One day in Rome

You want to go to Rome, but are in a major time crunch and can only explore the city for a day. First, we at Parclick are sorry that you don’t have more time to see this amazing city. Unfortunately, you cannot do everything that Rome has to offer if you stayed for a week, much less a day trip.

Obviously, if you are travelling to Rome, there are a few sights that you simply cannot miss. The ColiseumTrevi FountainSpanish StepsSegovia AqueductRoman ForumSt. Peter’s Basilica and Pantheon are well-known for a reason: these tourist attractions are incredible. Whatever your exact itinerary for 24 hours in Rome, you need to be sure to see at least some of these famous landmarks.

To make the most out of your trip, Parclick has a great option for your situation. Instead of running around Rome like crazy and trying to fit as many attractions into one day as possible, why don’t you plan a trip that is tailored to your interests? Keep reading to see our suggestions for must-see places and things to do in Rome that are based on your personal preferences.

For art lovers

Rome is a stunning city filled with over 50 museums that showcase everything from classical paintings to contemporary art. No matter your favorite style, you are sure to find a museum in Rome that makes you light up with excitement.

Don’t be surprised to have misty eyes as you stand in front of the famous Assumption of the Virgin, made by well-known artist Annibale Caracci. This renowned work is housed at the Santa Maria del Popolo Basilica, located by the Piazza del Popolo. While visiting this 15th century basilica, you can also admire paintings, murals and sculptures created by great artists of the day, including CaravaggioRaphael and Gian Lorenzo Bernini.

Once you’ve had your fill of the Santa Maria del Popolo Basilica, it might be time to fill your stomach. Where would an art lover go to eat pastries and drink coffee in Rome other than Caffè Canova-Tadolini? This café is special as it doubles as a museum. In every nook and cranny of the building, you can enjoy the numerous bustssculptures and paintings. The 19th century sculptor, Antonio Canova, previously used this space on Via del Babuino as his workroom. In 1967, these rooms were changed into a restaurant and the place remains a bustling center of art, history and food this day.

If you are an art lover who also likes to do their research, you’ve probably already made plans to visit one of the most important art galleries in the entire city, the Galleria Borghese. This 20-room space is a mecca for those who appreciate Bernini. Some of his most famous works are housed here, like the statue of David and his slingshot and The Rape of ProserpinaApollo and Daphne. You can also see works by CanovaTitianFederico Barocci and Raphael in the former Villa Borghese Pinciana.  

A short walk away, you can enjoy great the Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna. Don’t think that you will only find traditional paintings here, as the museum specializes in modern art. In addition to the pieces created by Italian artists, this gallery has art masterpieces from famed foreigners, including DuchampMonetJackson Pollock and Van Gogh.

Finally, you cannot miss going to the Palazzo Doria Pamphili. This palace is home to the Doria Pamphilj Gallery with its Gallery of Mirrors. This stunning hall has 18th century frescoes, statues and golden mirrors that adorn the walls.

For religious sites

If you go to Rome, you need to visit at least one of the many basilicascathedrals and churches that are found throughout the city. Fortunately for those concerned about budget, many of these religious places are free to enter. Even if you are not interested in the religious aspects of these historic monuments, you can visit the cathedrals to appreciate amazing architectural structures and incredible artwork.  

If you really want to tour some of the best cathedrals in Rome, you need to begin your day early. Most cathedrals close during the afternoon, which actually works well for your day trip. When the cathedrals are closed, you can go enjoy a typical Roman lunch and then see the other main tourist attractions during the afternoon before you have to leave The Eternal City.

Your first stop of the day is the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore. Besides the stunning façade, the interior is decorated with intricate murals, and a triumphal arch. Don’t forget to visit the crypt – we promise it isn’t as creepy as it sounds, as the place is actually quite beautiful.

Next on the list is one of the oldest churches in Rome, the Santa Maria in Trastevere. Constructed around the 340’s, this religious structure is filled with 12th and 13th century mosaics that will make you want to stare for hours.

However, you do not have hours to spend in one place, so continue with your adventure by visiting the San Lorenzo Fuori le Mura. If you are terrified of ghosts, this may not be the best place for you to go, as many saints and even two Popes were laid to rest here.

Of course, St. Peter’s Basilica and the Pantheon are non-negotiable places to see during your trip. Not only are they known for their religious implications, but these sites are famous for their architectural importance.

For food connoisseurs

All roads lead to Rome, or at least to Italian food, right? If you consider yourself a foodie, you will not go wrong with a trip to the City of Seven Hills.

Typical Italian dishes

To sink your teeth into a cheesy pizza or a piping hot pasta dish, Rome is a great city to visit. One of the best places in the city for good, traditional pizza is called Pizzarium. If you are looking more for a hole in the wall, cheap eatery, visit Da Remo, which is also famous in Rome for its amazing pizzas.

As for pasta dishes, the Nonna Betta is a classic establishment. The kosher restaurant serves traditional Roman Jewish cuisine, which obviously includes a variety of pasta selections to choose from. Also located in the Roman Jewish quarter of Rome is C’é Pasta…e Pasta. As you may be able to infer from the name, this establishment specializes in kosher pasta dishes.

If you really enjoy finger foods, you must go to the Supplizio restaurant. Here, you can pick from a delicious selection of typical Roman street food.  

Desserts and coffee

You cannot leave Rome without sampling some of the sweets that the city has to offer. The Roscioli Caffé is a perfect place to rejuvenate yourself with a steaming cup of coffee and a delicious pastry. Of course, if you have a big sweet tooth, the Pasticceria Regoli is a mandatory stop. This place is a very old establishment that is famous for its incredible desserts. On the other hand, if you are a pickier eater and are looking for desserts that are savory as well as sweet, Le Levain was practically made for you.

No matter which of these restaurants you decide to visit, be sure to take photos of each meal. Your Instagram followers will instantly be jealous and will be booking their trip to Rome in a heartbeat.