If you’re heading to Rome with the intention of seeing everything the port has to offer in a single trip, think again! Filled to the brim with art, history, architecture and culture galore, Rome is a city that warrants far more than a day trip.
Whilst you won’t see everything Rome has to offer in a day, you can use your trip from the nearby port of Civitavecchia to get a taste of the place. Here is our guide to what to do when in Rome for a day; just promise us that you will return!
The early bird gets the worm
Rome rises early and you’ll waste precious exploration time if you’re last off the ship. The city streets will soon come alive, so grab a coffee and roam them early, seeing some of the sights before the crowds congregate.
Start in Vatican City, where you’ll find far less queues than you would if arriving a little later in the day. No trip to Rome is complete without a visit to St Peter’s Basilica, but with 20,000 visitors each day, the crowds can take away from the magic somewhat. Make it your first stop and make sure you allow time to climb the 551 steps to the top of the dome, where you’ll be rewarded with amazing views from 120 metres above St Peter’s Square.
Seek some divine intervention
Next, head to the Vatican Museum, where you will find a collection of artworks curated by the various Popes of Vatican City throughout the years. The Stanza della Segnatura by Raphael is housed within the museum, along with many more of his most noted works including Annunciation, Oddi Alterpiece and Transfiguration.
The museum’s most famous masterpiece greets you at the end of your tour; Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel is even more enrapturing in real life than it is in photographs.
People watch at Piazza Navona
A quick taxi ride will take you to Piazza Navona; a hive of activity and the perfect spot for people watching with a cappuccino. The Fountain of the Four Rivers dominates the square, bookmarked at either end by the Fountain of Neptune and the Fountain of Moor. Buskers, artists and musicians add to the Italian ambience.
You’ll pay a little more for lunch in the square but it’s worth the expense of a few more euros to dine amidst the hustle and bustle.
Go back in time
The Pantheon is a short walk from Piazza Navona and is one of the world’s best preserved Ancient Roman buildings. Many creatives are known to have studied here and the church remains a resting place for many notable Italians, including Raphael.
Take in a little more history at the Roman Forum, which is just a few minutes’ walk from the Pantheon. The Roman Forum dates as far back as 7th century BV and once served as the heart of the Roman Empire. The remaining ruins will take you straight back to life in Ancient Rome.
You can’t visit Rome without visiting the Colosseum. Once accommodating 80,000 spectators who turned out to watch gladiator fights and animal hunts, the structure has since endured great damage through natural disaster and theft of its stone, but it continues to stand proud and attract crowds.