I have about 3.5 days in Rome and I'm trying to finalize my itinerary. I'm stuck on a couple of the days. So far I have:
- Saturday, Dec 4th: Arrive in Rome via train from Florence, currently planning around 12:30. Rest of the day TBD.
- Sunday, Dec 5th: TBD. It looks like this is the free first Sunday for museums but I'm not sure if that's still happening with covid?
- Monday, Dec 6th: Colosseum, Forum, Palantine Hill
- Tuesday, Dec 7th: Vatican museums, St Peter's Basilica
The sights I want to see on the TBD days include Domus Aurea, Borghese Gallery, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps. I have a few back-up ideas if we somehow have extra energy/time, but I don't want to plan around those.
We (just my husband and I) are staying very close to the Barberini Metro station. My initial thought is to book the 15:00-17:00 time slot for Borghese Gallery on Saturday, so we can drop our bags at the hotel and explore the area before heading to the museum, but my hesitation is that we will have just seen the art in Florence and might want to explore something different as a break. Also I feel like that leaves Sunday with just Domus Aurea and potentially the Pantheon, but those two seem a little spread out.
Would it be reasonable to see Domus Aurea on Saturday in the 15:45 time slot instead? That frees up Sunday for everything else. If so, I don't know if it's better to leave our bags at the train station and explore the Monti area in the interim or take them to the hotel and then backtrack. My husband's a little concerned about finding 3ish hours of things to do if we leave them at the train station, but I imagine we can hang out at a cafe for some of that time and the Baths of Diocletian are also close to the train station if we really need something. He just doesn't want to be walking around on city streets for three hours straight.
Would love thoughts/advice/opinions. Just as a note, this short time in Rome is already a compromise as I would happily spend our full two weeks there while he prefers the cruise model of one city per day.