Rome in One Day

One Day in Rome

If you only have one day in Rome, let’s hope that you will be back soon. There is no possible way to see all that Rome has to offer in a day or even two. However, you can hit some of the main highlights in one day. Start out your day as early as possible. Pick up hearty breakfast at local Bar-Pasticceria. Make sure to pack some snacks for your travels, as you might be eating later than you are used to and using more energy than usual. Also, make sure to pack water bottles and fill them up along the way. It’s going to be a long day filled with adventure and history!

You have two choices for your one day in Rome. These one-day itineraries are based on the amount of time you will spend at the location as well as the amount of time in lines.

Rome One Day – Choice #1

8:00 am – Colosseum – Head over to the Colosseum early in the morning. If you have tickets or have a Roma Pass head to the Colosseum first. If you do not have tickets, do the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill first, and get your tickets for the Colosseum at that time.

You will see the Arch of Constantine as you walk to the Roman Forum.

10:00 am – The Roman Forum and Palatine Hill

12:30 pm – Lunch Break. By this point, you have been walking a lot, and you’re going to need a bit of rest. Take your time sitting at a nearby restaurant. Read my Tips on Rome to choose the best place to eat.

1:30 pm – Trajan’s Market and the ruins located on Via dei Fori Imperiali

2:00 pm – Capitoline Hill Museum

3:30 pm – Churches around the Pizza Venezia or Altare della Patria or skip and spend longer at the above locations.

For a quick boost head to Sant’ Eustachio II Caffe for a great cup of coffee.

4:50 pm – Pantheon

5:15 pm – Trevi Fountain

5:30 pm – Spanish Steps

Your day has ended, and you are probably exhausted. It’s been a long day of walking, now it’s time to head to dinner and have a drink or maybe two, you deserve it for all that walking you did!

Rome in One Day - Choice 1

Total walking time to all destinations combined (not including walking in the Colosseum and Roman Forum/Palatine Hill) in choice is 1 hour 2 minutes.

 

Rome One Day – Choice #2

6:30 am – St. Peter’s Basilica – Get here early in the morning. St. Peter’s opens at 7 am, so you can get in line early and beat the bus tours. You will also be able to take some beautiful shots of St. Peter’s Square with the best light.  

8:45 am – Vatican Museum – The museum opens at 9, so this time frame allows you to get in line early.

1:00 pm – Castel Sant’ Angelo – By now you should have seen both the museum as well as St. Peter’s Basilica it’s time for a lunch break and a well-deserved rest. You can choose a restaurant in the area or wait to eat at the Castel Sant’ Angelo. The foods not bad and the view is great.

3:00 pm – Piazza Navona

3:45 – Pantheon

For a quick boost head to Sant’ Eustachio II Caffe for a great cup of coffee.

4:15 – Trevi Fountain

4:30 – Spanish Steps

End your day in Trastevere where you will get the “authentic” Rome for some great food at one of the many bustling restaurants.

Rome in One Day - Choice 2

Total walking time to all destinations combined (not including walking in the St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museums) in choice is 1 hour 1 minute.

How to see Rome in only one day. Short on travel time, use this itinerary to maximize your time in Rome. asoutherntraveler.com

 

Only have one day in Rome? Use this itinerary to maximize your time. What to see and do on your Rome vacation. asoutherntraveler.com