Have you a itinerary for Rome we are going for 6 days, have one day out of Rome and half a day with the six nations.
you actually don’t give me many info about the time of the year, your interest/tastes, if you like walking or not, if you are a shopping addicted, etc…
Therefore, let me give you some highlights, that we can fine tune based on what you like the most. Let me tell you that I personally love to walk in Rome, browsing the old streets and squares. 5 days (+ one outside the town) will give you plenty of time to enjoy the town and its laid back atmosphere.
I’m organizing it by day (the order is not important, but some days are better than others for some sites, and museums are usually closed on Sunday), each one dedicated to a specific neighborhood./ attractions. For your convenience, I’ll refer to some of my posts for a quick description of the sites.
Try to reserve a hotel in the pedestrian area close to the Spanish steps. My preferred choice is the cosy Hotel La Lumière(http://www.lalumieredipiazzadispagna.com/it/hotel.html)
1) St Peters + climbing up the dome (http://delightfullyitaly.com/2013/10/12/climbing-up-st-peters-basilicas-dome/) + Vatican museums. Consider a full day for all this sites. You can’t visit St Peter during Sunday morning (there’s the pope!); better to reserve you Vatican museum tickets, to avoid spending hours in queues (http://biglietteriamusei.vatican.va/musei/tickets/do?weblang=en&do).. At night have a drink and a Pizza in Campo de’ Fiori square.
2) Walking tour: the Imperial Rome. From Piazza Venezia, visit the Campidoglio square, designed by Michelangelo who “recycled” the roman temple of Jupiter. Visit Santa maria in Aracoeli, then take the elevator for a wonderful view on Rome. Go to Via dei Fori Imperiali (passing close to the Carcere Mamertino, St Peter’s jail, then enter the archaeological area of Fori Imperiali (ticket -needed it includes also the colosseum) and visit the Forum and the Orti Farnesiani (renaissance garden build in the XVI century over the remains of the Emperors palaces). Visit the colosseum and, if you have the time, have a nice walk in the medieval rome to discover the Roman houses buried under medieval churches (http://delightfullyitaly.com/2013/05/06/medieval-rome/). At night, have a walk in trastevere and find a restaurant there.
3) Walking tour: the Jewish Ghetto, Trastevere and palatino: start in Campo de Fiori (nice market on week days) and walk to Largo Argentina. There you can enter the old Jewish ghetto (http://delightfullyitaly.com/2013/05/17/rome-fountain/) and discover this out of the beaten track part f Rome. Have also a look at Portico di Ottavia and at Teatro di Marcello. Cross the Tiber river at Isola Tiberina, (that you can Visit) and enter into Trastevere, heading toward Santa Maria in Trastevere Church. Visit the middle age cghurch and enjoy the “old village” atmosphere. Loose yourself in the old streets, if you want you could visit Villa Farnesina Museum (paintings from Raffaello) and the Santa Cecilia church, hosting a touching statue of the saint. From there cross the Tiber and visit the Santa maria in Cosmedin medieval church, which hosts the Bocca della Verità. From there you can get to the lovely Palatino Neighbourhood, where you should visit the Giardino degli Aranci, the Santa Sabina church and the famous Key Hole with a view over St Peter (Piazza Cavalieri di Malta) At night, go back to the ghetto for a kosher dinner. If you are there during summer time, don’t miss the “estate Romana” stands and restaurants on the Isola Tiberina and Tiber banks.
4) Walking Tour: Barocco Rome. From Piazza del Popolo have a look at Santa Maria del Pololo church (cited by Dan Brown in “Angels and Demons”, it hosts 2 paintings from caravaggio) then walk up to the Pincio gardens and keep on walking towards Trinità dei Monti (actually this is the entrance of Villa Borghese, a perfect place for jogging in the morning). Stop in Villa Medici and visit the renaissance palace and gardens.Continue to Trinità dei Monti where you will have the Spanish Steps at your feet. Go down, admire the Barcaccia fountain and, why not, have a coffee at the famous caffé Greco. Keep walking on your left, pass via Cavour and get to Fontana di tevi (have a coin rady to be thrown in the fountain!) From there, cross via del Corso, heading to piazza del Pantheon (stop to visit Sant’Ignazio Church and admire the amazing Trompe L’oeuil painted on the roof. Visit the Pantheon, and the chirches of San Luigi dei Francesi and the Basilica di Sant’Agostino (hey host 3 wonderfl paintings by caravaggio) and continue to Piazza Navona. From there, you can loose yourself in the delightfull and lively streets behing it (via del Panico, piazza del Fico, via dei coronary). Then cross the tiber at ponte Sant’Angelo and visit Castel Sant’angelo at sunset. At night, have a walking tour of Rome y night(http://delightfullyitaly.com/2013/09/19/rome-night/)
5) Last day in Rome. Really depends on you. If the weather is good, I would sugest a biking tour on the Appian Antica archeological park (you will ride over an original roman causeway!), otherwise you could explore the delightful Rione Monti, San Pietro in Vincoli (with the Mosè by Michelangelo) and the cathedral of santa Maria Maggiore and San Giovanni (with gigantic statues from Berini). In front of San Giovanni, have a look at the “Scala Santa” (saint stairs), where pilgrims climb on their knees! At night, you could explore the Testaccio neighborhood (a lively area filled wit restaurants and pubs)
6)Day out of Rome. Two suggestions. Visit Ostia Antica, very similar to Pompei, but less than on ehour underground from Rome center, or go to Tioli an dvisit Villa D’Este and its magical fountains and Villa Adriana (Emperor Adriano’s majestic villa).
Enjoy your stay in Rome!