Travel Guide: 24 Hours in Rome

by Pankaj Sharma Digital Marketing Professional

Rome is an outdoor museum and an indoor masterpiece says Mary Ferry. Here are some not to miss things to see and do in the Italian capital.

Rome is a pretty compact city so you naturally come upon many of the famous sites just walking around.

This stylish city is a wonderful juxtaposition of ancient and modern, and with so much to see follow our guide to get the most out of Italian capital.

Must Visit

Even if you’re not interested in the religious heritage, a visit to The Vatican Museums and St Peter’s Basilicais still worthwhile because it has artworks and sculptures collected by various popes over the centuries and the wonderful Sistine Chapel, painted ceiling by Michelangelo.

St Peter's Square, Vatican City
St Peter’s Square, Vatican City (c) wikimedia/Diliff

St Peter’s Basilica is home to Michelangelo’s breathtaking sculpture ‘Pieta’ and the tomb of St Peter. You can go down to the catacombs and see more of it (if you are interested in catacombs head right out of the walled part of Rome and marvel at La Catacomba di San Callisto and San Sebastian on the Via Appia Antica).

Outside St. Peter’s Square, the obelisk in the centre dates from 13th-century-BC Egypt and was brought to Rome in the 1st century to stand in Nero’s Circus nearby. Take time to check out the monumental colonnade surrounding the square and admire its 140 beautiful statues of saints.

Must Be Seen At

The Piazza Navona is perfect for a morning cappuccino. The view of the three splendid fountains in this stunning Baroque square more than make up for the fact that the cafes and restaurants are a bit pricey.

Piazza Navona, Rome
Piazza Navona, Rome (c) wikimedia/Fczarnowski

In the first century this square was a stadium for athletics and chariot racing but more recently it has been the setting for several films. My waiter pointed out the apartment opposite where Sophia Loren’s character lived in 1964s ‘Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow’. Excerpts for Dan Brown’s ‘Angels & Demons’ and the 1970 adaptation of Joseph Heller’s novel ‘Catch-22’ were also shot here.

Must Shop

Mercato di Campo di Fiori open market, Rome
Mercato di Campo di Fiori open market (c) Jorge Royan

The open-air market is held in the mornings at Campo de’ Fiori and offers great fresh fruit and vegetables. The piazza has a formidable statue of philosopher Giordano Bruno as well, who was burned at the stake there in 1600.

Shopping is, of course, a great Italian pastime so enjoy the adjoining street (via dei Giubonnari), which has many clothing stores – and further delights await in the via del Corso.

Must Eat

Try Giolitti, an ice cream shop (established 1900) in Via Uffici del Vicario, just north of the Pantheon, which was recommended to me as the most popular place to have a gelato.

Must Do

The magnificent Pantheon which was built between 27 and 25 B.C. by the consul Agrippa, Prefect of the Emperor Augustus, is reportedly the most complete ancient building in the city. The tomb of the great artist Raphael is here and it’s still an active church.

Rome Colosseum
Rome Colosseum (c) flickr/Viditu

You haven’t seen Rome if you don’t make at least a short visit to the ruins of the Colosseum, the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. You have to pay to enter the Colosseum and the Forum but you can see a lot standing just outside.

Must See The View

View from Capitoline Hill
View from Capitoline Hill (c) flickr/Bogdan Migulski

The Capitoline Hill, one of the seven hills in Rome, offers splendid views overlooking the Forum. Also, head to the top of Il Vittoriano museum complex, for stunning panoramas of the Piazza Venezia and beyond. Piazza Venezia is dominated by the ‘Altar of the Fatherland’ to honour Victor Emanuel II, unified Italy’s first king. This monument contains the tomb of the First World War’s unknown soldier; a museum of Italian Reunification and a cafe.

Must Watch

The cool, green Tiber river offers a wonderful setting in which to enjoy the odd glass of Prosecco, whether on a boat or in a bar. Outside, you can catch an exquisite view of St Peter’s Basilica from the Ponte Sant’Angelo, which is adorned by statues of angels and completed in 134 AD by Roman Emperor Hadrian – or the nearby Ponte Umberto. Watching the sun go down on these particular bridges and pondering how so many incredible sights can be squeezed into such a small area is for incurable romantics and the rest alike – there’s something for everyone.

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Prakriti M. Advanced   Travel and Tour Advisor
Beautiful Clicks.......................................!!!
May 8th 2015 00:27   
Pankaj Sharma Magnate II   Digital Marketing Professional
Thanks Prakriti.............................
May 8th 2015 00:30   
Aabha J. Advanced   Tour Operators
Helpful guide with awesome pics..............
May 8th 2015 00:36   
Pankaj Sharma Magnate II   Digital Marketing Professional
@Cheap Tickets
May 8th 2015 00:40   
Allen Yu Junior  ZTC hand trolley and truck manufacturer
The city is very beautiful......
May 8th 2015 03:21   
Pankaj Sharma Magnate II   Digital Marketing Professional
Hi Allen,

Have you visited Rome?
May 8th 2015 04:56   
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