Five Memorable Days in Rome

posted on Wednesday, May 04, 2016 at 9:34:24 AM

After browsing our Italy vacation packages, take a tour of Rome with Vacations by Marriott. View the Vatican close up, make a wish in The Trevi Fountain, and see original works of art by Bernini, Caravaggio and Titian for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Whatever you find yourself doing, we’re certain you’ll have five memorable days in Rome.

Day 1: Welcome to Roma – the capital of Italy! You have an action-packed itinerary lined up and you are ready to experience the culture and beauty of this ancient city. For this trip, you’ll be staying at the beautiful Boscolo Exedra Roma, Autograph Collection. You’re a little bit tired from travelling so far, so after you drop your bags at the hotel, you decide you are going to take this day nice and easy, visit some big attractions that are an easy walk away. You start with the famous Spanish Steps. There are 135 steps in total and they were built in 1723. You climb up and back down the stairs and then take a lap around the Piazza di Spanga at the bottom and pick a café for a quick bite to eat. After refueling, your next stop will be the Trevi Fountain, another short walk away. The Trevi Fountain is the largest Baroque fountain in the city, standing at 86 feet tall and 16 feet wide, and one of the most famous fountains in the world. Restoration work was recently finished in late 2015 and the beautiful monument has been restored to its original glory. You toss a coin in the fountain (using your right hand, over your left shoulder) and snap a few pictures before continuing on your way. You leisurely stroll back to the hotel and head to sleep early in preparation for day two.

Day 2: Today you will be taking in all the extraordinary Vatican City has to offer. You get started early as you know that everything gets very busy throughout the day. You start your day tour at the Vatican museums. These galleries contain a little bit of everything, from mummies, to classic Renaissance masterpieces. The Vatican Museum lets you out at the end of the galleries to see the one and only Sistine Chapel. Containing two of the world’s greatest masterpieces, Michelangelo’s ceiling frescoes and his Giudizio Universale or the Last Judgment, all from the 1500s, these are works of art that you will never forget. After your art tour, it’s time for a lunch break, you opt for pizza, because why not, you’re in Italia! After lunch you spend a while walking around the famous St. Peter’s Square; to see the pope, come on a Sunday or a Wednesday morning. You head into the St. Peter’s Basilica and it immediately takes your breath away. After seeing everything the Basilica has to offer, you conclude your Vatican tour by climbing St. Peter’s Dome for a breathtaking view of the city. What a day!

Day 3: It’s day 3 and you still have not seen the world famous Colosseum, so today you’ll be making that happen! But not before a quick trip to the Pantheon. Pantheon comes from the Greek word meaning “temple of every god.” The building was commissioned by the Marcus Agrippa around 10AD and completed by the emperor Hadrian within the next century. This large circular building is the best preserved of all the ancient Roman architecture in the city and since the 7th century has served as a church. Almost 2,000 years after it was built, the Pantheon’s 142 foot dome (both the measure of the height and the diameter) still remains the world’s largest unreinforced concreate dome. There is a nice Piazza outside the Pantheon where you decide to grab lunch in the shadow of that massive dome. After lunch, it is time for the Colosseum. You know the Colosseum is the world’s largest amphitheater ever built, and you’ve seen the movie Gladiator, so you are ready to go! Home to the world-famous Roman gladiators, construction completed in 80AD on this mammoth structure, and you’ve always wanted to see it so you have an incredible time walking around and snapping pictures from every angle. From the top in the distance you can see the Roman Forum, where you will come back to tomorrow. Your last stop is a quick peak at the Arch of Constantine before you head back to the hotel for the night.

Day 4: Today you’ll head back by the area near the Colosseum to see the Roman Forum. The Forum was the center of Roman public life for centuries and the remains in this area include several important ancient government buildings. You are now one of the 4.5 million people who visits this site each and every year to see the sprawling ruins and archaeological excavations. The most noted remains in the area include the royal residences, or the Regia, the Temple of Vesta and the complex of the Vestal Virgins, the Temples of Saturn and of Castor and Pollux, the Arch of Septimus Severus and many more. You spend several hours exploring all that the Roman Forum has to offer and then break for a pasta lunch at a local restaurant. This afternoon you will explore two of Rome’s seven famous hills – Capitoline and Palatine – both located near the Forum. Capitoline highlights include the Capitoline Museum and Piazza, designed by Michelangelo, and the statue of Marcus Aurelius, plus the beautiful architecture of several of Rome’s civic government buildings. Palatine Hill offers beautiful views of the Forum and of the Circus Maximus, where you will be heading next. After taking a bunch of incredible pictures you walk over to the Circus Maxiums, which served in ancient days as a Roman chariot racing stadium and entertainment venue for the masses. The site is now a public park and a beautiful place for an evening stroll before you head back to the hotel.

Day 5: It’s your last day in magnificent Rome and you’ll be taking in all that the Villa Borghese and its museums and gardens have to offer before you leave this evening. You start with the museum, known as the Galleria Borghese, to beat the crowds. The collection is housed in the actual villa across two floors and 20 rooms, and contains works by Bernini, Caravaggio, Titian, Raphael, Peter Paul Rubens, and others. After the museum you grab lunch to-go and enjoy it while you are exploring the beautiful Villa Borghese gardens. In 1605 the ancient vineyard that stood in this area was gradually converted to the extensive gardens that exist today. As you will see, the landscaping is done in the English garden style over the 148 acers of land – which is the largest modern garden in the city. You have a little bit of time left after lunch and decide to take a quick tour around two other museums in the vicinity, the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna, which focuses on Italian art from the 19th and 20th centuries, and then the Museo Nazionale Etrusco, a vast collection of pre-Roman objects, mostly from the Etruscan people, all excavated in the local Rome area. It’s been an unforgettable five days and as you make your way to the airport, you reflect on everything you saw in the beautiful Italian capital city of Rome!

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