Rome is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe! I had the opportunity to visit it a few times, and every time I went, I learned something new about it. I love its history, food, art, and all the shopping! The best way to get to know Rome is to take your time and experience the rich culture it offers. While 24 hours is not enough to absorb all the beauty Rome offers, it gives you a taste for its culture, art, and culinary experiences. Since this was not my first time visiting Rome, I chose a few spots to visit to reminisce the great memories I’ve had there. For someone that has never visited Rome before, I’ve included a few tips and spots everyone likes to visit in Rome.
Plaza di Spagna
This is one of my favorite spots in Rome. It is a tourist attraction, but also a great spot for shopping, eating, and taking Instagram-worthy pictures. This spot gets busier throughout the day, but if you prefer to get there when it’s not so busy, arriving early morning is a good option. The plaza is in the middle of many landmarks, which makes it a perfect spot to sit on the steps and take-in the scenery while resting for a few minutes.
Pantheon and Piazza Navona
Another landmark that’s close to the Trevi fountain and Piazza Navona is the Pantheon. It is a true architectural gem that’s worth visiting. The oculus inside is designed so that the light travels around the room as the hours go by. Avoid heavy traffic during peak hours and don’t forget to walk around Piazza Navona’s fountains. The plaza is also filled with restaurants and cafés with wonderful food and music. Evening time is particularly special as the ambiance is extra quaint and lively.
Of course, a Roman experience would not be complete without gelato! They are amazing and do not cost a lot of money. There is not a particular shop that I would recommend, since gelato shops are around every corner, and they are of similar quality and offer tons of flavor options.
As you can tell from the evening sky, the 24 hours were drawing to an end. I could not leave without saying one final goodbye to Castel Sant’Angelo. I have never been inside but this is a great spot to visit during the day or at night. I love the bridge leading to the castle and all the statues adorning it. My favorite is the winged angel statue which looks pretty majestic. At night, all of Rome lights up and you get a beautiful view of the city, including St. Peter’s basilica.
A few Tips:
As you can see, you could still mange to make use of 24 hours in any city, including Rome. That time included having a delicious eggplant parmesan meal with friends in a restaurant in the Piazza Navona. If you’re in Rome (or any city in Italy), try a local dish and learn something new about the culture. I absolutely love eggplant parmesan, so I made sure to eat as much of it as I could.
Walking is the best way to get around, especially if you are going from one landmark to another. Of course, do not try to see everything in one day, as that might take away from your experience and exhaust you. It is best to get a map and choose locations you want to see first and divide that by how much time you have.
If you are planning on visiting museums, make sure to get your tickets in advance or online, especially if you are trying to book a guided tour. I did that when I went to the Vatican Museum for the first time, and it was a great choice! Lines outside museums tend to be quite long depending on the time of day, so it would be a good idea to get your hands on them in advance. Beware of where you buy your tickets; only get them from official sources (museums or online). And beware of pickpockets!
I hope these tips were helpful. There is so much to do in Rome, and every traveler will get a different experience from it. If you are planning on staying there a few days, or if you are traveling around Italy or Europe, the experience is definitely worth it. And if you are staying there for a few hours, there is something for you to do as well!