Rome in a Day
Rome is an incredible city full of history and amazing sights. You could easily spend an entire week in Rome but, if you only have one day you can still see quite a bit of the city!
Begin the day with a walk to the Colosseum. Be sure to stop along the way at one of the many street side cafes for cappuccino and chocolate croissants! Advance tickets can be purchased for entrance to the Colosseum which is a huge time saver. We opted to bypass the guided tour and walked around on our own for about 2 hours.
Directly outside of the Colosseum is the Arch of Constantine and Roman Forum. We used Rick Steves' self guided tour for the Roman Forum. Without his book, we would of had little understanding or appreciation for what we were seeing. I would encourage you to pick up his latest copy before traveling to Italy.
Next, we walked to the Pantheon. After spending time inside the church, we found a nearby restaurant - Enoteca Corsi to rest and enjoy lunch.
After lunch we walked to Vatican City where we had tickets for the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel. Purchase your tickets in advance! This is practically mandatory, as the line can wrap around multiple city blocks! Even with the tickets purchased in advance, we still had to wait in a line. But the wait is worth it!
We guided ourselves through the museum, thanks to Rick Steves' book. While the crowds can be a bit overbearing, it is important to take a moment and truly appreciate the historical and religious significance of the buildings.
At the end of the tour, you finally reach the Sistine Chapel in all of its glory. They strictly prohibit any photography, but an "undisclosed guest" audaciously kept their smartphone camera on and positioned facing the ceiling.
After the Sistine Chapel, lines are directed to either go inside St. Peter's Basilica or walk around Vatican City. We chose to do both. Additionally, we recommend walking over to the Vatican City Post Office to pick up a few stamps or mail a letter to a family or friend - they'll get a kick out of receiving mail from Vatican City!
After touring St. Peter's Basillica, we took a taxi back to our apartment. I wish we had been tracking our steps because we walked A LOT!
Before dinner enjoy a glass of wine and some of the best views of Rome on the Minerva Roof Garden.
We walked to Camp de’Fiori and had dinner at Ristorante ar Galleto. Before calling it a night, we walked to Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps. It was a long but wonderful day in Rome!