48 Hours in Rome

Roma is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. You can could easily spend weeks or months in this charming destination.

We already know the food and wine is delicious, and the city is steeped in history and ancient architecture, but what you won’t understand or feel until you visit Rome, is the relaxed and romantic vibe that embraces the city.

It’s really one of my favourite places to visit. If you haven’t been, I highly recommend you go. If you have, why not visit again?!

Yes, I recommend heading to Rome for a handful of days to really soak up the beauty of this city. However, if time doesn’t allow, you can definitely see and do a lot in Rome in 48 hours.

Just remember, before you go, map out your itinerary so you know exactly where you want to go and how to get there, and pack some really comfy walking shoes….you’ll need them.



How To Get Around


From the airport – The cheapest and easiest way to travel from the airport into the city is by bus. You can catch the Terravision bus from Ciampino or Fiumicino Airports to Termini train station. Then hop on the metro to go wherever you need to go.

Around the city – The metro is super easy to use and there are stops at/near every main tourist area in the city, so if you’re short on time it’s a handy way around.

Alternatively, walking is an amazing way to see the sites. It’s the perfect way to take in the beauty of the city, the incredible architecture, the fun atmosphere, and the romantic culture.

The city is really easy to navigate and doesn’t take long to walk around. Realistically, if you don’t have much time and didn’t stop for lunch (which I highly recommend you don’t do – hello it’s Rome A.K.A foodie heaven) and didn’t spend too long at each site, you could easily walk around the city in about 3-4 hours to hit the main hot spots.



Where to Stay


Relais Vatican View – A one minute walk from Vatican City, this fabulous hotel is cute and rustic with a modern twist. It has an amazing rooftop too, where you can pop up to at any time and enjoy the beautiful views of the Vatican and Rome.

Le Quattro Dame – A luxury, arty and elegant boutique hotel, close to the Piazza Navona and Pantheon.

Hotel Terme Olimpia – A quirky, shabby-chic and romantic hotel, close to the Colosseum, fantastic restaurants and the delicious gelato store, Fatamorgana.



Where to Eat & Drink


Obviously you won’t be able to eat at every one of these amazing places in 48 hours, but you can certainly hit quite a few!

Gelateria dei Gracchi – THE BEST gelato you’ll ever taste (seriously!).

Old Bear – Close to the Pantheon, Old Bear has an incredible menu with the best carbonara and vegetarian truffle lasagna.

Cul de Sac – Wine and cheese lovers will rejoice over this Roma hot spot near Piazza Navona.

Ai Tre Scalini – A cute and cosy wine bar / restaurant near the Colosseum and situated in an area frequented by young locals.

I Vascellari – A local’s favourite in the Trastevere area. You need to try the cacio e pepe and the chianti!

Fatamorgana – Close to the Colosseum, this is another incredible spot to head to for (healthy) gelato.

Osteria Ragno D’Oro – A cheap and cheerful eatery in the Vatican area, which the local’s love. You must try the house red, a multipulciano, which can be order in a litre size carafe.

Pastificio – Four Euro pasta? Yes please! Close to the Spanish Steps, this little take away pasta place is the perfect spot to grab pasta on the go.

Pompi – After your pasta at Pastificio, head down the road to the go-to place for traditional tiramisu. For over 50 years, Pompi has been the only bakery to specialise in this Italian dessert, and it’s to-die-for!

Read more about where to eat & drink in Rome.



What To Do & Where To Go


Vatican City – The headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church. The area includes such sites as St Peter’s Square, St Peter’s Basilica, Musei Vaticani (Vatican Museum) and Cappella Sistina (Sistine Chapel). Ensure you go early or check Google to see what the best off-peak days are to beat the lines.

Price: Free to go inside St Peter’s Square and St Peter’s Basilica, approximately 20 to go inside the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel

Piazza Navona – One of Rome’s most vibrant piazzas. Full of beautiful water fountains, markets, restaurants, shops, portrait painters, musicians and mime artists. Tip – head to restaurants a little further away from the main piazza, for example down side streets, to avoid expensive touristy places.

Price: Free

Pantheon – Originally built in 27BC, the Pantheon is the most preserved building of ancient Rome. The dome is the largest unsupported dome in the world and is an incredible must-visit site to see.

Price: Free

Trevi Fountain – Rome’s largest and most famous baroque fountain. It’s one of the most most magical spots in the city, and although it’s a very touristy area, the fountain is too beautiful not to see.

Price: Free

Colosseum – Built in 72-80 AD, the Colosseum is the largest amphitheatre in the world and is Rome’s most popular attraction. Head there either in the morning or late afternoon to get the best light for photography, it really is spectacular.

Price: Free to walk around / 12 to go inside

Spanish Steps – The perfect place to come and sit down and relax and enjoy views of Rome. With Piazza di Spagna, luxury shops and fine-dining restaurants close by, it’s a wonderful area to explore.

Price: Free

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Words & Phrases to Learn


Saying: Hi / Bye

In Italian: Ciao

Pronounced: Ci – Ow


Saying: Good Morning

In Italian: Buongiono

Pronounced: Buon – gio – no


Saying: Good Evening

In Italian: Buonasera

Pronounced: Buon – na – se – ra


Saying: Thank you

In Italian: Grazie

Pronounced: Gra – zi – eh


Saying: Please

In Italian: Per favore

Pronounced: Per – fa – vo – re


Saying: Yes

In Italian: Si

Pronounced: Ci


Saying: No

In Italian: No

Pronounced: No


To help you out, we’ve create a short Italian cheat sheet for you to save to your phone and take along on your trip to Rome!

Italian Language Cheat Sheet for your 48 hour trip to Rome



Heading to Rome in winter, but don’t know what to wear? I have you covered with my what to wear in Rome article, or head to my Travel Shop. Xx

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