Rome in 24 hours; a local’s guide
The best way to see Rome in 24 hours and experience the true atmosphere, is to walk it!
We have put together a local’s guide to the city. You can also find a short summary of the go-to-places at the end of this page, plus an easy-to-follow route map.
- Arrive at the magical Trevi Fountain as early as you can, before the crowds. Legend has it that throwing a coin into the fountain brings good luck and ensures you’ll return to Rome someday. So toss a coin over your left shoulder and make a wish!
- Head towards Piazza Venezia, home to the epic Vittorio Emanuele II Monument commemorating the unification of Italy. This architectural giant is nicknamed “the wedding cake” by the Romans and there’s no denying its wow-factor!
Take the street to the left of the monument and stroll past the incredible ancient ruins of the Roman Forum. At the end of this impressive promenade you’ll catch a glimpse of one of the seven wonders of the world: the Colosseum, the grand gladiatorial arena still standing after 2000 years!
You can experience the Colosseum's magnificence just by exploring around the outside, (no need to queue to go inside.)
- Back at Piazza Venezia, take the street to the right of the monument and climb the majestic staircase to the top of one of Rome’s seven hills, the Capitoline Hill, with piazza designed by the great Renaissance artist and architect, Michelangelo. Try to spot the selfie statue!
- Lunch time! On to Campo de’ Fiori square where you’ll find local bakeries, restaurants, and a fresh produce market. In any bakery “fornaio” around the square, you can order a classic Roman sandwich “panino”.
Campo de' Fiori
- After lunch, it’s time to discover Rome’s most beautiful square, Piazza Navona, originally built on the ruins of an ancient Roman stadium. Much-loved by locals and visitors alike, the square features three incredibly enchanting fountains.
- Delve into the cobblestone laneways in the heart of Rome’s historic centre, following one of the city’s most charming streets, Via del Governo Vecchio, you’ll taste some of the best gelato in Rome.
- Since you’re strolling around the neighbourhood, take a break and say Hi to us at the ZAPORAZZI Roma Store, just around the corner at 15 Via della Chiesa Nuova. We are the Italian brand for travellers to shop clothing, bags & souvenirs inspired by the city of Rome. You can view our signature items worn by travellers all over the world on our Instagram page.
- Make your way to the river via picturesque Via Giulia until you hit the Ponte Sisto bridge. Crossing over you’ll find yourself in Piazza Trilussa, the gateway into Rome’s most characteristic neighbourhood, Trastevere, famous for its medieval streets, authentic food and nightlife.
- Head right into the heart of Trastevere to Piazza di Santa Maria, which takes its name from the Basilica at the top of the square, one of the oldest churches in Rome. Just off the square you’ll find some great local restaurants along Via della Paglia. Buon appetito!
- Round off your evening by taking a romantic stroll along the river to one of Rome’s hidden gems, the Tiber Island. This boat-shaped river island creates a dramatic river cascade on each of its banks and features the ruins of a Roman stone bridge older than the Colosseum.
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24 hours in Rome Tour Map
- Trevi Fountain
- Piazza Venezia
- Capitoline Hill
- Campo de’ Fiori
- Piazza Navona
- Via del Governo Vecchio
- Zaporazzi Roma
- Via della Paglia
- Tiber Island