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24 hours in... Rome

Destination Reviews

With only 24 hours in a port, sometimes it can be overwhelming to work out which landmarks to visit, excursions to take and restaurants to sample.

We've done the hard work for you and put together our recommendations to make the most of your time.

  • Toss a coin into the Fontana di Trevi

Give in to your inner tourist, take as many photographs and throw as many coins as you like into this glorious Baroque fountain, made famous with the 1950's and 60's films of Roman Holiday,
Three Coins in the Fountain and La Dolce Vita. Don't forget to make a wish with each coin toss!

  • Piazza di Spagna & The Golden Rectangle

Sit on the 'Spanish Steps' of the compact piazza and watch the world go by, climb the 135 stairs leading up to the Trinita dei Monti, for an unobstructed view down the famous shopping street of Via dei Condotti, known for its luxury fashion stores.

  • Colosseum & Roman Forum

From the Via dei Fori Imperiali, you can look down onto the ancient Roman city layout, including the Roman Temple of Minerva on your left, the Forum on your right and the Arco di Costantino,
close to the Colosseum.

Roman Trevi Fountain
  • Piazza Navona & Pantheon

Take in the atmosphere of Piazza Navona, with its numerous musicians, artists and street performers, in amongst the 16th century fountains of Neptune and Moor. Down a little alley you will come to the Pantheon, the iconic temple with a golden encrusted roof and a skylight.

  • Basilica di Santa Maria in Trastavere

Take a trip across the Tiber to the bohemian area of Trastavere, known for its artisan roots and traditions. Wander the cobbled streets and visit the 12th century church of Basilica di Santa Maria in Trastavere and her renowned mosaics.

  • St Peter's Basilica & Sistine Chapel

Book your tickets in advance and queue to see the famous ceiling painted by Michelangelo. It is well worth the wait and the room upon room route that dictates the time you take to get there. St Peter's Basilica is utterly stunning, especially the spectacular dome at its centre.

  • Galleria & Villa Borghese

Housing one of the largest private art collections in the world, Galleria Borghese showcases paintings by Caravaggio, Rubens, Raphael and Leonardo da Vinci, however you do need to book to visit. If you are wanting some time away from the bustling streets, head into the gardens to relax with a picnic.

St Peter's Basilica, Rome
  • Campo de' Fiori

Follow your nose to the sights and smells of the "Field of Flowers", Campo de' Fiori, selling wonderful products, fruits and vegetables to the city's residents and tourists. Pick up oils, herbs and spices to recreate the Roman dishes you have fallen in love with.

  • Romulus & Remus statue

Try and spot the tiny statue of the Capitoline Wolf suckling the founders of Rome, Romulus and Remus, outside City Hall and the Capitoline Museums. Choose the steep street of Via di S. Pietro in Caracere, and the climb will reward you; not only with the diminutive sculpture, but with fabulous views of the city.

  • Botanical Garden

Embrace your inner botanist at the Orto Botanico di Roma. Follow the nature trails, take a guided tour or even visit the butterfly house. With over 7,000 species of plants, a bamboo forest, greenhouses and places to have tea and cake, there are worse places to spend an afternoon!

Rome Skyline
Meet the author

Eleanor is a former Marketing Manager at Mundy Cruising

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