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4 Days in Rome: The Best Itinerary for Your Visit

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Best Things to Do with 4 Days in Rome

Itinerary in Rome: day 1

The Colosseum

The Colosseum

The Colosseum might just be the most recognisable landmark in a historic city that is full of them. For this reason, it is our first suggestion for day 1 of your Rome itinerary of 4 days. It was constructed in 72 CE during the reign of Emperor Vespasian and played host to some of the most infamous events in history, including gladiatorial combat and a real-life sea battle that involved flooding the amphitheatre. In its heyday, this most famous of ancient stadiums could seat as many as 50,000 spectators. These days, it is one of the city's top attractions and a must-visit spot for any first-time traveller to the area. Opening hours vary depending on the time of year. Ticket options include fast-track entry and guided tour excursions that are led by professional guides.

The Forum

After you are done visiting the spot where the ancient Romans flocked for entertainment, it is time to head to the area where they did their shopping. The good news is the fact that these two amazing locations are just a few minutes' walk from one another. Unlike the Colosseum, which is intact to an extensive degree, this point of interest is primarily in ruins. For this reason, we recommend taking the tour so your professional guide can explain what you are looking at. This is the best way to build a mental image of how spectacular the site would have appeared in ancient times. A few key points of interest you will encounter in the Forum include the Temple of the Vestal Virgins and the Senate House. You can also easily access the iconic Palatine Hill from this attraction.

Itinerary in Rome: day 2

The Trevi Fountain

The Trevi Fountain

When you come to Italy for a Rome itinerary of 4 days, a visit to the famed Trevi Fountain is a must. It is one of the city's most beautiful and was opened in 1762. The fountain was designed by the famed architect Nicola Salvi, though it was completed by Giuseppe Pannini. It is particularly stunning in the evening when it is lit up. After you are done taking in the sights and sounds of the Trevi, you can head to one of the area's many rooftop bars to enjoy spectacular views along with a few drinks.

The Pantheon


Another must-visit ancient site to add to your Rome itinerary of 4 days is the Pantheon. Though older structures existed on the site before its construction, the current building dates to 125 CE. It is perhaps the best preserved of all ancient Roman buildings and features a spectacular dome that was the first of its kind ever built. Historically, the Pantheon was a Roman temple. Since 609 CE, it has functioned as a Catholic church. Simply going into the building is free, but there is a charge if you wish to take the highly educational guided tour that is led by a professional guide.

Itinerary in Rome: day 3

The Palatine Hill

Rome's Palatine Hill is considered by archaeologists to be the city's birthplace. The area has been inhabited since at least the year 1,000 BCE. During the Republican era of the city, it was a popular spot for the homes of wealthy citizens who build many sumptuous villas and palaces there. You can easily spend an afternoon simply walking around this location and imagining what it would have looked like several thousand years ago when it was in its heyday.

The Victor Emmanuel II Monument

The Victor Emmanuel II Monument is another must-visit spot for your Rome itinerary of 4 days. The war monument consists of a tomb dedicated to an unknown soldier who fought and died for Italy in World War I. During your visit, check out the Museo del Risorgimento, where you can learn about the story of Italian unification.

Itinerary in Rome: day 4

The Vatican Museums

Inside the city of Rome, you will find the world's smallest country by population and area. Vatican City is officially an absolute monarchy ruled by the Pope and is a remnant of the historic Papal States. It is home to the largest complex of museums on Earth and houses some priceless sculptures, paintings and artefacts. Keep in mind that these museums are so extensive that you would need days to see them all. Your ticket options include a fast-track selection as well as the highly recommended Vatican Museums Highlights Tour. Opening hours can vary, so we recommend checking before you go.

St Peter's Basilica

St Peter's Basilica

St Peter's Basilica is one of the world's largest and most iconic churches. It was built on the burial site of the saint in the 4th century CE before being restored in the 15th. It was during the 16th century that the church was completely rebuilt under the direction of Pope Julius II. Entry is free, but there is a fee for guided tours. You will also have to pay to climb the iconic Dome.

Places to visit around Rome


Head east 47 minutes from Rome, and you will find the historic community of Tivoli. It is one of our top day trip recommendations for your 4-day itinerary in the Eternal City and is home to a pair of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. They are the Villa d'Este and Hadrian's Villa. In ancient times, the area served as a retreat for wealthy Romans looking to get away from the hustle and bustle. Other points of interest to check out include Tivoli Cathedral and the Sanctuary of Hercules Victor.


If you travel an hour's drive southwest, you will come to the ancient port of Ostia. It is another one of our top recommendations for your Rome itinerary of 4 days and is among the most important archaeological sites in Italy. During the ancient Roman era, Ostia served as the principal port for the city. Its history goes back as far as the 6th century BCE. Must-see points of interest include the Baths of Neptune, the Capitolium and Forum, the ancient theatre and the ruins of the Decumanus Maximus. In ancient times, this was Ostia's main thoroughfare.

Where to stay in Rome

1. Hotel Locarno 5*

Hotel Locarno

Hotel Locarno 5* is home to 49 luxurious guestrooms and suites that are ideal for 3 romantic days in Rome. You will love the magical city views available from the rooftop terrace as well as the array of top amenities and services that are available at this century-old property that is located close to the iconic Piazza del Popolo.

During your stay at the Hotel Locarno 5*, you will enjoy on-site amenities and features that include air conditioning, a concierge service, a laundry service, Wi-Fi, a 24-hour reception desk, bike rental, a fitness centre and bar/dining facilities that include the Terrazza Locarno and Bar Locarno.

What we like: We love the charming, relaxing rooms that are available at this fantastic property, its excellent location and its sun-soaked rooftop terrace.

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2. Isa Design Hotel 4*

Isa Design Hotel

Book your stay at the Isa Design Hotel 4* to enjoy convenient proximity to many of the city's most iconic landmarks, shopping outlets, restaurants, museums and bars. Upon your arrival, you will receive a complimentary bottle of Prosecco.

A quick rundown of key amenities you will enjoy during your time at this fabulous property in Rome includes the La Terrazza di Isa Bar, breakfast served on the roof terrace, a 24-hour reception desk, Wi-Fi, luggage storage, a concierge service and a range of in-room facilities that include a mini-fridge, a safe, air conditioning, a hairdryer and a television.

What we like: We love the fact that this property offers spectacular views of Vatican City. It is also located close to many of Rome's most renowned ancient and medieval sites.

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3. LOLY Boutique Hotel 4*

LOLY Boutique Hotel

The LOLY Boutique Hotel 4* features 35 Classic, Superior and Deluxe rooms for guests to choose from in a property with an urban chic design and proximity to the city's leading points of interest. During the evening, you will be wowed by the enchanting city views that are available from this property, which is home to an on-site restaurant that serves up authentic Roman pasta dishes.

Key facilities and amenities you can look forward to during your Rome itinerary of 4 days spent at this luxurious property include a rooftop terrace, a lounge bar, the Restaurant Osteria Trastevere, Wi-Fi, indoor parking, a lift and an airport transfer service. Your in-room facilities include a safe, a TV, a mini-fridge and a courtesy tray of tea and coffee.

What we like: We love the refined attention to detail that the hotel staff have paid to the property's luxurious, comfortable guestrooms. This property also enjoys an excellent location near many key points of interest.

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4. Luxury on the River

Luxury on the River

Luxury on the River is located in a set of historic buildings that overlook the iconic Tiber River in Rome. This unique, stylish accommodation is the perfect choice for exploring Rome. During your stay, you can take advantage of an optional room upgrade and wine in your room upon arrival.

This luxurious property is located in a historic building in the heart of the city and just 900 metres away from the Spanish Steps and the Piazza Navona. It is home to only 8 rooms and features homely touches, such as a library with a fireplace. In your room, you will find amenities that include slippers and bathrobes, as well as stunning river views.

What we like: We love the amazing views, idyllic location and the optional extras that you can avail yourself of when you book this fantastic location in the heart of Rome.

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5. NH Collection Roma Vittorio Veneto 4*

NH Collection Roma Vittorio Veneto

Another one of our top picks for your Rome itinerary of 4 days is the NH Collection Roma Vittorio Veneto 4*. Its central location places you close to top landmarks like the Pantheon and the Trevi Fountain. The on-site La Cupola Restaurant is renowned for its mouth-watering Italian and Mediterranean dishes.

You will find a long list of services, amenities and facilities at the NH Collection Roma Vittorio Veneto 4*. They include indoor parking, a laundry service, Wi-Fi, air conditioning, a 24-hour reception desk, a concierge service, a lounge bar and a fitness centre. You can also look forward to a range of in-room facilities, such as a safe, a kettle, a coffee machine, a mini-fridge, a television and bathrobes.

What we like: We love this property's comfortable, cosy rooms, its excellent dining options and its location that is perfect for a 4-day itinerary spent exploring the Eternal City.

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Practical tips for visiting Rome

We have a few key tips for your Rome itinerary of 3 days that will enhance your overall experience in the Eternal City. When you go for that morning coffee, we recommend that you save on additional service charges by doing as the Romans do and ordering it at the bar instead of waiting for it to be brought to you at a table. We also suggest making use of the city's bus routes to get around affordably. It is a good call to book your tickets ahead of time since they cannot be purchased from the driver.

Piazza Navona

There are many city centre shops where you can pick them up. Look for the T. Tickets sign. You can opt for individual bookings or choose 24, and 48-hour passes. It is also worth noting that some of the state-owned museums and archaeological sites across the area are free to enter on the first Sunday of each month. Outside of these tips, we recommend making sure you bring seasonal clothing and high-quality walking shoes. Be aware that you will need a travel plug adapter if you plan to use any electronics that require a UK outlet.

When to visit Rome

The most popular months to book a Rome itinerary of 4 days are April, May and June, as well as September, October and November. Choose a date in early spring or late autumn if you want to avoid the largest crowds and highest prices while still experiencing pleasant weather conditions.

How to get to Rome

You will have no difficulty locating flights from the United Kingdom to Rome. Daily routes are available out of leading UK travel hubs that include Manchester, London, Bristol, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Belfast. The primary arrival airport is Rome Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport. The average in-air time for non-stop flights is around 2 hours and 30 minutes. Upon landing, your options for getting to your hotel and around the region include airport transfers, public buses, trams and taxis. Travellers who want to enjoy a maximum level of convenience might instead choose car hire. This is highly recommended if you plan to venture outside the city for any day trips during your Rome itinerary of 4 days.

What to eat in Rome

Trying new and exciting local dishes is a must for your Rome itinerary of 4 days. A few recommendations include the iconic pasta carbonara, cacio e pepe, allesso di bollito and porchetta. You will also find an impressive variety of fresh seafood. For dessert, be sure to grab some authentic Italian gelato or tiramisu.

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