There are many cities you can explore in a day, but Rome is not one of them. We are talking about a city that is more than two millennia old and every century has left its mark. However, if you have a long layover at the airport or you’re in Rome just for a day, why not use the opportunity to explore the “eternal city”.
It’s not an easy task to make a one-day itinerary, which includes the main attractions in Rome. Before making the plan, ask yourself: “What do I expect to see in Rome?”. Make a list of the attractions you want to visit and don’t forget to include lunch in a traditional Italian restaurant. This list will help you later when you make the schedule.
Rome airport transfer options
The first thing you should consider is the transport. Rome is a crowded city, so good transportation strategy is essential. Public transport is available at Fiumicino Airport, but this means you’re tied to the schedule and you can lose valuable time. On the other hand, the Fiumicino airport taxi service is a fast way to reach Rome city centre. However, but keep in mind that you only need to use official taxis, as you can get ripped off easily.
The most reliable transport option is a private Rome airport transfer. You can book the service online prior your arrival, so the driver will wait for you at the airport when you arrive. Also, you can book a private vehicle for a day. Send us the itinerary and we will organize a private Rome sightseeing tour.
Places to visit in Rome
When making the itinerary, the main dilemma will be whether to include the Vatican on your list. The decision will depend on how much time you have, as well as, the type of transportation. If your Rome tour starts early, then we suggest visiting the Vatican first. The St. Peter’s Basilica opens early in the morning, so you can fully enjoy its mesmerizing beauty, away from the crowds. This church has the largest interior with high domed ceilings, while the imposing late renaissance exterior is breathtaking. Afterwards, continue to the Vatican Museum, where you can admire the vast collection of artwork. In order to finish on time and see as much as you can, it’s best to book your entrance tickets online or take a guided tour of the Vatican.
The next stop is the city centre. By this time, you are probably tired and hungry, so we suggest taking a lunch break. In Rome, you need to be careful as there are many tourist traps, especially near the main attractions. The best restaurants with excellent Italian food are located in the Trastevere neighbourhood. They serve the best pizza and other traditional dishes in a relaxing atmosphere. After lunch, head to the Spanish Steps where you can relax. Watch the crowds at Piazza di Spagna, while eating a tasty gelato and drinking cappuccino.
Once you’ve got your energy back, continue to the Trevi Fountain. This imposing baroque fountain is one of the must-see attractions in Rome. Tourists toss coins over their shoulder so that they return to Rome again someday.
The Colosseum is one of the most visited attractions. This grandiose ancient arena with its intriguing history which involves battles between gladiators and lions, attract millions of tourists every year. You can explore the Colosseum by yourself or book a guided tour in advance.
Finish the day with a visit to the Forum, located within walking distance from the Colosseum. If you have enough time, walk through the remains of the political centre of the Ancient Rome. This impressive district of government buildings, basilicas, temples, basilicas and public spaces, will take you back to ancient Rome. It’s the perfect place to finish your day in Rome.
Although the itinerary is quite challenging, it’s the perfect opportunity to get a glimpse of the city and feel the street vibes. It’s just enough to tease you and make you come again for a few days.