2 Days in Rome

Old May 5th, 2015, 10:51 AM
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2 Days in Rome

I will soon be making my first trip to europe with my wife and another couple. We will have 2 full days to explore Rome before we depart on our Cruise. Our plan is to Explore the ruins around the forum and see the Vatican. We would also like to experience the culture in Rome as well and take some time away from the crowded tourist traps.

I know 2 days is not alot but we want to make the most of it.

Does anyone have any recomendations on things to see or do that are less common? Any suggestions for small cafes or restaurants?
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Old May 5th, 2015, 02:52 PM
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Hey there!

You're going to have a fantastic time. I studied in Rome years ago and dream about it often.

Coffee: must do places are Cafe Eustachio and Tazza D'Oro.

Sites: Beyond the Vatican, I always recommend that folks check out the Orange Garden (for sweeping views of Rome) & the Aventine Keyhole (http://www.atlasobscura.com/places/t...e-keyhole-rome). The "keyhole" is quite literally a keyhole that one can "peep" through for a perfect view of St. Peter's. Another interesting places for literary lovers is the Protestant Cemetery - both Keats and Shelley are buried here. Villa Borghese is great too.

Restaurant suggestion: for a great view of Rome, I'd recommend: http://www.zodiacoroma.it/

All time spent in Trastevere is worth it. It's a bit touristy, but hard pressed to find somewhere in Rome that's not. Still one of my favorite cities in the world.

Just a few thoughts for now!
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You will barely have enough time to see the basic tourist attractions of Rome in two full days. This is especially true if you will be going during the summer.
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Nice ideas in post # 1 but not enough time for you as they are spread all over the city and if you wish to see ancient Rome and the Vatican you won't have time for the 'less common' things. I'm sure standing in line for the Aventine keyhole view is not a high priority.

If you're set on ancient Rome (aka Colosseum) then book ahead OR go late in the day. Your Colosseum entry is valid over two days and useful for the Forum/Palatine area as well.

Skip the line tickets are a must for the Vatican Museums or else you'll be in line for over two hours.

Colosseum/Forum will take half a day, as will the Vatican Museums. For the rest of your time, just enjoy the neighbourhood, visit the Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Trevi Fountain (under restoration but a walkway takes you very close to the sculptures), Piazza del Popolo and at least a few of the incredible churches - like Santa Mara del Popolo.
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Blueeyedcod is spot on. I would get to Forum as early as possible. Take the first tour. Then, go directly yo the Colosseum for a tour. To maximize your time, I'd taxi to the Vatican. You can probably catch a "free" (tips suggested) that takes about 45 minutes. You can enter the Vatican Museums around 1:00-1:30 with little lines. It's an exhausting day, but doable. That evening you can wander the streets, especially near Piazzas Novona and Fiori. The next day I'd wander and see as much as you feel comfortable with. I have never stayed in Rome for less than 6 nights, but any time there is great.
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Thank you for the wonderful suggestions. We will be travelling in the fall. We will be arriving in the late afternoon local time. We are going to try to explore and adjust on our first night. We have the next 2 full days and then on the 4th day we depart in the late afternoon.

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You may be jet lagged on your arrival in Rome. Allow for a day or two of intermittent sleepiness as well as being wide awake in the middle of the night.
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