Seeing Rome in one day may seem like an impossible task, but with our advice you can experience a little bit of everything the city has to offer. With this busy schedule you will see the rich culture, art, and history of Italy’s capital, but you will also get a taste for the Roman way of dolce far niente, the sweetness of doing nothing.
8:00: Start your day off the Roman way with the traditional Italian prima colazione. The most important meal of the day will give you the perfect amount of energy to embark on your Roman expedition.
9:00: At one end of the famous Via del Corso lies the Borghese Gardens and the Villa Borghese. Explore the tranquility of the beautiful gardens and see the breathtaking Bernini sculptures inside the villa before the sun and the crowds are in full force.
11:00: At Monte Mario, panoramic views of Rome are the backdrop for one of the most romantic spots in the city. Couples of all ages come to this famous spot to attach security locks representative of their unbreakable bond.
12:00: Every day at noon, a cannon is fired from the top of the Gianicolo indicate the exact time. The tradition goes back to 1847.
1:00: The Museo di Roma in Palazzo Braschi is not to be missed. The newly renovated Neoclassical palace not only holds the civic artifacts of the city, but also contains a new cafeteria and bookshop fit for Rome’s intellectual set.
3:00: Walking around the eternal city all morning will certainly perk up your appetite. Visit an Enoteca and order the traditional affettati misti—a delicious plate full of salumi, prosciutto, mozzarella di bufala, and more Roman delicacies. Finish your meal as the Romans do, with a little vino rosso to wash down the perfect snack.
5:00: When in Rome, you must visit Babington at the Piazza di Spagna for an authentic English tea. As you sip your tea, you will see every type of Roman—from the most elegant donna to tattooed — pass by the famous piazza.
6.00: Until 7.30 pm, Palazzo Venezia,the Palace in Rome first great Renaissance civil work.
It was designed by Leon Battista Alberti.
9:00: Whether you choose to sit al fresco or inside, your Roman dining experience will be an unforgettable one. Don’t worry if you are too full to order a dessert after your multi-course meal: a gelateria can be found on any corner of the city for a delicious evening sweet.
10:00: Colloseum on fire
11:00: For some after-dinner, the beautiful roof top of Hotel Fontana, Piazza Fontana di Trevi, the only breath taking view of the fountain from the top of the roof. With a simple coin toss you may be lucky enough to return to Rome — or at least catch your early morning flight in time!
12:00: Piazza di Pietra is one of the most impressive in Rome. Gaze at the monumental Castel Saint Angelo as you sample any type of cocktail you could imagine from a typical Roman bar. Chat with some locals enjoying a cigarette in the open air and watch the young trendy Romans on their way to the city’s famous discotecas.
After Midnight: The best way to see Rome’s most famous attractions is late at night: when the hordes are asleep, the monuments seem to belong to only you. Sit in a bar and take in Bernini’s Four Rivers Fountain in Piazza Navona.