Rome: Your Guide to The Eternal City
4 Days Self-Guided Rome City Tour
Rome! It’s love at first sight. The Eternal City has it all; art, passion, culture, romance, incredible architecture, and history. If that’s not enough, it also has amazing food and copious amounts of wine. Rome is a city that grabs your heart and doesn’t let go.
Day 1: The Vatican
Begin at the Vatican early this morning for an unforgettable exploration of the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica. With this ticket, you are permitted special early entry and a light breakfast. Then, proceed with a handful of other visitors to experience outstanding highlights, including Michelangelo’s breathtaking masterpiece, the frescoed ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, before the museum is open to the general public. Afterward, visit the Basilica of St. Peter, passing by the colorfully dressed Swiss Guard and into the world’s largest church, where you behold a glorious mix of Renaissance and Baroque architecture.
Day 2: Capitoline Hill and the Colosseum
Explore ancient Rome, starting on the smallest and most important of Rome’s 7 hills- Capitoline Hill. This is the political and religious heart of the Eternal City. Visit the Capitoline Museums. In Palazzo deiConservatori, view splendid historical frescoes, and in Palazzo Nuovo, view the wonderful sculptures on display. These buildings are connected by an underground corridor.
Part of the Rome UNESCO World Heritage sites, the following are some of Rome’s most impressive ancient monuments. Continue to the Roman Forum and nearby Palatine Hill, where you discover the remains of temples, palaces, and excavated homes from ancient times. Finish at the imposing Colosseum and the adjacent Arch of Constantine. If you don’t want to wait in line, we suggest getting a ticket for a small group tour (10 people or less) with skip-the-line access.
Day 3: Campo de Fiori, Pantheon, & the Spanish Steps
Your walking tour starts at Piazza di Spagna, one of the city’s most popular squares, known for its setting at the bottom of the Spanish Steps. Here are a few interesting facts, despite its name, the Spanish Steps were built by the French. Near the bottom of the steps is the Keats Museum, where famous poet John Keats lived and died. Walk up these famous steps to enjoy a lovely view from the top. Continue along Rome’s winding cobblestone alleys to the Trevi Fountain.
Stop at the fountain to post for photos and throw a coin in the water, if you wish, which legend says ensures your return to Rome someday. Trevi Fountain- 7 things you don’t know about Rome’s most iconic fountain. Then continue to the square that Romans consider to be the center of the city, Piazza Colonna, home to a column erected by Marcus Aurelius. Make your way to the Pantheon, a stately temple known for its concrete dome and open oculus, before heading to Piazza Navona, one of Rome’s liveliest squares, where street artists show off their talents and visitors mingle around Bernini’s Fountain of the Four Rivers.
Day 4: Jewish Ghetto and Trastevere
This particular part of town, we highly recommend taking a guided food tour. Our friends at Gourmetaly will lead you on a gastronomic cultural tour through the cobbled lanes offering an insider’s perspective you simply can not get on your own.
You’ll start at Palazzo Farnese, a beautiful Renaissance Square, and head towards the Campo de Fiori Market. This is one of Rome’s most famous markets where stalls overflow with fresh veggies, meats, and cheeses. This is the type of gathering place that’s typical in this culture, so grab an espresso and take a moment to sit, relax, people-watch, and enjoy its eclectic vibe and bustling community. As the saying goes, When in Rome….
A little history for you about Rome’s Jewish Ghetto. The Ghetto was officially abolished in 1882, though the neighborhood is still the center of Italy’s oldest Jewish community. The city’s 19th-century synagogue— home to the Jewish Museum of Rome— is here, as are winding lanes lined with kosher restaurants, markets, and butchers.
In addition to its Jewish cultural sights, the Ghetto is home to a number of ancient ruins—the Portico of Octavia (Portico d’Ottavia or Porticus Octaviae) and the Theatre of Marcellus (Teatro di Marcello) are the most significant— and the iconic Bocca dellaVerità (Mouth of Truth) marble mask at the Basilica of St. Mary in Cosmedin (Basilica di Santa Maria in Cosmedin), made famous in the Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck film Roman Holiday. Take your time and enjoy exploring these sites.