Mini guide: 48 hours in Rome

Inside the Colosseum, Rome, ItalyColosseum, Rome, Italy50s-style white dress in Rome

Roman holiday

For my 30th birthday my amazing boyfriend treated me to 2 weeks in Italy (I know, I’m spoilt). You can see our route map at the bottom of this post – in total we covered 1,000+ km! Our first stop was Rome, a city I’ve wanted to visit for the longest time.

Honestly? We didn’t love it. I think this was partly because we’d had a crazy couple of weeks before flying to Italy & we really needed some relaxation. Rome is not a relaxing place! It’s busy & noisy & chaotic & ordinarily I’d love that (hello, I live in London). Sorry Rome, I’d be happy to give you another chance!

Colosseum, Rome, ItalyInside the Colosseum, Rome, ItalyInside the Colosseum, Rome, ItalyInside the Roman Forum, Rome, ItalyColosseum & Roman Forum, Rome, Italy

When in Rome

Obviously, there is lots to do in Roma. We made sure we ticked-off the Colosseum, Pantheon, Roman Forum, Palatine, Spanish Steps & (the exterior of) St Peter’s Basilica, but we mainly wandered around soaking up the city (clocking up over 30km & getting sore feet in the process). I personally loved the Pantheon & the Colosseum: it’s a rare world monument that exceeds expectations but they both did. Tip: pre-book Colosseum tickets & make sure you get in the right queue – look for the signs, which may be buried in the crowds.

We also visited the Vatican Museum but, honestly, despite how stunning it is I wouldn’t recommend it: a) it was far too crowded & b) the state of the world, namely the current refugee crisis, in comparison to the showiness & the amount of money they must make every day left me with a bad taste in my mouth – surely that wealth should be put to better use?

St Peter's Basilica, Rome, ItalyArt of the Vatican Museum, Rome, ItalyArt in the Vatican, Rome, ItalyInside the Vatican Museum, Rome, ItalyRome skyline, ItalyPantheon, Rome, ItalyInside the Pantheon, Rome, Italy

Spanish Steps, Rome, Italy

Where to stay

We stayed at a fabulous new boutique hotel, the Fifteen Keys, chosen based on its outstanding reviews & handy location (in-between the main sights & the train station, from where we’d move on to Naples). Also, the staff are lovely & the décor is super chic. Highly recommended.

Places to eat

  • Pastasciutta, Via Delle Grazie 5: fabulous pasta handily located in a tiny space between the entrances for the Vatican & St Peter’s Basilica.
  • La Prosciutteria Trastevere, Via Della Scala 71: fantastic, cheap meat & cheese platters & sandwiches with great wines.
  • La Fraschetta di Castel Sant’Angelo, Via Del Banco Di Santo Spirito 20: friendly service & great Roman cooking.

Fresh pasta at Pastasciutta, Rome, ItalyProsciutteria Travestere, Rome, Italy

Our route around Italy

As you can see we covered a fair bit of ground on this trip. I’ll be sharing posts from Naples, Pompei, Capri, Positano, Sorrento, Polignano a Mare, Matera, Bari, Martina Franca & Lecce (some of which will be combined!) soon. You can also click to see all of my posts about Italy.

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Sunset over St Peter's Basilica, Rome, ItalySunset over the River Tiber in Rome


10 thoughts on “Mini guide: 48 hours in Rome”

  1. I love Rome! Too bad you only had 48h, we were there for 5 days and it didn’t seem enough.
    We are going to Italy in a week, but we visit Emilia-Romana – Bologna, Parma and Modena and I could use some good tips!


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