Even the name itself stands for so many things that come to our mind from countless movies, history, books and more.
If you haven’t been to the Capital of Italy, this is sooner or later surely one of your „must see – destinations“ and yes, you should do so.
For me it was the second time visiting this place, for Bird it was the first time and she was excited about this as one just can be.
As one of the highlights of our trip now the time has finally come – we visit Rome in 1 Day.
In the morning hours of Monday, the 27th of July we arrived in Civitavecchia, a medium large city, located in the mid west of Italy, one hour bus-ride from Rome.
Civitavecchia is since a long time the most important port of city Rome, mostly all of the importation and exportation are done from this port.
As you might know or can imagine, Rome is one of those cities, that are simply too big and with too many Hot spots for visiting in only one day or even two days are way too less.
Visit Rome in 1 Day
The only chance we would have for this day to see as much as possible, so we decided for a guided tour with TUI, called Rome Holidays – exploring on our own.
That means we travelled at eight thirty in the morning with the bus to Rome and arrived there at around ten, directly in front of the St. Peters Basilica, Vatican.
The good thing is, that you will never get bored, Rome has about one thousand churches! And we talk here just about the churches.
Of course the city is full of history, places like Colosseum, Pantheon, Vatican, the so called Spanish steps and more. Spanish Steps were built around 1723-1725.
It is a popular place among artists, painters, musicians. Spanish Steps is a very common place for meeting up each others.
This is an old tradition, which still keeps its importance in peoples daily life.
The bad thing is, that during the summer months it is already in the morning so unbelievably hot that a walking trip like this is not Kindergarden.
Rome in summer is hot and crowded
Most important thing is drinking water all the time! Really, without water you will probably not make it even half of the day and collapse…BAM.
But no big thing, you get ice-cold water bottles in every corner.
Just make sure that you don’t pay more than one Euro for the bottle, because very often you don’t find any price tags or items there and when you look too touristic, some guys occasionally try to trick you and charge more than it would usually cost. Also keep in mind that Rome is surprisingly (smiley face) full of people.
And in places like this you also find unfortunately some fellows, who spend their days with tricking and even robbing.
Rome is well known to be a place one of a kind.
Strictly important that you keep your stuff all the time closed, all important documents, wallets, passports inside your bag and zipped.
Some let’s say not so nice looking people try to talk to you, in order to confuse you and get your full attention on them, meanwhile their co-partners are taking care that all your belongings are gone before you recognize, the disaster already happened.
But hey, this does not mean automatically that your stay in Rome should become paranoid and full of stress and horror, just always have eyes opened and stay aware.
Enough introduction, let’s go into the real stuff.
Things to see in Rome in 1 day
Our guidance prepared for us some maps with the „Must see locations“ on the visit Rome in 1 Day and a route, which combined all of them and which is manageable to do during one day.
The route included 8 sightseeing points, starting from the St. Peters Basilica, Vatican, from where the road lead us to Castel Sant Angelo, which was build around 135-139.
I will not tell you in detail here about the specific buildings and attractions that we saw, that would simply burst this Blog Episode, but you get an overview about a very good route for Rome in one day.
From the Castel Sant Angelo we went straight over the Bridge of Angels (Ponte Sant Angelo) to the next hotspot „Piazza Navona“, the most famous place in Rome with also some very impressive, old fountains.
From Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi to the Pantheon
Just to mention here the Fountain – Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi, which symbolizes the four continents (in the time that fountain was build, only four continents were discovered so far) and the four rivers as symbols of these continents. But yes, a charming place, definitely worth to see.
The journey continued and the roads of Rome led us to Pantheon, which was built around 125 CE, even though the exact age of the building is not specific.
Thousands of years ago the Pantheon (means “Honor all Gods from Greek“) was built as a heathen temple and it is still completely fully stored.
If you have a problem with masses of people, you better avoid this place, because it’s always full of tourists.
With it’s big dome with a hole in the middle. Find out more about this historical place by clicking here. romeonsegway.com/10-facts-about-the-pantheon/
Get some impressions of this area with the next pictures.
The Spanish Steps
So we already visited three out of eight spots and the route suggested us now the Spanish Steps (Scalina Spagna).
The Spanish embassy is quite close to this place. Indeed, many of the „better situated“ Italians and High society people are gathering there to celebrate life.
Also the nearby located stores like „Prada“, „Gucci“ and „Bvlgari“ are telling you quite fast, where you actually are.
The next place was the Piazza de Trevi with it’s fountain „Fontana di Trevi“, the Fountain of the Three ways.
During that time it was still under construction, which was a bit disappointing, because one year ago it was the same situation.
Taking pictures of that place did not really make so much sense, so please imagine here a really beautiful fountain 🙂
Throw a coin and get luck!
One thing to this place – the legend says, when you throw a coin with right hand over your left shoulder, you will come back to visit Rome.
Well, I didn’t do that the last time I was there and I came back anyway, even if just for a visit Rome in 1 Day… 😉
Lets continue on our way through Rome with the next station – the „Monumento a Vittorio Emanuelle II“, or simply called the typing machine, called like this because of it’s unique form like this thing. Building up this Monument took about 25 years, which is quite short time for such a massive and impressive building.
Directly next to Altare della Patria is located here Forum Romanum (Roman Forum), one of the ancient original Rome places.
It took more than 100 years to get done with all excavations. I highly recommend for those readers, that are very interested in history of Roman Empire to have a look at these interesting facts.
Finally – the Colosseum
When you see the ruins of the huge columns and other parts of the place where 2000 years and more the senate of Rome was debating, you get a slight idea about this once so powerful World Empire.
Impressive and definitely a must see here on your visit Rome in 1 Day!
So what is missing last but not least? Of course the Colosseum!
Walking from the Roman Forum took about 15 minutes to Colosseum, which was built by Emperor Verspasian.
Hundred of thousands animals and gladiators were killed in Colosseum.
The West exit used to be called before as “Gates of Death”, this was the gate where dead gladiators were carried away from arena.
As you can see from the pictures, that the other part of Colosseum is a bit destroyed.
It was due to the earthquake.
Colosseum is THE „must see place“ in Rome, so you can maybe get an idea of the amount of people there. Even if you just can visit Rome in 1 Day.
So to make it short, we went there, decided not to enter the Colosseum, simply because it would take hours and hours of waiting.
Instead we made some pictures from that scenery and due to the fact, that the unmerciful sun didn’t make it that easy in general for us on that day, we decided to walk back to our meeting point in Vatican at around 5 pm and then finally the journey back to Civitavecchia by air conditioned and comfortable Travel-bus, which was kind of salvation for us after that exciting and overwhelming sightseeing day in Rome.
Funny facts about Rome
And lastly as always, here maybe some inspiring facts about Rome:
- The famous coffee drink – Cappuccino originally comes from Capuchin Crypt, which is a space of tiny chapels. The munks used to wear hoods (cappucio). More about Capuchin Crypt here wikipedia.org
- Roman Empire had many leaders with so unique characters. I would like to mention one Nero Ceasar… Claimed to be an antichrist.
Read more about it here christiancourier.com. The number 666 in the Bible is a code for Nero
- Sophie Loren was born in Rome. (For those upcoming Loren-fans 🙂 )
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