Rome in One Day: Things to do in Rome
Date: 2014-04-19 14:12:40
Author: Samuel Heenan
They say Rome wasn't built in a day! As with all things great like the work of Caravaggio or Michelangelo it takes time and artistic skill to create somthing of extreme beauty as you will find in modern day Rome.
Although one day in Rome is not an ideal amount of time to visit this great city, i will try to offer you some possible itineraries for one day in Rome. You wont get to see everything as its just not possible however you will have the chance to choose the monuments and museums at the top of your list.
A tour of the Vatican Museums and the Colosseum would probably be the most popular choice for visitors as 2 of the most important attractions of Rome and the Vatican CAN be visited in one day. It is a full day sightseeing so you will need to be prepared for the day with plenty of water and suncream in the summertime and be ready to walk a lot and take in lots of information.
The Tour would begin in the morning at 09:30 at the Colosseum where you would meet the guide who would then take you into the Colosseum with Skip the line tickets as without these tickets you would have to make the lines which would save you an hour or so waiting in line. The tour would pass around the inside of the Colosseum and then on to the Roman forum and then towards the Capitoline Hill and passing the impressive Vittorio Emanuele monument. With a quick stop for lunch you will then move on towards the Vatican City where the guide will meet you again and once again with skip the line tickets you will enter the museums saving you valuable time and you can then visit with a guided tour the wonders of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and also inside St Peter's Basilica.
The full day Vatican and Colosseum tour would finish at around 5pm and is a great way if you are short of time to pack as much sightseeing in as possible gaining some valuable insight from the aid of a guide. For further info and bookings see Full Day Vatican and Colosseum tour
A great way to see the city in one day is by taking the Hop on Hop off Panoramic Bus Tour of Rome. The ticket costs €22 Euros and you will have 24 hours hop on hop off access with a map included and also the audioguide in various languages. With the Hop on Hop off bus in Rome it will be Open Top so you can take in some sun during the hotter months or remain downstairs when its a little colder. The buses pass quite regular so you can jump off and many of the monuments to have a look around and another bus will pass more or less every 15 minutes. The bus route will allow you to stop and see most of the major sights including the Colosseum and Roman Forum, Vatican City, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Spanish Steps, Mouth of truth.
The Panoramic bus tour of Rome will allow you to visit Rome in the most efficient way minimizing the amount of walking you will need to do and also with the audioguide you be able to follow the facts and stories of the sights as you pass by and if you are a little more curious jump off to have a look around. For further information and bookings see Panoramic bus tour of Rome
Another option for your one day in Rome could be to choose either the Colosseum Tour or the Vatican Museums Tour to make an inside visit in the morning. Otherwise if you wish to see both but not make the visit inside you can use the Rome metro to visit both sights and have a look around yourselves. You won't get to see inside the Vatican Museums but you can visit the Basilica of St Peter's for free and maybe pay the €5 euros to visit the Cupola at the top of St Peter's where you have the Best view of Rome and the Vatican Gardens and also from the top inside the Basilica. From there you could take the metro back to the Ancient City where you can have a look around the Colosseum, the Roman Forum and Circus Maximus. Not visiting inside the Colosseum and Forum however you can still visit and see the monuments from outside.
Rome at night lit up in all its glory would be a great way to finish you time in the city!
While the locals indulge in the "Dolce Vita" your guide will take you on a tour of most of the monuments and squares you missed during the day starting at the Piazza della Repubblica and visiting the Pantheon, Piazza di Spagna, Trevi Fountain, and Piazza Navona to finish your tour where you can then make your way back to your hotel or indulge in a spot of people watching on the Piazza takinga a drink or an Ice cream at one of the many Gelateria's on offer.
For those of you who are a little more adventurous you can for €150 per person take the backseat of a Vespa and visit Rome with your guide the way the Roman's do. The guide and expert driver will take you around Rome visiting all of the major sights, once again not entering inside but the guide will stop and explain the facts and stories along the way. On this 3 Hour tour you will get to see the Baths of Emperor Caracalla, Castel Sant' Angelo, Vatican, Colosseum, Gianicolo, Jewish Quarter, Largo Argentina, Mouth of Truth, Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Piazza Venezia, Teatro Marcello and Trastevere.
The great thing about this tour is that you will get to see most of the sights even in a few hours on the scooter learning the history and also reaching places such as Gianicolo with its great views which can be time consuming to arrive on your own or by the public transport. From this you will then still have time to visit on your own some of the other monuments not covered on the tour.
For further information and bookings you can see Rome Scooter Tours
If budget is not a problem then you can take a private tour with your own driver and guide and customize a tour that suits you to see rome in one day. Otherwise if you are arriving at Civitavecchia you can check the listing here Rome Private Tours for option of Rome full day tours arriving at the port in the morning where you would be collected by your driver and vehicle and brought to the city centre to begin your full day of sightseeing and then returned at the end of the day in time to board your cruise.
For further information or to create an itinerary you can see Rome Private Tours
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