As I lived 12 years in Rome, and as I explored almost every corner of this amazing city, I can and I am able to provide the best and quickest itinerary to visit Rome in 1 day.
Whether you’re staying for 1, 2 or 3 days in Rome, this itinerary that I’m presenting to you will take you 4-7 hours. Thus keep in mind and prepare yourself psychologically that your feet will have to walk for a few hours in a row.
Well, the starting point is at the metro station called Colosseo. At Colosseo there is obviously the Colosseum. Right when you exit the metro, the huge Colosseum will be right in front of you.
There you can go around this big monument and see some other ancient attractions as well. Don’t forget that Rome was built on 7 hills, and so some of its hills are close to the Colosseum. Recommended time to spend here is no more than an hour. If you are willing to take the Colosseum inside tour then you’ll probably spend 3 hours – this amount of time is too much if you are going to stay in Rome for 1 day – that’s why I don’t recommend this Colosseum tour.
After admiring the Colosseum and its ancient attractions (Arco di Tito, Palatino etc.), you should proceed towards Piazza Venezia by foot. It may take up to 25 minutes. Along the way you will see ruins of the Ancient Rome that will ‘force’ you to stop and take pictures. Take 10 minutes to admire these ruins – they are pretty cool!
Once you get to Piazza Venezia you’ll see a huge white building on the left called Il Vittoriano. It’s a very beautiful structure built by Italy’s king Vittorio Emanuele in the early 1900s. This is a good spot to stop for a few minutes and take some nice pictures. You could also go inside the monument and visit its museum. This, unfortunately, can take you some more time, so actually I don’t recommend visiting the museum. Remember that you have a limited time to see as many things as possible in Rome.
Brilliant. Now proceed ahead and go on Viale del Corso. On this big boulevard you’ll see the most numerous and most important attractions of Rome.
First stop, proceeding from Viale del Corso, is the Pantheon. I have worked here for several months and I can assure you that this place is really amazing. It is mind-blowing! The Pantheon is a sphere inside of a square – this offers an unique visual sensation!
From the Pantheon, go on the left for about 500 meters and you will discover Piazza Navona. One of the most famous squares of Rome where you’ll find bohemian painters displaying their beautiful and colorful works.
From Piazza Navona come back to Viale del Corso and proceed going forward. On the right there is Fontana di Trevi and Spanish Steps. These two spots are definitely some must see places! Prepare your camera to take some amazing pictures. Don’t forget to throw a coin in Fontana di Trevi and make a wish. The legend says that whoever throws a coin inside this fountain will surely come back to Rome.
If you have followed this itinerary then you’d probably spent 4 – 5 hours.
The rest of the time I would recommend you to go and see the Vatican. In order to get to the Vatican, you should take the metro from Piazza del Popolo to Ottaviano. Piazza del Popolo is the ending point of Viale del Corso and it is one of the entrances of Villa Borghese – the largest park of Rome.
The Vatican is a very special place due to its importance and position. The Vatican is actually a State in itself and it is kind of interesting to see a State in a State (that is the Vatican inside Italy).
Surely, there are some other fascinating and must see places in Rome, but in this article I wanted to offer you a super quick and efficient guide that can help you visit the most known places of Rome.
For any questions, don’t hesitate to write to me.