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"Rome in 4-6 Hours! Yes, It's Crazy, but...Part 3" Rome in One, Two or Three days Tip by Lacristina

Rome in One, Two or Three days, Rome: 17 reviews and 10 photos

  Temple of Saturn, Roman Forum
by Lacristina

If you find you still have three or more hours when you finish at Largo Argentina, you can catch a taxi right in front of the site, and have the taxi take you to St. Peter’s (San Pietro - open 7-7, Oct - March til 6 p.m.). Walk around the Piazza – and if you have time, go through security and into the church. You’ll find another taxi stand right in front of St. Peter’s – ask them to take you to the Campidoglio (CAMP ee DOLE yoh)

If you have less than three hours, continue east on the Corso until you reach Piazza Venezia where you’ll see the big, white “Vittoriano,” the monument to Victor Emanuel, the first king of Italy. Follow your map to the stairs (called the Cordonata) which will take you up to the Piazza Campidoglio (the most beautiful piazza in the world, IMHO, designed by Michelangelo). If you have time, see the museum here – the Capitoline Museum. Great ancient sculptures. Too big to see it all, but even a taste is great!

Walk around either side of the building on the far side of the piazza (it is called the Palazzo Senatorio, and now houses the office of the Mayor of Rome) to a fabulous lookout over the Roman Forum. Take the steps or path down into the Forum (open from 9 to one hour before sunset). Walk around the Forum, then exit and walk over to the Colosseum. You probably won’t have time to go in, but just a walk around it is thrilling.

From the Roman Forum / Colosseum, it’s about a 20 minute walk back to the train station (take Via Cavour), or you can take the Metro or take a taxi.

All along the way – depending on your time – stop at whatever intrigues you. Go down some small streets. Buy ice cream (but not from a street vendor, from a small shop.) Do whatever appeals to you.

I wish I were there right now to show it all to you.

Directions: Historical Center

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  • Updated Jul 21, 2005
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