— Rome wasn’t built in a day — so you could spend weeks and weeks exploring this intricate and wonderful city. But if time isn’t a luxury you can afford or you’re stopping over for one night only, you can still make the most of your 24 hours with careful planning. Here at Roma Experience, we offer city tours and private tours of Rome to all areas. And here are some of the must-see things during your flying visit to Italy’s capital. For itinerary inspiration, read on…
GOOD MORNING ROME
8:00: Italians are not known for having elaborate meals at breakfast time but coffee and pastries make a popular choice for the locals. The pre-lunch beverage of choice is usually a frothy cappuccino, and Trastevere is a fantastic area to begin your day. In terms of taste, ambiance, service and location, one of the best spots to grab a coffee is Sabatini, in the heart of the eclectic Trastevere neighborhood.
9:00 Once you’re ready and fuelled for exploration, get the n. 8 to Piazza Venezia and get ready to a plunge into the Ancienty City! Head to the beautiful Colosseum, Palatine Hill and Roman Forum: even a group tour is highly recommended as the archaeological area is vast and only an expert local guide can walk you through the site. These are some of Ancient Rome’s finest ruins and our day tour will help you discover some of the key highlights of Rome. Walk through the temples and walkways which have stood the test of time and soak up the historical marvels that gave birth to modern civilization.
ROME IN THE AFTERNOON
13:30: If you have time, we would also recommend a guided tour of the Vatican; for just €74.00, you can skip the line and enjoy a 3 hour experience of St. Peter’s Basilica, the Sistine Chapel, Bramante’s Belvedere Courtyard and the many other rooms of the Vatican Museums.
17:00: After you finish your tour, don’t forget to grab a world famous ice-cream from Gelateria Oldbridge on Viale Bastioni di Michelangelo. And, you will still have time to quickly move by subway to the famous Spanish steps between Piazza di Spagna and Trinità de' Monti. Within the stunning square, you can explore the Fontana della Barcaccia and go shopping along Via Dei Condotti (Rome’s favourite designer shopping street).
19:30: Testaccio is the original foodie neighbourhood of Rome. Although popular with tourists for its reasonable prices and lively atmosphere, it simply doesn’t compare when it comes to gastronomy. So head to Rome’s 20th rione instead and grab a bite to eat (Italians like to eat late so it doesn’t matter if you’re running behind from your day tours); head to Volpetti Più for the third best pizza in Italy, Trapizzino Snack Bar for the tastiest street food around (including fried rice balls), or Flavio al Velavevodetto for the most authentic Roman cuisine. Serious foodies can even shop for cured meats and local ingredients in family owned gourmet food shop, Volpetti.
21:00: Testaccio is also Rome’s party district so you will find plenty of bars and clubs to carry on the night. The typical scene appeals to a young, hip crowd and some of the best places to grab an after-dinner tipple are Joia Restaurant and Piano Bar, One The Rocks, and L'Oasi della Birra for local wine and beers.
23:00: If you’re looking for somewhere to dance the night away, you can head to Akab Nightclub or L’Alibi Nightclub in the area. Or you could take the Metro to the San Lorenzo neighbourhood for a more relaxed drinking atmosphere to finish of your night.