When in Rome Day 2 | What to Do and See in 48 Hours

When in Rome Day 2 | What to Do and See in 48 Hours

After a whirlwind of sightseeing on day one in Rome, there was only really one big landmark left that we wanted to see: Vatican City.  The rest of the afternoon, we took it easy… just the way we like it.

Day 2 in Rome
8:00 AM Vatican City: waiting in line (1.5 hours)

Vatican Museum Line When in Rome Day 2 | What to do and see in Rome in 48 hours | Travel Photography

9:30 AM Entering Vatican City/Sistine Chapel:

It was a surprise to us how massive the Vatican Museum was.  Our main goal was to get to the Sistine Chapel and it was quite a walk.

Vatican Museum When in Rome Day 2 | What to do and see in Rome in 48 hours | Travel Photography

Vatican Museum When in Rome Day 2 | What to do and see in Rome in 48 hours | Travel Photography

Vatican Museum When in Rome Day 2 | What to do and see in Rome in 48 hours | Travel Photography

Vatican City Museum When in Rome Day 2 | What to do and see in Rome in 48 hours | Travel Photography

The Sistine Chapel was dark and crowded. They didn’t allow photos but everyone and their moms were sneakily pointing their camera at the ceiling and taking them anyways. I was not about to be left out.

Sistine Chapel Vatican City Museum When in Rome Day 2 | What to do and see in Rome in 48 hours | Travel Photography

Sistine Chapel Vatican City Museum When in Rome Day 2 | What to do and see in Rome in 48 hours | Travel Photography

Spiral staircase exit at the Vatican Museum

Spiral stair exit Vatican Museum Exit When in Rome Day 2 | What to do and see in Rome in 48 hours | Travel Photography

11:00 AM St. Peter’s Basilica

St Peter's Basilica Cathedral When in Rome Day 2 | What to do and see in Rome in 48 hours | Travel Photography

St Peter's Basilica Vatican City When in Rome Day 2 | What to do and see in Rome in 48 hours | Travel Photography

11:40 AM View of the City

When in Rome Day 2 | What to do and see in Rome in 48 hours | Travel Photography

12:30 PM Castel Gandolfo: the Pope’s summer home

Castel Gandolfo When in Rome Day 2 | What to do and see in Rome in 48 hours | Travel Photography

Castel Gandolfo When in Rome Day 2 | What to do and see in Rome in 48 hours | Travel Photography

1:00 PM Lunch at Ristorante Bucci: (Via De Zecchini 31, Castel Gandolfo, Italy)

Ristorante Bucci Castel Gandolfo When in Rome Day 2 | What to do and see in Rome in 48 hours | Travel Photography

Ristorante Bucci Castel Gandolfo When in Rome Day 2 | What to do and see in Rome in 48 hours | Travel Photography

Enjoyed some wine from the region and the views of Lago di Albano (Lake Albano)

Ristorante Bucci Castel Gandolfo When in Rome Day 2 | What to do and see in Rome in 48 hours | Travel Photography

Ordered the mozzarella di buffalo as an appetizer and paccheri ai fiori di zucca for main entree, and it did not disappoint!

Ristorante Bucci Castel Gandolfo When in Rome Day 2 | What to do and see in Rome in 48 hours | Travel Photography

Ristorante Bucci Castel Gandolfo When in Rome Day 2 | What to do and see in Rome in 48 hours | Travel Photography

3:00 PM Coffee break at Sant’ Eustachio: Between here vs Caffé Tazza D’Oro, it’s arguably the best coffee in Rome.

Sant'Eustachio Sant' Eustachio Best Coffee in Rome When in Rome Day 2 | What to do and see in Rome in 48 hours | Travel Photography

4:00 PM Grocery Store Stop for Culatello di Parma: recommendation from food lover’s top 10 list.
5:00 PM Breather at the Hotel
7:00 PM Dinner & Drinks at Pizza

Good times.  On my to-do list the next time I’m in Rome: Campo de’ Fiori, Testaccio Market, eat more food!

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