Alrighty, I finally finished sorting through hundreds of photos from Day Two of our trip to Rome, Italy and I am ready to share! Our second day was just as beautiful as the first day in Rome but focused more on the ancient sights that we all know and love.
Here is a look at our Day Two Itinerary of my Three Days in Rome series.
Colosseum and Roman Forum:
Similar to our first day, we hopped on the metro first thing in the morning and took it directly to the Colosseum. Though we could have walked here from our hotel at the Spanish Steps, we chose not to because we got a bit of a later start than we originally wanted. I blame the wine from the night before 😉
When we arrived at the Colosseum, there was a small line but it only took about 25 minutes (another reason why I recommend visiting in the offseason) BUT note that you use the same ticket to enter the Colosseum and the Roman Forum (which had no line) so I think you can buy the ticket at Roman Forum and then skip the line at the Colosseum. Just a thought.
However, I did get this pretty cool shot while waiting in line, so all’s not lost.
The Colosseum is one of those things that just felt so surreal to actually visit. It was built between 70 AD and 80 AD and used for gladiatorial contests and public spectacles. It stands partially ruined due to earthquakes in 847 AD and 1231 AD, and stone robbers. My husband kept referring to it as the first football stadium, which is exactly how it felt.
You have the option to do a guided tour of the Colosseum which takes you in the underground portion. Though we opted not to do this, know it’s available to visitors for an extra cost.
We then just spent a few hours here walking around and taking pictures.
One fun thing to know is that Italian luxury brand, Tod’s is currently funding the renovation of the Colosseum for 25 million EURO (about 33 million USD) in exchange for “promotional opportunities” – should be exciting to see what marketing comes out of this sponsorship.
Next to the exit is a little hill that allows for a good photo opp of the exterior of the building.
Next Stop: The Roman Forum and Palatine Hill
Directly next to the Colosseum is the Roman Forum, the former city center of Ancient Rome. It’s worth taking a walk around here for an hour or so. Also located here is Palatine Hill, the residential district of the Roman aristocracy. The area is filled with many ancient ruins and foundations of what was once buildings and homes.
Here is a look at a stadium built around 80 AD by the Emperor Titus Flavius Domitianus.
Someone was actually living in this home on Palatine Hill, you can see the laundry peering through the orange tree below.
Their view isn’t too bad.
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier:
We then chose to walk back to the Pantheon from the Roman Forum and I am so glad we did! We accidentally passed this monument for the Tomb of the Unknown soldier. Seriously, such an impressive building. Add this to your must see list while in Rome.
This is the building across the street. Also not hard on the eyes.
And now a quick stop for lunch…
After lunch, we headed back to the Pantheon, which I know you saw a bit of on Day 1, but you have to see it both at night and in the day just because of the ceiling. (It was free to enter so that helps with visiting a few times a day.)
The Pantheon was commissioned as a temple to all the gods of ancient Rome. Almost two thousand years after it was built, the Pantheon’s dome is still the world’s largest unreinforced concrete dome. This building is so impressive in real life. I just can’t believe there is a hole in the top of this beautiful building.
Directly under the hole in the ceiling is a drain in the floor. Those Romans were smart 😉
Back to the Trevi Fountain:
After the Pantheon, we headed back to Trevi Fountain because frankly our photos from day one weren’t too hot. But really, if you have time you should see this fountain both at night and in the day. It’s located super close to the Pantheon so it’s easy to see both in day and night.
It’s popular to throw a coin into the fountain, so we had to it! It’s estimated 3,000 Euro are thrown into the fountain daily. We contributed about 40 cents.
A beautiful fountain, but will always be busy no matter what time of the day you visit.
The day we visited was a holiday in Italy and the Pope was actually going to be in town making an address to the public on the Spanish Steps. We thought it would be a cool thing to partake in. So we went.
But so did thousands of others.
Instead of standing here in this mob, we opted for a nap. Even though we didn’t see the Pope live and in person, we were on the same block and that was enough for us.
After our nap, we then decided to spend the evening in the area called Trastevere, which has a much more local feel. Not too crowded and super trendy. In fact, if Rome had a “Brooklyn” this would be it. You should plan to visit here if you can. Lots of restaurants and shops to choose from.
This is a pretty far walk but if you have nice weather choose to walk rather than take a cab. It’s very relaxing and is a chance to not be surrounded by tons of people in the touristy areas.
And with that, we are done with our Second Day in Rome.
Update: See the Full Itinerary for Rome in 3 Days: