When in Rome Day 1 | What to Do and See in 48 Hours

When in Rome Day 1 | What to Do and See in 48 Hours

We started out our short European tour in Rome.  Rome is a highly touristy city, and there aren’t many places you can go to avoid crowds.  It doesn’t mesh as well with our travel style, since we gravitate toward more relaxing environments, but our motto is try everything at least once.  With only 48 hours in Rome, we decided to make the most of our trip and see all the major landmarks.  Photography and food, as always, was top priority.  With a group of 6, we hired a private tour guide who drove us around.  It was convenient since he was able to drive us right up to each landmark.

Because we went at the end of August, along with the massive crowds and the blistering heat, it was not the most favorable conditions to be in.  I would recommend another time of year.  Regardless, we were able to get a glimpse of the rich history of the city.

Day 1 in Rome

11:00AM The Colosseum: 

When in Roma Day 1 | What to do and see in Rome in 48 hours | Travel Photography

When in Roma Day 1 | What to do and see in Rome in 48 hours | Travel Photography

When in Roma Day 1 | What to do and see in Rome in 48 hours | Travel Photography

12:30PM Il Pomodorino for lunch

When in Rome Day 1 | The Colosseum | What to do and see in Rome in 48 hours | Travel Photography

2:00PM Trevi Fountain: Toss a coin in & have a gelato break

Toss a coin in Trevi Fountain When in Rome Day 1 | What to do and see in Rome in 48 hours | Travel Photography

Toss a coin in Trevi Fountain When in Rome Day 1 | What to do and see in Rome in 48 hours | Travel Photography

gelato break near trevi fountain When in Rome Day 1 | What to do and see in Rome in 48 hours | Travel Photography

gelato break near trevi fountain When in Rome Day 1 | What to do and see in Rome in 48 hours | Travel Photography

3:00PM The Pantheon:

The pantheon When in Roma Day 1 | What to do and see in Rome in 48 hours | Travel Photography

The pantheon When in Rome Day 1 | What to do and see in Rome in 48 hours | Travel Photography

The Pantheon When in Rome Day 1 | What to do and see in Rome in 48 hours | Travel Photography

Near Pantheon When in Roma Day 1 | What to do and see in Rome in 48 hours | Travel Photography

4:00PM Piazza Di Spagna (Spanish Steps): May is the best time of year to visit the Spanish Steps when they are decorated with azaleas.

Piazza di spagna Spanish Steps When in Roma Day 1 | What to do and see in Rome in 48 hours | Travel Photography

Spanish Steps when in Rome Day 1 | What to do and see in Rome in 48 hours | Travel Photography

5:00PM Piazza Navona: hang out and people watch

piazza navona When in Rome Day 1 | What to do and see in Rome in 48 hours | Travel Photography

piazza navona when in Roma Day 1 | What to do and see in Rome in 48 hours | Travel Photography

6:00PM Dinner at La Tavernaccia Da Bruno (Via Giovanni da Castelbolognese 63, 00153 Trastavere, Roma, Italia)  This was by far our best meal in Rome. Our tour guide was reluctant to take us because it wasn’t very fancy, but I was dying to try it after reading where to eat in rome by the city’s cabbies.  So happy we went. If it was on yelp, I would give it 6 stars. :)

When in Roma Day 1 | What to do and see in Rome in 48 hours | Travel Photography

Ordered the Rigatone alla Carbonara (eggs, guanciale (bacon from pig’s cheek), black pepper and pecorino cheese), Pasta all’arrabbiata (my standard spicy pasta I order everywhere) and Pizza Capricciosa.

When in Roma Day 1 | What to do and see in Rome in 48 hours | Travel Photography

When in Roma Day 1 | What to do and see in Rome in 48 hours | Travel Photography

7:30PM Break at the hotel
9:00PM Night time photos at the Monument to Vittorio Emanuele II: who is the first king of unified Italy.  This is also the location of the Unknown Soldier Tomb

When in Roma Day 1 | What to do and see in Rome in 48 hours | Travel Photography

9:15PM Night time photos at the Colosseum: Could not find a great angle for the Colosseum. Anyone know where you’re supposed to take the photo for the majority of the postcard shots?

When in Roma Day 1 | What to do and see in Rome in 48 hours | Travel Photography

This Post Has 5 Comments

  1. Great pictures! I am in Rome now and wish I could take pictures as good as you!

    1. thank you so much! hope you enjoy rome as much as I did! :)

  2. Lucky! Wish I could have been there!

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