​The Quintessential 2-Day Itinerary for Rome and Naples in October

Last updated July 4, 2024 | By Mundiel Editors

The Pantheon at night

Visiting Rome and Naples in October offers a fantastic opportunity to explore these iconic Italian cities without the peak summer crowds. Here’s a curated 2-day itinerary that balances Rome’s historical grandeur with a taste of Naples’ vibrant culture.

Day 1: Exploring Rome

Morning: Classical Rome

  1. Colosseum
    Check in at your hotel, then proceed to the Colosseum, one of the seven wonders of the world. Arriving early allows you to beat the crowds. Explore the ancient amphitheater and imagine the gladiatorial combats that once took place here.

  2. Roman Forum and Palatine Hill
    Adjacent to the Colosseum, the Roman Forum was the heart of ancient Rome.

Wander through the ruins of temples, markets, and government buildings. Don’t miss Palatine Hill for its sweeping views over the Forum and the city.

Lunch: Local Roman Cuisine

  1. Trattoria Monti
    Head to Trattoria Monti, a beloved spot for traditional Roman dishes. Try their signature pasta or a classic Roman pizza.

Afternoon: The Vatican

  1. Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel
    Spend your afternoon exploring the Vatican Museums. October sees fewer tourists, making it an ideal time to appreciate the vast art collection.

St. Peter's Basilica

The Sistine Chapel, with Michelangelo’s renowned ceiling, is a highlight.

  1. St. Peter’s Basilica
    End your Vatican visit at St. Peter’s Basilica. Climb to the dome for a breathtaking view of Rome, then explore the basilica’s magnificent interior.

Evening: Roman Nightlife

  1. Trastevere
    Cross the Tiber River to Trastevere, a charming neighborhood known for its lively atmosphere. Enjoy dinner at a local trattoria and wander the cobbled streets, soaking in the evening ambiance.

Day 2: Day Trip to Naples

Morning: Travel to Naples

Gulf of Naples with Mt. Vesuvius on the horizon
  1. Train from Rome to Naples
    Take an early morning train from Roma Termini to Napoli Centrale. The high-speed train takes about 1 hour and 15 minutes, giving you ample time to explore Naples.
Naples Historic center

Morning: Historic Naples

  1. Naples’ Historic Center
    Begin at Spaccanapoli, the street that cuts through the heart of Naples. Visit the Naples Cathedral (Duomo di San Gennaro) and marvel at its stunning interior.

  2. Napoli Sotterranea (Naples Underground)
    Explore the underground ruins and tunnels beneath Naples, offering a unique perspective on the city’s history.

Lunch: Neapolitan Pizza

  1. L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele
    Indulge in the quintessential Neapolitan pizza at L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele, famous for its simple yet delicious Margherita and Marinara pizzas.

Afternoon: Pompeii or Capri

  1. Pompeii
    Take a quick train ride from Naples to Pompeii to explore the ancient Roman city preserved by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Wander through the ruins, imagining life in 79 AD.

    • Alternative: Capri
      If you prefer a scenic escape, take a ferry from Naples to Capri. Explore the island’s stunning landscapes, visit the Blue Grotto, or take a chairlift to Monte Solaro for panoramic views.
Isle of Capri

Evening: Return to Rome

  1. Train from Naples to Rome
    Head back to Naples and catch an evening train to Rome. Arriving back in the city, enjoy a leisurely evening stroll, perhaps with a gelato in hand, as you reflect on your Italian adventure.


High-speed trains link Rome and Naples

Travel Tips

  • Weather: October in Rome and Naples is generally mild and pleasant, with temperatures ranging from 15°C to 22°C (59°F to 72°F). Pack light layers and comfortable walking shoes.
  • Tickets: Book tickets for the Colosseum, Vatican Museums, and high-speed trains in advance to save time.
  • Transportation: Use Rome’s efficient metro system for getting around the city. In Naples, the historic center is best explored on foot, while trains and ferries are convenient for day trips.

This 2-day itinerary offers a taste of Rome’s ancient splendor and Naples’ vibrant charm, making the most of your short stay in these captivating Italian cities. Buon viaggio!