What if you had only 24 hours to enjoy Rome?
Come with us as we take a whirlwind one day tour that will lead you to the best that Rome has to offer.
Take the morning to visit the Coliseum, Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill. The Coliseum is a beautiful amphitheatre from 80 AD where gladiators fought man and beast for four centuries. Your ticket for the Coliseum is all you need to gain entrance into the Palatine Hill, a palatial expanse where the first inhabitants of Rome lived, along with several emperors, philosophers and noble families until the 1800s. From the Flavian palace, 1st century AD, enjoy a view of the Circus Maximus, 1st century BC. Walk through the remains of the palace towards the Farnese summer home (17th century), which rests atop the remnants of Tiberius’ palace.
The Farnese home has beautiful quiet and relaxing renaissance gardens which remain intact and offers you an excellent choice for a picnic lunch. Finish this section of ancient Rome by walking around the forum to find Julius Caesar’s tomb. Now follow the Via Sacra, one of the oldest roads in Rome, out of the Forum. Walk up a staircase and you’ll find yourself behind the Campidoglio (Capitoline Hill). Take a photo of the Forum from here to show your family and friends, the view is beautiful.
The Campidoglio’s three ancient Renaissance senatorial buildings was designed by Michelangelo. The buildings house two museums and you can enjoy a beautiful view of modern Rome from the piazza. Next, make your way to the Pantheon, a classic Roman temple from 27 BC, with a round dome.
The piazza itself is relaxing with many cafés and restaurants facing the Pantheon and a great place for a brief rest before you continue on your journey. Walk towards the Tiber river. Next to the Pantheon you will find the world famous Piazza Navona, an oblong rectangle with three fountains. The center fountain is the infamous Four Rivers by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, where each four rivers (Nile, Ganges, Danube and Rio del Platas) make distinct gestures to the church in front of them.
The rectangle shape of Piazza Navona has its own history. It takes its shape from the Stadium of Domitian, 86 AD—a racetrack whose remains are under the piazza. Enjoy some delicious and refreshing Tartuffe ice cream at one of the outdoor cafés. By this time, it should be mid-afternoon, the perfect time to people watch (and shop) in Piazza di Spagna, a piazza built in the late Renaissance, famous for its beautiful staircase which has created the misnomer The Spanish Steps. Bernini’s father designed the fountain in the center, which looks like a sinking ship, complete with water trickling out the bow.
Those who love shopping in Rome will find paradise with Prada, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Cartier and Bulgari on the via Condotti, and Chanel, YSL, Valentino, and Ungaro on the side streets. Now stroll over to the Trevi Fountain, exiting right on Piazza di Spagna. Cross via Tritone and listen for the sounds of water where you will find the Trevi Fountain by Nicola Salvi. It was here that Anita Ekberg’s performed her bathing scene in La Dolce Vita. Toss a coin over your shoulder and make it a wish, guaranteeing your return to Rome.
Next treat yourself to the best café and coffees in all of Rome at Café San’Eustachio located behind the Pantheon and gain enough energy to visit the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel. Here you’ll find over 7 ½ miles of hallways filled with artwork collected from around the world. Make a b-line to the Sistine Chapel, built in 1474 and painted almost entirely by Michelangelo in the first half of the sixteenth century.
Exit from the Chapel by the rear right door, which will lead you down a staircase towards St. Peter’s Cathedral. Saint Peter’s Cathedral is the largest Catholic Church in the world. It took over one hundred years of design and building and it contains thousands of works of art. Make plans to stay until 5 pm to enjoy a vespers mass.Tweet