How to Spend 4 Days in Rome, Italy

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There is so much to see and do in Rome, including the Trevi Fountain, the Colosseum and the Vatican! In this post I am sharing the ultimate itinerary for spending four days in the Eternal City. This Rome travel guide can also easily be shortened down to two or three days, depending how long you are in Rome and what you want to see.

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Day 1

Trevi Fountain

The top priority for me for day 1 in Rome was the Trevi Fountain! You can read all about how to visit the Trevi Fountain without the crowds in this post. The Trevi Fountain is super magical, and you do not want thousands of people blocking your view and getting in your photos!

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Spanish Steps

After we finished at the Trevi Fountain, we walked over to the Spanish Steps. This is another spot that is awesome to hit up in the morning, before the crowds arrive.

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How to Spend 4 Days in Rome, Italy |

Piazza Navona

Piazza Navona is a pedestrian-only square with three fountains. As with most places in Rome, this square gets busier as the day goes on. If you want more of a chilled vibe, go in the morning!

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Torre Argentina

Torre Argentina is an excavation site filled with the remains of four temples. It also has part of the Portico of Pompey, where Julius Ceasar was assassinated. The site is also home to dozens of cats!

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How to Spend 4 Days in Rome, Italy |


The Pantheon was built as a temple in 125 AD, and was turned into a church in 609 AD. It is free to enter, and it is busy. When you walk inside and look up, you will see the dome of the Pantheon. This dome is apparently the largest unreinforced concrete dome in the world. The Pantheon is free to enter and is quite busy.

The Pantheon is a working church and it is generally expected to cover your shoulders and knees in Italian churches. However, it didn’t appear any kind of dress code was being enforced. I was wearing a dress that did not cover my knees, but I did put on a short-sleeved cardigan. My husband was wearing a t-shirt and shorts.Β There were many people wearing tank tops and shorts inside the Pantheon.

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Palatine Hill

I wrote an entire post last week about visiting Palatine Hill, the Roman Forum and the Colosseum.Β We did not end up visiting the Forum because of a mistake on our part with the tickets. Read that post if you want all the tips!

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How to Spend 4 Days in Rome, Italy |

After finishing at Palatine Hill we walked over to the Colosseum just to see it from the outside. We were at Palatine Hill until closing time, so we didn’t go in the Colosseum until the next day.

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Day 2


Again, if you want to read about visiting the Colosseum, see my Colosseum post. Be sure to download a Rick Steeves tour ahead of time to make the most of your visit!

How to Spend 4 Days in Rome, Italy |

How to Spend 4 Days in Rome, Italy |

Janiculum Hill

Janiculum Hill is a lookout point in Rome that provides a great view over the city. It is away from the main area of Rome, on the west side of the Tiber River.

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How to Spend 4 Days in Rome, Italy |

Day 3

Funny story, for some reason we thought our Vatican tour was booked for this day, but then we realized it wasn’t until the next day. Better than being a day late that’s for sure! Since we didn’t have any plans for this day we looked up something to do in Rome and found Villa Borghese, which is a huge park.

Piazza del Popolo

On the way to Villa Borghese, we stumbled upon Piazza del Popolo. There are several churches and fountains to see here. To get a good view of this square, walk up the steps to Pincio Promenade.

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Villa Borghese

This park is so beautiful! It reminded me of Central Park in New York. It is huge, and it is a complete oasis in the middle of a busy city. The perfect place to spend a more relaxing day!

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How to Spend 4 Days in Rome, Italy |

How to Spend 4 Days in Rome, Italy |

How to Spend 4 Days in Rome, Italy |


Gelato was pretty much an everyday thing while we were in Italy, but this may have been the best gelato we had the entire trip. Definitely mark down Giolitti as a must-visit gelato shop!

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Vatican at night

For an incredible nighttime view of the Vatican, head over to the Tiber River.

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Day 4

Vatican City

Vatican City is an independent city-state in Rome. This is one of the most iconic places to visit in Rome. The top spots to see here are St. Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel. We booked a Vatican tour in advance that let us into the Vatican before it opened. When we saw how many people were filling the Vatican by the end of our tour, we were eternally grateful we had booked those tickets. It was so nice to walk through and admire all the amazing art without thousands of people crowding us.

The Vatican is huge and super overwhelming, so I loved having a tour guide. She was really good at explaining everything and providing us with a lot of facts about what we were seeing.

There are also free Rick Steeves tours you can download ahead of time.

Dress Code:

At the Vatican you must cover your knees and your shoulders. In one of the later photos you’ll see I’m wearing a long dress with my shoulders exposed. That is because I am outside at the Vatican City post office. While inside the Vatican and St. Peter’s I was wearing a short-sleeved cardigan.

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How to Spend 4 Days in Rome, Italy |

How to Spend 4 Days in Rome, Italy |

Vatican Post Office

A popular thing to do at the Vatican is to send a postcard. Vatican City has its own postal system. Apparently more letters are sent from here than any other post code in the world! I bought a postcard at the Vatican and sent it to my Grandma, which was super fun. One thing to note is there are no pens available to use. You either have to buy one from the post office or gift shop or bring your own.

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16 Replies to “How to Spend 4 Days in Rome, Italy”

  1. Great post. I loved my visit to Rome a few years back. It’s my favourite city in Europe. Love the blog!

    1. Thank you so much! Rome is definitely a fun city πŸ™‚

  2. Rome was so much fun! I commented on your Forum post earlier, but had to come back for the Vatican! My wife and I are Catholic, so this trip was a historical dream. I would highly recommend the Scavi tour to those who haven’t gone – it was amazing. Great post! We went to Giolotti as well, did not disappoint

    1. Thank you so much for reading! Great tip about the Scavi tour. Rome is so full of history, it’s such an amazing place to explore and learn!

  3. Lovely photos!! I’d never heard of the Villa Borghese before now, so thanks for introducing me to it!! Alex 😊

    1. Thank you! It’s truly an awesome place to wander around. So relaxing!

  4. Your photographs are so lovely β™₯ Rome is definitely on my list of places I would like to see. I love getting up super early and going to these famous places before the crowds get there and crush you! x

    1. Thank you so much! πŸ™‚ Totally agree, getting up early to beat the crowds is always worth it!

  5. Wow amazing pictures!: And great recommendations! I’ll keep this post handy for when I visit.

    1. Thank you so much! Glad it could help!

  6. Great job summing up what Rome has to offer! And great job taking these crowdless pictures! πŸ˜€

    1. Thank you so much for your sweet comment! πŸ™‚

  7. Fontana di Trevi always reminds me of that Lizzie McGuire movie! Rome sounds to have so much to offer, makes me wonder if that should be our next family holiday destination πŸ™‚ lovely post, Andrea!

    βœ– Jasmin

    1. Right?? Totally makes me think of Lizzie McGuire too! πŸ™‚ It would definitely be an awesome place for a family vacation!

  8. Oh, I haven’t been to Janiculum Hill yet! Thanks for suggesting it. The next time I travel to Rome, I’m definitely gonna check it out.

    1. Definitely worth going back and checking out places you didn’t see the first time around! πŸ™‚

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