Rome in a Day: 24 Hours in the Italian Capital

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Rome in a Day: 24 Hours in the Italian Capital

The magical Via Francigena trail finishes in historic Rome. Although 24 hours isn’t enough time to explore one of the world’s most visited places, it will give you a little taste of Italian life. To help you embrace la dolce vita, here are a few suggestions to make the most of your day in the Italian capital!


9 am: Start the day at the morning markets

Rise and shine early to make it over to the open-air market, which is on in the mornings at Campo de Fiori. Here you will have the chance to stock up on some fresh fruit for the morning. You will also find plenty of souvenirs to bring home to your loved ones.

10 am: Piazza Navona

Just a short walk from the market, you will find yourself strolling into Piazza Navona. Take some time to sit by one of the fountains and watch the world go by. Admire some of the sculptures by the famous Bernini before heading off on a 20-minute walk toward Vatican City.

11 am: Get to know Vatican City

Rome’s history spans two and a half thousand years. You could spend a week just exploring the Vatican buildings in Rome. With a population of just under 1,000 inhabitants, Vatican City is the world’s smallest sovereign state. The Vatican possesses unique cultural artefacts and has been recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1984. St.Peter’s Basilica, St.Peter’s Square and the Sistine Chapel are just a few must-see sights. If you are travelling during the summer months, expect large crowds.

2 pm: Lunchtime

After soaking up all that knowledge, you will deserve a welcome rest for lunch. Wine and dine at one of the many restaurants or trattorias. Buon appetito!


3 pm: Trastevere Neighbourhood

Venture into the less crowded area of Trastevere with more time for people-watching. The main attraction in this neighbourhood is the Basilica di Santa Maria. The gold-speckled mosaics are truly breathtaking.

5 pm: Visit the ancient Colosseum

Your first trip to Rome wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the historic Colosseum. Used over 2,000 years ago for gladiatorial combats and entertainment, this amphitheatre is definitely one of the most recognisable buildings in Rome.

7 pm: Palatine Hill

Rome’s earliest settlers lived on this hill. You will get some stunning views of ancient Roman ruins from the Hill, which looks down on Circus Maximus and the Roman Forum.

8 pm: Late dinner 

For a delicious meal, you are spoiled for choice in Rome. You will stumble upon pizzerias and fine-dining restaurants on most streets. Just a short walk from Palatine Hill, you will find Angelino ai Fori dal 1947, serving the tastiest pasta dishes. Try to reserve the outdoor seating under the vines as a special treat. After dinner, you can wander to the Gelateria La Dolce Vita for dessert.

10 pm: Hangout at the Trevi Fountain

Now that nighttime has poured in, you are free to wander the streets in comfortable conditions. Rome can get quite hot during the summer days, so make sure to pack your sunscreen. Night-time is the perfect time to relax in the romantic atmosphere at the famous Trevi Fountain. What a fantastic end to your day in Rome.

If we had more time we would fit a lot more in, as there is so much to see and do in this wonderful city.

For more information on any of the Via Francigena walking tours in Italy, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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