Rome: Suggested Itinerary

The Eternal City

 The Italian capital is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, brimming with history, culture and all-round top-class cosmopolitan European life. There’s just so much to do.

Day 1: Start with the Colosseum, Ancient Rome's huge amphitheatre. Built between 70- 82 AD in the heart of Rome as a venue for gladiatorial and wild animal fights. Today it's one of the best and most popular monuments of Ancient Rome Nearby you can visit the excavations and museum on the Palatine Hill, home to Roman emperors and aristocrats.

Onto the Roman Forum - a huge complex of ruined temples, basilicas and arches. This was the ceremonial, legal, social and business center of ancient Rome. Give yourself at least two hours to wander around. Then see the magnificent Trevi fountain, completed in 1762. Toss a coin in the fountain to ensure your return to Rome next time. Grab a gelato in between too if you fancy it but make sure you end by seeing the magnificent Pantheon – it’s free but closes at 7pm, by which time you’ll have your pick of the finest dining to end the day.

Day 2: You didn’t come to Rome not to shop did you? Start the day with the Via Appia Antica - the major road of the ancient Roman Empire and now a regional park -Parco Regionale Dell'Appia Antica. Next up, visit the catacombs of San Callisto, the largest and most impressive of them. Rome’s a cyclist’s haven so do rent a bike and ride along the ancient road, lined with tombs, monuments, and churches. A beautiful place for lunch is the Cecilia Metella Restaurant, especially when it is fine and you can sit on the patio. In the afternoon, it’s time to hit the shops, go to Piazza del Popolo and walk along Via del Corso - the main shopping street. Turn onto Via Condotti and follow it to the Spanish Steps. End this lazy day with a visit to Piazza Navona - a great place to see the three lavish Baroque fountains. The much-touted ice-cream dessert, tartufo, is said to have originated here - you can try it outside at the Tre Scalini for a splurge too.

Day 3: This is the day when you see how the other half live and try some of that famous food. Start from the busy Piazza Venezia - a transport hub and home to the Vittorio Emanuele Monument. Go up to the Capotiline Hill, affording a fabulous view of the Roman Forum, particularly breathtaking in the morning. The piazza was designed by Michelangelo and the museums are the oldest in the world. The Palazzo Nuovo has Greek and Roman sculptures and Palazzo dei Conservatori has art galleries, sculptures and frescoes – aren’t you spoilt for choice?!

The Piazza Campo dei Fiori is alive with flower vendors so it makes an interesting tidbit to your day. From there head along the Tiber River to Ponte Sisto. Then cross the Tiber and visit the church of Santa Maria in Trestevere - Rome's first Christian church. Cross back to the other side and continue to the Jewish Ghetto. There are several places to sample Rome's interesting Jewish cuisine in the Ghetto, so no excuse for not getting in the spirit of things.
For a lively end to the day, head to the Testaccio district by either taxi, 75 bus or the metro. As well as fabulous eateries, there are many weird and wonderful nightspots to dance the evening away in.

Day 4: Depending on your departure time, you’ll probably want to revisit some of the stunning landmarks, so plan ahead. You might want to pop your head in Vatican City too, if you’ve time. And don’t forget those must-have gifts before you head home either.