Rome in 2 Days – Best of Rome Itinerary – RomeCabs

 

Buon giorno and welcome to Stefano’s RomeCabs, Rome’s leading company for private Tours, Shore Excursions, and Transfers in Rome and beyond.

 

The beauty of Rome is that you will not run out of amazing things to see and do. No matter how often you visit the Eternal City, you will discover more incredible churches, museums, squares, monuments, streets, and hidden places.
As many travelers have limited time in Rome and wish to see as much as possible in as little time as possible, we created an itinerary for a Rome in 2 Days tour by car that will take you to many of Rome’s most breathtaking and must-see places.

 

Since on our tours by car you are driven from location to location in your private deluxe vehicle driven by your personal English speaking driver, you will save so much time and energy that you can use to enjoy MORE of Rome in LESS time, effortlessly and comfortably.

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Rome in 2 Days –  Best of Rome Itinerary

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Suggested Itinerary of Main Rome Highlights for Rome in 2 Days

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  • Colosseum

  • The Roman Forum

  • Ancient Appian Way

  • Christian Catacombs

  • Spanish Steps

  • Piazza Navona

  • Trevi Fountain

  • Pantheon

  • Campo dei Fiori

  • Aventine Hill, Orange Garden

  • The Secret Keyhole

  • St Paul Outside the Walls Basilica

  • Castel Sant’Angelo

  • The Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, St Peter’s Basilica

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DAY 1 of Rome in 2 Days Tour  – 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

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ROME IN 2 DAYS TOUR Day 1 Itinerary with RomeCabs

ROME IN 2 DAYS TOUR Day 1 Itinerary with RomeCabs

 

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Your first day will begin in Ancient Rome with a visit to the Colosseum – the world’s most famous elliptical amphitheater that has inspired architects and engineers for millenia.

Just across from the Colosseum is the Roman Forum – from where the Roman empire was ruled.  Located in a previously marshy valley between the Capitoline Hill and Palatine Hill, the Roman Forum served as the nucleus for political, religious, judicial and commercial affairs of the Roman Empire.

 

A drive to the outskirts of Rome will take you to a special ancient Roman road: The Ancient Appian Way / Via Appia, an early 4th century Roman road that was nicknamed “the queen of the long roads”, connecting Rome to other distant parts of the Italian peninsula.

Nearby you will stop to visit the Christian Catacombs.  Catacombs are labyrinth of underground receptacles of the dead dating back to 2nd and 3rd century when Christianity was illegal.  Intricate tunnels were hewn out of the local soft tuffa stone (like the ancient Etruscans did when they carved their own burial tombs in shapes of huts).   Admission tickets purchased on site also includes a group guided tour in various languages.

 

After lunch in Rome at a local restaurant or trattoria of your choice,  you will have a taste of La Dolce Vita with visits to the lively and most popular squares in Rome:  The Spanish Steps, Piazza Navona, and the Trevi Fountain.

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Video Postcard from RomeCabs: ROMAN FORUM

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The Spanish Steps is an elegant 18th century spacious outdoor stairway that unfurls to connect the square below to the French church of Trinita dei Monti and the Egyptian obelisk that once belonged to Pharaoh Ramses II.

 

Piazza Navona outlines the perimeters of the 1st century AD Roman sports stadium built by Emperor Diomitian called “Circus Agonalis” (competition arena). The ancient name evolved over time from Agone (games) to Navona.

Today the large oblong square well recognized by Bernini’s famous Fountain of the Four Rivers that’s topped with a tall obelisk. Two other fabulous fountains at each end of the square: Fountain of the Moor, and Fountain of Neptune.  The square is lined with shops, restaurants and cafes with outdoor seatings, and entertainment is always to be found in the square.

 

Trevi Fountain is the largest Baroque fountain in Rome with a symphony of large marble sculptures of Oceanus on his triumphal chariot pulled by two seahorses jockeid by two Tritons immersed in gushing pools of water.  Trevi Fountain also has a peculiar tradition made famous in movies: if you throw a coin in the fountain you will be assured of a return visit to Rome.

 

Your Day 1 of Rome in 2 Days will complete with a visit to one of the most well recognized ancient Roman monuments in the world: the Pantheon.  

 

The Pantheon was a once a pagan temple dedicated to all gods, and after the fall of the Roman empire it was converted into a church in year 609 AD. Be sure to look up at the center of the immense coffered dome – you will see the “oculus” (“eye” in Latin) that serves as the only opening to illuminate the monument as its only natural source of light.

 

10 Unique Facts about the Pantheon you probably didn’t know

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the Pantheon - Rome Tour with RomeCabs

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DAY 2 of Rome in 2 Days Tour   – 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

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ROME IN 2 DAYS TOUR  - Day 1 Itinerary with RomeCabs

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Your  Day 2 of your Rome in 2 Days Tour will start with a visit to Campo dei Fiori where every morning it’s transformed into a bustling market for a fun outdoor market experience where you can find anything from local fruits and vegetables to clothes and kitchen wares to tempt your palate and eyes.

 

A short drive in your private deluxe vehicle will take you to Aventine Hill, one of the Seven Hills upon which ancient Rome was built upon. Today Aventine Hill is a quiet charming upscale neighborhood away from the chaos of big city life.  

Here you will enjoy an off the beaten path stroll through Giardino degli Aranci (The Orange Garden) that’s a lovely small grove of orange trees with a spectacular terrace with lovely view of Rome.

 

Nearby is the Piazza of the Knights of Malta with a very special door that you’re bound to notice often a line of folks waiting to peer through the keyhole like “peeping toms”. Get in line, because it’s worth the surprise you’ll find on the other end of the keyhole:  an enchanting view of St Peter’s Basilica perfectly framed by manicured evergreens in the garden beyond the special door.

 

Your next destination will be St Paul Outside the Walls – the second largest basilica in Rome. Originally built in 4th century AD, it was destroyed by fire in late 1800’s and with thanks to generous donors the church was able to re rebuilt to its original glory.

 

Approaching the Vatican area, your next visit will be Castel Sant’Angelo – originally a 2nd century AD mausoleum built by Roman Emperor Hadrian that was later converted into a fortress for papal protections during dangerous times of war and sieges in Rome, and later a prison. The Sant’Angelo  was named after Archangel Michael appeared above the mausoleum in 590 AD signaling the end of a terrible plague, and a statue dedicated to Saint Archangel Michael tops the castle.

 

After lunch, you will visit the world’s smallest country: Vatican City. Here you will have a couple of hours to enjoy the treasures displayed inside the vast Vatican Museums, gaze at the masterpieces by Michelangelo inside the sacred Sistine Chapel, and visit St Peter’s Basilica – the largest and most significant church in Christendom.

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Vatican City

Vatican City – Rome in 2 Days Tour

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This marks the completion of your Rome in 2 Days Tour – a fabulous adventure through Rome’s historical locations to explore ancient places, discover hidden treasures, admire unique masterpieces, and contemplate the magnificence of a once powerful empire that has left behind so many of their archaeological and engineering accomplishments that have inspired and amazed the world for centuries.

 

For more information on Rome in 2 Days tour, please visit our website and see our Rome Tours page where you will find this and many other tours we offer – as well as Rome in A Day and Rome in 3 Days options.

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