If you only have 2 days in Rome, and would like to discover the city on foot, walking around the streets, Piazzas and monuments, here is a suggestion for an itinerary:
From wherever you start, take the Metro to Flaminio and start your walking your from there:
- Piazza del Popolo - Via di Ripetta - Ara Pacis (Augustus' mausoleum) - Piazza Navona - Pantheon - lanes of the old town - Campo de' Fiori - Teatro di Marcello - Piaza del Campidoglio - Forum (Foro Romano) - Colosseum - Via dei Fori imperiali - Trajan's Column & Trajan's market - Piazza Venezia & vittorio Emanuele monument - Via del Corso - Fontana di Trevi - back to Via del Corso - Piazza Colona - Via Condotti - Piazza di Spagna (climb Spanish steps) - Trinita dei Monti - Pincio hill for sunset view of Rome - back to Piazza del Popolo.
Spend the evening in Trastevere.
Second day / morning: Take Metro from wherever you are staying to Termini - walk down Via Cavour to Santa Maria Maggiore - Piazza della Republica - Via delle Quattro Fontane - Palazzo Barberini - Piazza Barberini (Fontana di Tritone) - Santa Maria Vittoria - Trinita dei Monti - take Metro (Spagna station) to Cipro for a Vatican tour, which you should book in advance.
Spend the evening in the old town, in the Campo de'Fiori area.
Enjoy Rome (even if your feet are sore after all this walking)!
Walk, walk and walk, look around you because you will find ruins and vestiges all over the city...... admire the monuments, go inside every museum, and don't lose the chance to speak with the romans, who are very nice people!
Fondest memory: Rome is a fascinating town, full of warm people, nice places, impressive monuments and buildings, and history, LOTS of it. Even if you stay a month, like I did, you just won't be able to see all the things there are to see. If you have a long time to tour Rome make the best out of it; if you don't, try to visit the very main sites at least. Free tourist information and maps (VERY USEFUL!!) are available in several spots around the city. Transportation is easy, and you can always walk cause Rome isn't that big - the main/central part of it anyway.
Try walking farther south from downtown too, there are a few nice churches and monuments you might like to see and which aren't very popular. Stroll around the parks, especially Villa Borghese. At night go have a beer or an ice cream in the numerous spots open till 2-3 AM (there are bars that even stay open all night long), it's not necessary to go to a big pub or to a disco to have fun. Rome's streets and squares are very lively at night and it's probably even more fun to be walking around the city than staying in one single place, and it's quite safe to walk around Rome at night. Try also climbing some of the hills, like Gianicolo, to have a panoramic view of Rome and breathe purer air (the picture you're looking at was taken from up there). And ALWAYS have your camera with you, you never know when you'll come across a nice building or view of this enchanting town which never stops surprising you!!
Favorite thing: The best thing about Rome is, you can just walk, and when you walk you are bound to find something not in the Berlitz guide or Lonely Planet. I decided to walk off into the city and was pleasantly surprised by the things I saw. I saw three of the infamous cats of Rome, a knife grinder (which you barely get in England) and a market selling all kinds of fruits and at twice the size of back home.
Favorite thing: One thing you can't miss, in my opinion, in Rome, is walking on some ancient streets. The most famous and wonderful one is the "Appia Antica", but there are some more (like Tiburtina). They have been glorius for centuries, and they used to connect Rome to all places ot its Empire. I'm not saying to walk hundreds miles on them, but inside the city, in suburban areas, there are pedestrians only areas where you can walk on the for a couple miles. Close your eyes and listen to the horses' footsteps, imagine yourself with a Roman typical dress... and... DREAM!
The centre of Rome is very compact. You can easily walk from one main sight to the next and so on and so on. Of course, before you'll know it, you'll be exhausted anyway, but still... at least you saw one million buildings, fountains, squares, and streets that normally you wouldn't have seen.
Rome is a city that you need to take the time for to really enjoy. Breathe in its atmosphere, walk around, learn to find your way without a map, zig zag instead of going straight for your goal. Walk, walk, walk!
You'll be amazed how you see excavations from the Roman empire, medieval squares, buildings from the renaissance era, marvelous 17th century buildings all blended into one compact city centre. Rome is all it promises to be and more
Fondest memory: All those summers roaming the streets, eating delicious icecream, finding my way in the city. The entire atmosphere...
Walk the city! Rome has some of the most beautiful historical architecture in the world. Every corner, every turn there is a sight to be seen.
Fondest memory: My fondest memory of Rome was strolling the boulevards both day and night and watching how much the Italians enjoy their quality of life. Sure, the traffic in Rome can get hectic....but if you take time to stop and sip a cappuccino for a bit in an outdoor cafe, you can dig the local scene that surrounds you.
This little tyke seems to know exactly what I'm talking about!
Favorite thing: Take a walk into the fashion district. Just look into the windows of places like Gucci, Prada, and Armani and dream about wearing clothes like that! Even if you are not into stuff like that, you have to admire the workmanship that goes into the items.
Favorite thing: Walk as much as possible and soak up as much of that city as you can , because it is one big museum out in the open. The day I took this picture is was a very foggy day ,it was quite nice being it very foggy...
Walk. Rome is one of those cities, like Istanbul, Cairo, and Athens, that needs to be seen on foot. There are too many architectural details and too much street life to miss from inside a tour bus or a taxi. It doesn't matter too much what direction you go, or even where you go. It's all wonderfully interesting and exciting. The sights, the sounds, the smells, altogether you have Roma.
Photo: The Piazza del Campidoglio with a modern copy of a Roman bronze of Marcus Aurelius.
Favorite thing: Along certain patches it's possible to walk the river banks of the Tiber river. This historic river no doubt proved invaluable in building this hub of the Roman Empire.
From up there you have a greet view over the city. There you find monuments for Anita and for Giuseppe Garibaldi.
On one street you find many busts of I guess some famous or important people.
Favorite thing: Walk and discover beautiful squares and fountains. The city is relatively compact, and many of its attractions can be reached on foot. The picture beside is from Piazza del Campidoglio.