Rome has so much to offer that you may think four days is far too short to see all the city sights, but that’s not true at all! Last January, my boyfriend and I went to Italy for six days, splitting our time between Venice and Rome and it was perfect!
It was, however, a little chilly in late January, but this meant fewer tourists and shorter lines at attractions. Keep reading for our four-day Rome itinerary and a list of the amazing restaurants we tried and loved!
Day 1: Arriving in Rome
We took the train from Venice and arrived in the city at about 2:00 pm, so we planned to spend the rest of our day near our hotel. After checking in, we took a taxi straight to Vatican City, where we visited St. Peter’s Basilica (which is free!) and climbed to the top of the dome (only 10 EUR) for incredible views over the city. This is a must-do for first-time Rome visitors! Afterwards, we walked by the Castel Sant’Angelo, before heading to dinner and grabbing gelato on our way back to the hotel.
Day 2: The Pantheon, Catacombs of Priscilla, and More
We woke up and hit the ground running to see as much as possible. We started our day at the Catacombs of Priscilla, exploring the underground tunnels and learning about the history of the city. Our next stop was the Borghese Gallery and Museum with its exquisite artwork and stunning grounds. Then it was on to the Spanish Steps, stopping by the little chocolatiers along the way.
We hadn’t quite run out of energy yet! The next destination was the Pantheon, where we found the largest crowds, especially around the Trevi Fountain. This was our last stop of our magical evening before heading out for dinner and drinks.
Day 3: Completing our Rome Bucket List
On our last full day, we explored a different side of the city. We started at Bocca della Verità (the Mouth of Truth). The queue was fairly long, despite arriving early, but we still enjoyed sticking our hands into the carved stone’s mouth.
Next up was the Palatine Museum and Roman Forum. These are in two different locations, but we bought a combo ticket for both attractions to see these incredible remains.
Our last sight of the night — and probably the most iconic — was the Colosseum. We didn’t buy our tickets in advance and this was a big mistake! We didn’t anticipate the large crowds that meant we weren’t able to go down into the Colosseum itself…all the more reason to visit again, I guess!
We ended our trip to Rome in style with an evening cookery class with Walks of Italy. Sipping on wine, tasting appetizers, and learning how to make pasta from scratch was definitely the highlight of my trip! The end result was delicious and I still make these dishes at home.
Day 4: The Sistine Chapel
We just about had time to squeeze in one last activity before our 5:00pm flight. We hadn’t had time to visit the Sistine Chapel on our first day, so we arrived before it opened, avoiding any major lines! Arriving early was definitely the trick, as we managed to get inside within ten minutes.
Where to Eat
- La Pratolina – Hands down the best pizza I’ve had in my entire life (and I lived in NYC for nine years)! Make a reservation if you can, or arrive early and the helpful staff will do their best to find a table for you.
- Gelateria dei Gracchi – Just one of the few authentic and delicious gelato spots in the city.
- Trapizzino – Try their super filling triangular pizza pocket, which has really made a name for itself on the street food scene, enabling them to expand abroad!
- Armando al Pantheon – With limited opening hours, you’ll need to make a reservation here. I’d recommend trying the chef’s world-renowned food towards the end of their lunch time hours, when the restaurant quietens down.
- La Campana – This place has been around for 500 years… need I say more? I highly recommend making a reservation, as the locals love this place. We got there as soon as they opened and managed to find a seat. If we’d left it any later, we wouldn’t have been so lucky and it’s easy to see why; the food is beyond amazing!