Ah good old Italy, the place of classic cuisine, ancient history, and fine clothing. The place where using an “indoor voice” means…well who are we kidding? It means absolutely nothing and as soon as I checked into my Airbnb all I could hear was parents yelling at children, children yelling at children, children yelling at parents, parents yelling and parents, neighbours yelling at neighbours and neighbours yelling at children all night long…
The funny thing was all I kept thinking was…I love being in Italy! Buongiorno!!
Use your indoor voice!
Hahaha sure, but we are in Italy…
Now I’ve been here before so finding out what to do in Rome in 2 Days was easy. Rome wasn’t built in a day so exploring it in two is ridiculously unreal. It’s a big city, it’s the capital of Italy, so with tons to do I decided to include the basics and a few gems. Since All roads lead to Rome (Don’t mind me, I just want to see how many Rome related puns I can use in this intro) the best place to start is St. Peter’s Basilica which is technically not even a part of Rome. It’s part of Vatican City, Vatican.
Basilica di San Pietro
Commissioned in 1506 by Pope Julius II and completed in 1615 under Pope Paul V, the Basilica di San Pietro (also known as Saint Peter’s Basilica) functions as a sovereign territory for Roman Catholic popes. Basilica di San Pietro’s beauty is world-renowned and attracts many devoted Catholic and intrigued visitors year-round.
Originally commissioned by Roman Emperor Hadrian as a mausoleum for himself and his family, Castel Sant’Angelo has taken on many roles throughout the years. Up until the 20th century, the Castel Sant’Angelo served as a heavily-fortified castle for the popes. In 1901, the castle was decommissioned and re-commissioned as a museum.
Corte Suprema di Cassazione
Also known as the Supreme Court of Cassation, Corte Suprema di Cassazione is Italy’s highest court. Over the course of more than 100 years, the Corte Suprema di Cassazione has served as the sole decider in some of Italy’s most important legal cases.
(Fontana del Nettuno, Fiumi Fountain, Fontana del Moro, Sant’Agnese in Agone & Tucci Restaurant)
The Piazza Navona is an open-spaced public square located in the heart of Rome. This ancient plaza is Piazza reported to have been built in the first century AD and is well-known for its three beautiful fountains: Fontana del Nettuno (Neptune’s Fountain), Fiumi Fountain (The Fountain of the Four Rivers), and Fontana del Moro (Moor Fountain). Piazza Navona is also noted for the church of Sant’Agnese. Aside from such historical landmarks, the Piazza Navona is also one of Rome’s loveliest squares.
Arguably the best-preserved building from ancient Rome, the Pantheon was completed in 125 CE under the reign of Roman emperor Hadrian. The Pantheon is well-known for its superb rotunda, magnificent columns, famed portico, and highly stylized interior. Although the original intent of the Pantheon is well-debated, some historians suggest that the building was used as a place of congregation for Emperor Hadrian and his successors.
Piazza Campo de’Fiori
Just south of the Piazza Novano is the Piazza Campo de’Fiori. What was once a field of flowers is now one of Rome’s most visited attractions. Aside from the piazza’s lively and bustling marketplace, a statue of Italian philosopher Giordano Bruno stands erect in the square, as well as the Fontana Della Terrina
Piazza di Spagna (Fontona della Carcaccia)
Colonna dell Immacolata, Scalinata di Trinita dei Monti) Praised as one of Rome’s most beautiful locations, the Piazza di Spagna is a mesmerizing square that lies at the bottom of the Spanish Steps. The Piazza di Spagna is famous for: the Fontona della Carcaccia (the Fountain of the Ugly Boat) and the Colonna dell Immacolata (Column of the Immaculate Conception), and the Spanish Steps.
Fontana di Trevi
Standing 26.3 meters (86 ft) high and 49.15 meters (161.3 ft) wide, Fontana di Trevi is the largest Baroque fountain in Rome and has been lauded as one of the most famous fountains in the world. When visiting Fontana di Trevi, it is customary that visitors toss coins with their right hand over the let shoulder into the fountain.
Piazza Venezia, also known as Venice Square, is a square in Rome where four of Rome’s major roads converge: Via del Corso, Via del Plebiscito, Via di Teatre Marcello, and Via dei Fori Imperiali. Piazza Venezia is one of the most famous yet chaotic intersections in Rome.
Basilica di Santa Maria in Ara Coeli
The Church of Saint Mary of Heaven is one of the most beloved churches in Rome. It serves as the Church of the city council of Rome and also as the designated church for Cardinal-Priest Salvatore De Giorgi. Santa Maria in Aracoeli has a world-famous reputation for hosting one of Rome’s best-loved Christmas rituals. Every Christmas Eve, the basilica’s 124-step ramp is beautifully lit up by candles and crowded with locals and visitors celebrating the eve of Jesus Christ’s birth.
Foro Romano, translated into English as the Roman Forum, was once Ancient Rome’s most prominent and bustling district. The Foro Romano was the hub for administrative, religious, and political activity in Ancient Rome. The forum met its untimely demise after the fall of the Roman Empire and was eventually remoulded into pastureland during the Middle Ages. Italian archaeologist Carlo Fea began excavating the site of the Foro Romano around 1803.
If you’re really into the ancient ruins a good friend of mine and Toronto Native Kasia from Amongst Roman made this Ultimate Guide To Ancient Sites And Roman Ruins In Italy. Check It Out!
Commissioned in the latter half of the first century by Emperor Vespasian as a gift to the Roman people, the Colosseum is a massive stone amphitheatre that once served as the grounds for bloody gladiator battles, wild animal fights, and navalia proelia– simulated sea battles. Today, the Colosseum is a major tourist attraction of Rome and has been restored in order to preserve its ancient beauty.
Arco di Constantino
The Arco di Constantino (also known as the Arch of Constantine) is a celebratory monument, erected by the Roman Senate, to commemorate Constantine I’s victory over the incumbent emperor Maxentius at the Battle of Milvian Bridge in 312. The Arco di Constantino was completed and commemorated to Constantine I in 315 A.D. It is the largest Roman triumphal arch.
When in Rome…Mangiare
Let’s be honest, this is Rome we are talking about. What to do in Rome in 2 days should really be what to do in Italy in one month. There is so much to do here. I can start a blog just about eating my way through Rome. Wait what about eating my way through Italy??? Yeah, that’s what I’m talking about…wait, now I’m hungry…