Back again with a guide on what to do in Rome when you only have a short amount of time. Rome was never originally on our travel itinerary and to be honest having been before I had no real desire to do go back, however, my boyfriend had not been, so when looking at ways to get from Naples to Cinque Terre and I realised I could give us a stopover in Rome with enough time to see the highlights, The Colosseum, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain and the Spanish steps, I thought, why not? From the time we arrived in Rome to when our next train departed we had about 3.5 hours, we needed to deposit our luggage in held luggage before heading off. Here’s the thing, when we arrived at 8:30 there was minimal line, perhaps about 10 minutes of waiting. when we got back to pick up our bags at 11 there was a huge line from what I heard people saying, about a 25 minute wait to hand you luggage in.
I had 4 places on my list that I figured we’re essential to see with a short time in Rome:
- The Colosseum – Obviouslyyyy
- The Pantheon
- Trevi Foutain
- The Spanish Steps
Obviously, there is so much to see in Rome – Vatican City, St Peter’s Basillica etc.. but these were the 4 that we’re easiest to get to one another by foot!
So we started from the train station and walked towards to Colosseum, it’s only about a 25 minute walk, its really not far and the walk brings you through the park so you get a nice view up higher of the colosseum but without all the people.
I was expecting that because it was early on a Sunday morning there would be very few people – I was wrong it was probably about 9:15 when we got there and the tour groups were already out in force!
From there we headed up towards the Pantheon, I chose to walk over getting the metro because you get to see so much more of Rome and its architecture and history. Rome is an amazing place and every way you turn there is always something to see! On our walk from the Colosseum to the Pantheon we walked past the Roman Forum.
Then heading though Rome you’ll find yourself at the Pantheon, again there were so many people there considering the time and day but I guess that’s just Rome, always busy!
From there we had a short walk to the Trevi Fountain, this walk will take you past the Temple of Hadrian as well, just make sure you keep your eyes open or you’ll miss it!
And next you’ll head to your last stop for the morning, the walk from the Trevi Fountain to the Spanish Steps will only take you about 10 minutes, again make sure you look around at the features even on the buildings, there is so much attention to detail it’s amazing!
All in all this little adventure took just over an hour from leaving the station, which left us with about an hour and a half before we had to be on our train, so you have time to stop at each place and take it in. We decided we would grab a bite to eat before heading back to the station and my boyfriend was adament on doing it at the steps which I said was going to be expenive and I was right! We ended up paying €24 for two paninis and 2 espressos!
By the time we had finished eat, it was still about just over an hour until our train left but we deicded to jump on the metro back to the station – 2 stops and €1.50 per ticket, not too bad. As i said above, in regards to collecting your bags from the held luggage place, leave time, we stood around for about 15 minutes without them calling a single pickup ticket, before I decided to just walk in and ask if we could have ours back and so they sent me to an empty desk and 5 minutes later I had our bags! But leave time because it will be busy and it will take a little time.
And that ladies and gentlemen is our 3 hours in Rome. Hope it wasa helpful and you enjoyed!