There is much to see in Rome in two days, but if you do not have more time, you will be forced to choose part of all the attractions it offers and leave the rest, which are innumerable, for another visit with more time.
Visiting Rome in two days is possible, but you won’t be able to stop too long at its monuments, museums, squares and corners. Even so, you will be able to get an idea of everything that Rome can offer you.
Here you have our proposal for a two-day tour of Rome in which you will discover the most important things to visit in Rome.
What to see in Rome in two days
First day in Rome
On our first day in Rome, it would be convenient to get up early to have as much time as possible to explore it. This walk begins at Termini Station as it is the usual place of arrival in the city and also a usual area to stay. But you can adapt it according to your needs.
From Termini you can start walking along Via Cavour until you find the first great monument that we will visit in Rome, the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore. Essential. As is the Church of San Pietro in Vincoli, inside which is the famous Moses by Michelangelo.
Later we will arrive at the main monument to see in Rome in two days, the Colosseum. You may find many queues, so we recommend buying your ticket in advance, reserving an excursion or a tourist card. Visiting the interior of the Colosseum is almost as important as admiring it from the outside.
Next to it is the Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill, also a must-see as here you can learn about the origins of the Roman Empire and get an idea of what life was like 2000 years ago in this place.
Before leaving the ruins of what was a great empire, we will visit the Trajan’s Forum and arrive at the modern area, where the Piazza de Venezia is located, famous for the white color of the Monument to Victor Manuel II, not without controversy, and begins the Via del Corso, the main shopping street in Rome and that takes you to its wonderful squares and churches.
The first of them is the most famous and the most important to visit in Rome in two days. We are talking about the Trevi Fountain, colossal, located in a small square that is normally full of people but that does not prevent us from enjoying its charm and majesty.
From there we will return to the Via del Corso walking through the charming streets of Rome to the curious Basilica of Santa Maria Sopra Minerva. Nearby is another of the wonders of Rome, the Pantheon of Agrippa, a circular temple with almost 2000 years of history where the tomb of Raphael is located and which is the best preserved building from Roman times.
Piazza Navona is our next destination. What is possibly the most beautiful square in Rome. Surely when you are in it you will also think the same. In Piazza Navona we find 3 baroque fountains, all of extraordinary beauty. And around them some buildings that will leave you breathless, highlighting the Church of Sant Agnese in Agone.
Our last destinations on the first day in Rome will be the Church of the Gesu, the main church of the Society of Jesus and whose interior is truly spectacular, and the Piazza del Campidoglio, located next to the Piazza di Venezia, which is reached by climbing some beautiful stairs that take you up to the Palazzo Senatorio, the Capitoline Museum and the Capitoline Wolf. As you go up, be sure to admire the Basilica of Santa Maria in Aracoeli.
There is still much to see in Rome and we only have one day to go.
What to visit in Rome on the second day
The second and last day in Rome arrives and we have to decide what our priorities are. You may want to see the Vatican but you will also want to see the rest of the squares and fountains in the center of Rome. Or Trastevere. Or the impressive basilicas that you still have to visit.
If it is your first visit and you only have two days, we recommend you visit the Vatican. And there our journey begins.
In the Vatican you have numerous places of interest. You should start with the Vatican Museums, already carrying the purchased ticket, since there are usually fewer people first thing in the morning. The museums can take you much of the day, even several, but being your first visit we recommend that you focus on the main thing.
Admire the School of Athens, the sculpture of Laocoön and his Sons, the Vatican Pinacoteca and above all, the Sistine Chapel, the great jewel of the museums. You have a lot to see in the Vatican Museums but since we don’t have much time, we have to prioritize.
After leaving the museums, you should go to Saint Peter’s Square, from where you have a great view of the facade and dome of Saint Peter’s Basilica, which you should enter and admire.
After visiting Saint Peter’s Basilica, we recommend walking along Via della Conciliazione to Castel San’t Angelo, from where you have great views of the bridge of the same name and the Vatican. This area already belongs to the city of Rome.
Now it’s time to return to the historic center of Rome, because there is much to visit. We can walk along the Tiber River to the Cavour Bridge, cross it and reach the Mausoleum of Augustus from where we can walk to Piazza del Popolo, another of the great jewels of Rome, with its fountains, the Basilica of Santa Maria del Popolo and the two churches at one end.
From there starts the Via del Babuino, which we can follow until we reach another of the wonders to visit in Rome in two days, the Piazza di Spagna, where the Fontana della Barcaccia is located, spectacular, and the impressive stairs that take you to the Iglesia di Trinita dei Monti, which we recommend visiting.
The Via Sistina takes you to another very beautiful square in Rome, the Piazza Barberini, where the Fontana del Tritone is located and from where another street starts that takes you to the Piazza della Republica, another of the main squares of Rome where the Basilica of Santa María de los Ángeles, whose exterior will not tell you anything but with an interior that will surprise you.
This will be all you have time to see in Rome in two days. Enough to enjoy the city but that will leave you wanting more days.
You can find more information about what to see in Rome on the official Rome tourism page.