If happened that you only have one day in Rome, it’s totally possible to see all the major sights and fall in love with this beautiful city. ♥
If you like, you can use a metro, but I would highly recommend to walk around Rome, especially if weather is nice. And if you’ll get tired, just stop for a cup of coffee or famous Italian gelato.
Here’s a little guide on 10 the most famous sights in Rome:
A. I’m going to start my route from Termini Railway Station (Italian: Stazione Termini) just because it’s almost in the center of the city and if you travel around Italy by train, you will most likely start your Roman adventure from here.
B. Moving from railway station to see gorgeous Basilica of St. Mary Major (Italian: Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore) – one of the four major basilicas in Rome. It’s open for visitors during the day and the entrance is free.
C. Our next stop is probably the most well-known Italian landmark – Colosseum (Italian: Colosseo). Just right next to it is Roman Forum (Italian: Foro Romano) – ancient ruins of several buildings. In order to enter Colosseum as well as Roman Forum you have to buy a ticket. The ticket price is 11 € and it includes both – Colosseum and Forum.
Lines for the tickets to Colosseum are often so long that you can easily spend up to 3 hours just waiting. If you’d actually like to get inside there’s 2 ways to skip the line. You can either buy your ticket on-line even before the trip. It obviously will be more expensive, since you have to also pay a commission for the service, but will definitely save you couple of hours. Or you can purchase a Roma Pass that gives you free entry to the first 2 museums of your choice.
D. After you’ve walked around ancient Roman ruins we will move on to Piazza Venezia. There you will find big white monument also known as Il Vittoriano. For 7 € you can take a glass lift which ascends to the panoramic terrace to look at the fascinating view of Rome.
E. Moving on to the biggest and the most beautiful fountain in the world – Trevi Fountain (Italian: Fontana di Trevi). According to the legend if you throw a coin into the fountain you will definitely come back to Rome again. Although there’s a certain way to do it. You have to be standing with your back to the fountain, throwing the coin with your right hand over your left shoulder.
F. One of the most popular meeting places in Rome is Piazza di Spagna, that was named after Spanish Embassy to the Holy See. 137 steps (Spanish Steps) connect Piazza di Spagna with a church on top of the hill – Trinità dei Monti. In front of the staircase stands fountain in a form of a floating boat – Fontana della Barcaccia.
G. For many years Ponte Sant’Angelo was the only passage over the Tibr river. The name of the bridge refers to the statue of the archangel, which according to the legend, appeared on top of the Castle of the Holy Angel (Italian: Castel Sant’Angelo). First Castle of the Holy Angel was built as mausoleum, but during many year it was functioning as a city wall, fortress, papal residence and even prison. Nowadays it is a National museum.
H. In just one day you have chance to visit 2 countries – Italy and Vatican. On the St. Peter’s Square (Italian: Piazza San Pietro) you’ll see white line on the ground – it’s a border of the Vatican. The square is bordered with colonnades that symbolize outstretched arms. At the head of the square stands St. Peters Basilica – one of the most largest churches in the world.
Just like in Colosseum to buy a ticket for the museums of Vatican you’ll have to wait in line for a couple of hours. But again there’s a way to go inside right away if you’ll purchase you’re ticket online before the trip.
From the right side of the entrance to St. Peters Basilica you’ll find entrance to the dome. There’s two ways for you to go upstairs – take the elevator or the stairs. The price range is not that different. 7 € for the elevator and 6 € for 320 stairs. On top of the dome you can enjoy spectacular view on Rome.
I. One of the liveliest and busiest squares in Rome is Piazza Navona. There are three fountains that adorn the square. The biggest and the largest one is the Fountain of the Four Fivers. Fountain has four figures that represent four rivers from the different continents. Right behind the fountain located church Sant’Agnese in Agone. There’s a legend that the church was built on the place where St. Agnes stripped naked, but miraculously saved from disgrace by extraordinary growth of hair.
J.Our last stop in Rome will be Pantheon – a magnificent ancient temple. According to the legend it is the place where the founder of Rome – Romulus at his death was seized by an eagle and taken off into the skies with the Gods. Until the 20th century, the Pantheon was the largest concrete structure in the world. Michelangelo felt it was the work of angels, not men.
Maybe one day is not enough to see and experience every magical sight of Rome, but it is a perfect amount of time to get a desire to come back. There is so many things that this city can offer that everyone can find something to love about Rome.
Have a great Italian journey!