The best way to see the city, even if you have 24 hours, is to walk. In Rome, where you can usually count on good weather and unreliable transportation, you're best off doing as much as possible by foot. On the street is also where you'll unearth those unexpected finds; Rome always has the power to surprise. So start the clock as we show you how to explore the city most efficiently!

8:30 AM: The Roman Forum

Arrive at the Roman Forum entrance on Via dei Fori Imperiali and buy your combined ticket for the Forum and the Colosseum and wander around the Roman Forum for a while. The ticket line at the Forum entrance is always much shorter than the one at the Colosseum, so it saves a lot of time to purchase tickets there.

Many people opt to skip seeing the Forum in favor of heading directly to the Colosseum, but the 2,000 year old building is full of history and is awe-inspiring in its own right.

 

9:30 AM: The Colosseum

Leave the Roman Forum from the exit closest to the Colosseum on the East side of the Forum. Capable of seating 50,000 spectators, the Colosseum was used for gladiatorial contests and public spectacles such as mock sea battles, animal hunts, executions, re-enactments of famous battles, and dramas based on Classical mythology. The building ceased to be used for entertainment in the early medieval era.

 

10:30 AM: Getting to the Vatican

Leave the Colosseum and head across the street to either get a taxi, or if you would like to save some money and time, opt for the Metro stop. Vatican City, one of the European microstates, is situated on the Vatican Hill in the west-central part of Rome, several hundred metres west of the Tiber river. Its borders closely follow the city wall and was constructed to protect the Pope. The sprawling complex also showcase the famous Saint Peter's Square in front of St. Peter's Basilica.

 

4:00 PM: View of Castle San Angelo

After your tour of the Vatican, walk directly East from St. Peter’s Square up the Via della Conciliazione for a picture-perfect view of St. Peter’s Basilica.

Walk over to Ponte Vittorio Emanuele, one of Rome’s many bridges over the Tiber River. This bridge is a work of art in its own right, and almost everyone that crosses it overlooks the statues that decorate it. Don’t miss the impressive view of Castle San Angelo, the ancient fortress that has also served as a tomb, dungeons, and papal refuge throughout its long history.

 

5:00 PM: The Pantheon

Hail a taxi and direct the driver to go to the Pantheon. After explore the majestic Pantheon, you can do the rest of the itinerary at your own pace, since the rest of the attractions do not have closing times you have to worry about!

 

6:00 PM: The Trevi Fountain

Make your way to the Trevi Fountain. It is about a ten minute walk, although you might want to poke around the souvenir stands that line the pedestrian street leading up to the Fountain. You also might consider getting some pre-dinner gelato from one of the nearby gelaterias to eat while you sit on the steps of the gorgeous fountain.

 

7:00 PM: Piazza Navona and Dinner

From the Trevi Fountain, walk 20 minutes to Piazza Navona. Wander around the piazza a bit and perhaps buy some art from one of the many artists who sell their wares there. Find a piazza to have a classic Italian dinner. There are dozens of little restaurants to choose from in the area.

 

9:00 PM: The Spanish Steps

After dinner head to any of the main roads near Piazza Navona to hail a taxi. Direct the driver to go to the Spanish Steps. When you arrive, find yourself a seat on the elegant steps, treat yourself to a bottle of wine and absorb the charm of Roman baroque architecture and the lively atmosphere around you.


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