How to Spend a Dreamy Sunday in Rome

Known as the Eternal City, Rome is filled with ancient history, and is perfect for exploring on a Sunday.

Rome is the capital of Italy and a frankly beautiful ancient city. Filled with iconic attractions like the Colosseum, the Forum, and Trevi Fountain, there’s so much to do and see.

If you are in Rome on the first Sunday of the month, museums, cultural attractions, and archaeological sites are free to enter! Get in early though, as the queues can get very long.

On a Sunday, it’s a good idea to check opening hours, as they can vary, or places can be closed altogether.

Pay a visit to some astounding churches

With over 900 in the city, Rome has plenty of impressive churches! The Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore is one of the most important churches in the city, along with San Giovanni in Laterano, and Santa Maria in Trastevere. You could even attend one of the church services held on a Sunday.

Visit a market

Rome has a huge number of markets around on a Sunday. Check out the different stalls, grab fresh food, and pick up homemade crafts. Porta Portese flea market, Trastevere’s Sunday market, and Campo de’ Fiori are open on Sundays to roam around.


Watch  the world pass by while you indulge in a delicious Italian lunch. Throughout the city, there are some incredible restaurants… you really can’t go wrong in picking a place in Rome. Some amazing restaurants you must go to include Trattori Pennestri, Da Cesare al Casaletto, and Felice a Testaccio.

Visit the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel

Make a stopover to Vatican City and explore the awe inspiring Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. You’ll need around three hours, but we promise it’s worth it! Some must see artwork are the Raphael Rooms, Papal Throne, and Sala Rotonda. As you exit the museum, you’ll walk the iconic Spiral Staircase, a replica of the original one built around 480 BC.

Also, while you’re in Vatican City, you can see the historic St. Peter’s Basilica.

Walk to the Pincian Hill

To conclude the day, you can walk to Pincian Hill and watch the sunset from here. Pincian Hill is on the northeast quadrant of Rome, providing breathtaking views overlooking parts of the city.

From the Spanish Steps, it takes around 15 minutes to reach Pincian Hill.

Join a tour

Unsure how to spend Sunday? Join a tour and have it all planned out for you! This tour includes a visit to main attractions like the Vatican, Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill.

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