Rome in 4 Days : Must-See Attractions of the Eternal City

Hello everyone ! today I want to share with you my personal experience during my visit to Rome ! But before that, let me explain how I got the opportunity to make this travel.

I have never introduced myself, but my name is Emma, I am 22 years old, and I am French. In September 2023, I joined Honeywell Travel for a six month internship.

The company that warmly welcomed me has placed a global perspective at the core of its philosophy. Fully committed to promoting young talent on an international scale, Honeywell Travel provides young foreigners with the opportunity to flourish professionally while exploring new horizons. 

Thus, blending work and exploration, I had the privilege of flying to Rome the gem of Italy, for four days🇮🇹

Through this article, I will share my discoveries, adventures, and highlights in the form of a guide, giving you the keys to create a perfect itinerary, demonstrating that Rome can be explored in four days !

Get ready to immerse yourself in a city where every corner tells a story and where art is omnipresent ✨

Day 1 : Discovery of Antiquity 🏛️

Begin your exploration in Rome with the Colosseum, the emblem of the Roman Empire. Immerse yourself in the history of gladiators and Roman architecture. Nearby, the Roman Forum will unveil the secrets of daily life in ancient Rome.


For your lunch or dinner, I wholeheartedly invite you to explore the Trastevere district :

Stroll through the cobblestone streets, explore medieval churches, and soak in the bohemian atmosphere. Local trattorias will delight you with authentic Italian specialties. (PS : Don’t miss tasting the Roman specialty: Carbonara Cacio e Pepe 🍝 Believe me, you won’t find any as delicious as in Rome.)

Day 2 : The Artistic Splendors of the Pantheon and Piazza Navona 🎨

Start your day by visiting the majestic Pantheon, a Roman architectural masterpiece. Discover its fascinating history, from a temple dedicated to the gods to a Christian church.

Did you know ? 💡

Its history dates back to antiquity,  the Pantheon was built between 118 and 128 AD as a temple dedicated to all the gods. The circular structure of the Pantheon was not arbitrary, this shape was chosen in part to symbolize the universe and infinity, but also to create an impression of grandeur and harmony. As for the open roof, with its circular hole, the theory suggests that it allowed sunlight and rain to enter the building, but why ?

The opening of the roof is not only an aesthetic feature but also functional, it not only allows natural light to flood the interior of the Pantheon, creating an impressive changing light effect throughout the day, but also regulates the pressure inside the building.

The precise alignment of the oculus with the center of the dome and the floor was designed to allow the sun to follow a specific path through the building, illuminating each deity statue at different times of the day.

Incredible, isn’t it?

Next, in the afternoon, head to Piazza Navona to explore one of Rome’s most vibrant squares! Behind its charm lies a fascinating history.

You’ll find two symbols of art in Rome: the Catholic Church of Sant’Agnese in Agone, designed by  Borromini, and the Fountain of the Four Rivers (Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi) created by Bernini.

In the 17th century, an artistic rivalry animated the square between the church and the statue. The Fountain of the Four Rivers symbolizes the four main rivers of the continents: the Nile in AFRICA , the Ganges in ASIA, the Danube in EUROPE, and the Rio de la Plata in SOUTH AMERICA. The rivalry between the statue and the church is visually expressed, the Rio de la Plata statue seems to turn away from the church, raising its hands in the air in fear that the church will collapse due to the artist Francesco Borromini’s lack of skill.

As night falls, Piazza Navona comes alive,  this square is filled with restaurants, cafes, and souvenir shops. Encounter street musicians and caricaturists adding a touch of magic to this nighttime escapade.

Fountain of the Four Rivers


Catholic Church of Sant’Agnese in Agone

In several restaurants in the square, you can participate in traditional cooking classes, focusing on the preparation of the famous “Fettuccine pasta”.  These workshops offer an immersive experience where participants have the opportunity to create their own pasta alongside an expert chef.

And after the effort, comfort awaits as you can savor your gastronomic creations in the company of other participants. This culinary sharing moment is a true experience of Italian life. And if your culinary talents prove exceptional, you may even leave with your certificate as an Italian chef 👨‍🍳

Day 3 : Vatican and the history of the Trevi Fountain ⛲

Next, explore the Vatican, an independent micro-state at the heart of Rome, an iconic destination as the spiritual seat of the Catholic Church and the residence of the Pope. Visiting the Vatican provides an immersion into history, culture, and art while allowing visitors to feel the spirituality emanating from this place. Whether you are a believer or an art enthusiast, the Vatican remains a must-visit destination.

Also, consider visiting the Sistine Chapel, located at the heart of the Vatican Museums, one of the most remarkable artistic joys in the world.

💡 If you visit the Vatican on a Wednesday, think about attending a papal audience ! The Pope offers readings, chants, and religious speeches. However, a piece of advice : wake up early to secure your spots ! This very special and unique event attracts pilgrims from around the world, and it is not uncommon to see people deeply moved by the experience.

Cross the bridge over the Tiber to admire the Castel Sant’Angelo, and then head to the famous Trevi Fountain. Do you know the true tradition of throwing a coin into the water?

Stand with your back to the Trevi Fountain. Throw your coin into the basin with your right hand over your left shoulder.

  1. If you throw one coin into the fountain, you will return to Rome, and it will bring you luck. 🍀
  2. If you throw two coins, you will fall in love with an Italian woman or man. 👩‍❤️‍👨
  3. If you throw three coins, marriage will join love. 💍

Day 4: the Church of Sant’Ignazio di Loyola and the Villa Borghese 🌿

The very last visit, little known but a true gem, is the Church of Sant’Ignazio Di Loyola.

The interior of this church is lavishly decorated with frescoes, sculptures, and altars. However, its most impressive painting is on the ceiling, a blend that shows how art and faith can intertwine captivatingly. In the middle of the church, a gigantic mirror reflects the ceiling

💡 Be cautious, as during visiting hours, the line to take a photo in the mirror can be quite long.

Conclude your journey with a relaxing moment by visiting Villa Borghese. This immense park offers a break in your exploration of the capital. You can stroll through its gardens, but for sports enthusiasts, bike rentals allow for a quicker exploration of this haven of peace.

You also have the option to rent a boat on the park’s lake, adding a romantic touch to your stroll. ❤️ Surrounded by greenery, this final visit will recharge your energy. The peaceful atmosphere is enhanced by the presence of freely roaming animals in the park, creating a true harmony between nature and wildlife.

Whether you’re passionate about history, an art enthusiast, or simply in search of an unforgettable gastronomic experience, the Eternal City is sure to captivate you.

Don’t hesitate any longer, let yourself be carried away by the magic of Rome ! 🇮🇹 ✈️ 

By Emma Roger

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