How to See Rome in a Day

Sep 12, 2011 by    Posted under: Travel

Rome wasn’t built in a day but sure did my best to see it in one. Well, a quarter of one. Even though I only saw a fraction of Rome, I was able to see quite a bit in only six hours.

I took a two hour train ride from Tuscania and arrived in Rome about noon. Armed with only a souvenir map I picked up at the train station in Rome, some notes and suggestions from some local friends, and an Italian phrase book, I set out to see as much as I could before my 6:00 pm train back.

In Rome, I varied my usual travel style and focused more on destination points. I chose 7 things I definitely wanted to see and ended up getting to visit 10 just by the way I wandered in between my destinations. I was also able to really get a feel for the city by walking from one place to another rather than taking public transportation.

Here is a step by step guide in how to see many of Rome’s great sights in just one day. Even in the six hours that I had, I was able to spend quite a bit of time in each place to really look around and take in the scenery.

How to See Rome in a Day

1. Start at the Ostiense train station and walk northwest towards the Pyramid of Cestius.

2. From the Pyramid of Cestius, Start walking northeast on Vialle d Pyramide Cestia. Follow to road as it turns into Viale Aventino where you will eventually arrive at Circus Maximus (Circo Massimo.)

3. Continue walking along the street and you will soon come to The Colosseum (Colosseo).

4. From the Colosseum, walk northwest on Via dei Forti Imperiali and you will quickly see the Roman Forum (Foro Romano) on your left.

5. Continue walking up Via dei Forti Imperiali to The Monument to Vittorio Emanuele II (Monumento Nazionale a Vittorio Emanuele II).

6. It’s time to go off the beaten path and take some smaller side streets. From The Monument to Vittorio Emanuele II, walk west past the Forum of Trajan (Foro Traiano), down Via Magnanapoli to Via Nazionale. Walking down Via Nazionale, you will quickly come to Via XXV Maggio. Head north on Via XXV Maggio and it will take you right to The Quirinal Palace (Palazzo del Quirinale).

7. From The Quirinal Palace, walk west down Via della Dataria to Via di San Vincenzo. Follow Via di San Vincenzo north, which will take you to Trevi Fountain (Fontana di Trevi).

8. From Trevi Fountain, walk southwest on Via della Muratte which will turn into Via di Pietra which will then turn into Via di Pastini. Cross over the Piazza del Rotonda to The Pantheon.

9. From The Pantheon, go south on Via della Rotonda which will turn into Via di Torre Argentina. Turn right onto Corso Vittorio Emanuele. Follow this road (which will change names a couple of times) all the way across the Corso Vittorio Emanuele bridge. Continue walking straight on Via San Pio X. Turn right when you get to Via della Conciliazione. St. Peter’s Square (Piazza San Pietro) is straight ahead and hard to miss.

This path is about 8km (~5 miles). I found myself weaving in and out of side streets quite often but this is the basic path I took. Along the way there were a lot of great restaurants, gelaterias, cafes and shops.

I took more photographs in Rome than I know what to do with and you can see some of them on Where in the World is Basha’s Facebook page.

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