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Posted by on Oct 20, 2012 in Europe, Italy, Latest Posts | 4 comments

How much Rome can one roam… In a day?

So here’s the challenge. Rome in a day.

You’ve got a day and a half in Rome hotshot… What do you do? What do you do?

That’s all I got in this beautiful city. Not enough I hear you say… I agree. But…

If you speed yourself up on caffeine, have a can do attitude and do a little bit of prior research you can see a fair amount of what’s on offer. So what’s on my list?

1. The Colosseum- For me, a look around inside is a must as well as seeing it both during the day and at night. The big point here is everyone will tell you to pre-book your time here. This may be the case if you want a guided tour, however if you are happy to explore on your own you should be ok to line up for a short time on the day. If in doubt, book something.

Colosseo Rome

   2. Trevi Fountain- Grab your map and look out for the street signs pointing to this spectacular (though well hidden) example of renaissance sculpture. While it is a shame the fountain is surrounded now by commercial offices and the like, there is no doubt the Trevi Fountain is a must see.

Trevi Fountain Rome

   3. Vatican City- Most people will tell you you will need a day here. Maybe if you’ve got it. But if you don’t, be sure to get up early and make this your first stop for the day. There is much to see here but the must not miss places are Saint Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel. Interestingly we discovered Vatican City is its own state right inside Rome and therefore has it’s own post office and stamps so make sure you send you loved one’s a postcard and special stamp from the Popes postbox.

St. Peter's Basilica Rome

   -St Peter’s Basilica- Arriving early will help you beat the long queues for Saint Peter’s Basillica in the scorching midday sun. Ladies, be sure to cover your shoulders and where a long skirt, or at the very least one which finishes below the knees. You WILL be refused entry. Whether religious or not, it is important to respect the belief of others and remember this is a place of prayer so be quiet, don’t use your flash and save the ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’ for outside. The church is incredible and this will be difficult as you admire brilliant architecture, sculpture and stained glass. To get a bird’s eye view of the city be sure to take the stairs or lift to the top of the basilica.

St. Peter's Basilica Rome

   -Sistine Chapel- Home of the great renaissance artist Michelangelo’s final judgement and possibly the world’s most famous ceiling. It is said the lead based paint dripped in to the artist’s eyes while painting this masterpiece and this contributed to his lose of sight. Again flash photography is forbidden and this is a place of god therefore, you need to remain silent. The adjoining museum contains other brilliant artworks well worth a look also.

With a day and a half, seeing these sights is totally possible without feeling like you don’t have time to breathe, just be prepared to go all day. If you are lucky, you may also get time to squeeze in a few of the other numerous monuments dotted around the city.

Somewhere I missed or could be added to the list? Let me know below 🙂


St. Peter's Basilica Rome

 St. Peter's Basilica Rome


  1. Rome in just ONE day?????? I would be running around like crazy….!!!!! Hmmm, i don’t think i would visit the colosseum…. of course i say that now, after having already visited it! 😛
    I would definitely visit the piazzas! Piazza di Trevi, piazza di Spagna, piazza del Popolo! I loved them all! And of course the Vatican! I would visit St Peter’s Basilica and the sistine chapel! And another place i loved, the river Tevere with its small island Tiburina and Trastevere, on the other side of the river. The place where real italian live! 😀 So when do we start???

    • We were running around like crazy! I wish I had more time, but we did manage to cram a lot in in our short time.
      The Colosseum was awesome I thought… I love the history behind it.
      You were lucky to see all the Piazzas, we only saw Trevi fountain. The river Tevere and the island sounds really interesting. How long were you there?
      When do we start?? I would love to go again soon!!

    • Oh it was! But when time is of the essence, what else is there to do but go flat out! It was a good little taste, now I just want to return.


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