Rome is one of the first cities I visited on my first trips. The first time was in 2002, for a week, and so much from that trip, that I didn't even have a digital camera. The second occasion was two years later and also for a week. In fact, Rome can only get to know each other well after months of exploration, since it is the city with the most artistic and cultural heritage in the world, but although there is not so much time available, it is a must for every human being. For that reason, in 2009 I decided to return for the third time, to take my parents to spend an intense weekend in Rome.
What I liked most about the second trip to the Eternal City is that we did it in the week of Ferragosto (August 15), when all Romans leave the city to go on vacation. At that time, most shops are closed and tourist areas such as the Colosseum or the piazza de Espagna are still crowded, but outside those places, you have the capital of Italy almost exclusively for you. It is a real delight to wander aimlessly through the streets of downtown and end up eating on the small terrace of a restaurant on the typical red and white tablecloth alone with your partner.
That does not mean that one has to miss the high-lights from Rome My favorites of that trip were the guided tour of the Colosseum in Rome that I hired before going, which made me save the queues under the sun (unlike the first time). I also found it essential to visit the Vatican Museums, whose entrance I also recommend buying in advance to avoid queues. In addition, we visited the Pantheon, my favorite building in Rome, and the Roman forum, the castle of Sant Angelo, the Trastevere, the Piazza Navona, the Campo di Fiore ...
The first time I went to Rome I rented a car to go to the ruins of Pompeii on a day trip. On the second trip I made a trip to the town of Tivoli. Within an hour's journey by public transport you can visit the villas where in summer the great Roman personalities escaped from the suffocating heat of Rome and relaxed in gardens full of fountains. In fact, the water supplied by Rome comes from Tivoli and is as good as it is refreshing. Therefore, drinking from public sources is not only a necessity when the heat squeezes, but a pleasure.