The Perfect 5-Day Itinerary for Rome & Florence
Arts & Culture
Food & Wine
Five days, two cities - one unforgettable trip. Rome and Florence are fantastic destinations for any city explorer coming to Italy. With this trip, you can get a bit of everything: history through museums, architecture and art, access to the classic and charismatic Italian culture, and of course - excellent food and wine that you'll rave about for years to come.
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Where to stay
Hotel Campo de' Fiori
Elegant property located in the old town in a baroque building with individually-decorated, refined rooms and apartments.
25hours Hotel Florence Piazza San Paolino
Quirky property inspired by Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy with luxurious and bright themed rooms.
Hotel Chapter Roma
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Day 1: Arrive in Rome
After you arrive, transfer to your hotel and get settled in. Once you feel refreshed, follow this trek to walk and enjoy a number of amazing points in Rome:
The Trevi Fountain.
The Spanish Steps.
There are a number of restaurants near each of the above locations - ask your hotel what they recommend. They won’t steer you wrong!
Day 2: Explore Vatican City & Trastevere
After breakfast (either at the hotel or nearby cafe), head over early to Vatican City to explore St. Peter’s Square & Basilica, as well as the classical and Renaissance art masterpieces located in the Vatican Museums. Note that a papal audience occurs on Wednesdays if the Pope is in Rome.
Later in the evening, explore the Trastevere neighborhood. Enjoy an apertivo (pre-meal drink meant to “open the stomach”) before dining at Essenza Wine Bar or Freni e Frizioni. Then, move on to the main feast at Tonnarello or Trattoria Da Enzo al 29.
Day 3: Visit the Colosseum & Roman Forum/Palatine Hill
On your third and final day in Rome, walk past Piazza Venezia and move east to take a tour of the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. This allows you to learn the many facts surrounding the area.
For your final dinner here, walk back to any area you have explored to hit a restaurant you may have missed.
Day 4: Travel to Florence
I recommend taking a train to Florence from Rome, which will take between 1.5 - 2 hours. After getting settled into your hotel, take the time to explore various piazza, including Piazza Republica and Piazza della Signoria (near Ufizzi gallery).
Stroll across the Ponte Vecchio bridge and enjoy lunch - I recommend Gusta Pizza. At sunset, be sure to go to Piazzale Michaelangelo to see an incredible view of the city.
In the evening, enjoy a food & wine tour to eat as the locals do and learn about food culture in Florence and the Tuscany region. Come hungry!
Day 5: Enjoy David and the Duomo
After a cappuccino and breakfast, start your walk to Galleria dell’Academia to see David. From there, you can explore two markets: Mercato San Lorenzo (leather market) and/or Mercato Centrale (indoor food market).
Walk onwards to Catedral de Santa Maria del Fior - more commonly known as the Duomo. The Duomo is free to enter, but the bell tower, baptistry, and cupola all require a ticket.
Finish your time in Florence with a meal at Acqua al 2, located in the center of the city.
Need to Know
For more travel tips, check out this guide by Fora Advisor Wendy Wallace: A Local’s Guide to Florence, Italy.
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This guide is part of our ongoing series on travel to Rome and travel to Florence, which are part of our larger series on travel to Italy.