24 Hours in Rome! What do you do?!

Quick! You're in Rome for only 24 hours! What should you do? Where should you go? Where do you begin?!





Don't worry! has your day in Rome covered! 



First, make sure you get your day started right and don't sleep in! The earlier you start your day, the more of Rome you get to see. Let’s start off with a good breakfast, you are going to need energy as you conquer Rome in a matter of hours.



Start out at Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II with the Monumento, an incredible building that towers above the ancient Roman skyline. Inside you will find military artifacts from the past and tons of historical facts about Italy. You will notice that 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, two soldiers are always on guard.



Next, walk next to the Monumento and up the stairs to the famous Piazza Campidoglio, known for its statue of Marco Aurelio in the center of the piazza as well as its Capitolini museums that are located on both sides of the piazza. Inside the museum, you can see the original sculpture piece of the famous Capitoline Wolf, with brothers Romulus and Remus; the twin founders of the Eternal City. If you walk towards the back of the piazza, you can find the best views of the ancient Roman ruins. From this top view, you can see the Colosseo (Colosseum)!



If you have another 30 minutes to one-hour to kill, go down the street on Via Luigi Petroselli that leads you into Piazza della Bocca della Verita, home of the Mouth of Truth (La Bocca della Vertia) popularized in the classic 1953 film Roman Holiday with Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn. Enter the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin and check out the ancient stone carving that originates from a 1st century Roman fountain, believed to be the god of the Tiber river.  Whoever places their hand in the Mouth of Truth must not lie!



If you checked out the Mouth of Truth head back towards the Monumento. The next stop on the list is to walk around the corner through Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II on to Via dei Fori Imperiali. This amazing road was purposely built wide by none other than Benito Mussolini so that military tanks could parade down this historical street. As you walk down Via dei Fori Imperiali, take some time to stop and look at all of Rome's ancient ruins on both sides of the road, as we move on to the greatest marvel of all!



Welcome to the Colosseum! No need for any introduction here, enjoy yourself.



After the Colosseum, head back to Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II and walk down Via del Corso. Coming up on your right, walk down Via delle Muratte until you hit the famous Fontana di Trevi, don't forget to throw in a coin so you can return to Rome one day! Once you walk back to Via del Corso, continue in the same direction until you again take a right onto Via dei Condotti. From here you walk straight towards Piazza di Spagna, home of the famous Spanish Steps.



Depending on how much time you have left (as you may have stopped for some shopping while on Via del Corso), you can continue walking down Corso until you hit the beautiful Piazza del Popolo (People's Square). Once home to public executions (last one took place in 1826), the square is located inside the northern walls of the Aurelian Walls, once the starting point of Via Flaminia, the most famous route to the north. Check out the church Santa Maria del Popolo in the northeast corner of the square from which it gets its name. If you have the energy, climb up the hill of Pincio (Pincian Hill) and take in a breath-taking view of the piazza!



PantheonIf you had the time to check out Piazza del Popolo, just behind the piazza you can enter and check out the beautiful and ancient park Villa Borghese, home to the Borghese Gardens and countless art pieces.



From Via del Corso, it's time to head towards the Pantheon. Walk back down Corso and in the direction of heading back to Vittorio Emanuele II, take a right onto Via del Seminario and walk straight into the Pantheon! The Pantheon was once a temple built to honor all the gods of ancient Rome. This beautiful temple was built in 26 B.C. by Marcus Agrippa and rebuilt in 126 A.D. by Emperor Hadrian.



After the Pantheon, exit down Via della Rotonda that turns into Via di Torre Argentina and walk straight until you hit more ruins, only this time, cats have taken over! These ancient ruins are now home to hundreds of cats. From here go down Corso Vittorio Emanuele II until you take a right onto Palazzo Braschi and go straight into Piazza Navona!



Piazza Navona, built 1st century on the site of the Stadium of Domitian, the piazza follows the open space of the stadium. Ancient Romans came here to watch the agones (games). In the center of the piazza lies the famous Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi (Fountain of the Four Rivers) built by Gian Lorenzo Bernini in 1651. The four great rivers of the world include the Nile, Danube, Ganges, and the Plate.


Piazza Navona

After you check out Piazza Navona, go back towards Corso Vittorio Emanuele II and literally cross the street though it and head straight into another famous square, Campo di Fiori! Campo di Fiori (Field of Flowers) was a meadow during the middle ages. Campo was once a place for public punishment. On Feb. 17th, 1600, the philosopher Giordano Bruno was burnt alive by the Roman Inquisition because his ideas were deemed dangerous and his books placed in the Index of Forbidden Books by the Holy Office, as Bruno's statue stands in the middle of Campo. Today, it is perhaps the most lively square in all of Rome! In the morning, the piazza is buzzing with markets selling anything from fruits and vegetables to clothes. At night, it is filled with Italians and foreigners enjoying the square's nightlife.



After you are finished with Campo di Fiori, it is time to get back on Corso Vittorio Emanuele II and head towards the Vatican! Along the way to your right, you will see Castel Sant'Angelo.




This Castle was built by the Roman emperor Hadrian between 135 AD and 139 AD on the banks of the Tiber River. If you have time, you can stop in the Castle and take in amazing views of all of Rome, with perhaps the best view of the Vatican and Saint Peter's Square.



If you don't have time to see Castel Sant'Angelo, continue down Corso Vittorio Emanuele II and cross over the bridge. You will then take a left and go straight into Saint Peter's Square. After taking in the view of the square, enter into Saint Peter's Basilica and check out the amazing arts and history the incredible church has to offer, you will not see anything like it! The church also offers glass-cased bodies of past Popes and the famous sculpture Pieta by Michelangelo. If you can, go up to the dome of the church for the best view of all. The Vatican Museum is located just around the corner. Here, you can enter and see all the famous artwork of the Sistine Chapel from Michelangelo, Raphael, and Bernini! The Creation of Adam is perhaps the most famous of them all.


Campo de Fiori

After you are finished with the Vatican, it is time to take a break! Head to the heart of Rome; Trastevere. Here you can walk around and relax, checking out not only the bars and shops, but really seeing Romans in their community. There is no other place like Trastevere, where all the locals know everyone, and are friendly to travelers. This is the place to eat. Loaded with side streets and mini piazzas, check out the many restaurants for pizzas, pastas, meat dishes and plenty of sea food; you won't be disappointed. For something special check out Dar Poeta on Vicolo del Bologna if you're looking for great pizza. If it's the best pasta and wine you are looking for, head to Taverna Trilussa, on Via del Politeama.



After you have stuffed your bellies and perhaps sipped a few glasses of wine, end your day in Rome with a walk up Via Garibaldi. From here, take a right and climb up the last bit of stairs you will see as you go past the embassy of Spain. Continue your walk as you take a right at the gates on Passeggiata del Gianicolo and walk straight until you are at Piazzale Giuseppe Garibaldi. You will know you are here when you see the giant statue of Garibaldi on his horse. Here at Gianicolo, your long day’s efforts are finally rewarded with the best views of Rome! From Gianicolo, you can see the entire city from the overlook here. Your journey has ended, in just one day, you have truly conquered Rome!