Planning to spend 4 days in Rome? I have the perfect Rome itinerary for you. I visited the Eternal City 6 times before moving over for a 3-month stay last summer.
In that time, I’ve definitely learned a thing or two about making the most of your time while visiting the Rome. I crafted this 4 day Rome itinerary to help you discover Rome’s best restaurants, iconic landmarks, great museums and breathtaking viewpoints. Longtime readers know I’m not keen on small talk, let’s get to it!
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Who is This 4-Day Rome Itinerary for?
I’ve wrote this itinerary for 4 days in Rome with first time visitors in mind. Visiting a new city can be daunting, my hope is that my (personal) experience visiting Rome will make your planning easier.
Apart from covering the biggest hitters (landmarks, museums, etc.), I’ll also offer some recommendations for restaurants and bar. This itinerary will give you a robust feel for the best of Rome while giving you reasons to return for more.
Is 4 Days in Rome Enough Time?
Over the past 5 years, I’ve traveled extensively to 20+ countries, of those, Italy is probably my favorite, largely thanks to Rome. I can’t place my finger on it exactly, but Rome is so special. As such, I prefer to visit for as long as possible, but with that said, 4 days in Rome is a great introduction to the city!
Rome is one of the most walkable cities in the world, the landmarks are close together, so it’s easy to see the city’s top attractions within 4 days. With proper planning (you’re getting a head start), you’ll get a great feel for the city and will probably leave wanting more.
How to Spend 4 Days in Rome
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Rome 4 Days (Table of Contents)
- Who is This 4-Day Rome Itinerary for?
- Is 4 Days in Rome Enough Time?
- How to Spend 4 Days in Rome
- Rome Itinerary, Day 1 Overview
- Rome 4 Day Itinerary: Day 2
- 4 Days in Rome Itinerary: Day 4
- Roman Nightlife
- Additional Worthwhile Roman Attractions:
- When is the best time to visit Rome?
- Where to stay during your 4 days in Rome:
Rome Itinerary, Day 1 Overview
Your first day in Rome is meant to be special and I want to give you a great introduction to the Eternal City. As such, we’ll be covering the most iconic experiences during your first of four days in Rome.
Top sights for day one:
- Colosseum & Roman Forum
- Archbasilica of Saint John Lateran
- Baths of Caracalla
- Circus Maximus
- Giardino degli Aranci
Day 1, Morning: Tour the Colosseum
Completed in 80 AD, the Colosseum is an emblem of Roman engineering and architectural prowess. The Colosseum is the largest amphitheater ever built, designed exclusively to entertain the masses. Romans would arrive en masse (seating capacity clocked in at 80,000!) to watch gladiators fight wild animals, each other, and whatever else came out of the trap doors.
There’s no denying the touring the Colosseum is one of the best things to do in Rome. But do yourself a favor and buy your tickets now because they sell out months in advance during summer. My suggestion is to book the first time slot of the day (the earlier, the better).
With an early morning, you’ll get a head start on your 4 days in Rome while avoiding waiting in line during the heat of the day. You won’t necessarily avoid crowds, but there is a less-chaotic feel in the morning.
Explore the Roman Forum
After the Colosseum, pop over the the Roman Forum (right next to the Colosseum. I like to think of the Roman Forum as ancient Rome’s downtown. Can’t miss sites include:
- Via Sacra (Sacred Way) was the main road in the Roman Forum. It runs from the top of Capitoline Hill to the Colosseum. It was also the site of celebrations and marches after successful Roman conquests.
- Temple of Saturn was created as a temple for the god of agriculture and later transformed into a treasury. If you Google the Roman Forum most pictures depict the temple’s remnant columns towering over the ruins.
- The Senate House was a government building and home to the senate, although it later was turned into a church. Over its history it was rebuilt several times, with the building standing today built around 280 AD. This is one of the most in-tact ancient buildings you’ll during your 4 days in Rome.
- Arch of Titus was built in 81 AD by Emperor Domitian in celebration of his brother Titus’ victory in the Siege of Jerusalem. The Via Sacra runs under and it’s one of only three remaining triumphal arches of ancient Rome.
While exploring the Roman Forum, make the effort to see Palatine Hill, which offers a unique vantage point over ancient Rome. Palatine Hill is considered the birthplace of Rome. Reason alone to visit, no?
Roman myths claim that the twin brother Romulus and Remus settled on the hill in 753 BC. Needless to say, the area is ripe with historic significance. You’ll also get a unique, less crowded view of the Colosseum and Circus Maximus.
Day 1: Afternoon
Archbasilica of Saint John Lateran
Here’s a fun fact for you: most folks think that St. Peter’s Basilica is the official seat of the pope, but it’s not. The Archbasilica of St. John Lateran is the official seat of the Bishop of Rome (AKA the pope).
Founded in 324, this is the oldest public church in Rome. It’s also the highest ranking basilica in Rome (outranking Saint Peter’s Basilica), holding the unique title of “archbasilica.” Designed by Constantine the Great, it consists of a long nave with aisles off-shooting to the sides to form a cross from a bird’s-eye view.
The church’s profound historic significance is properly reflected through the imposing facade, stunning architecture and lavish interior adorned with frescoes and mosaics. It’s one of the most beautiful churches in Rome, you won’t want to miss it while visiting Rome for 4 days.
Baths of Caracalla
The Baths of Caracalla in Rome, Italy, were among the largest and most magnificent public baths built in the ancient Roman world, functioning from around 216 to 537 AD. Initiated by Emperor Septimius Severus and completed by his son Caracalla, these grandiose baths weren’t just used as bathing facilities but also libraries, lecture rooms, and extensive gardens.
They could accommodate over 1,600 bathers simultaneously, featuring sophisticated heating and plumbing systems to supply hot, cold, and lukewarm water. The ruins today, impressive in scale and artistry, hint at the baths’ former splendor and the social and cultural life of ancient Rome.
You’ll need to buy tickets online if you plan on visiting the Baths of Caracalla during your 4 days in Rome.
Visit Circus Maximus
Circus Maximus, located in the valley between Rome’s Aventine and Palatine Hills, was the premier chariot racing venue in ancient Rome. Initially built in the 6th century, it was expanded over time and became the largest stadium in the Roman Empire, capable of accommodating over 150,000 spectators.
It playing a central role in Roman public life and culture. The elongated oval track was flanked by tiers of seats, with a central dividing barrier (the spina) adorned with obelisks and monuments. Although little remains today, this monumental structure hosted chariot races, religious ceremonies and public games back in its heyday.
The Mouth of Truth (Optional)
The Mouth of Truth (Bocca della Verita) is 16th century stone mask that supposedly bites liars who place their hands in its mouth. The origins remains unknown, but the mask became a famous attraction after being featured in the film Roman Holiday in 1953.
With only 4 days in Rome it’s okay if you don’t make the stop. However, it’s so close to Circus Maximus and on the way to the next destination it’s at least worth the consideration.
Rome Itinerary, Day 1: Evening
Sunset at the Orange Garden
To properly cap the first of your 4 days in Rome, I suggest enjoying the sunset at my favorite viewpoint, the Orange Garden (Giardino degli Aranci). The viewpoint is located next to Circus Maximus, which makes it a natural stop.
Named after the sweet-scented orange trees in the area, this charming garden was designed in the 1930s to offer a public space with panoramic views of the Eternal City. From here, the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica takes center stage as ancient monuments and baroque churches dot the landscape.
After the sunset, I suggest grabbing dinner. Take a lovely stroll after dinner and head back to the hotel to get a good night of sleep, you’ll need some energy for tomorrow!
Rome 4 Day Itinerary: Day 2
Our second day in Rome will cover some of the most picturesque spots in Rome, like the Trevi Fountain, Pantheon and Spanish Steps. We’re going to do a lot of walking today, so comfortable walking shoes are non-negotiable.
Top sights for day two:
- Trevi Fountain
- The Pantheon
- Altare della Patria + Capitoline Hill
- Spanish Steps
- Borghese Gallery + Villa
Day 2, Morning: Trevi Fountain
To me, the Trevi Fountain is the most beautiful (free) attraction you’ll find during your 4 days in Rome. Spanning a staggering 160 feet wide and 80 feet tall, the fountain is a masterpiece. But the only way to experience Trevi Fountain without claustrophobia-inducing crowds is to visit at sunrise or past midnight.
While you won’t have the whole place to yourself regardless of the time you visit, you’ll definitely be able to enjoy the experience much more without the crowds. Trevi Fountain is a true masterpiece, and the monolithic statues deserve careful attention.
Take your time admiring the works of Giuseppe Pannini, because this is one of the most beautiful things you will ever see in your life. And no, it’s not just Oceanus’s chiseled abs that do it for
me visitors, it’s the breathtaking beauty and size of this undeniable masterpiece.
According to legend, if you throw a coin into the fountain using your right hand over your left shoulder you will return to Rome. If you throw in two coins you will fall in love with an attractive Italian. And if you throw in three coins you will marry that attractive Italian in Rome.
Fun fact: The inscription above the Pantheon’s entrance reads “Marcus Agrippa, the son of Lucius, three times consul, built this.” And do you know what else Marcus Agrippa built? Aqua Virgo, the aqueduct that gushes water into the Trevi Fountain. How cool!
Lunch at All’Antico Vinaio
By now you’ve probably worked up an appetite, so I suggest swinging by All’Antico Vinaio for delicious sandwiches. Far from your typical sandwiches you’ll get in the state, All’Antico Vinaio makes expertly crafted works of art. The simple combinations of crisp veggies, savory meats and fresh cheeses have made this sandwich shop famous.
The Altare della Patria translates to the Altar of the Fatherland, but it sounds way better in Italian. The epic monument pays homage to Victor Emmanuel II, the first King of unified Italy, and serves as a representation of Italian nationalism. The building is also known as Vittoriano.
Entrance into the lower levels of the monument is free, but access to the terrace requires a ticket. You can buy tickets online or in-person for €15 a pop. The views of Rome are well worth the price of admission. You’ll have a front-row seat to the Roman Forum, Palatine Hill, the Colosseum and Foro Traiano.
Visit the Capitoline Museum
The Capitoline Museums have an impressive claim to fame: It’s the oldest museum in the world. The museum is nestled atop Capitoline Hill, it was founded in 1471 when Pope Sixtus IV donated a collection of important ancient bronze sculptures to the people of Rome.
Visitors wander through a complex of buildings designed by none other than Michelangelo, coming face-to-face with masterpieces like the equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius and the ruins of the ancient Temple of Jupiter. Most impressive (to me, at least) is the Capitoline Wolf, which depicts the she-wolf Lupa suckling the twins Remus and Romulus (Rome’s formidable founders).
From the Trevi Fountain meander your way through the charming Roman streets on your way to the Spanish Steps. Similar to the Trevi Fountain, this is a spot on this 4 day Rome itinerary that will be littered with crowds.
In the 16th century the Trinita dei Monti church was built on a slope with no connection to the Piazza di Spagna (Spanish Square) below it. It wasn’t until 1723 that the 135 steps began being built, creating one of the most famous landmarks you’ll see during your 4 days in Rome.
You’ll find the area around the Spanish Steps to be full of stores (including luxury designers, hello), cafes and restaurants. This is also a good time to grab an afternoon espresso before continuing with the 4 day Rome itinerary.
Day 2, Afternoon: Borghese Gallery and Museum
Once the villa of Cardinal Scipione Borghese, the museum is found within the confines of Villa Borghese, the 3rd largest public park in Rome. It captures the essence of the Renaissance and Baroque periods through world-class paintings, sculptures and antiques.
Cardinal Borghese was an avid art collector and spared no expense acquiring whatever his heart desired. He was also a highly controversial man. The nephew of Pope Paul V, he aroused a great deal of resentment for leveraging “gifts” (more like bribes, really) from the papal government to fund his investments.
Love him or hate him, there’s no denying he amassed one of the great art collections in Rome. Masterpieces from Caravaggio, whose mastery of light and shadows is known the world over, to Bernini, whose sculptures became the most iconic focal points in Rome. This is a can’t-miss museum in Rome for history buffs and art enthusiasts alike.
You should buy tickets in advance if you want to visit the museum during your 4 days in Rome, it’s a very popular activity!
Passeggiata del Pincio
The Passeggiata del Pincio (referred to as The Pincio) overlooks the historic Piazza del Popolo (“People’s Square”). Just on the edge of the magnificent Villa Borghese gardens, you couldn’t ask for better views of Rome.
This beloved spot is a favorite with locals and tourists because it blends the beauty of nature with the grandeur of the city’s skyline. As you stroll along the pathways peppered with vibrant trees and historic statues, the viewpoint opens up to a breathtaking panorama of Rome’s iconic landmarks.
4 Days in Rome Itinerary: Day 3
Let’s give your feet a bit of a break today. We’ll visit a few key landmarks during the day but will end with a stroll through one of the most charming neighborhoods in Rome, Trastevere.
Top sights for day three:
- Piazza Navona
- Campo di Fiori
- Castel Sant’Angelo
- Basilica di Santa Maria in Trastevere
- Belvedere del Giancolo
Day 3, Morning: Piazza Navona
Back in its heyday, Piazza Navona was home to a bustling market which has since been moved a few blocks down to Campo di Fiori. Today folks flock from all over the world to see the splendors of Baroque Roman architecture firsthand.
The star of the show is the monolithic Fountain of Four Rivers (Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi) sculpted by none other than Bernini (the little devil left his mark on everything!). There’s two smaller fountains on south and north ends of the piazza that are worth admiring as well.
The southern end boasts the Moor Fountain (Fontana del Moro) which depicts a Moor wrestling a dolphin while standing atop a conch shell while being surrounded by four Tritons. Meanwhile, the northern end is home to the Fountain of Neptune which was later added to balance the Moor Fountain on the south.
Fun fact: Piazza Navona is (literally) above the ruins of an ancient Roman stadium, which is why it’s so big. You can still tour parts of the Stadio di Domiziano (Stadium of Domitian) by buying tickets online.
Campo di Fiori
Campo de’ Fiori, translating to “Field of Flowers,” is a significant historical and cultural area in the heart of Rome. Originally a meadow, the square has evolved through the centuries to become a marketplace by day and a vibrant nightlife hub by evening.
The daily market offers a variety of goods, from fresh produce to souvenirs. But I will admit, the market has become a bit of a tourist trap. But Campo di Fiori is one of the oldest markets in Rome, so it warrants a visit.
Interesting fact: The statue at the center of the market is of Giordano Bruno. He was an Italian philosopher that was gruesomely executed in 1600 in Campo di Fiori for heresy. The statue, erected in 1889, faces the Vatican unapologetically and became a rallying point for proponents in favor of freedom of thought.
Rome Itinerary Day 3: Afternoon
Originally constructed as a mausoleum for Emperor Hadrian in the 2nd century, this remarkable structure has evolved over time, serving as a fortress, a papal residence and now a museum.
The museum houses a fascinating collection of artifacts, including Renaissance paintings, ancient military weapons, and papal apartments adorned with frescoes. Perhaps the most captivating feature is the panoramic terrace, which offers breathtaking views of the Eternal City.
Castel Sant’Angelo is one of the best museums in Rome because it offers glimpses into the past while providing epic panoramic views of modern city with a bright future. I enjoy visiting the terrace cafe for an espresso while soaking up the views, it’s a very enjoyable way to spend an afternoon while visiting Rome for four days.
Lunch at Trapizzino
Trapizzino is a popular street food in Rome, it’s a blend of tramezzino (a soft, crustless triangular sandwich typical in Italy) and pizza, offering a unique twist on traditional Italian street food. The sandwich is typically filled with a variety of traditional Roman dishes like artichokes, meatballs and eggplant Parmesan.
Santa Maria in Trastevere
Legend has it, Santa Maria in Trastevere (Basilica di Santa Maria in Trastevere) was founded after oil miraculously sprang from the ground on the site in 38BC, which was interpreted as the announcement of the birth of the Messiah.
People braced for the coming of Christ, which lead to the establishment of a church by Pope Callixtus I. The current structure largely dates from a 12th-century rebuild under Pope Innocent II.
Interestingly, Pope Innocent II opted to use material from the ruins of the ancient Roman baths of Caracalla (another landmark on this 4 day Rome itinerary).
The facade of the church was redone by Carlo Fontana in the 17th century. This is the same man who restored the fountain in the square in front of the church, which the oldest in Rome.
Trastevere seems to be everyone’s favorite neighborhood in Rome, but it’s not hard to see why. Chock-full of meandering cobble-stone streets peppered with colorful ivy-covered homes, it’s no wonder why getting lost in Trastevere is one of the most memorable things to do while visiting Rome.
This is the most charming neighborhood in Rome, making it the perfect place to get your fill of people-watching, shopping, pasta, wine and gelato. It’s not uncommon for folks to wander to this neighborhood on a daily basis, regardless they area their hotel is located, which it why I’m adding it as a top recommendation for 4 days in Rome.
Day 3: Evening
Sunset at Janiculum Hill
Gianicolo (Janiculum) Hill is the second tallest hill in the modern city of Rome (behind Monte Mario). Perched just above the historic Trastevere neighborhood, this iconic Rome viewpoint offers a spectacular panorama of Rome.
Encompassing landmarks such as the Vatican, the Pantheon, and the Colosseum, the magic happens at sunset when the iconic buildings are bathed in a soft, golden light.
Along with breathtaking views, the Gianicolo is also steeped in history, home to the statue of Giuseppe Garibaldi, a key figure in the unification of Italy, and the site of a significant 1849 battle for Roman Republic independence.
4 Days in Rome Itinerary: Day 4
I have good news and bad news. The bad news? This is the last day on this 4 day Rome itinerary. The good news? You’ll be going out with a bang. The Vatican is separate country (the smallest country in the world, actually) and you can’t afford to miss it during your 4 days in Rome.
Top sights for day four:
- The Vatican Museums
- Saint Peter’s Cathedral
Rome Itinerary, Day 4: Morning
Start the morning with a visit to the Vatican Museums. You should purchase tickets in advance and plan to show up early because the crowds are intense.
As you work your way through the museum’s 24 galleries, you’ll walk among ancient sculptures, renaissance paintings and modern religious art. All the galleries build up to the grand-finale and one of the most remarkable things you’ll see during your 4 days in Rome, the esteemed Sistine Chapel.
The magnificent chapel is home to the papal conclave (the pope election process). It also features Michelangelo’s two most significant frescoes. The first depicts scenes from the Book of Genesis, including the creation of Adam. The second, located behind the altar, was created 25 years later and depicts the Second Coming of Christ, it’s titled The Last Judgement.
St. Peter’s Basilica
Completed in 1626, Saint Peter’s Basilica was built atop the grave of Peter the Apostle, considered the first pope of Rome. The basilica is Rome’s crown jewel, which is saying a lot in a city as beautiful as Rome!
Conceived during the Renaissance, It was designed by a handful of notable architects and artists from the era, including Bramante, Michelangelo, and Bernini. Michelangelo’s dome, a marvel of engineering, soars above the Roman skyline, while St. Peter’s Square (designed by Bernini) gracefully welcomes visitors from around the world.
You can climb the dome, which is the tallest building in the historic center of Rome. Admission is €8 per person, but it’s bound to be one of the most memorable things you do during your 4 days in Rome.
Gardens of Vatican City
From St. Peter’s Basilica you’re free to peruse the Gardens of Vatican City. This is one of the most serene places you’ll visit during your 4 days in Rome. They look like royal gardens you’d see in a movie, with perfectly manicured greenery and statues peppered along the way.
Rome Itinerary Day 4: Afternoon
Afternoon to Yourself
The end of this 4 day Rome itinerary is an afternoon to yourself. Take the time to visit any spots you feel you didn’t have enough time at. Or just enjoy the evening sipping on cheap aperol spritz’ at a hole in the wall restaurant.
This is also the best time to buy souvenirs. Now you have an idea of what it is you want to remember. Whether it’s the Colosseum where we started your 4 days in Rome or the Vatican where we ended. You can commemorate it with a postcard, tote, sweater or magnet.
I sincerely want to thank you for reading my 4 days in Rome itinerary. I hope you’ve grown to love Rome as much as I do. And hell, if you’re anything like me you’re already looking at flights to come back!
Below I’ll give a few more suggestions for your 4 days in Rome. Plus any return trips you’re planning.
You might have noticed during your 4 days in Rome that the local nightlife is thriving. Most Italians don’t even sit down for dinner until 8 or 9PM! Therefore you can imagine indulge in a few rounds of drinks well past sundown.
Rome is also a safe city so being out into the night shouldn’t be a concern. Just be mindful of your noise level when walking residential streets and you’re good to go.
There are plenty of wine and cocktail bars that warrant a shout-out. Not to mention the abundance of casual restaurants for a beer or aperol spritz. Below I’ll recommend a few you can visit during your 4 days in Rome.
Drink Kong: Ranked the 16th best bar in the world, Drink Kong is a swanky nightclub-esque bar serving masterfully crafted cocktails. The Japanese-inspired bar approaches drinks like science projects with labels for bitterness, sweetness and acidity and is open until 2AM.
Freni e Frizioni: This is a popular cocktail bar with a grungy street vibe. You’ll appreciate the level artistry the mixologists posess. There’s also a buffet full of appetizers to pair with your cocktails. If you want to visit during your 4 days in Rome I suggest visiting as soon as they open since the tables fill up quickly.
Il Goccetto: If you’re in search of an unfussy wine bar to spend a few hours with good company, you can’t find much better than Il Goccetto. There’s a global selection of wine and small bites that’ll help keep conversation flowing and the charming vibe only adds to the comfort.
Additional Worthwhile Roman Attractions:
Need more spots to visit during your 4 days in Rome? Way to go, overachiever! Here are a few more iconic attractions in the Eternal City I recommend.
- Largo di Torre Argentina: An ancient square that’s home to the ruins of Pompey’s Theatre, better known as the place where Julius Caesar was assassinated. A visit can be done in passing and only takes a few minutes.
- Lateran Obelisk: Found in the square across from the Basilica of St. John in Lateran, the Lateran Obelisk is the largest standing, ancient Egyptian obelisk in the world.
- Basilica di San Pietro en Vincoli: A small basilica near the Colosseum, the main draw Michelangelo’s sculpture Moses. Entrance is free so it’s easy to make a pit-stop.
- Galleria Doria Pamphilj: One of the largest, private art collections in Rome open to the public. There are centuries-old paintings on display, but entrance requires the purchase of a ticket.
- The Appian Way: The first major Roman road lined with tombs and catacombs, as well as a church built where St. Peter had a vision of Jesus. You can take a stroll over the same stone path used 2000 years ago.
When is the best time to visit Rome?
The best time to visit Rome is in the spring, specifically in April. The sun makes its presence felt and the festivities of Easter and Natale di Roma (Rome’s birthday on April 21st) give the city an undeniable buzz.
It’s can still be a bit chilly, especially in the mornings and evenings. Bring a warm coat or sweater for your 4 days in Rome. And during the daytime it’s perfect exploring weather. You won’t be ringing out your shirt after a sweaty walk through a neighborhood or shedding layers every time you sit down for a meal.
Furthermore, your 4 days in Rome during the spring will be colorful thanks to the vibrant greenery and blooms on display. Attractions like the Spanish Steps decorate in a lively display of flowers that won’t be the same any other time of the year.
Here are the average temperature’s in Rome in the spring:
- March: High of 62° and low of 43°
- April: High of 67° and low of 48°
- May: High of 75° and low of 56°
This might sound counterintuitive, but avoid visiting Rome in the summer. The landmarks are practically all outside and you’ll be walking everywhere with this 4 day Rome itinerary, so by the end of the day you’ll be burnt toast. Try visiting in mid to late spring, when the weather is ripe for exploration.
Where to stay during your 4 days in Rome:
I have an entire guide on where to stay in the Enteral City, read: Where to Stay in Rome for First Time Visitors.
Tips for visiting Rome for the first time
Comfortable walking shoes are non-negotiable: Rome’s cobblestone streets weren’t designed for heels, no matter how cute you look in them. (Pro-tip: I bring mine in a tote for photo-ops.) Plus, during your 4 days in Rome you’ll be putting in some serious miles, so minimize sore feet or a sprained ankle by wearing comfortable walking shoes!
Learn some basic phrases in Italian: When visiting a foreign country it’s important to remember, we’re not in Kansas in anymore. Although English is widespread in Rome don’t assume everybody speaks it. Not to mention it’s just plain ol’ good manners when visiting someone’s home to abide by their customs. Some good phrases to learn include hello (ciao), yes (si), no (no), please (per favore) and thank you (grazie).
Make reservations ahead of time: The last thing you want to your 4 days in Rome to look like is a game of pinball, bouncing back and forth trying to find a place to eat. It’s even worse when you start getting a little hangry (we’ve all been there) and settle for a sub-par meal. The best spots in any city come with crowds, so plan ahead and make reservations whenever possible.
Dress appropriately when visiting places of worship: Rome is a destination for millions of folks thanks to the sheer amount of jaw-dropping holy sites. Remember that these churches, cathedrals and basilicas are still functioning houses of worship and have strict dress codes. Bottoms must extend below the knees and tank tops and spaghetti straps are a big no-no, they won’t let you in!
Keep some spare euros on you for small expenses: Cash is (still) king and you’ll be pleasantly surprised by how inexpensive things are during your 4 days in Rome. Coffee, gelato and souvenirs frequently run under €3! Keep a few small bills and especially coins for little, spur of the moment treats.
Rome holds a special place in my heart, thanks so much for letting me relive the happy memories through this guide!
Until next time. Cheers!