How to spend 48 hours in Rome, Italy

Rome is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and a must visit if you are traveling through Europe. Known as the Eternal City, the ancient Romans believed that no matter what happened to the world, Rome would always be the top of the world and it would last forever. The city holds many fond memories of its bygone days, including great art, food, and wine.

So how should you spend 48 hours in the Eternal City? Allow me to share my top tips!

Friday

3:00 PM REGISTRATION

Rome Anantara Palazzo Naiadi

A really cool lobby bar at the Anantara Palazzo Naiadi in Rome. Photo: supplied

Traveling excites you, so choosing where to stay is an important decision. My partner and I were lucky enough to stay at the Anantara Palazzo Naiadi Rome within walking distance of major attractions such as the Trevi Fountain and the Colosseum. Upon entering the crescent-shaped palazzo, you’re greeted by an elegant lobby and bar with impossibly high ceilings and gorgeous lighting.

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The huge entrance is a stark contrast to many other hotels in Rome, which are usually quite small and have small elevators that fit one person and your luggage! So, if you’re claustrophobic, it won’t be a problem here! You will also be happy to see that the rooms are larger than others.

16:00 SWIMMING

Anantara Palazzo Naiadi Roman Pool

Not many hotels in Rome have rooftop pools, so take advantage of it with a quick dip! Photo: supplied

After exploring the hotel a bit, it’s time to check out some of the rarer things like the rooftop pool and bar. You can get a great view from the top and it’s a great place to cool off with an Aperol Spritz and a snack.

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Once you’ve relaxed enough, it’s time to freshen up before enjoying some delicious food and, of course, some gelato.

19:00 STUDY TIME

Dinner at Pietro al Pantheon is a 20-minute walk from the hotel with views of the Trevi Fountain and Pantheon – it can get very busy, so call ahead to make a reservation!

This small restaurant has a lot of character and is a must-see for the cacio e pepe, a must in Rome. If you’re hungry and want to try some pasta like we did, share the Tonarelli cacio e pepe, Bucatini all’amatriciana and Spaghetti – you can’t go wrong.

GELATO HOUR 21.00

You might be full, but there’s always room for gelato, right? Plus, you’re in the perfect spot for Rome’s best gelato, Giolitti. There are so many amazing flavors to try, but you have to try the pistachio gelato, which goes really well with chocolate during your trip! The salted caramel was good too! Yes, we really did try as much food as we could on this trip!

Saturday

8 AM

It’s time to enjoy a buffet breakfast at La Fontana at the hotel and order a la carte with a view of the bustling Piazza della Repubblica.

09:00 VESPA TRIP

Marni Dixit riding a Vespa sidecar in front of the Coliseum

One of the best things we did was the sidecar Vespa tour (arranged by Anantara Palazzo Naiadi) and we saw a lot of Rome in a few hours. Photo: Marni Dixit

Talk to the hotel before you arrive to arrange a Vespa tour, as this was our favorite part of the trip. The three-hour tour will take you all over Rome as your guide shares stories from different sites like the Trevi Fountain, the Colosseum, the Vatican, and more!

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During your travels, you will be able to go out and explore certain areas. If you haven’t already, you can visit the Pantheon by tossing a coin into the Trevi Fountain. You need to make a reservation to visit the Pantheon on weekends, but don’t worry, your guide will take care of it for you.

This tour is the perfect way to see the big city when you’re short on time. You will be dropped off at your hotel and can grab a quick bite if you like before the next activity!

13.00 ENTER THE COLOSSEUM

While a Vespa tour will show you the exterior of the Colosseum, you’ll want to book a tour to get the whole picture. We opted for the optional underground tour and loved every minute. The Roman Forum was a very interesting place to walk and appreciate how the Romans lived many years ago. What you will learn on this trip will blow your mind!

4:00 PM GOOD

After a full day of sightseeing, you’re probably pretty tired, so it’s time for some rest. Why not take a dip or head to the hotel spa? Anantara Palazzo Naiadi was built on the foundations of the Roman Empire’s most luxurious baths (you can see them in specific areas of the hotel below!) and offers a number of renowned spas that will allow you to completely relax.

19:00 DINNER TIME

Trevi Fountain in Rome

Walk past the Trevi Fountain for dinner near the Pantheon. Photo: Getty

Head back to the Pantheon for dinner at Osteria dei Cappellari, because if you haven’t had a carbonara yet, now’s the time! Carbonara is a Roman classic, so be sure to try it before you go. Enjoy a nice evening with a bottle of house wine. If it’s seafood, you’ll have a great choice.

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It also has an extensive dessert menu, so it’s a great opportunity to try something at the restaurant. But if you’re looking for a different gelato, there are plenty of places around, including Gunther Gelato Italiano with more interesting flavors that you probably won’t find anywhere else!

21:00 DRINK

You may be very full by now, but if you’re into drinking, why not head to Cybo for cocktails and live jazz? A great place to spend a Saturday night before another big day!

Sunday

COFFEE HOUR 9 A.M

Italy is famous for its coffee, but if you’ve had enough of your usual coffee and cappuccino, it’s time to try something different at Sant’ Eustachio Il Caffè. I loved the Romeo e Giulietta, a balanced breakfast drink, a cold drink with coffee, chocolate and cream! I still dream about this coffee. If that’s not enough for you, you can grab a quick breakfast here.

10:00 TOUR WITH THE VATICAN

Hope you’re ready to walk a lot! A trip to the Vatican is a must, but when we got there the Pope was in St. Peter’s Basilica so we didn’t get to see it. Very disappointed. It’s known for its beauty, so hopefully that won’t happen to you! You’ll see some amazing art on your trip, but none more impressive than Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel ceiling.

SPEAK AT 2:00 PM

A short walk from the Vatican, you’ll find Ristorante Porta Castello, a small family restaurant where you can pick up your bags and grab some delicious pasta, pudding, or pizza before heading to your next destination!

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