24 Hours In Rome
It's often described as the perfect destination for a quick break - and with stunning scenery, some of the world’s best food, and more history and culture than you can shake a stick at, it would be hard to argue with that assessment of Rome. But can you get a flavor of the Italian city in just 24 hours? With culture, sight-seeing, and food to cram in, it's a tall order, but it can be done.
Starting the morning off with a caffeine kick has no better location than the Eternal City, where brilliant espresso is par for the course. From opulent historic coffee houses to local bakeries, great espresso is everywhere. Sant Eustachio Il Caffe is a perfect place to start, due to its central location. Lauded as one of the best espressos in Rome, make sure you also try one of the delicious pastries. Founded in 1938, you can steep in history in gorgeous surroundings as you fuel up.
Hit the Trevi Fountain by 8 am to avoid the worst of the huge tourist crowds. This iconic site can get swamped later in the day, so snap a few pictures now. On your way back pass through Piazza Navona and admire the Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi in the centre, before finding the hidden gem of San Lorenzo with it's intricately painted basilica.
It's time for a quick stop off at the market at Campo de Fiori. You’ll find stalls boasting the freshest local fruits and flowers that will give you a taste of authentic Rome. You can also fit in the Ponte Garibaldi, a bridge viewpoint that gives a stunning view of Tiber Island. Then, book onto a tour with The Roman Guy - your inside track to VIP tours of the Colosseum, the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican. You’ll be able to skip the lines and get straight to the heart of the action, seeing all the key sights. Definitely one for your travel journal!
By now, you'll definitely be ready to sample some more delicious Italian food. It would be a crime to visit the city and not sample some of its extraordinary pizza. You're spoilt for choice, but Pizzarium Bonci is often referred to as the ‘Michelangelo of pizza’. Sold by weight, there is a seasonal menu of ever-changing flavours, dressed with delicious grilled vegetables.
Once you've eaten, hit up Piazza Venezia where you can climb to the top of the Altare della Patria for an incredible view of the Roman ruins and rooftops. From there, take in Caesar’s Forum and Trajan’s Forum with it's famous column completed in 113 AD to tell the story of victories in the Dacian wars.
After a long day of sightseeing, visit Freni e Frizoni for an aperitivo, or traditional pre-dinner cocktail, an Aperol Spritz being the classic choice. Finish your day with a lavish meal at Armando al Pantheon, a trattoria in the shadow of the famous temple. Sample Roman classics such as spaghetti all’amatriciana or the brilliant fish dishes- and don't forget the wine list. Wind up with a delicious gelato and you’ll have spent your time in the city very well indeed!