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Itinerary for one week in Rome

Please what is a good approach to planning a week long itinerary in Rome? Tips, suggestions???

8 Answers

top answer by
Valerie from Seattle

Rome is wonderful, Robert! What time of year are you visiting?

I'm going to make two assumptions is this answer, just for the sake of simplicity: 1. You don't want to leave Rome for the countryside, even though if you have time, you should consider trips up to Florence and down to Naples. 2. You're not looking to run yourself ragged every day, instead opting for 1-2 things per day. That said...

Day 1 - The Big Stuff
On one of your days, be sure to do the big three: the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, and the Pantheon. They're within walking distance of one another, and can easily be done in a day, at a leisurely pace. The ultimate tip for cutting down the lines at the Colosseum is to get the access pass for both there and the Forum, at the Forum entrance gates, and to do the Forum first. The exit from the Forum puts you out right near the Colosseum entrance, and you'll get to skip the longer line because of having already purchased tickets. The Pantheon is a pretty walk away, passing the Monumento Nazionale a Vittorio Emanuele II on the way, and you can stop off for coffee or a quick bite to eat too.

Day 2 - The Vatican
In itself, Vatican City can take an entire day. Let it--do the museums and see the Sistine Chapel, even though the lines are atrocious. Spend plenty of time in St. Peter's Basilica and walking around the plaza. Depending on what time of year you're visiting and your interest level, you could try and have an audience with the Pope, and time your trip for one of his talks. It's definitely and interesting thing to see, even if you're not Catholic.

Day 3 - Dig into the history
Head down to the The Catacombs of St.Callixtus, one of the most famous catacomb systems in the world. This is where you'll see all of the tombs that have been depicted in movies and other things, and it's definitely worth the 'slog' to get out of the city for this.

Day 4 - Wander through Il Borgo
This neighborhood is just near the Vatican, but has a very different feel. Explore Castel Sant'Angelo for more history, and spend time wandering along Viale Giulio Cesare for a little shopping or a bite to eat.

Day 5 - Back into the City
If you break up your days of wandering through the biggest sites, you won't burn out on the crowds of people you'll have to wade through! So take a day to do things like a leisurely lunch in the Piazza Navona, drink wine on the Spanish Steps, and throw a coin (and take obligatory selfies) at the Trevi Fountain. These places are all pretty touristy, but as you walk from place to place, you'll get to wander through the alleys and streets and start to get a feel for the Roman lifestyle.

Day 6 - Explore Roma Trastevere
This neighborhood is, I believe, the 'trendy' neighborhood right now, full of bars and restaurants and winding alleys that are stereotypical for Rome. It's a great place for late night pizza and gelato, or to sit and enjoy a long dinner under the stars with locals all around. Two of the oldest churches in Rome, the St Maria in Trastevere Basilica and Santa Cecilia in Trastevere are in this neighborhood, if that kind of history is interesting to you.

Day 7 - Rest!
At least one day, take it easy in whatever neighborhood you're staying. Ask the concierge/your host for the local secrets and just go exploring. This isn't the best location-based advice, but Rome is one of the friendly cities where you can do this and have as much fun as you'll have exploring the tourist destinations.

Have a great trip!

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Colosseum (attraction)
  2. Roman Forum (attraction)
  3. Pantheon (attraction)
  4. Monumento Nazionale a Vittorio Emanuele II (city)
  5. Vatican City (attraction)
  6. Sistine Chapel (city)
  7. St. Peter's Basilica (attraction)
  8. The Catacombs of St.Callixtus (attraction)
  9. Castel Sant'Angelo (attraction)
  10. Viale Giulio Cesare (attraction)
  11. Piazza Navona (attraction)
  12. Spanish Steps (attraction)
  13. Trevi Fountain (attraction)
  14. Roma Trastevere (attraction)
  15. St Maria in Trastevere Basilica (attraction)
  16. Santa Cecilia in Trastevere (attraction)
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answered first by
Lee from Florida

Choose a hotel that is easy walking to at least one place you want to explore in depth:  the Colosseum and the Roman ForumPiazza Navona, the Jewish GhettoTrevi Fountain, the Pantheon, whatever you love.  Map out several walking trips from that location, to include places you've not been before, and seek out hidden gems in those neighborhoods.  Get a good walking map, use at least three days for major walking - you can walk easily between "famous tourist must-sees"--- too many to mention.  Walk down small streets, take your time, don't try to cover it all in one week. Use a day or two for cab rides to outlying places such as the catacombs which are too far to walk.  Get up very early one day, take the train to Florence, and arrive back in Rome by nightfall - an amazingly beautiful trip!  Try to avoid planning your days around special restaurants - there are wonderful restaurants everywhere, leave room for surprises.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Colosseum (attraction)
  2. Roman Forum (attraction)
  3. Piazza Navona (attraction)
  4. Jewish Ghetto (attraction)
  5. Trevi Fountain (attraction)
  6. Pantheon (attraction)
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answered by
Heather Ann from Stamford, Connecticut

Remember a lot of places are closed from 2:30-3:30pm for afternoon naps 

Walking from Fountain to Fountain: Bernini's fountain  Piazza Navona after stopping off at the Trevi FountainT to toss in a coin (thus ensuring their return to Rome), 


 Osteria del Sostegno -close to the Pantheon(one of my favorite spots, the Pantheon)Ask for the Mitro served ice-cold or with an ice cube after dinner

La Terrazza dell'Eden IS MY FAVORITE restaurant in Roma - THE VIEWS!!  but also $$$$ - so go for lunch rather than dinner - but great to see the view in the afternoon and may pop-up for a sunset cocktail at the bar - food and view are a MUST here.

Taverna Trilussa In Trastevere only open for dinner - very good and affordable also has Mitro

Sistine Chapel - remember to dress appropriately, there is a dress code at the Vatican - also allow for at least 3-hours here

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Piazza Navona (attraction)
  2. Trevi Fountain (attraction)
  3. Osteria del Sostegno (restaurant)
  4. Pantheon (attraction)
  5. La Terrazza dell'Eden (restaurant)
  6. Taverna Trilussa (restaurant)
  7. Trastevere (neighborhood)
  8. Sistine Chapel (city)
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answered by
Peter from Bloomington (Indiana)

A short walk from the Coliseum or the Forum, you'll find the St. Clement Basilica, a true oddity. At the surface, it's a classical, ornate 12th Century church, with fine art in the nave...but down one flight of stairs, you'll find yourself in 4th Century Rome, in a church dedicated to St. Clement, an early Pope. And then one more flight down, you're in 1st Century Rome, looking into a temple to the Pagan god Mithra, and walking along a buried street next to the foundation of a building from Nero's time. It's how Rome grew over the centuries: When a new property owner decided to build, he'd just have the old structures on the site filled in and build on top of them. Nowhere in Rome is this pattern more clearly visible. It's fascinating.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. St. Clement Basilica (attraction)
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answered by
Marie from Las Vegas

The hop on hop off bus (there are several to choose from) goes past all of the major places. I used a multi day pass which allowed me not to rush through places. Many churches requires "church dress" meaning shoulders and knees must be covered. If you stay closer to Termini Station you can grab the metro or public bus to many places. Use a money belt. Pickpockets are everywhere, especially crowded public transportation. Cavour 313 is great restaurant near the Colosseum. If going to Borghese Gallery and Museum you will need a reservation. Make one several weeks in advance. Also many places do not allow backpacks so try not to carry a large bag. If you do, they will check it for you. If you like craft beer, try Open Baladin Roma Srl near Largo di Torre Argentina. If you are a fan of Roman Holiday, check out Bocca della Verità

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Cavour 313 (attraction)
  2. Colosseum (attraction)
  3. Borghese Gallery and Museum (attraction)
  4. Open Baladin Roma Srl (restaurant)
  5. Largo di Torre Argentina (attraction)
  6. Bocca della Verità (attraction)
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answered by
Inez from Rome

The answers above are really great! 

I'd just like to add-on. If you fancy taking a cooking class and learn how to cook authentic Italian cuisine from a local chef, or perhaps, dine with locals, you could check out BonAppetour.

There are many dining experiences available in Rome. Starting from a private cooking class, to a lunch on a boat as you sail on the Tiber River, to an exquisite Italian feast on a Roman rooftop where you can enjoy the sun sets! Do check it out, it would be a great way to spend your time in Rome! :)

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answered by
Gary from Scottsdale

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Pantheon (attraction)
  2. Trevi Fountain (attraction)
  3. Fiumicino Airport (attraction)
  4. Stazione Termini (attraction)
  5. Vatican City (attraction)
  6. Roman Forum (attraction)
  7. Colosseum (attraction)
  8. Palatine Hill (attraction)
  9. Monumento Nazionale a Vittorio Emanuele II (city)
  10. Museo Nazionale Romano (attraction)
  11. Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri (attraction)
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answered by
Penny from Dallas

Hey Robert, I wrote a detailed post about my recent 13 day trip to Italy a couple of months ago. Most of my time was in RomeFlorence, and Venice

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Rome (city)
  2. Florence (city)
  3. Venice (city)
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