Exploring Cities at Speed – 24 Hours in Rome
When you are stuck for time, it can almost be paralysing having to choose between the major attractions of a city. With that in mind, we have tried to condense our guides, so that you can get as much out of a destination as possible, with an incredibly strict time limit: just 24 hours.
Although Rome is a fairly compact city, all things considered, it has a serious density of important and fascinating attractions. Rome in 24 hours should, by all definitions, be impossible. But we’re going to try!
The Italian capital is a truly fantastic place – a week would not be enough to truly get to know it. But we’re on a schedule, so here’s our quick-fire guide:
What to See
Even if you’re not big on your Catholicism, it’s worth trying to get into Vatican City. It’s technically another country, so it’s another one to check off the list, for starters! The museums are truly incredible, and St Peter’s Basilica is breathtaking in its beauty. Michelangelo’s gorgeous work in the Sistine Chapel is worth the trip alone. Entry is free every last Sunday of the month, but if you’re trying to do Rome in 24 hours, it ain’t recommended. Come another day and pay the entry fee.
Everyone knows the Trevi Fountain, and a trip to Rome would not be complete without throwing a couple of Euros into the water. It is truly beautiful, especially in the evening – why not finish off your day with an espresso by the fountain?
And of course, you couldn’t possibly miss the Pantheon and the Colosseum. The Pantheon is the most complete ancient building in Rome, and it is simply divine (no pun intended). The interiors are magnificent. What can be said about the Colosseum that hasn’t already be said? Arguably the symbol of Rome, you’d be a fool if you didn’t at least go to look at it from the outside.
Where to Stay
You’ve not got much time, so you want to be as central as possible. Rent in Rome has some fantastic apartments just outside of Vatican City (with a private gym included!), allowing you to skip the queues by getting in as early as you can.
If you’d prefer to be closer to some of the other attractions, we’d recommend the White Hotel, which is just a minutes’ walk from the Spanish Steps and the Trevi Fountain. Bellissimo!
Where to Eat
Rome is home to such an incredible variety of cuisines, with some seriously impressive Italian restaurants being the very best (what else did you expect?). This is a city for foodies, so you are truly spoilt for choice.
Try some real, authentic Roman food at Giggetto. This restaurant is a lovely little place that’s frequented by locals, offering up the finest of Jewish Roman meals and a view of ancient ruins to boot. Don’t leave without trying the carciofo alla giudia – Jewish fried artichoke. And why not finish it off with some authentic gelato? A little north of the Pantheon you will find Giolitti, a fantastic gelateria that’s been going for more than a century now.