How to See Rome in A Day

Since I’m teleworking, social distancing, self-quarantining, and all of that…I can’t help but think about my trip to Europe last year.

If you missed my previous posts about my trip, click here to check them out. I started the sixth day in Europe with my sister touring the beautiful city of Rome!

The Colosseum

Our tour started at 8:45 a.m. and we arrived early enough to sit down and have tea while taking in this amazing view of the Colosseum. Our meeting spot was just a few steps away from this cafe.

Our full-day tour “Rome in a Day Tour: Including Vatican, Colosseum & Historic Center” with Walks of Italy was an awesome experience. Our tour guide Luigi was great and didn’t miss a beat! One perk of booking this tour is we did not have to wait in long lines to enter the Colosseum. For all of the attractions on the tour, we had skip-the-line access so we did not waste any time waiting in line. Plus, we had a lot to cover to see Rome in one day.

After the Colosseum, we made a pit stop for gelato before heading to the Pantheon.

Pantheon

The inside was spectacular, especially the view of the dome, or the “eye of the Pantheon.” Fun fact: on April 21, the founding date of Rome, at midday a lighting effect can be viewed when the sunlight fills the entranceway with light.

Trevi Fountain

This was one of the quicker stops on our tour, as it was quite crowded. We elbowed our way to the front for a photo, but an epic fail on my part, I didn’t have my coin to toss in the fountain. So, I guess I’ll just have to go back and visit again.

Piazza Navona

The Piazza Navona has a touch of charm, from the fountains (there are 3), to the colors of the buildings, and the street artist performances.

Fontana del Nettuno (Fountain of Neptune)

Vatican Museums

I snapped the majority of my photos at the Vatican Museums. In the courtyard, we stopped at the Sphere Within Sphere. This series of bronze sculptures can be found all over the world in New York, Indianapolis, Washington D.C, San Francisco, and Israel.

Luigi Talking About the “Sphere Within Sphere”

Luigi covered so much history throughout our visit to the Vatican museums. Below are photos from the Pio Clementino Museum of Belvedere Hermes, Belvedere Apollo, and Laocoön

Sistene Chapel & St. Peter’s Basilica

The second to last stop was the Sistine Chapel. It was absolutely breathtaking! Honestly, unbelievable. I’m not a rule-breaker, so I didn’t sneak any photos, but they’ll forever be in my photographic memory bank.

The last stop on the tour was St. Peter’s Basilica. At this point, it was nice that after a long day, this stop was self-guided and basically voluntary. Below is a photo of Michelangelo’s Pietà.

Michelangelo’s Pietà

In Conclusion..

Hundreds of photos later (I checked my memory card, 232 to be exact), we truly conquered Rome in a Day with Luigi. I loved this tour, and highly recommend it when you visit Rome! I give it 5 stars!

2 thoughts on “How to See Rome in A Day

  1. Such an awesome experience!! I had plans to travel more this year and BOOM, you know what happened. Where are you going to next?

    1. This year is unbelievable! Sigh. Thankfully, I didn’t have any big plans I had to cancel besides Florida in July. I want to go back to Italy, there is so much more I still want to see. What’s on your travel list?

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