What to see in Rome and surroundings in 5 days

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Martí Micolau

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Rome leaves everyone ecstatic for its beauty and uniqueness: it has always been the fulcrum of European history, the nerve center where many populations have passed and fought and one of the many Italian cities that has preserved unscathed, despite the passing of the centuries, all emblematic evidence of its greatness, from the majestic Pantheon to the splendid Basilica of San Pietro al Vaticano, without forgetting the Colosseum.

So let's find out together what to see in Rome and surroundings in 5 days.


  1. 1 day
  2. 2 day
  3. 3 day
  4. 4 day
  5. 5 day
  6. How much does it cost 5 days
  7. Before leaving: useful tips
  8. User questions and comments

1 day

Start your journey to discover this beautiful Italian city starting from Ancient Rome: first stop (unmissable) will be the famous Colosseum of Rome (every day 10: 30-19: 15) where you will probably stop from 2 to 3 hours, so the visit will occupy you all morning (ticket purchase recommended single Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill with skip-the-line, to save money and avoid being in a long queue) Don't forget to take a souvenir photo outside the Colosseum!

For lunch we recommend Hostaria da Nerone (€ 35,00).
In the afternoon go to one of the most enchanting areas, the Palatine Hill. Then spend the afternoon visiting the majestic Arch of Titus, a monument-symbol of the Flavian era, and the famous Roman Forum, located a few steps away (every day 8: 30-17: 00, in summer until 19:00).

In the evening, head to the beautiful Piazza Venezia, to finally dine go to Ristorante Pizzeria Taverna degli Amici (€ 30,00).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 2,9 km / 37 min
  • Places visited: Colosseum, Roman Forum, Imperial Forum and Palatine Hill (combined ticket € 30,00), Piazza Venezia (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 95,00
  • Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill: single ticket skip the line
  • Lunch at Hostaria da Nerone (Get directions), Dinner at Ristorante Pizzeria Taverna degli Amici (Get directions)

2 day

Second day, leave from the famous Altare della Patria, located on the Capitoline Hill, place of many celebrations. Visit the interiors (Mon-Thu 9: 30-18: 30, Fri-Sun and holidays 9: 30-19: 30) and go up to the terrace, a place from which you will admire all of Rome in its splendor. Then continue along the beautiful Via del Corso until you reach the famous Trevi Fountain, emblematic place of the city of Rome.

Have lunch at Gioia Mia (€ 20,00).
Keep going towards the Quirinale, the hill that houses the Palazzo and the Consulta. Here you could visit the Stables (every day 10: 00-20: 00). In the second part of the afternoon, take bus 71 (20 min, € 1,50) to the Papal Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, famous for floor tomb of the famous Lorenzo Bernini (every day 7: 00-18: 30).

Finally, dedicate your evening to discovering the area called Testaccio (reachable by bus 71), frequented by many students and also famous for the Il Circolo degli Illuminati disco. Dine at Griglieria Pizzeria Porca Vacca Rome-Roman Cuisine (€ 18,00), then enjoy the nightlife of this neighborhood revalued only in recent years.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 6,7 km / 1 h 26 min
  • Places visited: Altar of the Fatherland (€ 7,00), Via del Corso, Trevi Fountain (free), Quirinale (free, Stables € 15,00), Papal Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore (€ 3,00)
  • Daily shopping: € 65,00
  • bike rental for 1 day tour by panoramic open bus
  • Lunch at Gioia Mia (Get directions), Dinner at Griglieria Pizzeria Porca Vacca Rome - Roman Cuisine (Get directions)

3 day

Third day at discovery of the eternal city, dedicating the whole morning to the famous Vatican Museums (Mon-Sat 9: 00-16: 00): they were founded by Pope Julius II during the 1500s and are located at the Vatican City; then visit the wonderful galleries and the famous one Sistine Chapel, where you will be entranced by Michelangelo's frescoes (we recommend purchasing priority entrance to the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel to avoid the long queues).

Have lunch at Ristorante Da Marcello (€ 25,00).
Dedicate the afternoon to St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican (October-March 7: 00-18: 30, April-September 7: 00-19: 00; recommended guided tour with reserved entrance): center of Catholicism and largest church in world, the Basilica is also known for keep Michelangelo's famous Pietà and the tombs of numerous popes. The famous Dome is also worth a visit, from whose summit you can admire Rome from above (October-March 7: 00-17: 00, April-September 7: 00-18: 00).

End the day with a dinner at La Vittoria Restaurant (€ 25,00).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 1,5 km / 20 min
  • Places visited: Vatican Museums (€ 18,00), St. Peter's Basilica (free), Dome (€ 10,00)
  • Daily shopping: € 70,00
  • Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel: priority entrance to St. Peter's Basilica: guided tour with reserved entrance
  • Lunch at Ristorante Da Marcello (Get directions), Dinner at Ristorante La Vittoria (Get directions)

4 day

Fourth morning dedicated to visiting the Castel Sant'Angelo: also called Mausoleum of Hadrian, is located on the right bank of the Tiber River (every day 9: 00-19: 30). Then let's move on to the splendid Navona Square in the center of which stand the fountains of the Four Rivers and the fountains of the Moro. In the center, the Church of Sant'Agnese (9: 00-12: 30 and 15: 30-19). The last attraction of the morning will be the Pantheon, a building built as a temple dedicated to all past, present and future divinities. With a quick guided tour you will see inside royal tombs of Vittorio Emanuele II, Umberto I and Margherita di Savoia, and the Oculus, the circular window that made him so famous (Mon-Sat 8: 30-19: 30, Sun 9: 00-18: 00).

Have lunch at the Taverna del Seminario (€ 30,00).
Early afternoon at the famous Capitoline Museums, on main civic museum municipal of Rome (every day 9: 30-19: 30). Then reach the Mouth of Truth, a ancient walled mask in the wall of the pronaos of the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin.

Finally, admire the sunset from the Aventine and, at the end of this day, go to Pizza Al Massimo, to taste the typical Roman sliced ​​pizza (€ 5,00).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 5,1 km / 1 h 6 min
  • Places visited: Castel Sant'Angelo (€ 15,00), Piazza Navona (free), Church of Sant'Agnese (€ 8,00), Pantheon (free), Capitoline Museums (€ 11,50), Bocca della Verità (free) , Aventine (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 70,00
  • quick guided tour of the Pantheon
  • Lunch at Taverna del Seminario (Get directions), Dinner at Pizza Al Massimo (Get directions)

5 day

Dedicate this last day to a wonderful tour of Villa d'Este and Villa Adriana from Rome (duration 7 h), to discover these wonderful relics that testify to the Roman splendor. It starts from Rome for Villa Adriana: built in the nd century by the Emperor Hadrian, it is a very luxurious residence full of spas, swimming pools, temples and grandiose imperial palaces.

We recommend that you bring a packed lunch with you.
After the break, your guide will accompany you to the nearby Villa d'Este. Here you will get to know closely one of the most fascinating places of the late Italian Renaissance: the villa is full of gardens, spectacular waterfalls and splendid fountains such as that of the Ovato or the famous Cento Fontane. The columns of the Serapeum and Canopus or the Maritime Theater immediately catch the eye.

Once back in the center of Rome with the shuttle, enjoy one wonderful evening in Trastevere, a very popular area in the evening by many Romans; they choose it because it represents authentic Rome, with its small bookshops hidden in the alleys and trattorias where you can taste typical dishes of the Roman tradition. Stop by Tony and Andrea from La Tavernetta 29 (€ 18,00).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 74,9 km / 1 h 47 min by car including travel from / to Rome
  • Places visited: Villa Adriana and Villa d'Este / tour from € 75,90), Trastevere (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 100,00
  • TiFlights: Villa d'Este and Hadrian's Villa Tour from Rome
  • Packed lunch, Dinner at La Tavernetta 29 by Tony and Andrea (Get directions)

How much does it cost 5 days

NB: The costs expressed in the table above are to be intended per person.

The eternal city is one Italian essential destination that deserves to be seen at least once in your life, we advise you to plan a holiday lasting at least 5 days because it is really big and every neighborhood and attraction deserves to be seen.

Rome is anyway a fairly expensive city, so if you want to save money and enjoy a low cost trip be sure to organize everything in advance, at least two months in advance to carefully choose the best area to stay overnight and perhaps to coincide your visit with some other important event, such as a concert or the event that interests you most.

A substantial expense is represented by the attractions, to save money it is recommended to purchase the Roma City Pass, there are several that can be best adapted to your needs, and to save time we advise you to buy priority entrances, queues can sometimes be really long!

  • from Milan starting from € 85,00 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 50,00 per room -
  • Colosseum, Roman Forum and Navona: priority private tour street food tour with guide Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill: tour package
  • Total cost of 5 days, flight included: from € 625,00 per person

Before leaving: useful tips

  • When to visit Rome: spring and autumn are the perfect moments, the climate will be mild and pleasant, you won't risk finding endless queues at museums and archaeological sites - find out more
  • Leonardo da Vinci Fiumicino Airport, 32 km from the center (Leonardo Express train every 30 min, € 14,00; FL1 regional train every 30 min, € 8,00). Ciampino Pastine Airport, 20 km from the center (Terravision bus company, € 6,00; Sitbusshuttle bus, € 4,00)
  • the historic center is the most convenient but very expensive area. Testaccio is distant but cheaper. Trastevere is for those who love nightlife and an "authentic Rome". The Termini Station area is certainly cheaper and well connected but not very safe if you are alone in the evening
  • Getting around: Rome is very extensive, so the city offers the tourist bus, tram, trolley bus and subway; the cost of a single journey is € 1,50 and on average you will not spend less than € 10,00 per day - find out more
  • Recommended cards and passes: Rome All-Access Pass, includes priority entrance to various attractions of the city (duration 3 days, from € 85,00 -). To discover every corner of the city, you can take part in different experiences and activities that can be easily booked online before leaving

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