Rome, the city where history and italian essence mix and create a unique atmosphere. Where old Vespa motorbikes stroll by narrow streets of Trastevere. Traces of Roman Empire, Renaissance and Baroque can be discovered all around the city and its unique atmosphere will make you live a wonderful experience. This city is the hearth from where Italian essence spreads to the rest of the world.
Rome has so many things to see that I would recommend you to spend more days enjoying it. But what if you can’t spend more than 24 hours in the Eternal city? Is it possible to visit everything? It is, although it can be crazy. But I’m also crazy and I did it. Let me tell you how to visit Rome in one day.
Our day starts at Vatican City, where a mixture of various architectonic styles and art make one of the smallest states in the world a true gem. It’s a state surrounded by Rome, and you will have to stick to some rules (forbidden objects, dressing) when entering its buildings. To be able to visit everything without queuing, I highly recommend you to buy tickets online for the Vatican Museum, Sixtine Chapel and Basilica di San Pietro.
Vatican Museums are an amazing exposition of unique art pieces, like paintings and sculptures. Transfiguration by Raphael, Entombment by Caravaggio and St. Jerome in Wilderness by Leonardo da Vinci can be found inside. The most wonderful experience is to visit the Sixtine Chapel, where the Pope is chosen, famous all around the world for its ceiling, which was painted by Michelangelo. Before leaving the Vatican Museums building, the spiral staircase, commonly called the Bramante Staircase, will be waiting for you. It is a15m wide staircase with a clear space in the center. As it has a double-helix design, it allows people to go up without meeting people going down, and viceversa in a stunning architectural work.
St. Peter’s Basilica may be the most famous church of Renaissance architecture, and its dome makes the Vatican visible from differents points of Rome. The Basilica is 220m long, 150m wide and nearly 137m tall and Michelangelo and also Bernini contributed to its embellishment. The combination of its size and the decoration inside create an atmosphere of wideness filled with silence. It’s a great experience, worth visiting it.
Just in front of St Peter’s Basilica Piazza San Pietro (St Peter’s Square) welcomes everyone entering Vatican City. This round-shaped square is sourrounded by colonnades and has the largest standing obelisk in its centre, which was brought from Egypt. Swiss Guards in their colourful uniforms are always wandering around the square.
When leaving Vatican City you can take Via della Conciliazone, a street that goes straight to Castel Sant’Angelo, also known as The Mausoleum of Hadrian because his ashes (and the ashes of many Roman Emperors after him) were placed inside. This cylindrical building was constructed between 123 and 139 AD right next to Tevere river. It’s round shape makes it a specially beautiful and recognizable building.