

Enjoy Italy!