Rome in a Day

They say Rome wasn’t built in a day, but that doesn’t mean you can’t see the highlights of the city in a day! The city that was once the epicenter of the massive Roman Empire certainly deserves as much time as possible to explore the immense history of the region, but if you only have time to stop there for a day, check out these main highlights of Rome:

 

Trevi Fountain

Legend says if you throw a coin, you’ll be guaranteed to come back to Rome. And once you return, your second coin tossed into the fountain is said to ensure a new romance, and your third coin ensures marriage!

 

Pantheon

Built as a temple to the gods, the Pantheon is an ancient Roman monument that stands out among the more modern buildings in the surrounding piazza. The dome of the Pantheon was once the largest in the world, and is larger than the US Capitol dome. It’s built specifically so that at noon on an equinox date, the sun shines through the top of the dome at a perfect angle to pass through a grille above the closed door and illuminate the front courtyard – serious architectural genius.

 

Piazza Navona

Although very touristy, this piazza is a great place to relax and grab a bite to eat from the many well-known restaurants and gelaterias surrounding the main area.

 

Altare della Patria

This impressive structure is not only a great photo op, but also serves as a memorial to World War I soldiers. 

 

Vatican and St. Peter’s Basilica

A trip to Rome wouldn’t be complete without visiting the Vatican, the smallest independent nation in the world and home to the Pope. St. Peter’s Basilica is free to enter and its interior is stunning, but I would also recommend purchasing tickets in advance to see the Sistine Chapel, where you can admire Michelangelo’s famous work.

 

Colosseum 

I’ve seen the Colosseum four times now and even this most recent visit left me in awe. Its massive size, intricate architecture, and the underlying historical significance of the site makes it a wonder of the ancient world well worth a visit.

 

The Roman Forum

Take a step back in time by walking through these ancient ruins from the heart of the Roman Empire. Sprawled across a large area near the Colosseum, there are many areas with well preserved pieces of Roman history and architecture that allow you to place yourself in this epicenter of history.

 

Where to eat:

Il Corallo

Cacio e pepe (cheese and pepper) is a classic specialty in Rome and this pasta has never been served better than at Il Corallo – here, they serve the dish in a cheese bowl and it may be one of the most memorable meals you have during a trip to Italy. It’s THAT good.

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