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The Colosseum in Rome

Only have one day in Rome? It happens! For example, many flights have layovers that will require an overnight stay in the city. Whatever your reason for only spending 24 hours in one of the most beautiful cities in the world, I won’t judge! But the city is marvelous and you could easily spend 24 days there exploring all this beautiful city has to offer and still not see it all! So head into town as soon as you land and check out one of the world’s most incredible spots! Below are my favorite tips for seeing as much of Rome as you can in 24 hours!

Getting To And From The City Center Of Rome

Roma Ruins

Once landing at Rome’s(officially known as “Roma”) Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport(FCO), you can either grab a taxi, which will be pretty pricey as the airport is outside the city, or hop on the super convenient express train! It’s located right inside the terminal after you deplane and grab your luggage. Take the Leonardo Express train for a 32-minute non-stop route to Rome’s central station, called Termini. After arriving, you can walk to your hotel if it’s close enough or grab a taxi for a much cheaper ride to your lodgings.

Best Attractions To See In Rome

Palatine Hill/The Forum Area

If you only have 24 hours in Rome, then there is really only one option, the Colosseum Area. This include the Colosseum, Palatine Hill, and The Forum. The Colosseum is breathtaking and thanks to the movie Gladiator, is at the top of everyone’s Rome must-see attractions list, so prepare yourself for the crowds. Spend a couple hours there before grabbing lunch and walking across the street to Palatine Hill and The Forum.

Palatine Hill Gardens

Palatine Hill contains many of the ancient palaces belonging to the government officials and wealthy citizens of ancient Rome. Beautiful architecture and gardens are plentiful throughout the whole site. Connected to Palatine Hill is The Forum, the city center, and the location of many of ancient Rome’s important government buildings, including the Senate. The innumerable statues, architecture, and information plaques in this area are enough to keep you busy for a whole week if you have the time, so make sure you bring good walking shoes because the Colosseum/Forum/Palatine Hill complex is HUGE!

Where To Eat In Rome

Il Brigatino Restaurant

After seeing the sites all day you will have certainly worked up an appetite! Stop by Osteria Il Riposto for some authentic Roman food. The dishes are tasty and well-priced and are vastly different than most of your standard Italian restaurants. Try the octopus with hummus, my favorite! If you want some more traditional pizza and pasta-type dishes, I highly recommend Il Brigatoni. It’s a little hole-in-the-wall only a five-minute walk from the Colosseum. Amazing pizza and great service, this place was packed with locals so you know it’s good! Always check out TripAdvisor reviews before going to any restaurant so you can see pictures/reviews, there are a lot of not-so-great restaurants around the tourist areas.

Where To Stay In Rome

Streets of Rome

There is a ton of lodging options in Rome from AirBnb to classic hotels. We recommend the Hotel Artemide, a gorgeous 4-star hotel pretty close to Rome Termini, the main central railway station. The hotel is conveniently located being only a short 10-15 min walk to the Colosseum area. The rooms, while a bit smaller than your big-name hotels, were completely updated and very quiet. Nothing like laying down in a comfy bed after a day of sightseeing and not being woken up by thin walls or street traffic. Check out the reviews on Google and TripAdvisor for more pictures and reviews of Hotel Artemide and other local hotels!

What To See Next Time?


Once you have completed your day and realize you will have to come back and spend A LOT more time exploring this incredible city, check out some of these other attractions for another visit. Trevi Fountain, Vatican City, and the Capitoline Museums, all are great options within walking distance. Leave a comment and let me know what you think an what your perfect 24-hour itinerary in Rome would be! I hope this article helps you see the most of this incredible city in a limited time! Thanks for reading and check out some of my other blogs!

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