What to see in Rome and surroundings in 7 days

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Lluis Enric Mayans

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Rome is ancient, very ancient, and despite some small problems it maintains a charm that few other cities in the world can boast. There are so many things to do and see in and around Rome that they seem to never end! It is a city rich in history and culture, it is fortunate to still preserve unique archaeological remains in the world that every self-respecting tourist dreams of visiting.

From the Pantheon to the Roman Forum, from the mythical Colosseum to St. Peter's Basilica, planning a week-long itinerary that includes not all but at least most of the main places of interest is not an easy task, but we tried. Here what to see in Rome and surroundings in 7 days.


  1. 1 day
  2. 2 day
  3. 3 day
  4. 4 day
  5. 5 day
  6. 6 day
  7. 7 day
  8. How much does a week in Rome cost
  9. Before leaving: useful tips
  10. User questions and comments

1 day

Our itinerary starts from the Church of Santa Maria Maggiore, near Termini, with the floor tomb of the famous Lorenzo Bernini.
Walking 30 minutes or taking the bus line 71 (from the Carlo Alberto stop in Milan / Nazionale) you will arrive at Quirinale, the highest hill in Rome which also houses the Palazzo and the Consulta, seat of the Constitutional Court. Visit the stables and admire a beautiful panorama of the city (open every day from 10:00 to 20:00, Friday and Saturday until 22:30).
Then go to the obelisk of Castor and Pollux and reach the famous Trevi Fountain. Throw a coin with your back to the fountain: it is a promise to return to Rome!

Take Via delle Muratte and stop for lunch at Baccano (average cost € 30,00).
After lunch, walk to the famous Piazza Venezia. Here it is the Monument to Vittorio Emanuele II, king of our turbulent Italy in the Risorgimento, also known as altare della patria (open Monday to Thursday from 9:30 to 18:30 and from Friday to Sunday and holidays from 9:30 to 19:30). Go up to the wonderful terrace and then visit the Museum of the Risorgimento.

For dinner, stop at Il Buco Restaurant (average cost € 40,00). Enjoy one last evening walk through the streets of the center, passing through Piazza Colonna, with the beautiful Column of Marcus Aurelius, and admire from the outside Palazzo Chigi, seat of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers and the Palazzo dei Montecitorio, seat of the Chamber of Deputies.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 5,8 km / 1 h 14 min
  • Places visited: Church of Santa Maria Maggiore (€ 3,00), Quirinale (free, Stables € 15,00), Trevi Fountain (free), Altare della Patria (€ 7,00 Terrace, € 5,00 Museo del Risorgimento), Piazza Colonna (free), Palazzo di Montecitorio (free), Palazzo Chigi (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 100,00
  • Rome: underground experience in the Trevi fountain
  • Lunch at Baccano (Get directions), Dinner at Il Buco Restaurant (Get directions)

2 day

Protagonist of the second day is Ancient Rome and the first stop is the infamous Colosseum. For the visit (at least 2 hours) we recommend the ticket that includes Colosseum with Arena or Underground, Roman Forum, Palatine Hill and Imperial Forums from € 22,00.
Then visit San Pietro in Vincoli, a church near the Colosseum and famous seat of Michelangelo's Moses. Open from 8:00 to 12:30 and from 15:00 to 19:00.

Stop for lunch at Hostaria Al Gladiatore (average cost € 35,00).
Then visit the Palatine Hill (the hill that, according to legend, would have hosted the twins Romulus and Remus), admire the Arch of Titus and finally reach the Roman Forum, the visit of which will take about 2-3 hours if not more. . The Roman Forum has always been the heart of the city, is open from 8:30, closing time varies according to the months, generally 19:00 in the summer months and 17:00 in the winter.

Before ending the day with a tasty dinner, go up to the Capitol, another important hill in Rome. To go to dinner, go down the famous Cordonata, a staircase that takes you to Piazza Venezia. You can finally dine at La Cabana, with an average cost of € 40,00.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 4,3 km / 55 min
  • Places visited: San Pietro in Vincoli (free), Colosseum - Roman Forum - Imperial Forum - Palatine Hill (combined ticket € 22,00), Campidoglio (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 145,00
  • Rome: priority entrance to the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Palatine Hill
  • Lunch at Hostaria Al Gladiatore (Get directions), Dinner at La Cabana (Get directions)

3 day

In the morning you can dedicate it to getting to know the Vatican Museums, for fully enjoy all the wide and vast galleries (open from Monday to Saturday from 9:00 to 16:00, the visit will fill your whole morning)! The focus of the visit is the legendary Sistine Chapel, where the Pope is still elected today, with Michelangelo's most famous frescoes, namely the Last Judgment and the Creation of Adam.

Have lunch at Arlù's (average cost € 40,00) and then visit St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican.
The Basilica is large and majestic in appearance, it guards the famous Pietà by Michelangelo and the tombs of numerous popes, from Innocent VIII to Pope John Paul II. Also visit the Dome, from which you can see the panorama of all of Rome. The Basilica is open from October to March from 7:00 to 18:30, from April to September from 7:00 to 19:00. The dome is accessible from October to March from 7:00 to 17:00, from April to September from 7:00 to 18:00.

End the day with a good dinner at Trattoria Angelo Alla Cupola, with an average cost of € 35,00, you can explore the surroundings by walking and doing some shopping.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 1,8 km / 22 min
  • Places visited: Vatican Museums (€ 18,00), St. Peter's Basilica (free), Dome (€ 10,00)
  • Daily shopping: € 100,00
  • St. Peter's Basilica: guided tour with reserved entrance Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel: priority entrance
  • Lunch at Arlù (Get directions), Dinner at Trattoria Angelo Alla Cupola (Get directions)

4 day

Start this fourth day with the visit of the Castel Sant'Angelo, reachable by metro A - Ottaviano stop (open every day from 9:00 to 19:30).
Then cross the Ponte Sant'Angelo and reach Piazza Navona and its two fountains, that of the Four Rivers (by Bernini) and that of the Moro (by Giacomo della porta). Also do not miss the Church of Sant'Agnese.
Then visit the Pantheon. Inside there are the royal tombs of Vittorio Emanuele II, Umberto I and Margherita di Savoia and that of Raffaello Sanzio.

After having lunch at Pietro al Pantheon (average cost € 35,00), take bus 160 at the Corso / Minghetti stop and get off at the Greca stop to walk to the famous Bocca della Verità, in the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin. Face the line you will inevitably find and take a photo near the sculpture.
Not far away, climb the Aventine hill and enjoy the sunset, and then do a break before dinner at the Circus Maximus, perhaps imagining being the protagonist of the fights between gladiators and ferocious beasts that took place here in Roman times.

End the day with a dinner at the Alvaro Al Circo Massimo Restaurant, with an average cost of € 40,00.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 3,5 km / 45 min
  • Places visited: Castel Sant'Angelo (€ 15,00), Piazza Navona (free), Church of Sant'Agnese (€ 8,00), Pantheon (free), Santa Maria in Cosmedin (free), Aventino (free), Circus Maximus (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 90,00
  • guided tour of the Pantheon and Santa Maria Sopra Minerva
  • Lunch at Pietro al Pantheon (Get directions), Dinner at Alvaro Al Circo Massimo Restaurant (Get directions)

5 day

This morning is dedicated to the exploration of the Trastevere, the most traditional district of Rome! Here it is possible, at least for a while, to escape the mass of tourists and get in touch with the real Romans, with their chatty and friendly character. Explore the streets and then reach the Janiculum, yet another hill in Rome from which it is possible admire the panorama of the city. You can decide to go up on foot or wait for bus 115.

Then descend from the Janiculum, leave the Trastevere district by crossing the Ponte Cestio, and reach the small Tiber Island. Here he has lunch at the Trattoria Sora Lella, nothing more typical (average cost € 50,00).
Visit the Church of San Bartolomeo and take a look at the historic Fatebenefratelli hospital, then reach the Jewish Ghetto by crossing the other bridge on the island, the Fabricio.
End the day wandering around the ghetto, an ancient place that still hosts a large Jewish community. You can also visit the Synagogue, the Fountain of the Turtles and the Arch of Octavia.

Finally, dinner at Nonna Betta - Kosher Style Cuisine with an average cost of € 35,00.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 3 km / 37 min
  • Places visited: Trastevere district (free), Janiculum hill (free), Tiber Island (free), Jewish Ghetto (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 85,00
  • Trastevere Roman street tour private underground walking tour of Trastevere
  • Lunch at Trattoria Sora Lella (Get directions), Dinner at Nonna Betta - Kosher Style Cuisine (Get directions)

6 day

Starts in the morning from Piazza del Popolo (located on the underground line A - Flaminio stop), observe the fountain of Neptune and discover the secret of the two twin churches, Santa Maria di Montesanto and Santa Maria dei Miracoli.
Visit the church of Santa Maria del Popolo, inside which they are located wonderful paintings by Caravaggio (open Monday to Thursday from 7:15 to 12:30 and from 16:00 to 19:00, Friday and Saturday from 7:30 to 19:00).
Before reaching Piazza di Spagna, stop to admire Augustus' Ara Pacis.

Have lunch at La Bottega di Cesare, tasting the typical carbonara (average cost € 20,00).
Take Via dei Condotti e reach Piazza di Spagna. Take some photos of the Barcaccia, the fountain that precedes the famous staircase made up of 138 steps leading to the Trinità dei Monti, a small and sober French Church where you can see the panorama of the square.
Spend the rest of the afternoon a Villa Borghese, a large city park, where you can spend a few hours away from the traffic and confusion of the city!

To conclude the evening you can spend a slightly different evening, perhaps at the Hard Rock Cafè in Rome, not far from Villa Borghese (average cost per person € 30,00).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 3,4 km / 44 min
  • Places visited: Piazza del Popolo (free), Santa Maria del Popolo (free), Via dei Condotti (free), Piazza di Spagna (free), Trinità dei Monti (€ 12,00), Villa Borghese (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 55,00
  • Lunch at La Bottega di Cesare (Get directions), Dinner at Hard Rock Cafè in Rome (Get directions)

7 day

Spend the last day in complete relaxation, without giving up on visiting something interesting. Reach Ostia, the town on the Lazio coast with the Rome-Lido railway that leaves from Porta San Paolo (Piramide station of metro B) it arrives at Ostia Antica station (€ 1,50 each way).
For the morning visit the beautiful and extensive archaeological site of Ostia Antica

In the village there is also the Monumento Restaurant, an institution, as it has been in business since the end of the 800th century. In honor of the "scariolanti", the people of Romagna who arrived in the area in the 35,00s for the reclamation of the Pontine countryside, typical Romagna dishes are also offered (average cost € ).
Then take the train back to Lido Nord and take bus 14 and reach the Monument to Pasolini, erected in the place where the poet was killed on November 2, 1975.
Then spend the remaining hours on the seafront of Ostia Lido.

Before taking the train back to Rome, why not treat yourself to an aperitif by the sea? When the sun has set, go for dinner at Officina Culinaria, with an average cost of € 30,00.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 68,9 km / 1 h 34 min including travel from / to Rome
  • Places visited: Ostia Antica and archaeological site (€ 12,00), Monument to Pasolini, seafront
  • Daily shopping: € 90,00
  • Ostia Antica private walking tour Ostia Antica tour by train from Rome Ostia Antica private tour with an archaeologist
  • Lunch at Monumento Restaurant (Get directions), Dinner at Culinary Workshop (Get directions)

How much does a week in Rome cost

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

Rome is one of the most popular destinations for Italian and foreign tourists, therefore, especially in the high season, the budget to be budgeted for a week in the capital is quite high. By choosing to visit it perhaps in winter and not close to the Christmas period it is possible to save money, as well as moving on foot and eating street food. In Rome there is so much to visit that, excluding the overnight stay, the biggest expense could be the entrance to the churches, museums and various attractions.

  • starting from € 45,00 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 47,00 per room -
  • Skip-the-line entrance to the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Palatine Hill open-top sightseeing bus tour of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel: priority entrance
  • Total cost of a week, flight included: from € 700,00 per person

Before leaving: useful tips

  • When to visit Rome: the climate of Rome is mild, which is why the city can be visited throughout the year. May is one of the best months, in the middle of spring, when temperatures are pleasant and not too hot - find out more
  • Rome-Fiumicino Airport, 31 km from the city center, reachable by Leonardo Express train (from € 14,00), regional Line FL1 (from € 8,00), bus (from approximately € 6,00), by taxi ( from € 25,00). Rome-Ciampino Airport, 20 km from the city center, reachable by regional trains (from € 1,50), various bus lines (from about € 5,00), by taxi (from € 30,00)
  • the districts of San Pietro and Prati, even if a little far from the center, offer economic solutions and are well connected by bus and metro A. Without a budget to respect, the Monti area is recommended, excellent for all trips
  • Getting around: go around the center on foot. To reach more external areas it is possible to use buses, trams, trolley buses and subways - find out more

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