And so, Rome. Sic transit gloria mundi.
Taking the overnight train from Venice, I get into Rome at 6:56am. My overall plan here is to see the most historic stuff, the oldest sites, the must-sees. I'm planning on 4 days here (rather than my typical 3 days) plus my one-day-a-week day off. What I'm going to have to do for my planning is look at the guide books itineraries and cherry-pick days or events.
I will likely buy the Roma Pass which, for 25 euros, get me access to (and at the head of the line for) the Colosseum and Musei Capitolini as well as unlimited public transport for 3 days.
- Ancient Rome: Capitoline Hill, the Roman Forum, Palatine Hill, the Colosseum
- Navona/Campo: Campo de Fiori, Piazza Navona, the Pantheon
- Corso & Spagna: Vittorio Emanuelle monument, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps
- Villa Borghese: Ara Pacis (Altar of Peace), Galleria Borghese, Piazza del Popolo
- Vatican City: St. Peter's, Vatican Museum
- Jewish Ghetto
- Catacombs & Via Appia
Rick Steves' 3-day suggestion:
- Day 1: the "Caesar Shuffle" from the Colosseum to the Forum, then over Capitol Hill to the Pantheon. After a siesta, join the locals strolling from Piazza del Popolo to the Spanish Steps.
- Day 2: see the Vatican City, have dinner on the atmospheric Campo de Fiori, then walk to the Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps in a "Night Walk Across Rome"
- Day 3: Borghese Gallery and National Museum