Rome, the birthplace of the Roman Empire is a centre of power, culture, art, and religion, This bustling metropolis has been rightfully nicknamed the Eternal City, and the city continues to exert a powerful influence in many ways on the rest of the world. There are churches that are more than thousand years old, magnificent monuments, sculptural fountains and numerous palaces.
The World Heritage Site is an international capital for both food and fashion. Needless, to say, it would be tough to design an itinerary for Rome, which covers the cosmopolitan atmosphere as well as the immensely rich historical heritage of the city. It is good that there are many homes for rent in Italy that suit the needs and budget of travellers. So, lodging is not going to be a problem as you can rent out some fabulous homes at very affordable rates.
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The Perfect One Week Rome Itinerary
Even an entire week of sightseeing would be insufficient to cover Rome and its top attractions. Nevertheless, it is a good idea to take a week off and follow a well-designed seven days itinerary in Rome to make the most of your trip. This itinerary will take you through the famous landmarks and popular attractions.
One thing that isn’t included on this list, but that I do recommend, is renting a car and heading out of the city on a scenic drive. There is plenty to explore around Rome, and definitely worth it.
Side note: if you want to spend your week discovering Italy beyond Rome, don’t miss this 7 day itinerary for Italy!
Day 1 in Rome
Start the day with a visit to the Vatican Gardens, located in the Vatican City. Explore the Vatican Gardens followed by Vatican Museums Tour and spend a couple of hours. This is a great way to experience Lazio’s unique culture. Later make a visit to the Sistine Chapel, which is a part of the Vatican Museums and St Peter’s Basilica, which is a famous church in Christendom. It is time to move on to the St. Peter’s Square, which is located in front of St. Peter’s Basilica. This, in one day, you get to visit the most important religious and cultural spots of Rome.
Day 2 in Rome
Visit The Pantheon in Rome that was built between 118AD and 125AD. Plan a walking tour through the Pantheon, Piazza Navona and Trevi Fountain for a wonderful experience. Piazza della Rotonda is another important historic site. Piazza Venezia is the most central of Rome’s squares and located at the foot of Capitoline Hill. You have the whole day before you, and now it is time to head towards the Roman Forum between the Palatine Hill, Esquiline Hill, and Capitoline Hill. Do not forget The Colosseum, which is an iconic monument of Rome. You must see this grand stadium built in 508-544BC. You can end the trip with a visit to Basilica of San Clemente, the 4th-century church.
Day 3 in Rome
Visit Galleria Borghese museum and explore Borghese Gallery and Gardens to get a fascinating insight into the 17th-century culture. The gardens are the largest public landscape park in Rome, and it is a good idea to take Rome Segway Tour. National Gallery of Ancient Art is an outstanding museum, which was designed by Bernini. Another popular museum is Via delle Quattro Fontane. The Piazza di Spagna is another popular landmark, and the 18th century Spanish Square is a must visit. Other attractions you can cover on the third day are Piazza Navona and church of San Luigi dei Francesi.
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Day 4 in Rome
Tour at Palazzo Doria Pamphilj and Rome Baroque Concert will offer you a good sense of Galleria Doria Pamphilj culture. Victor Emmanuel Monument, also recognized as Altare della Patria soaks up the history and culture of Rome. Make a trip to Capitoline Hill, one of the famed seven hills, Rome was built on. Circus Maximus or Circo Massimo is where citizens in ancient Rome gathered to watch chariot races processions and gladiator fights. The Basilica Sanctae Sabinae is one of the oldest churches in the city, and the ancient pyramid of Cestius was the final resting place of Caius Cestius. Do include Roman’s largest public baths in your itinerary.
Day 5 in Rome
Begin the fifth day with a trip to Palatine Hill, which is centrally located. Later head towards The Museo Capitolino that comprises of Palazzo Senatorio, Palazzo dei Conservatori, and Palazzo Nuovo. The Imperial Forums are the centre of Ancient Rome’s political activities. Visit Museum of Palazzo Venezia and Piazza del Campidoglio.
Day 6 in Rome
It is a must to visit the Catacombs of St. Domitilla, which are the oldest catacombs and best preserved. Discover a secret world in those subterranean catacombs that were a communal burial ground. Piazza di San Pietro and are is another religious sites. Today, they function as official and government buildings. The Fontana di Trevi is the largest fountain in baroque style in the world. Well famous as “Three Coins in The Fountain,” toss a coin here and make a wish. End the day with a trip to Palazzo Barberini, a baroque-style palace.
Day 7 in Rome
This is your last day in Rome before you fly back. Start with the National Gallery of Modern Art to have a look at both contemporary and ancient art. Visit the stately palace home, the Museo Nazionale Etrusco and alter you can head towards Piazza del Popolo that leads to the ancient gates in the Aurelian Walls. Augustus’s Mausoleum was the family tomb of Augustus, Rome’s first emperor. Enjoy a private, guided visit of Palazzo Spada, the centrally located palace with a garden looking over the Tiber River. Here you will come across some of the most stunning residences in Roman Baroque style.
As you can tell, there are plenty things to do in Rome for a week, and I highly advise anyone visiting the Italian capital for stay for longer than a weekend! If you are planning a trip to Rome anytime soon, or know someone who is, I’d love it if you would share this post using the buttons found further down!
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