Rome: A Perfect One Day Itinerary
One day itenerary in Romec, architectural and cultural history that has influenced the whole world. Few other places in the world can boast the artistic richness of the Eternal City. You could start your visit of this wonderful city from Piazza Navona, one of the most fascinating places in the center of Rome. Thanks to the stalls and street artists who perform against the backdrop of splendid Baroque architecture, the square is always lively. The Fountain of the Four Rivers, sculpted by Bernini in 1651, is the most important monument, but behind it you can also admire the beautiful church of Sant’Agnese. Even if the restaurants in the square aren’t cheap, eating among these masterpieces is priceless.
Another symbol of Rome is Piazza Campo de ‘Fiori, about a five-minute walk from Piazza Navona. The square is home to one of Rome’s main open-air markets. The market stalls are arranged over the entire surface of the square, among neoclassical buildings and in the shadow of the statue of Giordano Bruno. Here you can find all sorts of souvenirs and above all fresh zero-kilometer products.
Continuing the visit we reach the Trevi Fountain, one of the most beautiful fountains in the world. Decorated with sculptures of Roman gods, tritons and horses, tourists love to throw into it the classic coin by making a wish or taking a selfie. It is also worth strolling through the narrow streets around the fountain, some of the most picturesque in Rome. In some streets around the fountain you can find the best trattorias and ice cream parlors in the city. A few more streets and you arrive at Piazza del Quirinale with the homonymous palace where lives the President of the Republic and where you can admire also the famous obelisk and the Dioscuri fountain.
Not far from the Trevi Fountain is Piazza Venezia. The square is known for having been the scene of immense gatherings of crowds on the occasion of the speeches of Benito Mussolini in the days of fascism. Today Piazza Venezia with its monuments is one of the most popular places for tourists visiting Rome. Here you can admire the majestic Altar of the Fatherland and the tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
The Pantheon is one of the most famous symbols of ancient Rome, still used today as a basilica. This temple with its well-known granite dome houses the tombs of some of the most important figures in the history of Italy, such as Raphael. The square is always very crowded with tourists and often hosts street musicians.
Not to be missed, of course, are the Imperial Forums, an area that houses basilicas, columns, splendid gardens and the imposing Temple of Saturn. The Roman Forum represented for centuries the hub of public, political and religious life in ancient Rome. The Colosseum is certainly the most important monument and is about a ten minute walk from this area.
Also in the city center we find Piazza di Spagna, one of the iconic places of Rome, with the flowery staircase of Trinità dei Monti and, at its feet, the Fountain of the Barcaccia sculpted by Pietro Bernini in 1627.
You cannot see Rome without also visiting the Vatican City and its museums. The Vatican Museums host over 50 galleries with masterpieces by famous artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Bellini, Titian and Caravaggio. On the last Sunday of the month, admission to museums is usually free, including the Sistine Chapel and its splendid frescoes by Michelangelo.
The Saint Peter’s Basilica, with its characteristic dome and the large colonnade with the statues of Jesus and the 12 apostles will leave you speechless. Inside the Saint Peter’s Basilica there are some real treasures: the bronze canopy and the funeral monument of Pope Urban VIII made by Bernini, the Pietà by Michelangelo, the monument to Pope Clement XIII by Canova and the mosaic of the Navicella by Giotto.
Last but not least, you cannot leave Rome without stopping in one of its most famous ice cream shops: among the ingredients you could see exotic fruit, flower petals and even wines. You will find an ice cream shop in every corner of the city. Some of the most famous of them are: Il Dolce Sorriso, Gelato San Lorenzo, Gelateria dell’Angeletto, Gelateria Fatamorgana and Grom. Most of these ice cream shops have several outlets in the city.