2 days in Rome, Italy’s capital, is enough for you to explore one of the world’s oldest cities, brimming with historic treasures. For many years it was a center of politics and power and many structures from these eras are still visible today, standing as popular tourist attractions.
One highlight of Rome is the Colosseum, which once held gladiatorial events and games as entertainment, there’s Vatican City, home to the famous Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica, and the Trevi Fountain decorated with fine sculptures of the Roman deity Oceanus.
Cultural attractions aside, Rome is also a city for ardent foodies. Packed with bustling produce markets, tiny family-run trattorias with chequered cloth tables, and hole-in-the-wall pizzerias, it’s a fine city in which to learn about cuisine! If you’re only in Rome for a short time, you can experience the gastronomy of Italy’s capital on a fun tour. Here is our 2 days in Rome itinerary to whet your appetite!
Begin your 2 days in Rome with a delightful 5 hour Rome Market Tour and Cooking Experience. Your tour starts at Campo de’ Fiori market, where you’ll meet a professional chef who will help you choose fresh, succulent produce. After you’ve picked your ingredients, venture to a kitchen in the heart of the city and learn traditional tips and tricks from chef as you prepare home-made pasta and sauce, a vegetable medley, and delectable dessert. This tour offers a wonderful introduction to Roman cuisine and you can try your new recipes out on friends and family when you return home!
Campo de’ Fiore is close to some of Rome’s most famous tourist attractions. After lunch, you can easily walk to the Spanish Steps, the Pantheon temple which houses the tomb of Raphael, the ancient Roman Forum which was once heart of the Roman Empire, and the iconic Trevi Fountain.
If you don’t want to leave the city without visiting the Colosseum, you can enjoy a romantic or family dinner and drinks in a charming trattoria overlooking the illuminated structure at night, or organize a VIP Night Tour of the Colosseum’s underground tunnels and Arena Floor minus all the daytime crowds.
Arise early and stroll to a local cafe to enjoy an early morning espresso as the city springs to life, before meeting your guide for a Rome Food Tour. The tour takes you to Trastevere neighborhood, a delightful locale with cobbled streets and traditional vine-covered trattorias with checkered tablecloths. Dive into culture, architecture, and history as a professional chef and guide introduces you to the Rome many tourists never see. You’ll stop at local shops to sample regional specialties and then head to an exclusive city center location for a final tasting and dishes of fresh homemade pasta.
A short walk from Campo de’ Fiore is Castel Sant’ Angelo, an unusual 2nd century cylindrical castle accessed via a bridge dotted with angel sculptures. It houses a unique collection of paintings and furnishings and is one of the lesser-known city highlights. Whilst you are across the river, take time to enter Vatican City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, also the smallest country in the world. The main piazza St. Peter’s Square offers breath-taking views of St. Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel, home to Michelangelo’s most famous ceiling frescoes. The museums of the Vatican cover 9 miles in length and boast some of the largest art collections in the world. You may need to book in advance to enter, but if you plan ahead you can schedule entry for early afternoon after your Rome Food Tour.
Begin your evening with a Roman Pizza Making Experience and learn how to create your own authentic Italian pizza under the tutelage of expert chefs. You’ll learn the fine art of pizza making and gain insight into tips and tricks handed down through generations, understanding how to combine flavors, pair different cheeses and spices and kneading the dough the Italian way. As your pizza cooks in the stone oven, snack on bruschetta before savoring your hard work with a well-earned glass of wine. With that, your 2 days in Rome are over!