Roman Forums, Palatine Hill, July 2015

Rome: Three Day Itinerary

With two teenage boys in tow, one European city is a guaranteed winner – Rome. Although, I will admit, it has taken four trips to Rome for me to learn to love the Eternal City, so positioning this trip at the end of our journey goes against my basic advice: hit Rome first, while you still have enough energy for this buzzing, complicated, frenetic, city. But, logistics of our trip being what they are, we’ll be hitting Rome as our penultimate stop. That in mind, I booked a relaxing hotel with a gorgeous pool outside the city center to ensure we could escape from Rome if we start feeling overwhelmed by the crowds or the heat.

Day One: Getting to Rome

Arrive via train from Florence, at 16:33 PM.

Check into the Sheraton, Rome.
The Sheraton, Rome offers a roundtrip shuttle into the city with the following schedule. Relax by the pool then take the 20:00 shuttle into town for dinner.


Train: Florence to Rome

Florence to Rome Afternoon Train Service

Option 1: If out of the airport by 12:00
13:38 PM Firenze Santa Maria Novella 1hr20min
14:58 PM Rome Termini Station FRECCIARGENTO  8427

Getting Around Rome:

The Sheraton, Rome offers a roundtrip shuttle into the city with the following schedule. Spend mornings in the city, then an afternoon relaxing by the pool to escape the heat, then take the 20:00 shuttle into town for dinner and exploring.


Two Day Itinerary: Exploring Rome with Teenagers

Day One:

  • Sistine Chapel Reservations booked for 9:30 AM to beat the mid-day crowds and tour groups
  • Afternoon by the Pool
  • Colosseum by Night, with Dungeons Tour 

Day Two:

  • Explore the Forums and Paletine Hill
  • Hadrian’s Mausoleum

Getting to the Airport

The Sheraton Rome offers an airport shuttle with regular Departures as follows:

  • 6:30 AM
  • 9:30 AM
  • 11:45 AM
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