I decided to share tips on how to visit Rome in a day. This walking tour of Rome covers all the major highlights of the historical centre, and it’s perfect for energetic, first-time travelers to Rome. This intense, long walk in Rome touches all of those romantic spots and sights you’ve seen in the postcards! I was born and grew up in Rome, and I often bring travelers with me along this itinerary, as an accredited tour leader. If you’d love to know more about the tours and services I offer, do get in touch!
ROME IN A DAY: PRACTICAL INFO ABOUT THIS TOUR
If you decide to take a tour on your own, I recommend you stick to this itinerary as much as you can. Following these tips will save you confusion, frustration, and, in the end, time! Walking in the historical centre of Rome is like going through a massive museum without walls and ceiling. You can see a lot (for somebody will be too much) for free and in one day only, and with one walk! I recommend you wear comfortable shoes, you bring enough drinking water, and refrain from the sun, if it’s very hot. This tour could take up to 8 hours, easily… You start at the Vatican Museums and end at Saint Peter’s square, a bit like tracing a ring on Rome’s historical center. I’ll recommend places where to find street food or to get lunch/dinner near the attractions. Remember that, to make this works, you should get the skip the line tickets for the Vatican Museums and the Colosseum in advance on the official channels (I’ll tell more in a bit!)
If you got time for exploring one museum only, this should be the Vatican Museums. The line at the entrance is endless: even locals refrain from visiting! You might not even be able to understand where the line starts… Don’t stay in line. Go on the official website and get the skip the line tickets for the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. You need to book at least a couple of weeks in advance to find the morning tickets! Once you’re inside the museum, find your way to the Sistine Chapel through hundreds of sculptures and frescoes. My favorite part is the Gallery of the Maps, with old panels depicting Italy’s regions and main cities. You should be done in a couple of hours. Now reach the MA subway station Ottaviano S. Pietro and ride two stops in the Anagnina direction. Jump off at Flaminio-Piazza del Popolo.
2. Piazza del Popolo – People’s Square
3. Piazza di Spagna – Spanish Steps
4. Fontana di Trevi – Trevi Fountain
5. Via del Corso
6. Piazza Venezia
7. Via dei Fori imperiali
9. Circo Massimo and the Aventino Hill
10. BOCCA DELLA VERITA’ SQUARE
11. MARCELLUS’ THEATRE
12. PANTHEON AND ROTONDA SQUARE
13. NAVONA SQUARE