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4-Day Rome Itinerary

Rome, Italy's historic capital, is an enchanting city full of history, culture, and charm. Visiting Rome is like stepping into a giant museum full of ancient ruins and Renaissance masterpieces that transport you back in time. Explore the endless cobblestone streets, bustling piazzas, famous sites, and endless trattorias of this ancient city. If you're planning an upcoming trip, check out this perfect four day Rome itinerary with all of our recommendations and tips!

Maddy and Max at the Colosseum in Rome

How to Get to Rome

To travel to Rome, you can fly into Leonardo da Vinci– Fiumicino Airport (FCO), a quick train ride or taxi away from the city center. If you're traveling from within Italy, hopping on a train to Rome is also a convenient option.

Getting Around Rome

Once in Rome, the city offers an efficient metro system and buses to easily get around. We found buses to be super easy to explore the city. Consider grabbing a Roma Pass; it's a great deal providing access to public transportation and major attractions. While taxis are available, they can be pricey, and driving around might not be the best due to traffic.

Where to Stay in Rome.

Located in Rome's city center, this 4-star hotel is just a 15-minute walk from the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, and Spanish Steps. Hotel Artemide also offers a complimentary breakfast to guests every day.

Horti 14 Borgo Trastevere Hotel is a luxury urban resort in one of Rome's most charming neighborhoods, offering a private garden and bar.

An elegant guesthouse located within 500 meters of the Colosseum, featuring private bathrooms, free wifi, and flat-screen TV in each room.

Elegant guesthouse in the heart of Rome

Things to Do in Rome

Rome is one of the most historic and romantic cities in the world, offering an array of unique sights and activities. You can't miss iconic landmarks like the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Vatican, and Trevi Fountain. If you plan to visit these landmarks, it's a good idea to book tickets in advance, especially the Colosseum and Sistine Chapel. We love history and wanted to learn about the sites, even if we didn't have time for a full guided tour. The free Rick Steves travel app was super helpful - we downloaded audio tour episodes for sites we visited, allowing us to follow along just from our phone.

Visit the Colosseum

Explore the iconic Colosseum, immersing yourself in ancient Roman history. Walking through its corridors feels like stepping back in time and is a must-see when in Rome. We purchased tickets in advance with the audio tour, which gave us flexibility to explore at our own pace instead of a guided tour. It's a good idea to buy tickets early, especially during peak seasons. We got ours bundled with the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill tickets from, where you'll find various ticket options and tours.

Maddy and Max visit the Colosseum

Visit the Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill

Exploring the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill with our audio tour was so much fun. Imagining life in ancient Rome while walking through these ruins was fascinating. While the Colosseum is impressive, we found the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill even more captivating and highly recommend exploring during your visit.

Maddy and Max explore the Roman Forum

Learn to Make Pasta at a Cooking Class

Our spontaneous cooking class through Eat & Walk Italy turned out to be a highlight of our trip. We learned how to make homemade pasta and tiramisu, which have since become a staple in our kitchen. After the class, we at