The Best of Rome Trip Plan

Use this itinerary to spend 5 days in Rome and you'll surely not miss any of the best sights.

About this trip

You are starting your five day trip to Rome in Vatican, the seat of the Pope. Enjoy the enormous St. Peter's Square, admire the fresco paintings in the Sistine Chapel and pay a visit to the world-famous Vatican Museums. Don't forget to stop by Castel Sant'Angelo nearby. After the busy first half of the day, take a walk through Navona Square and Field of Flowers square and end your day in Trastevere district, which is well known for its nightlife and various restaurants.

On the second day of your 5 day Rome itinerary you'll get to know the heart of the ancient city: the Roman Forum and Circus Maximus. Colosseum, the true centerpoint of Rome is just around the corner. Don't forget to visit Campidoglio Square and Pantheon!

On the third day have a look at the Capuchin crypt and pass through the beautiful Trevi fountain. Borghese Gallery and surrounding Villa Borghese Gargens are planned for the evening in your itinerary, Rome's most popular park is an ideal place to have some rest after an exciting day in Rome.

Two last days of your Rome itinerary are devoted to exploring the outskirts of the Eternal City. You'll visit Hadrian's Villa, Ostia Antica or Etruscan Necropolis of Cerveteri.

Don't forget to check out our Europe travel guide before you hit the road.

Things to do on this trip

Day 1

  • Vatican Museums, Rome

    Vatican Museums

    These museums display the vast collection of artwork collected by the Catholic church and its popes. Many gems by Renaissance artists.

  • Sistine Chapel, Rome

    Sistine Chapel

    World-famous chapel hiding fresco paintings by artists such as Michelangelo and Sandro Botticelli. It's definitely a must visit when in Rome.

  • St Peter’s Basilica, Rome

    St Peter’s Basilica

    Visit one of Rome's Renaissance masterpieces. This magnificent basilica is decorated by masters such as Michelangelo and Carlo Maderno.

  • St Peter's Square, Rome

    St Peter's Square

    After visiting the Basilica di San Pietro in the Vatican City, also pay attention to this square with an Egyptian obelisk in its center.

  • Castle of the Holy Angel, Rome

    Castle of the Holy Angel

    An edifice built by the emperor Hadrian in the 2nd century served in the past as a castle and a prison. Nowadays it serves as a museum.

  • Navona Square, Rome

    Navona Square

    Take a walk around and see the large square crowned by the Fountain of the Four Rivers, as well as an Egyptian obelisk and other monuments.

  • Field of Flowers Square, Rome

    Field of Flowers Square

    This historical square is a favourite meeting place and also a nice shopping area. Come early in the morning to pick the best fresh produce.

  • Trastevere, Rome


    Come and discover the very charming atmosphere of this area of Rome. Well-known for a number of restaurants and several private universities.

Day 2

  • Circus Maximus, Rome

    Circus Maximus

    Discover the park which was once the first and also the largest stadium of ancient Rome. Its capacity was more than 150,000 people!

  • Roman Forum, Rome

    Roman Forum

    From triumphal arches to the houses of Emperors, the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill contain the remains of the heart of the Roman world.

  • Palatine Hill, Rome

    Palatine Hill

    Explore one of the Seven Hills of Rome. Being a mythological place, quite a many archaeological finds were uncovered here.

  • Colosseum, Rome


    An awe-inspiring sight and a gem. See the largest amphiteater used for gladiatorial contests with your own eyes – it’s a must when in Rome.

  • Imperial Forums, Rome

    Imperial Forums

    Even though the once majestic fora are now in ruins, they’re still worth your visit. Come and see the former centers of Roman political life.

  • Campidoglio Square, Rome

    Campidoglio Square

    Discover this famous square designed by Michelangelo. Check out the surrounding buildings as well as the statue of Marcus Aurelius.

  • Trajan's Column, Rome

    Trajan's Column

    This column was erected to celebrate Trajan's victory in the Dacian Wars. Impressive monument of a great beauty.

  • Pantheon, Rome


    Witness the beauty of one of the best preserved Roman buildings. The structure was rebuilt in the 2nd century by the emperor Hadrian.

Day 3

  • Papal Basilica of Saint Mary Major, Rome

    Papal Basilica of Saint Mary Major

    Great church, which is only one of Rome's four sacral buildings entitled major basilica. Notice its beautiful interior decoration.

  • Capuchin Crypt, Rome

    Capuchin Crypt

    When on Piazza Barberini, don't forget to peek into the crypt under the church containing remains of about 4,000 people.

  • Trevi Fountain, Rome

    Trevi Fountain

    A stunning, elaborate Baroque gem of a fountain. This famous sight is a must while in the city. Beautiful even at night.

  • Column of Marcus Aurelius, Rome

    Column of Marcus Aurelius

    A column with a unique carving depicting Danubian and Marcomannic wars, built as a memorial to the emperor Marcus Aurelius.

  • Spanish Square & the Spanish Steps, Rome

    Spanish Square & the Spanish Steps

    A monumental square with beautiful sights scattered around. The famous Spanish Steps are a must, as well as the fountain and the French church.

  • Porta Pinciana, Rome

    Porta Pinciana

    Discover the ancient gate built as a part of Aurelian Walls which survived on the site from the 5th century to the present day.

  • Borghese Gallery, Rome

    Borghese Gallery

    A gallery and museum located in the beautiful Villa Borghese gardens. Admire its unique artwork collections as well as the garden itself.

  • Villa Borghese Gardens, Rome

    Villa Borghese Gardens

    Take a stroll in one of the largest public parks in the city and enjoy its peaceful atmosphere. Many museums and attractions all around.

  • Pincio Gardens, Rome

    Pincio Gardens

    You can climb to this nice park from the famous Piazza del Popolo and enjoy the view from bird's perspective. It is worth the effort!

  • People's Square, Rome

    People's Square

    A Neoclassical square with very rich history, lined by Baroque churches. Notice the Egyptian obelisk right in the middle.

Day 4

  • Hadrian's Villa

    Hadrian's Villa

    The home of the Roman Emperor, a crucial archaeological site and a sight to behold – both for the architecture and the artefacts. Must-see.

  • Villa d'Este

    Villa d'Este

    A breath-taking staple of Renaissance architecture and gardening. An absolute must-see for the sheer beauty.

  • Subiaco Abbey

    Subiaco Abbey

    Enveloping the cave where St. Benedict lived as a hermit, this outstandingly decorated monastery is not to be missed.

Day 5

  • Ostia Antica, Lido di Roma

    Ostia Antica

    Ancient Ostia is one of Rome’s best kept secrets with some of the best Roman ruins in the world. A little out-the-way, but definitely worth it.

  • Etruscan Necropolis of Cerveteri

    Etruscan Necropolis of Cerveteri

    One of the major Etruscan cities and a place with unique atmosphere. Check out the various houses of the dead, some with stone reliefs.

  • Lake Bracciano

    Lake Bracciano

    A natural gem right next to Rome with crystal clear water – ideal for sailing and swimming. Makes for a great day out.

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