I'm going to Rome in August and I have 5 days to spend there. Which sights do I have to see and what can I do? And are there any "hidden corners" I should visit which are not in every travel guide?
With 5 days you can see a lot of Rome.
You should visit the Vatican Museums and the Vatican Gardens, the Colosseum and the Roman Forum, stroll from campo de Fiori to piazza argentina, piazza navona and end up in the Pantheon where you should stop for a Gelato.
From there the Campo Marzio area up to Via del Corso and piazza del Popolo.
Having done that check for a couple of museums like Palazzo Altemps and Palazzo Massimo. Once done all these sites and museums find a nice square order a glass of chilled white wine and relax by watching people go by!
Enjoy your trip.
Nancy Aiello about 11 years ago
1. Colosseum, quick stroll through the Forums, Museum of the Mercati Traianei. Glass of wine in front of the Colonna at the Enoteca Provinciale (the service is not exceptional but good local wines and great view from the window) - dinner in Rione Monti (check a guide for places, it's full of nice places
2. Piazza Navona, Palazzo Altemps, Pantheon and lunch nearby at Enoteca Corsi (roman cuisine, not exeptionally cheap but it's worth it and ask for a table in the "cantina" where all the wines are. Afternoon shopping
3. Termini station: the Museums of Palazzo Massimo, and the Terme di Diocleziano, same ticket two museums really near (the first one is better kept and the second has a lovely garden in the middle that is a great place to stop and rest). On to San Lorenzo for a visit to the monumental cemetery of Verano. You can download a map of the most relevant tombs from the website of the AMA ( azienda municipale ambiente), after the Verano stay in San Lorenzo for an aperitif anywhere you fancy (lots of bars- very cheap).
4. ok, the vatican museums and cappella sistina, you'll be herded like sheep and do the whole visit running with crowds of tourists anytime and anyday, but check out, at the emd ofthe visit, the ethnographic museum with a striking architecture from the '70s ( but I could be wrong, maybe it's even more recent) and great collections from all over the world. It's nothing like the rest of the Vatican museum.
5. Ostia antica and if it is summer a trip to the sea (by car or by local train) for an aperitif on the beach, if it's winter Villa Adriana in Tivoli (by local train)
Have fun! about 8 years ago