With only one day in Rome and so much to see, it was a struggle to narrow down my checklist of things to do. After being in Venice and Cinque Terre for a few days, I was slightly nervous for the bustling city of Rome and its larger population as I had been warned with many pickpocket stories. Thankfully, nothing of the sort happened.
Here’s what I did in my 24 Hours in Rome:
1) Get personalized pizzas. Tasty and cheap individual sized pizzas at Trieste Pizza were perfect for us on the go. You can make your own if you don’t mind a short wait or they have several popular ones already pre-made to be heated up and ready to serve.
2) Explore Roman Forum. So many ruins to see in just one spot! Would definitely recommend using an audio guide or getting an actual tour guide to learn more about each site.
3) Colosseum. A must-see site to check off one of the New 7 Wonders of the World. Number 3 for me! Unless you are interested in seeing Palatine Hill and Roman Forum, don’t think you really need to purchase a ticket since most of the view is from outside anyway.
4) Marvel at The Vatican architecture. Long lineups to go into St. Peter’s Basilica, so while waiting admire the beautiful architecture of St. Peter’s Square!
5) Climb 320 steps to view the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica up-close. For 6 EUR if you walk or 8 EUR if you take the elevator, from this viewing balcony you can also look down into the interior and watch any mass proceedings.
6) Climb another 231 steps to the Cupola of St. Peter’s Basilica. This one is stairs option only, and they only get more narrow going up. From here though, you can get a 360 aerial view of Vatican and Rome.
7) Eat more gelato. At Frigidarium they had chocolate covered gelato which we had never seen before, so how could we refuse?
8) Check out The Pantheon. Highly recommend to go either really early or really late because it is impossible to take a picture of the building without crowds of people blocking the view.
9) Throw a coin and make a wish at Trevi Fountain. Be in awe of the fountain’s grandeur.
10) End the night (and trip) with pasta and wine on a street-side patio. Because what else is more Italian?
Admittedly am pretty proud to have been able to do all that within 24 hours, but everything was pretty rushed. Probably because of that (and the heat in Rome!) I found Venice and Cinque Terre more beautiful and enjoyable. Overall I loved Italy for the views and especially the food!