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1. Posted by hyypiaem (Full Member 69 posts) 11y

im going to rome for 2 days this weekend,i know there is so much to see and do and i have very little time! Does anyone have any recomendations for must sees? excluding the obvious of the colosseum and vatican city!! thanks x

2. Posted by Peter (Admin 5789 posts) 11y

I'd leave most of a day for the Vatican + St Peter's alone, which leaves you with one day to fill really.

I believe there is a special ticket that you can get for the Collosseum that will get you in there as well as the ruins up on the hill (darned, I can't remember the name - we didn't go, because we went to the Colosseum too late and didn't want to pay another ticket). Of course, the other ruins just below are public, and you should definitely wander through there.

Other than that, the various fountains: Trevi, etc.. and the Pantheon. Enjoy some time with a good pizza or gelati as well. I doubt you'll have trouble filling your time and inevitably you'll miss things, so just don't worry about them too much! :)

3. Posted by mtlchica (Respected Member 922 posts) 11y

Quoting Peter

I believe there is a special ticket that you can get for the Collosseum that will get you in there as well as the ruins up on the hill (darned, I can't remember the name - we didn't go, because we went to the Colosseum too late and didn't want to pay another ticket). Of course, the other ruins just below are public, and you should definitely wander through there.

The ruins on the Hill are called the Palatine Hill...supposed to be the first settlements in the area. The ticket for both the hill and the Colosseum will run you about 10 Euros, give-or-take. The free ruins are the Roman Forum, you could also get a guided tours for a few Euros, which might be beneficial. When we went there everything just looked like rocks (which makes sense because they're ruins, but still).

Other things to check out: the Spanish Steps, the Circus Maximus (where there were chariot races)and when you do visit the Vatican, you have to visit the Vatican Museum to see the Sistine Chapel.

Have fun!

Cheers,
Katie ;)

4. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

Hi

If u just have a wknd it's probably best to do Rome in two halves....

As Peter said take a day for St. Peter's and the Vatican...that is on one side of the Tiber. On the same day, take in the Sistine Chapel and explore that side of the city. (be sure to where "appropriate clothes" or u wont be allowed into St. Peter's!)

On the other day, you can comfortably take in the following (they are all within walking distance of each other):

Trevi Fountain
Spanish Steps
Pantheon
Piazza Navona
Colosseum
Circus Maximus

Most of the best shopping area is around the Spanish steps. Check out the Via COndotti (you mightnt be able to afford anything but it's nice to look!)

5. Posted by hyypiaem (Full Member 69 posts) 11y

thankyou everybody for your help and advice it has helped us plan our short stay a little better!! thankyou xxx

6. Posted by tjk (Budding Member 17 posts) 11y

I am not much of a tour person but a 1/2 day tour with a guide will take you very quickly to and through the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Pantheon, Spanish Steps and a few other places. That is what I did on my first trip to Rome. You learn a lot about the different sites.

We were there for our second time in May of 2004. On this trip we spent a lot of time happily wandering around aimlessly. On our last full day we walked to the Colosseum and hooked up with a tour going in to avoid the line (13 euros, I think). They are all around the main line. They take you right in and really explain the history of the Colosseum. This guided tour included a tour of the Forum that started a couple of hours later. This was well worth the 13 euro!

Have fun! Rome is awesome!