48 hours: Rome

There is nothing better after a crazy week than Rome for the weekend. Moreover I was showing two guys around the city, playing guide. They had never been to rome, and my last time there was when I was 16. Guide for 48 hours in Rome – here’s our itinerary.

We were sleeping close to Campo de’ Fiori, between that area and Piazza Navona. After meeting our Airbnb host we went out for a couple catch up beers on Friday night, and streets were busy, bunch of young people outside the bars having a drink and a smoke. I guess the lovely temperature for a weekend in November helped.

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Day 1:

Piazza Navona

Living barely 4 minutes away from the square, we visited it first thing in the morning, sat down for the first Espresso of the day and continued towards Piazza di Spagna.

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Piazza di Spagna

I remember my mum telling me on my first time in Rome – you always have to climb up the stairs to see the roofs of the city. So that’s what we did.

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Fontana Di Trevi

Walking down Via del Corso we arrived to the always crowded Fontana Di Trevi passing through Piazza Colonna. We did the coin throwing ritual – legend says if you do that it guarantees your return to the city at some point in your life.

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Pantheon

Next one is the Pantheon in Piazza della Rotonda. We arrived there when the light of the day started to fade, but when we finished admiring the ceiling and the whole building, there was an amazing singer and guitar player outside who got together a huge crowd and made us sing along to some well-played songs.

Pantheon Pantheon Concert outside the Pantheon

Night at the Trastevere

Crossing the river there’s the Trastevere neighbourhood. The main square is Santa Maria in Trastevere. We found a restaurant to eat pasta and pizza (of course) and then decided to do another of the typical things in the area: chocolate shots. They are served in chocolate glasses and have cream on top. Delicious!

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Day 2:

Piazza Venezia

One of the hubs in Rome, we walked around Palazzo Venezia and the Altare della Patria, part of the monument of the first king of Italy, Vittorio Emanuele II.

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Foro Romano and Trajan’s market

At both sides of Via dei Fori Imperiali heading to the Colosseum we can find ruins. On the left we can see the Trajan’s market, which is thought to be the oldest shopping mall in the world. On the right we can see Foro di Cesare, and also on the right further down, close to the Colosseum, we arrive to the Foro Romano.

Trajan's market

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Colosseum

One of the new Seven Wonders of the World, the Colosseum is an imposing building in the middle of the city. We did half a tour inside.

I say half because we wanted to skip the queues to get in and after a bit we decided to wander by ourselves and let the building amaze us. From one side you can see the arch of Constantine. You can see lots of tourists taking the picture with the arch and the Colosseum from down there.

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San Pietro in Vincoli

Truth is we didn’t have it planned, but after eating lasagne close to the Colosseum the lady in the restaurant suggested it, and because we were really close we decided to go visit.

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Bone church – Capuchin Crypt

The guys had read somewhere that there was a bone church in the city, so we walked there. I like walking long distances. It usually takes you far away from the touristy spots. It is not allowed to take pictures, so if you are wondering how it is, you should go there yourself!

La Montecarlo

We finished our stay going to a very recommended restaurant (both by friends and TripAdvisor) and it didn’t disappoint. They serve delicious italian pizza and pasta.

La Montecarlo pizza and pasta La Montecarlo pizza and pasta

Everything we did that weekend is on this post. Everything can be easily done with 48 hours in Rome. Have you ever been to the eternal city? Comment below!

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