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See Rome in a Day

July 24, 2012 by  
Filed under Sites To See

By Ahmed Ahmed

Everyone knows that Rome wasn’t built in a day, but what if you only have 24 hours to see it? This whirlwind look at the city’s highlights comes courtesy of Oh-Rome holiday apartments. Here’s what to do if you find yourself with just a day to spend in the Eternal City.

Breakfast at the Basilica

You’ll have to get up early to beat the crowds flocking to visit the Vatican every day. But you’ll be glad you did when you can appreciate one of the world’s greatest collections of art in relative peace and quiet. St Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museums are must-sees in Rome.

Rome 1996

Call in at the Coliseum

The ancient stadium where gladiators took on wild beasts still forms an essential part of any Roman holiday. The structure itself is spectacular. Explore the tunnels and arches where the competitors awaited their fate, before visiting the collection of ancient ruins conveniently located just nearby.

Grab a pizza at the Pantheon

If St Peter’s Basilica is the centre of Roman religion now, the Pantheon was its predecessor. Located in Piazza della Rotonda, this circular building with its famous central skylight was once the temple devoted to all Roman gods. And as we all know that the Italians are devoted to food, complete your religious experience with a slice of authentic Roman pizza from a vendor in the square.

Indulge your inner screen idol

Rome has been immortalised on the silver screen by the likes of Federico Fellini and Vittorio de Sica. At the sumptuous Trevi Fountain, and in the luxurous district of Ludovisi, you can get a taste of La Dolce Vita. Descending the Spanish Steps to go window-shopping among the designer boutiques of Via Condotti, you’ll feel like a true Italian idol.

Time-out in Trastevere

As the sun dips below the horizon, cross the River Tiber to the charming and distinctive district of Trastevere. This independent-minded area is home to many students, artists and young bohemians. Its many restaurants and bars provide a range of ideal locations for a lengthy and delicious Roman dinner, preceded by aperitivos and followed by drinks and maybe even dancing. Why not? – You’re only here for a day!

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