How To Make The Most Out Of One Day In Rome

Iconic, romantic and timeless, there’s so much to see in The Eternal City it’s hard to choose just one day’s worth of sights to see! Whether your visiting Rome for the history, the art, the food or the nightlife, you’ll be kept mesmerized and entertained.

One Day Itinerary for Rome

There’s a few absolute must-do things all visitors to Rome should experience! These include:

  • Visit the Vatican: You’ll need to start early to beat the crowds and it’s best to buy your tickets online in advance (queues are known to be in excess of two hours otherwise!). You can admire the Sistine Chapel, the Raphael Rooms and the Belvedere Courtyard.
  • St. Peter’s Basilica: Be stunned by Michelangelo’s Pietà and Bernini’s baldachin at the largest church in the world and the most renowned work of Renaissance architecture
  • Spanish Steps: The Spanish Steps (yes, there’s 135 steps!) are a great place to take a seat, sample some local gelato and watch the world go by.
  • Trevi Fountain: Throw a coin in the iconic Trevi and legend has it that one day you’ll return to Rome. Featured in Fellini’s La Dolce Vita, the fountain was built in 1732 and shows Oceanus and his seahorses.
  • The Pantheon: The Pantheon is the oldest-surviving temple from Imperial Rome, standing un-touched for over 18 centuries.
  • Villa Borghese: Absolutely gorgeous, this sixteenth century villa now houses the world-famous gallery Borghese. Featuring works from Bernini, Caravaggio, Raphael, Canova and others.
  • Roman Forum and Colosseum: Simply iconic.

Fancy something a bit more unusual Try these off the beaten track sights to see:

  • Trastevere: A picturesque medieval area, Trastevere is the 13th, and one of the oldest, districts of Rome. The heart of Trastevere is Piazza di Santa Maria, a pedestrianized square piazza lined with restaurants, bars, faded palazzi and the church of Santa Maria. Despite being in the center of Rome, it has a beautiful small village feel to it.
  • The Jewish Ghetto: The ghetto of Rome was a Jewish ghetto established in 1555 in the Sant’Angelo district. It’s a hidden pearl between the Tiber river and Venice Square and is a vital cultural reference point for the entire Jewish community.
  • Basilica of The Holy Cross in Jerusalem (in the Esquilino quarter, not Jerusalem!): Consecrated in 325, the original chapel on the site was built to house the relics of the Passion of Jesus Christ, which were brought to Rome from the Holy Land by Empress St. Helena, mother of Roman Emperor Constantine I. Originally, the chapel’s floor was covered with soil from Jerusalem, hence the name!
  • Case Romane: These houses contain more than four centuries of history. The frescoed rooms were originally shops but were transformed during the 3rd century AD into an elegant upper class residence. Within the rooms, you can admire some of the most beautiful frescoes of Late Antiquity.

They say Rome wasn’t built in a day, but you sure can see a lot of it in one!

If you’d like to pack as much in as possible and learn the fascinating history surrounding all these sights, consider booking in for our most popular tour: Rome In A Day Private Tour.

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