A Day in One of the Most Famous Capital Cities: Rome!
Vatican City, Rome - While the City of Rome may not have been built in a day, all the highlights of this romantic city can be seen in a single day. Of course, this city has so much to see and do that it can easily fill up a whole week, but it’s quite possible to see the major attractions in one day on the Rome Private Tour with privatetour.com.
Starting the day with a good breakfast, traditional Italian if possible like some Calzone:
In typical fashion most people start their day with a scalding hot cup of Java, and Italians are no different; most of the population begins with a coffee, cappuccino, latte or espresso. To have the real Italian experience the first cup needs to be perfect to be prepared for the day ahead. Or there’s Orzo, which is a non-caffeinated nutty drink a lot like cocoa and most popular with children in Italy.
Coffee can be accompanied by a pastry called Crostata. This is a buttery breakfast tart filled with sour cherry, apricot or some sort of wild berry jam. This breakfast is the perfect start for a day of touring around the magnificent city of Rome, and is available in nearly every little Cafe or Hotel in Rome.
This is one of the best tours in the Eternal City. With a private, licensed guide, visit the two most popular highlights in Rome!
The guide leads the way into the first and second level of the Colosseum, explaining all about this monument’s history and the spectacular fights that took place inside. Experts in the history of Ancient Rome will carefully describe what life in Ancient Rome was like for the population and the emperors, how gladiators were treated and how they fought. Once the Colosseum adventure is over, the group takes a taxi to the Vatican.
Espresso and Amaretto cookies. (When in Rome!!) Here, the group takes time for a well-earned pit stop at any of the cafés in the square for an espresso and maybe some cookies for energy. During the summer months many people enjoy a Gelato. There are plenty of shops around that sell them but the most popular is at the Old Bridge.
Actually the smallest country in the world, but no passport is needed! The private tour bypasses all the lines and can access the Vatican museums without wasting time. Visitors enjoy an express visit to the Vatican museums, focusing on the works that they or their guide deem the most important. Then to the Sistine Chapel, to admire in silence the magnificent frescoes by Michelangelo that adorn the walls and ceiling of this huge room.
St. Peters Basilica
Again skipping the line, the group enters St Peterʼs Basilica, thanks to an easy access that goes directly to the Church from the Sistine Chapel. The tour of the Colosseum and Vatican will finish in the legendary St Peterʼs Square, enclosed by the monumental colonnade by Bernini.
Light lunch & refreshments
Locals will never have lunch before 1:00 pm and usually three courses is a must. Il Primo (first course) is typically a pasta dish then Il Secondo (2nd course), some meat or fish dish, then il Contorno (3rd course), vegetables, salads or some fruit. Alternatively, of course, there’s pizza or food on the go, which is becoming very popular with many locals and tourists alike.
After all the walking in the morning it’s a good idea to take it easy and join one of the hop on - hop off bus tours and view some of the most famous sights around Rome.
At this stop visitors can discover Piazza Della Repubblica and Via Nazionale for some relaxing shopping, or Palazzo Massimo and the Baths of Diocletian.
Santa Maria Maggiore
Here one can visit the ancient Basilica and reach the Church of San Pietro in Vincoli, located nearby, famous for its Moses by Michelangelo.
The bus reaches the Colosseum, the Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill through the quaint via dei Fori Imperiali.
From this stop, the Circus Maximus, the Palatine Hill and the 'Mouth of the Truth' are easily accessible.
This is the place to discover several essential monuments such as the Capitoline Hill, the Vittoriano, the Jewish Ghetto, the Pantheon, the Tiber Island or museums such as the Capitoline Museums, Crypta Balbi, Galleria Doria Pamphilj, Galleria Colonna, Palazzo Valentini, and the National Museums of Palazzo Venezia.
Vatican City & Castel Sant'Angelo
From here visitors can admire St. Peter's Basilica, Borgo Pio, Castel Sant'Angelo (stop here), Navona Square, Campo de' Fiori, Pantheon, via Cola di Rienzo (shopping area), Piazza del Popolo or the Vatican Museums, Palazzo Altemps and the National Museum of Castel Sant'Angelo.
Fontana di Trevi (no stop here Saturdays after 3:00 PM, Sundays and Bank Holidays)
The legend goes that when someone throws a coin into the Trevi Fountain using their right hand over their left shoulder, their return to Rome will be guaranteed.
Via Ludovisi & Via Veneto
Get off here and head to the Spanish Steps, Trinità dei Monti, Piazza del Popolo, and the Borghese Gallery
A well-deserved little rest before dinner is advised, as traditionally, dinner is not served before 8 pm
Ready for dinner: pizza or pasta, or traditional Italian fair?
One of the last decisions of the day is dinner and as in many eateries, dinner in Italy is an occasion to relax, enjoy some wine along with fantastic flavors and Italian delicacies. Antipasti Misti is a beautiful assortment of appetizers, soups like Zuppe or minestrone is a must and of course pasta, pasta, pasta - all kinds and every kind.
It would be a pity to visit Rome and not try any, if not all, of the deserts listed below:
This is a must…. Tiramisu, Cannoli, Panna Cotta, Panettone
After a full day it’s highly recommended to experience one of the unforgettable night tours of Rome that’s offered by privatetour.com.