Trip plan: A long weekend in Rome | July 2016

It’s finally happened and I’m off on another international adventure. It may not be a long haul flight or involve multiple destinations, but I am very excited to be going to Rome, Italy for the first time. The last time I was in Italy was for a school visit to Pompeii when I was 15, so a trip back is well over-due.

Rome is definitely a city with a lot of historic sights. From the Colosseum to the Vatican, there will be a lot of walking around and gazing up in wonder at the ancient buildings around us. During our four days in the city, I hope that we also get a chance to see Rome as it is today, whether that be areas that are more off the beaten track, or places where the locals like to eat, drink and shop.

Rather than going hard with a huge plan like I would do on a Disney holiday, we’re playing it cool with a rough idea of where we want to go to during the trip. If you’d like to follow along, I’ll be tweeting and instagramming through the long weekend. If you miss it, don’t worry, because I’m also going to be filming my first ever vlogs while we’re there. Exciting! Read on to find out what we’ll be getting up to.

Day 1 – Friday

We have a early flight into Rome, so we’ll arrive at our hotel around midday. We might be able to check in then, but if not we can dump our small bags at the hotel and head out to explore.

In the afternoon, I’ve booked us a free walking tour. During my other European city breaks, I found these tours to be the perfect way to get your bearings and have a good overview of a city. At the end of the two hour walking tour, a tip to the guide is expected. I usually give between five and ten Euros per tour, so it’s very good value. On our first evening in Rome, we’re going to do a free walking tour at 5pm. I’ve picked one that covers a lot of sites in two hours, including a lot of the lesser known ones, as I think these are the parts that you would never notice unless you had a guide.



Day 2 – Saturday

A trip to the Vatican. We’re definitely going to book tickets ahead of time as I’ve heard that the queues for this are crazy. A guide costs around 40 EUR, but an audio guide is just 6 EUR so this seems like much better value. On Sundays, there can be disruption around the city, especially at the Vatican, for prayers and church services, so we definitely need to see this on the Saturday.

A different walking tour company offers a tour from the Spanish Steps to the Colosseum, which has some different features that we might want to find out about. We may try this 4pm tour if we’re not too tired already!


Day 3 – Sunday 

Up early to try and beat the crowds to the Colosseum. Again, the queue for tickets can be ridiculous so we’re going to book them online, probably alongside an audio guide.

Lovely people on twitter have recommended visiting Trastavere or Ostia, both of which are outside of the city centre, so we might look into going to see one of these places in the afternoon. I’m sure we’ll be sick of the crowds by this stage, so a break from the tourist centre would be good.


Day 4 – Monday 

Our flight is at 6pm, so we’ll have the best part of the day to go back and visit anything that we’ve missed.


In between all of this, copious amounts of pizza, pasta and gelato will be consumed. I’m particularly excited to try Pizzarium near the Vatican, and Fatamorgana for gelato.

We’re also considering booking a ticket on one of the hop on, hop off buses. I know it’s the most touristic way to see the sights, but I’ve heard that all the walking across the city can quickly ware out travellers.

If you have any recommendations, please let me know! I’d love to hear from you. 

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1 Comment

  1. Dave
    July 1, 2016 / 10:14 am

    We’ve spent most of our time exploring some similar European places like these Rome though is one of those almost ‘obvious’ places you think “yeah, we’ll go there at some point” but never actually do because you assume you will at some point … does that make sense? We must change that this year or next! Thanks Lisa