24 Hours in Rome: Easy Time to Fill
Italy’s capital is a stunning city brimming with history, culture and – of course – delicious cuisine. Guests embarking on either the Italian Grande Tour or the Italy, the Deep South and Sicily Tour have a fantastic opportunity to explore this marvellous metropolis. As both of these tours either begin or conclude in Rome, all you have to do is simply choose a flight schedule which leaves you with 24 hours to spare.
As one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, Rome can sometimes feel overwhelming with so much on offer. So, we’ve put together some expert guidance on what you can do during this time. You’ll notice a common theme of pre-booking for popular experiences – don’t be afraid to get in early and reserve your space if there’s a site you know you won’t want to miss.
A Self-Guided Walking Tour
Many would agree the best way to explore Rome is on foot. By guiding yourself through a walking tour of the city, you can truly immerse yourself in the atmosphere while getting around to several of the iconic landmarks: the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, Pantheon, Roman Forum and many others. Ask your hotel for a local map (or use a smartphone app like Google Maps if you’ve got a generous amount of international roaming data).
Visit the Vatican
The highlights of the Vatican City include the Egyptian Museum, Raphael Rooms, Gallery of Candelabra, Gallery of Maps, Gallery of Tapestries, and – last but not least – the magnificent Sistine Chapel. We suggest pre-booking your entrance to the Vatican because the lines can be quite lengthy. You’ll need to choose an entry timeslot, but once you’re inside you can take as long as you like to marvel at the fascinating buildings and galleries.
Explore the Colosseum
Perhaps Rome’s most symbolic structure, the Colosseum has always been a popular tourist choice. Of course, this also means it’s perpetually busy; to avoid any disappointment we strongly recommend that you arrange your tickets in advance. The underground section is one of the most intriguing areas, but only a limited number of visitors can access it per day, so ensure you pre-purchase your ticket well in advance for the complete experience. We recommend wearing comfortable shoes and carrying a water bottle with you.
Wander the Borghese Gallery
Art aficionados should head straight for the Borghese Gallery to enjoy one of the world’s greatest art collections. On top of the fabulous creations inside, the architecture of the gallery building itself is also stunning. Entrance here must be booked in advance as the Borghese Gallery runs on designated timeslots.
Indulge in Italian Cuisine
Avoid those stock-standard touristy eateries; you need to venture a little away from the main areas to discover truly authentic Italian cuisine. Whether it’s pasta, pizza, or another classic dish you’re craving, you’ll surely find the best original recipes in Rome. Whatever you choose as your main meal, you can’t go past a gelato dessert on the way back to your hotel!
No matter which activities take your fancy, there’s no doubt a free 24 hours in Rome can become a sensational start or conclusion to your tour of Italy. Book your space on an Albatross Tours Italian adventure today and prepare for a holiday experience you’ll never forget.