Rome in a day?
To coin a very over-used phrase – Rome wasn’t built in a day, so if you are lucky enough to have a stop-over on your way to your final destination and you find yourself with 24 hours in this beautiful and historic city, don’t expect to see all of it in a day either!
You would probably struggle to explore every inch of Rome in a month, let alone a day, but you can see a snapshot of it, and you will probably end up returning because of what you see. Rome is beautiful, a city which is like a window to the past, with an injection of the modern too, which makes it a total contradiction, but a beautiful one – there’s that word again!
To truly explore at least some of the Italian capital, you need to get up early! On top of this, make sure you wear comfortable shoes; Italy might have a penchant for fashion, but there’s nothing fashionable about blisters. Everything is thankfully within walking distance on the whole, but if the weather is particularly bad you’ll be pleased to know that there is a very easy to use Metro system that will get you around the city and to places of interest.
On top of this, it’s a good idea to plan a little, and not just wander aimlessly. The city’s churches do close for a couple of hours around lunchtime, and are generally open from 7.30am until 12.30pm, and then re-open around 3.30pm until early evening – do check your particular destination of choice to be doubly sure.
When you think about Rome, I’m sure countless attractions pop into your head, but the reality of it is that you’re probably only going to see three or four at best – but that’s better than nothing, right?
The Forum and the Colosseum are definite must dos, and you can do these together quite easily. This will show you the best of ancient Rome, taking you back to the Roman Empire with those simply stunning ruins that stand towering before you. The Forum almost feels like going back in time, and when you see the Colosseum you will be awe-struck.
You can’t visit Rome and not head to the Vatican City. This is a stand-alone destination which is famous the world over, and St Peter’s Cathedral is one of the most iconic sights on the planet. The architecture is stunning, let alone the history and importance that is attached to it. Again, the Metro is the best way to reach this part of the city quite easily.
If you’re lucky enough to be spending the evening in Rome before you head off to your next destination then checking out the Trevi Fountain during the evening hours is the most magical sight you will ever set your eyes on. Remember to throw a coin over your shoulder into the fountain before you go, as this is said to ensure you will return to Rome one day.
Of course, you can’t visit Rome and not sample some delicious Italian food in its home-land, so chow down a pizza or some pasta and revel in the delicious flavours!
One thing’s for sure, whether you throw a coin in the Trevi Fountain or not, you will certainly be heading back to Rome for more.