If it's your first time in Rome, maybe you've already bought a new guide book, but you still might be a bit uncertain on how to plan your trip.

If it's your first time in Rome, maybe you've already bought a new guide book, but you still might be a bit uncertain on how to plan your trip.

If you only have a few days in Rome, what should you see?

Here are three ideas of itineraries to see our beautiful city. This is how to see the best piazzas and monuments without getting lost!

Day 1 – Around the hotel

Start from our hotel. Leave Piazza Montecitorio, crossing Piazza Colonna, turn right on Via del Corso and then go left almost immediately on the narrow Via delle Muratte. Walk for five minutes to Trevi Fountain (started by Bernini in 1700).

After taking some classic photos and throwing in your coin to make sure you will come back to Rome soon, continue on the itinerary going to the side of the fountain. You can take the street to the right or left, which both lead to Via del Tritone. Take the street and head to Piazza di Spagna and its famous Trinità dei Monti, known as the Spanish Steps.

This area is a maze of small streets, many packed with high fashion boutiques. If you want to stop for a coffee in a gorgeous location, go to Antico Caffè Greco. After roaming around this area, go back to Via del Corso, and take it towards the Pantheon and the nearby Basilica of Santa Maria Sopra Minerva.

If you've worked up an appetite, stop at Armando al Pantheon or another of the many trattorias in the area. If you've already eaten, treat yourself to a gelato from Gelateria San Crispino or a coffee at Sant'Eustachio. After lunch, pop into the Church of San Luigi dei Francesi, right behind Piazza Navona, to admire some masterpieces by Caravaggio.

The large Piazza Navona's shape reminds us that it was once the stadium of Emperor Domitian. They estimate it could hold up to 30,000 spectators! Today it is famed for its Baroque style and Four Rivers Fountain. There are many cafés and restaurants for tourists all around the square, but watch out for the prices! Facing the church, head to the left end on the left of the square and take Corso Vittorio Emanuele. A short walk will take you to Largo di Torre Argentina. This where Julius Caesar was assassinated. Curiosity is piqued for its archeology as well as for the cats (over 150!) that meander among the ruins from over 2,000 years ago. Info on Facebook.

You'll be tired by now, so choose your favorite way to relax, perhaps a glass of wine and snacks or you could go back to the hotel to get ready for dinner — maybe in Trastevere!

The next post will cover the itinerary for days 2 and 3.


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