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A day in Rome: The Complete Itinerary

A day in Rome: The Complete Itinerary

Visiting Rome

Rome is a mystical place where you get to see the quaint relics from the past and feel the spiritual vibe. Although Rome has enough to keep you busy for months, moving around the entire city as a tourist in a single day is possible.

This post will take you to the sites that are a must see in Rome so that when you get back, you can share the fantastic experience even though it was limited to a single day. This guide is based on the assumption that you have an entire day for site seeing in the city. Even if you have less time than a day, you can skip some of the activities mentioned in the post and visit the ones you prefer. Here are some things you must do in Rome during your one day visit.


The first stop for a first-time visitor needs to be the Colosseum, which opens its doors at 8.30am. It is good if you buy your ticket in advance so that you don’t have to wait in line for your card. The Colosseum is a historical marvel which has managed to stand the test of time. It bears witness to the changing times and stands today with all its glory.











The Roman Forum

This site is adjacent to the Colosseum and included with the ticket. The Roman forum is said to be the heart of the Roman Empire. You will see ruined structures that used to be shrines, temples, government buildings, podiums, and old markets. It is suggested that you should not spend more than 90 minutes exploring this place.

Rome’s Historical Center

From the Forum, you should walk through the Roman historical Center so to enjoy this picturesque location. You will not have enough time to explore the areas in depth as the time is short. The Center heads towards the Vatican City and while you walk past it, here are some highlights of places on this path you need to know about.

  • Altare della Patria
  • Pantheon
  • Castel Sant’Angelo
  • Trevi Fountain
  • Spanish Steps

Vatican Museum

After passing through these locations, you will now be entering the Vatican Museum inside Vatican City. This is where the second half of your days start.

The Vatican museums are one of the largest in the world. There are more than 20,000 work of art on display, and you need more than a day to look at all of them. Take a short museum tour covering the Map Room, and sculptures and paintings made by Da Vinci, Raphael & Caravaggio.

Sistine Chapel

The Sistine Chapel is famous for Michelangelo’s most celebrated works. The artist painted more than 5,000 square feet of frescoes on the ceiling, which depicts different scenes from the bible. You will find the Last Judgment painting above the altar. Make sure you don’t end up taking photos here as photography is prohibited. This Chapel also has the Creation of Adam, and the Story of Noah painted on its walls.

St. Peter’s Basilica

The St. Peter’s Basilica is our last stop, and it is a site you must see in Rome. This is the largest church building in the world, and it was designed in the 17th century by the likes of Michelangelo, Bramante, and Bernini. It is a significant site for Catholic pilgrimage, and the Pope holds regular masses regularly.

Further Information For Visitors

Here are some tips that will help you make the best of your time.

  • Rome is easy to get around because of the easily accessible public transport, metro and taxi services.
  • If you are not staying overnight, several excellent luggage service options will help you focus on exploring by taking care of your valuables for you.
  • Eat from the local places as they offer your great insight into the taste the city has to offer.
  • You can make your tour easier if you navigate through the town with online reference maps.

Rome has a lot of great experiences to offer. For first time visitors, it is essential that you stay ahead of the schedule as things can get busy during peak hours.


Marc Partiti

Experienced Property and Revenue Manager, with strong background in Business Administration. Born in the UK, I spent over 20 years in Italy. In 2007 I moved to Thailand where I’m currently living.

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