Taking my first trip to Rome NEXT WEEK!! It will be just my wife and I (ages 51 and 49). Looking so forward to the trip. I thought I would post my itinerary and see if anyone had any last minute suggestions. We will arrive in Rome on Friday morning (June 22) at around 9 am and have until Wednesday afternoon until around noon to explore Rome. TripAdvisor has helped me plan this trip along with other travel books and the world wide web. We are mostly interested in visiting the main tourist sites, the Vatican, and interesting Basilicas and churches. We are Roman Catholic. Here is what I have planned so far.
Friday (June 22): Arrive at FCO at 9 am. We have transport arranged to our hotel near the Piazza Venezia. We plan on pushing forward and seeing sights near our hotel on day one so that we can manage our jet lag. We will drop off our luggage at our hotel and hit the ground running. We plan on seeing the Altare della Patria, Chiesa del Gesu, and Basilica of Santa Maria in Aracoeli. All near our hotel. Head back to our hotel and check-in (Check in time is 2 pm). Not sure what else we will do this evening other than try to grab a nice meal. Likely go to bed early this evening. Our hotel has a City View rooftop bar and garden so likely enjoy that this evening.
Saturday: We have a morning tour arranged for the Colosseum, Forum, and Palatine Hill through City Wonders tours. Our tour will take up from 8 to noon. Also want to see a few things in that area that are interesting to see (Mamertine Prison being one). Likely walk back to our hotel ( I hear we are not too far away), rest a little, and then head back out in the late afternoon and evening for dinner and more sightseeing.
Sunday: Going to English Speaking mass at San Silvestro in Capite in Piazza San Silvestro. Then try to see the sights around this area. Hoping to visit Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Piazza Navona, and some nice churches in this area (Church of San Luigi dei Francesi, Santa Maria Sopra Minerva, and Basilica di Sant’Agostino being the main ones I think are in the vicinity).
Monday: We have a tour of the Necropolis from 10:30 to noon on this day. This is a tour of the tomb of St. Peter below the Vatican. Already have it booked. Will have the afternoon and evening to see some other attractions at our leisure.
Tuesday: We have a early morning tour booked for the Vatican, Sistine Chapel, and Vatican Museums. This will take a majority of our day as the tour ends in St. Peters Basilica and we figure we will spend some time there.
Wednesday: We will see the Papal Audience. We know we need to get there early. After the papal audience, we have transport arranged to get to Civitavecchia, as our 7 day Mediterranean cruise leaves in the evening.
Santa Maria della Vittoria and Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore and St. John Lateran are other churches we will try to visit at some point. Not too interested in the museums. I am sure I am missing some things that we should do and know that we are likely only scratching the surface. Feel free to critique or add suggestions. Thanks.