With smart planning you can pack a lot of sightseeing into your Roman visit, but there's no point in overloading your trip — with any luck, you'll keep coming back to Rome.
After several dozen visits, I still have a healthy list of excuses to return. Some people actually "do" Rome in a day.
Crazy as that sounds, if all you have is a day, it's one of the most exciting days Europe has to offer. Start at at the Colosseum. After a quick lunch, taxi to the Vatican Museums, then head to St.
Peter's Basilica open until April—Sept. Taxi back to Campo de' Fiori for dinner, then finish your day lacing together all the famous floodlit spots following my guidebooks' Heart of Rome Walk — also available as a free audio tour.
Note: This busy plan is possible only if you reserve entry times for the Vatican Museums and the Colosseum in advance. On the first day, do the "Caesar Shuffle" from the Colosseum book ahead to the Forum, then over Capitoline Hill visiting the Capitoline Museums , and on to the Pantheon.
After a siesta, add some sightseeing to suit your interest.
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On the second day, see Vatican City St. Peter's, dome climb, tour the Vatican Museums. Have dinner near the atmospheric Campo de' Fiori, and then walk to the Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps following my guidebooks' Heart of Rome Walk — also available as a free audio tour. With a third day, add the Borghese Gallery reservations required and more sights. Rome is a great one-week getaway.
Its sights can keep even the most fidgety traveler well entertained for a week. Spend the late afternoon doing my guidebooks' Heart of Rome Walk also available as a free audio tour.
In the afternoon do my Jewish Ghetto Walk, followed immediately by my Trastevere Walk both walks are outlined in my Rome guidebooks and available as a free audio tour.
Enjoy dinner in Trastevere. In Vatican City, visit St.
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Peter's Basilica, dome climb, and tour the Vatican Museums. Spend the early evening shopping and enjoying the local passeggiata by doing what I call the "Dolce Vita Stroll" along Via del Corso start at Piazza del Popolo and end up at Piazza Venezia for great sunset views.
Side-trip to Ostia Antica closed Mon.
In the evening, you could repeat my guidebooks' "Heart of Rome" walk from Campo de' Fiori to the Spanish Steps to enjoy the after-dark scene. Gene Openshaw is the co-author of the Rick Steves Rome guidebook. Facebook Twitter Pinterest Email Share.
The Trevi Fountain is especially atmospheric at night. By Rick Steves and Gene Openshaw With smart planning you can pack a lot of sightseeing into your Roman visit, but there's no point in overloading your trip — with any luck, you'll keep coming back to Rome. With that in mind, here are my recommended priorities: Rome in a Day Some people actually "do" Rome in a day.
Rome in Seven Days Rome is a great one-week getaway. Day 3 In Vatican City, visit St. Day 4 Side-trip to Ostia Antica closed Mon. Day 6 Day-trip to Naples and Pompeii.