Italy itinerary: one week in Rome

Rome, how to describe it? I think it’s the most beautiful city on Earth (but maybe I’m biased). I have a gigantic crush on this city. Just walking on the centuries-old bridges, glancing at the Tiber river and walking through the tree-lined lungotevere fills me with happiness. Not to mention the sound of motorinos speeding by, the Roman gestures, the sound of coffee cups being placed on the bar counter, the smell of roasted chestnuts in the winter. I could go on forever.

I’m lucky though, to have this kind of of crush on Rome. I guess it’s because I’m Italian and I’ve always lived the  most beautiful part of this city. The authentic part of it. And I’m on a mission to let you live Rome in the most authentic and most unforgettable way possible too. If you’re visiting Rome for 7 days, here is my itinerary. You’ll find everything from where to go, where to eat, what to see and where to go for drinks.

Essential Tips for traveling to Rome

This is an itinerary to give you a general plan, but don’t plan everything, see where the city takes you! Remember to make restaurant reservations though (either the day before or if it’s for the weekend two days before. Some restaurants even weeks in advance)! And there is no need to plan tickets in advance, except for the Borghese Gallery, the Vatican museums and the Colosseum (purchase way in advance if you’re visiting in high season)! Also, keep in mind that a week in Rome is not enough to visit the city, heck a lifetime isn’t enough! But at least you’ll get a general idea of Rome from this itinerary!

When planning your trip to Rome — and especially if it’s your first time in the Eternal City — it’s extremely important to get central accommodation. Check out my selection of budget, mid and luxury accommodations in Rome on my guide on where to stay in Rome. 

Pack some comfy shoes cuz lots and lots of walking will be involved! Rome’s historic center is very large, and best to explore if you divide it into neighbourhoods or walking distance areas. There will be no need to get taxis, metros or buses, unless it’s for dinner reservations of course, or if you want to get faster to a certain place. But remember that wandering and walking around is part of the Rome experience, staring at stunning buildings and monuments in awe, and simply enjoying the open air museum this city is known for.

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Getting to Rome

How to get to Rome from Rome Fiumicino (FCO) Airport:

  • Private transfer: If you prefer going by car, as soon as you exit Rome Fiumicino Airport you will find taxis. But careful, lines can be long, especially in summertime. I would recommend you reserve an airport transfer in advance. ➡️ Reserve your private transfer here
  • By train with the Leonardo Express: The Leonardo Express is a non-stop train that connects Fiumicino Airport to Rome’s central train station – Termini Train Station. The trip with Leonardo Express lasts 32 minutes and departs Fiumicino Airport every 30 minutes (or every 15 minutes during peak times). Tickets costs €14 per trip and the first train leaves the airport at 6.38 am, the last leaves at 11.38 pm. Once in Termini Station, take a taxi to get to your accommodation or the metro. ➡️ Get your Leonardo Express ticket here
  • By shuttle bus: for a cheaper alternative you can reserve a one-way shuttle bus service to or from the airport, departing every hour. Choose from pickup or drop-off locations at one of these conveniently located stops: Fiumicino Airport, Rome Termini Train Station, the Vatican (Via Crescenzio, 2), or Circonvallazione Aurelia, 19. ➡️ Get your shuttle bus tickets here
  • By regional train: from Rome Fiumicino Airport you can take the FL1 regional train, connecting Fiumicino Airport to other locations in Rome including Trastevere and Ostiense. Trains depart every 15 minutes on peak times and a one-way ticket costs €8. ➡️Get your train tickets here
Getting to Rome from Fiumicino Airport

Getting to Rome from another Italian city:

By train: Italy has a wonderful railway network and I urge travellers to travel Italy by train. Head to Trainline, a convenient online platform for booking train tickets, to easily navigate and purchase your train tickets. There are two high-speed train companies in Italy: Trenitalia and Italo. High-speed trains are called Frecce for Trenitalia. You will find the Frecciarossa (fastest), Frecciarento (second fastest), and Frecciabianca. These are all high-speed trains that can take you to central stations of major Italian cities. Personally, I only take the Frecciarossa or the Frecciargento when possible, because the Frecciabianca takes longer to reach cities (i.e. Roma – Milano takes 5 hours instead of 3), but they aren’t always available. Italo trains are also great. You should check their websites and compare prices.


DAY 1 Rome Itinerary:

Explore ancient Rome: Colosseum, Palatine Hill, Via dei Fori Imperiali.

What to see in Rome:

Colosseum: arrive to the Colosseum, either walking or by metro. If you want to visit the inside of the Colosseum, book tickets in advance. Visiting the Colosseum usually takes around 2 hours.  Some of you may not be interested in visiting the inside of the Colosseum, it’s totally up to you but I definitely recommend it if you’re staying one week in Rome.

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Palatine hill: After visiting the Colosseum, admire the Palatine ruins. Roam Palatine hill, one of the most ancient parts of the city and the most central of the Seven Hills of Rome.

Lunch in the Monti neighbourhood: head to this neighbourhood for lunch. Monti is one of Rome’s coolest neighbourhoods, full of picturesque streets and an authentic Roman atmosphere.  For being in the center, it isn’t very overcrowded with tourists. If you want to have a quick lunch go to Zia Rosetta, they have delicious rosetta sandwiches (a type of bread) and salads. If instead you’d like to sit down and have a longer break, go to Broccoletti, Aromaticus or Taverna dei Fori Imperiali (reserve)! After lunch, stroll through the neighborhood, there are some beautiful viewpoints to get pictures of the Colosseum, such as the one on Via dei Serpenti. If you’re into vintage shopping, Monti has some of the best second-hand stores in Rome. Check out King Size and Pifebo.

Museo dei Fori Imperiali: After lunch, walk down to the Museo dei Fori Imperiali. Go inside the Imperial Forum museum to the Mercati di Traiano terrace and get a spectacular view of the Roman Forum.

Via dei Fori Imperiali: walk Via dei Fori Imperiali to get a feeling of ancient Rome

Piazza Venezia: If you want to get a 360° view of Rome, head to the iconic Altare della Patria in Piazza Venezia (you’ll find construction works for the Metro C line in Piazza Venezia). Head to the panoramic terrace on the last floor of the Vittoriano. You have to take an elevator to get there and pay a fee (according to their official website tickets cost €17 for adults and it includes entry to the adjacent Palazzo Venezia and Museo del Risorgimento for up to 7 days. It’s free for minors and 18 to 25 year-olds pay €4).

Where to eat in Rome:

Lunch: Zia Rosetta for a fast lunch with yummy salads, sandwiches and juices. Aromaticus for vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options. Broccoletti or Barzilai Bistrot for yummy Italian cuisine.

Dinner: The Monti neighbourhood has some lovely restaurants and it’s also perfect for after-dinner drinks. Try La Taverna dei Fori Imperiali, Fafiuchè or Broccoletti. For traditional Japanese cuisine Hasekura. For one of the best seafood restaurants in Rome, go to Il Tempio di Iside (not exactly in Monti but a walkable distance). For drinks check out The Court, Drink Kong or Blackmarket Hall, always reserve.

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DAY 2 Rome Itinerary:

Explore the centro storico’s Campo Marzio area: a mix of views, stunning streets and monuments.

What to see in Rome:

Galleria Doria Pamphilj: Let’s start the day by visiting a hidden treasure right on Via del Corso, 100m from Piazza Venezia. This stunning gallery is owned by the Doria Pamphilj family, one of Rome’s most illustrious and historically significant aristocratic families. The Hall of Mirrors is particularly breathtaking, and the gallery houses masterpieces from legendary artists like Caravaggio, Raphael, and Brueghel. The portrait of Pope Innocent X by Velázquez is a standout piece, renowned for its striking realism and depth. This gallery is a true gem, often less crowded, ensuring a more intimate experience. Trust me, you’ll be grateful for the recommendation. To avoid overpaying tickets on other websites, book your tickets directly on their official website. The visit will take you around 1 hour.

Trevi Fountain: after the gallery, walk to the Trevi fountain and throw in a coin for good luck, don’t forget to make a wish!

Spanish Steps:  Walk some more, till you arrive to the jaw-dropping Piazza di Spagna. Admire the marvellous Barcaccia fountain by Bernini, and begin your walk up the flight of stairs, until you arrive to the church atop.

Trinità dei Monti: once you’ve arrived on top of the Spanish Steps, head left and walk Trinità dei Monti, where you will get some of the most beautiful views of Roman rooftops and churches.

Villa Borghese Gardens – Terrazza del  Pincio: From Trinità dei Monti, go into the Villa Borghese gardens. Villa Borghese and its gardens used to be the property of the powerful Borghese family. Now these stunning gardens are public. If you want to explore them, there are segways you can rent. I think the best thing to do is keep walking until you get to the terrace of the Pincio, from where you’ll get a breathtaking view of Piazza del Popolo.

Piazza del Popolo: Walk down to Piazza del Popolo and visit the churches that seem identical but are not!

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This part should take around 3 – 4 hours depending on how much you stop at each attraction.

Via del Babuino: After visiting the churches, walk up Via del Babuino, part of the Tridente, the street all the way to the left. It’s one of the most luxurious streets of Rome, filled with haute couture boutiques.

Lunch: Stop by for lunch in Via Margutta, a side street of Via del Babuino. Go to Babette, Hostaria del Mercato or Ginger Sapori e Saluti if you prefer healthier dishes.

Via Margutta: after lunch, explore this street, which is one of the most picturesque streets of Rome and known as the artist’s road. Admire the ivy-clad walls, the buildings and the lovely art stores.

Via dei Condotti: from Via Margutta head to Piazza di Spagna and walk down Via dei Condotti, another one of Rome’s famous haute couture shopping streets.

Piazza Augusto Imperatore & the Mausoleum of Augustus: From Via dei Condotti head to Piazza Augusto Imperatore where you’ll find the Mausoleum of Augustus — the largest circular tomb in the world that has been recently reopened after 80 years of being closed! *The Mausoleum is currently closed for redevelopment works.

Ara Pacis Museum: from Piazza Augusto Imperatore, walk down Via di Ripetta until you reach the beautiful Ara Pacis Museum. If you’re into archeology, this is a great museum to visit.

Head back to accommodation to relax and change before dinner.

Free Time: If you’re not tired yet, cross the Ponte Cavour bridge and take some pictures of the Tiber river.  Otherwise, keep going and explore the Prati neighbourhood! The Prati neighbourhood is one of Rome’s chicest neighbourhoods. It’s mostly known for the shopping and for restaurants and happy hour bars. If it’s happy hour time head to Sorpasso or La Zanzara for a taste of Roman aperitivo!

Where to eat in Rome:

Lunch: Babette, Via Margutta: if it’s a nice day during the good season, reserve your table in the splendid courtyard.  Babette serves Italian cuisine with a twist. While if you’re up for healthier cuisine opt for Hosteria del Mercato or Ginger Sapori e Salute.

Dinner: Due Ladroni for seafood, il Marchese for Italian and Roman cuisine in a hip location that also doubles as a bar, La Zanzara for a trendy place, Sorpasso for shabby chic, Sant’Isidoro Pizza e Bolle for pizza paired with bubbly wine, Almatò for an amazing gourmet experience in Prati (try the tasting menu from €75).

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DAY 3 Rome Itinerary:

Explore the centro storico’s Parione area: the Church of Sant’ Ignazio di Loyola, the Pantheon, San Luigi dei Francesi church, Piazza Navona, Campo de’Fiori and the Jewish Quarter.

What to see in Rome:

The Church of Sant’Ignazio di Loyola: Wake up early, you’ve got a jam-packed program today! If you need to start this itinerary from a metro station, the closest ones are Barberini or Spagna, and from there you walk to the church of Sant’Ignazio di Loyola. Begin your itinerary from this stunning church, a marvel of baroque architecture. It houses an incredible illusionistic ceiling fresco by Andrea Pozzo. Intriguingly, there’s a large mirror strategically placed on a stand, allowing visitors to view the fresco without straining their necks. However, be prepared for a potentially long line to use the mirror, as it’s a popular feature among visitors. With its magnificent altar, ornate chapels, and an ambiance that blends devotion with artistry, it’s an essential stop in your exploration of Rome. During Christmas time, you can even find free organ concerts!

Piazza della Rotonda: Then head to Piazza della Rotonda where you’ll find the Pantheon, a temple to honor all gods. The most unique part of it is its giant dome, which is the largest unsupported dome worldwide! When Michelangelo first saw the Pantheon he said it looked like a work from angels, not humans.  Also admire the beautiful fountain in the piazza by Giacomo della porta. The Pantheon used to be free entry but now it costs €5. If you’re interested in a guided tour, you can purchase a skip-the-line ticket with a guided tour of the Pantheon here. Or, you can just purchase the skip-the-line ticket with the audio-guide.

San Luigi dei Francesi Church: Up next, explore the world-famous San Luigi de’ Francesi church, just a few steps away, known for its artistic treasures.  Here, you’ll find three of Caravaggio’s masterpieces: The Martyrdom of Saint Matthew, The Inspiration of Saint Matthew and The Calling of St Matthew.

Piazza Navona: just a short walk away, you’ll find one of the most beautiful piazzas in the world. Admire the  Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi in the middle of the piazza, the church of Sant’Agnese in Agone, the Fontana del Moro and the Fontana del Nettuno. If you’d like to visit a hidden gem, head to Palazzo Altemps, you’ll love the frescoed ceilings.

Santa Maria della Pace Church: In the La Pace area, just a few meters from Piazza Navona, lies this spectacular church by Bramante. Inside you’ll find frescoes by Raffaello!

Lunch: Have lunch at Vivi Bistrot, right on Piazza Navona, where you’ll taste Italian food with a healthy twist. There’s a cute courtyard overlooking the piazza. If instead you’d rather eat some traditional Roman cuisine, head to Piazza Campo de’Fiori (just a 5-minute walk), where you’ll taste one of my favorites carbonaras in Rome at Luciano Cucina Italiana, awarded one of the best carbonaras in Rome. Otherwise, head to the famed Salumeria Roscioli. Reserve for both.

Campo de’Fiori:  stroll around the piazza and the beautiful open-air market (open Monday – Saturday from 7am to 2pm).

Piazza Farnese: named after the opulent Palazzo Farnese, which is  one of the highest Renaissance palazzos in Rome and the seat of the French Embassy. Don’t miss visiting this beautiful palazzo but purchase your tickets online. There are also two beautiful fountains in the square,  created from granite bathtubs taken from the ancient Baths of Caracalla.

Via Giulia: Walk down to the beautiful Via Giulia, a historic via of Rome, and immerse yourself in the atmosphere. Don’t forget to admire the Farnese arch, believed to be built by Michelangelo. The original project was supposed to span across the Tiber river and connect Palazzo Farnese to the Farnese family’s summer home in Trastevere, Villa Farnesina.

Chiesa di Santa Barbara dei Librai: visit this lovely Baroque-style church squeezed in between two palazzos just footsteps away from Campo de’Fiori. It’s one of Rome’s hidden gems.

If you’re tired, head back to your accommodation (there’s some walking involved, or if you prefer take a taxi)

Jewish Quarter: If you’re not tired, walk a few minutes till you reach the Jewish Quarter, filled with wonderful architectural gems. From the  Fontana delle Tartarughe in Piazza Mattei, to the Great Synagoue and Teatro Marcello, there are lots of things to see! If you’d like to get aperitivo, don’t miss out on Beppe e i Suoi Formaggi, amazing cheese selection! Otherwise, reserve a wine tasting experience at this charming family-run winery near Campo de’ Fiori. You’ll thank me!

Where to eat in Rome:

Lunch:  Vivi Bistrot (Piazza Navona), Osteria da Fortunata (Campo de’Fiori), Luciano Cucina Italiana (Campo de’Fiori), Salumeria Roscioli (Largo Argentina).

Dinner: Pianostrada or Taverna Lucifero. Afterwards, head for drinks in Campo de’Fiori or the La Pace area on a side street of Piazza Navona! The best bars to be in this area are: Wisdomless, Camponeschi wine bar (summertime), Argot, Jerry Thomas Project, Latteria or Bar del Fico.

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DAY 4 Rome Itinerary:

Explore the Borghese Gallery, the Coppedè neighbourhood and the Parioli neighbourhood.

What to see in Rome:

Villa Borghese: Start your itinerary at the Villa Borghese Gardens.

Explore Villa Borghese with Foxtrail: If you’re into treasure hunts, explore the off-the-beaten path areas of Villa Borghese with Foxtrail–a mix between a scavenger hunt and an escape room. Access a map with clues to decipher that will take you to unbelievable places in Villa Borghese. It’s interactive, fun and a great way to explore the Villa Borghese gardens for all ages.

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Galleria Borghese: Visit the stunning Galleria Borghese which houses some of the most prominent Renaissance sculptures and painting from universal artists such as Bernini, Caravaggio and Canova. Remember to book tickets in advance as reservations are mandatory to visit the Borghese Gallery. This is one you can’t miss!

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Lunch: Have lunch in the Parioli neighbourhood at the delicious Zero restaurant. Make sure to reserve this restaurant as it’s always packed! They serve delicious Italian cuisine with an oriental twist. It’s about a 15-minute walk from the Borghese Gallery. Another option is Cugino at the Hoxton Hotel, it’s become a very hip place and it’s 10-minute walking distance.

Coppedè Neighbourhood: After lunch, either walk or take the tram from Viale Liegi to Piazza Buenos Aires and walk to Piazza Mincio in the Coppedè neighbourhood. This picturesque area is located outside of the center, near Viale Regina Margherita alongside the upscale Parioli and the Trieste neighbourhood. Lovers of Art Nouveau will find Rome’s best examples of it in this small neighbourhood, whose palazzi have all been designed by architect Gino Coppedè between 1913 and 1927.

Parioli shopping: After visiting Coppedè, take the tram of walk to viale Parioli where you’ll find lots of fashionable boutiques where you can shop.

Happy Hour Italian style: At 7pm sharp make sure you’re at Duke’s on Viale Parioli 200. Duke’s is one of my favorite happy hour bars in Rome, the aperitivo is a la carte and they serve great cocktails. Definitely order the Cosmopolitan, they have their own vodka infused with cranberries! They also have a fantastic Italian and international wine selection. All drinks and food are 50% off from 7pm – 8.30pm.

Where to eat in Rome:

Lunch: Zero restaurant at Piazza Ungheria, Cugino at the Hoxton Hotel

Happy hour/dinner: Duke’s for happy hour/dinner. If you want another drink after that, go to Palmerie Parioli a bit futher up Viale Parioli. If this is too far from your accommodation area check out my guide on where to eat in Rome.

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DAY 5 Rome Itinerary:

Explore the Vatican museums, Vatican Gardens and Saint Peter’s Basilica.

What to see in Rome:

Make sure to wake up early, because any trip to Rome would be incomplete without visiting the Vatican and the Vatican Museums. Founded by Pope Julius II in the early 16th century, the Vatican Museums display some of the most astonishing artworks you will ever see in your lifetime. They display works belonging to the Popes’ personal art collections throughout the centuries, including some of the most prominent classical sculptures and masterpieces of the Renaissance.

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The Sistine Chapel, whose ceilings are filled with Michelangelo’s one-of-a-kind frescoes, is on its own a reason to visit this centuries’ old museums. Not to mention the iconic spiral staircase designed by Giuseppe Momo in 1832, made up of two iron stairways that form a double helix – no wonder it’s one of the most photographed staircases in the world!

When you make your grand entrance into the Vatican Museums, prepare to be swept away by the four Raphael Rooms, which make up the public area of the papal apartments. Not only being inside the Pope’s apartments will give a chill down your spine, but the jaw-dropping frescoes by Raphael and Michelangelo will without a doubt contribute.

And if you are a sculpture-lover, prepare to be amazed at the Gallery of Candelabra, where ancient sculptures await you! While you’re at the Vatican Museums, you cannot miss out on the opportunity to visit the sensational Vatican Gardens, known as the “Green Heart of the Vatican”, which  have just recently been opened to the public thanks to Pope Francis. The Vatican Museums are a must to visit, there’s a reason to why 8 million people cannot resist visiting them each year! You can’t miss out on the fabulous view of the Eternal City form Saint Peter’s dome!

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For lunch: head on over to a pizzeria to taste some yummy Roman pizza al taglio. Careful with the tourist traps, I would recommend trying pizza from either Bonci Pizzarium or Panificio Bonci (about a 12-minute walk from the Vatican). Otherwise you can opt for Roman cuisine at Romanè or a delicious seafood sandwich from Pescaria.

Head to accommodation to relax and enjoy a stroll along the Tiber

For dinner: explore the bustling Prati neighbourhood. From happy hour till after dinner, it’s the perfect place to be. From April to October, you can also switch this around, and go on a foodie hunt during the day and explore the Vatican museums on an exclusive tour at night, when no one else is there!

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Where to eat in Rome:

Lunch: pizza al taglio from Bonci Pizzarium or Panificio Bonci. For a sit-down meal, try the Roman cuisine at Romanè. If you’re craving some streetfood, taste the seafood sandwiches from Pescaria.

Dinner: La Zanzara, Sorpasso, Sant’Isidoro Pizza & Bolle, Vino Bono Enoteca or Almatò for a gourmet experience. Some of them are also excellent for happy hour/after-dinner drinks. Make sure to reserve.

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DAY 6 Rome Itinerary:

Explore the Circus Maximus, the Aventine and Trastevere. This is a day dedicated to sights and stunning views.

What to see in Rome:

Circus Maximus:  Begin your itinerary at Circus Maximus (metro stop Circo Massimo), which used to be the largest stadium in ancient Rome, with a capacity of 250,000 – 300,000 people. And nobody in 2000 years has ever beaten Circo Massimo’s capacity. It would still be today, the biggest stadium in the world.  Circo Massimo was known for its sports and athletics competitions, but it was most famous for its chariot races, that would last from sunrise to dawn.

Giardino degli Aranci:  After visiting Circo Massimo, head to Aventine Hill where you’ll find the charming Giardino degli Aranci, a garden famous for its orange trees and spectacular terrace offering a wow view of Rome.  The tall pine trees and white-pebble path lead you to the beautiful terrace. From the distance, you can already see the Dome of St. Peter’s Basilica.

Keyhole of the Knights of Malta:  Just 350 meters from Il Giardino degli Aranci, you’ll find the famous Headquarters of the Knights of Malta, known for the jaw-dropping view of St. Peter’s Basilica you get from peeking into the keyhole. Just know that you’ll find a long line of people here.

Santa Maria in Cosmedin Church:  Walk down to Circus Maximus again, but toward the Mouth of Truth, just 170 meters from Circo Massimo. But you don’t really need to get in line to view the Mouth of Truth (unless you really want a picture with your hand inside it). Instead the Santa Maria in Cosmedin Church deserves a visit, it has a wonderful Romanesque bell tower.

Villa Farnesina: After visiting the Santa Maria in Cosmedin Church, go ahead and cross the Palatino bridge, and you’ll arrive to the lively Trastevere neighbourhood. Walk to the stunning Renaissance-style Villa Farnesina to see Raphael’s frescoes.

Lunch: Trastevere is known for its Roman cuisine. I recommend having lunch Da Teo, Ai Bozzi da Giovanni, Da Enzo or Osteria Le Mani in Pasta. Don’t forget to reserve. You could otherwise go on a food tour in Trastevere or participate in a pasta-making cooking class.

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Explore Trastevere with Foxtrail: If you love scavenger hunts, explore the off-the-beaten path areas of Trastevere with Foxtrail–a mix between a scavenger hunt and an escape room. Access your map and manual with clues by inserting a code in a hidden safe in Trastevere. Then decipher the different clues that will take you through Trastevere’s most beautiful streets, piazzas and hidden courtyards while admiring jaw-dropping views of Rome. It’s interactive, fun and a great way to explore Trastevere for all ages. Read my full review of Foxtrail here.

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Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere: After lunch stroll around the Trastevere neighbourhood and visit this piazza where you’ll find the iconic Basilica di Santa Maria in Trastevere, one of Rome’s oldest churches, and the first where mass was openly celebrated. The architecture dates back to 350AD, but Pope Innocent II had it reconstructed in 1138 – 1148.  The Basilica’s main characteristics are its beautiful façade, adorned with mosaics from the 12th and 13th centuries, and the beautiful Romanesque bell tower.

Gelato stop: head to the nearby Otaleg, my favorite gelateria in Rome, for some delicious gelato.

Fontanone dell’Acqua Paola: Stroll more around the beautiful Trastevere but head towards Gianicolo Hill, where you’ll stop at Fontana dell’Acqua Paola. Also known as Il Fontanone, this fountain is the work of the Fontana brothers, and was built using the marble from the ruins of the Temple of Minerva. Apart from the beautiful fountain, there is also a terrace that offers and wow view of Rome. It’s definitely a must-visit, and the vintage Fiat 500s lined up next to the fountains add up to the whole atmosphere!

Terrazza del Gianicolo: If you’re into views, keep going up the Gianicolo until you arrive to Piazza Garibaldi. Here, you’ll find the splendid terrace of the Gianicolo, where you’ll get another fabulous view of Rome.

Where to eat in Rome:

Lunch/Dinner: Stop by for lunch at either Trattoria Da Teo, Trattoria Da Enzo, Ai Bozzi da Giovanni or Osteria Le Mani in Pasta to taste some of the best Roman cuisine ever in Trastevere. Make sure to reserve!

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DAY 7 Rome Itinerary:

Depending on what time you have your plane, I suggest you take this day to roam the city, visit exhibitions you might have wished to see or see palaces in Rome like Palazzo Colonna. Check out Chiostro del Bramante, Complesso del Vittoriano, Palazzo Barberini. Or better yet, go on a day trip and explore the nearby towns. You could also go on a bike ride of the Ancient Appian Way and visit the nearby catacombs. If you’re staying more than one week and want to visit the Lazio and Umbria regions, check out Tenuta Collesala in the Sabine Hills.

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  1. George Rupesinghe Reply

    Federica, what a nice and valuable itinerary you have suggested. We have been to Rome a few times, but as you say a lifetime is still not enough. You have suggested some places that we would not otherwise encounter. We are planning another trip to Rome next July (2019), hence the visit to your website.
    Oh! I think the Church of San Pietro a Vinculi, with its famous sculpture of Michelangelo’s Moses may be worth a mention.
    Thank you for the time and trouble you have taken to make travel Rome such a pleasant experience.
    George
    Australia

    • Hi George! I’m so happy that you enjoyed my itinerary and I wish you a great time in Rome next July. If you need any advice don’t hesitate to ask me! And yes, you’re right, the Basilica di San Pietro in Vincoli definitely deserves a mention, I will certainly add it 🙂

  2. Federica,
    Thank you for your intinerary. It is very helpful. We are planning a trip in March with our 3 young children. Are there any day trips you would recommend outside of the city? We are there for 8 days, or do you think we need all 8 in Rome?
    Thank you kindly for your advice
    Daly

    • Hi Daly, I think it really depends on what you want to see! I usually don’t recommend seeing lots of cities in a short period of time but if you’re interested in a day trip I would do a one-day trip to Umbria. It’s spectacular, close to Rome, and marvellous in springtime (Assisi is a must-see). Otherwise you could stay in Rome and explore the surrounding towns like the Castelli Romani, Lake Bracciano, and do that as a day trip, which I also recommend and I’m sure the kids would love. 🙂

  3. Federica, thank you so much for this. I have impulsively booked a 2 weeks trip in Rome without any plan even though I do have some relatives living there. I just want to explore the city by myself. Now I do have the itenary for my whole 7 days stay for the length of my booking in my hotel before I meet up with my relatives.

    Any other solo traveller would like to hangout, im welcome to be your travel pal. Im coming from Australia and will be flying to Italy from 18th April till 2nd May. Hmu 🙂

    • That sounds amazing Angelo, good for you! I’m sure you’re going to have an amazing time. Plus the season is perfect! All the best to you 🙂

  4. I will be in Rome for one week at the beginning of November. What weather should I expect?

    • Hi Jill, November is usually rainy and temperatures are cooler but there’s no way of knowing about the weather anymore! Dress in layers!

  5. andersegeberg@godmail.dk Reply

    What a great guide. One question though. I seem to have read somewhere that the train from Fiumicino airport stops at Roma Trastevere station. Is that correct?

    • Thanks for the feedback! And yes, there is a train from Fiumicino airport that stops at the Roma Trastevere station, it takes 26 minutes 🙂

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