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Suggestions for four hours in Rome?

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Suggestions for four hours in Rome?

We are ending our cruise in Rome on a Friday, and should be in the city with bags dropped off at our hotel by 10 am. We are staying near the Vatican and have booked tickets for the Vatican museums at 2 pm. We were wondering what would best maximize our time during those four hours.

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1. Re: Suggestions for four hours in Rome?

The museums are pretty much 2+ hours of walking so I personally wouldn't want to wander too far. In any case, there's a lunch in there I'd think. And you could easily spend that time in the basilica itself. Castel Sant'Angelo is a short distance away.

Another alternative would be to take the metro over to the Colosseum. You can do the Forum & Colosseum in a couple hours if you're not too obsessive about seeing everything, have lunch, and then take the metro back to Ottaviano in time for your museums entrance.

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Ciao Romewardbound816, I agree that the Colosseum would be a wonderful tour. If you have the stamina and want to take a walk, you could do most of the historic center of Rome in 4 hours. Your feet would be aching at the end of the day because the Vatican tour is long you are standing all the way. Now, the other way to look at this situation is to take the walk after the Vatican. You could go back to the hotel, rest you aching feet, taxi to the historic center to save time and take a walk and see the Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Trevi Fountain at night. They are relatively close and taxis at the taxi stands are pretty much easily available until late at night when the lines start. You could have already seen the Colosseum and Forum before you go to the Vatican. Your feet would be screaming at you and you would be tired but hey, it's a good tired. Have a great trip.

Edited: 28 June 2013, 07:39
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3. Re: Suggestions for four hours in Rome?

I wouldn't recommend the ancient Roman sites on the same day as the Vatican Museums, especially if it's a hot day. Both are exhausting. I would consider that you'll probably have to eat before your museum tour, and that it will take a little while to get to the Museums from your hotel. You really don't have much time at all to spare. There's often a long line for the security check to get into the Basilica. If you're taking a tour of the Vatican Museums, you probably can get to the Basilica through the tour door, avoiding that line, so I would wait until after the tour to see the Basilica.

Where is your hotel located? Maybe there's something relaxing you can do in the vicinity, followed by an early lunch. If not, Castel Sant'Angelo is a possibility, and there's a little café on the upper level where you could probably get a bite to eat.

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4. Re: Suggestions for four hours in Rome?

Thank you for your responses. bvlenci, our hotel is a few steps outside the Vatican museums. We are not too worried about lunch, as we plan on having a big breakfast that day. At the very least a quick pastry or gelato should hold us ;) Our goal during the day is to see whatever will be closed at night. Are there any attractions open at night that we could skip during the day? Specifically thinking the Pantheon or Colosseum.

At the very least, we were hoping to snap some photos of the ancient areas and maybe seeing the Pantheon during the four hours. Does that leave us enough time?

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5. Re: Suggestions for four hours in Rome?

You could do it all, if you used taxis. As soon as you can, grab a cab from your hotel to the Colosseum. Walk back up the Via dei Fori Imperiali toward the Victor Emmanuel monument. This will take you right past the Roman Forum/Trajan's Forum. At Piazza Venezia (where the VE monument is) you could grab another cab for the short ride to the Trevi Fountain (or walk; it's not far, but I'm thinking of your feet). Then walk from the Trevi to the Pantheon (not far) then over to Piazza Navona (very close). There is a taxi stand at the north entrance to the Piazza Navona to grab a cab back to the Vatican Museum.

Look at the Google satellite map; you will see how close everything is there in the center.

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6. Re: Suggestions for four hours in Rome?

The Colosseum is having night openings, called "Moon over the Colosseum" until early November:

http://www.coopculture.it/en/events.cfm?id=7

Note that this is not a normal ticket to the Colosseum. The normal ticket is for three sites: the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, and the Palatine Hill. The night visit is just for that event, so if you want to visit the other two sites, you'd have to buy also a normal ticket.

The Pantheon is never open for touristic visits at night. It's a church, and occasionally they have evening masses, but tourists can't enter at those times.

Edited: 28 June 2013, 16:29
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