On the second day of a long weekend in Rome, head to the Vatican. A true architectural wonder and a place filled with masterpieces.
The Vatican’s queue is notoriously long and bad, so make sure to beat it by ordering your tickets online. I got ours there and we walked pass the 500-meters long queue and went straight in there with very little wait at security.
The place is huge and filled with pieces you probably first saw in your history books at school.
‘Ohhhhh’ and ‘Ahhhh’ in the Sistine chapel (but don’t take any pictures, you’ll be told off! Trust me, I tried!).
Wander for a couple of hours and end your visit in the huge Basilica St Pietro.
Once out, head toward Piazza del Popolo, on the way you will find plenty of delis and bakeries where you can find delicious sandwiches.
On Piazza del Popolo grab a gelato and people watch.
Rome is a very lively city and Piazza del Popolo a great place to see it happen.
Done with your gelato? Good! Now let’s walk it off! Head uphill to the Villa Borghese park, wander along the cypress trees alleys and enjoy the views of Rome’s roofs.
Have a siesta on the grass and when it gets closer to ‘Aperol o’clock’ head down back into the city via the Spanish Steps and take a sit at a terrace for an aperitivo and more people watching.
End the day with a dish of pasta or a delicious pizza and go to bed for some sun filled dreams.