A Quick Guide to Spending 24 Hours in Rome, Italy

This and the next few posts are dedicated to the end of my Eurotrip in Rome, Italy. If you recall, I spent a little over 24 hours in Rome after spending family and solo time in London and Paris respectively. About two months before leaving, I arranged a flight from NYC to London on Virgin Atlantic and Rome back to NYC on Alitalia for under $400, making flight arrangements between countries. If you plan to travel to Rome for a romantic getaway, solo trip, group trip before visiting the Amalfi Coast or are doing a multi-city tour of Italy, here’s a quick guide to spending 24 hours in Rome which can easily be stretched into two or three days.

Traveling from Paris to Rome

If you’re traveling from Paris to Rome like I did, the quickest way to maximize spending a day in Rome is traveling is via plane. A few weeks before the trip, I purchased a nonstop flight from ORY to FCO on Vueling airlines. There are also a number of budget airlines available between other European cities and Rome like Ryanair and Easyjet.
A longer option for traveling from Paris to Rome is via train or driving. These options are about 11-13 hours and give you a chance to see the countryside of both countries. If you’re driving, make sure to keep gas, food and toll cost in your budget.

Getting to Rome from the Airport + Transportation Options in Rome

Public transportation, private or shared rides are some of the main ways to travel to Rome from FCO airport. The total time is about 45 min to an hour. Assuming you’re traveling to Rome on a budget, the most cost effective way to get to Rome from the airport is to take public transportation. There is a train that goes to Termani station which is a major transportation hub and you can take a taxi, bus or train from there. Due to my arrival time, I took a shared ride from the airport straight to my hotel for about €16.
Most of our day in Rome consisted of us using our hotel’s free shuttle service to the Vatican and City Center, taking the train and taxi. Uber is also available, but it is quite expensive.

Where to Stay in Rome

I stayed at the Grand Hotel Tiberio. It was a cute boutique hotel that offered breakfast and dropoff service to the Vatican and City Center daily. Check this post by Passports and Grub for other boutique hotel suggestions in Rome.

Places to Visit in Rome in a Day

When mentioning Rome, you may think ancient civilization, museums, or even the Catholic Church. For a trip with limited time, I recommend taking a hop-on hop-off bus to see the popular sites. You can also look into free or discounted walking tours. Below is a full-day Rome itinerary including time periods of ten different places to visit in Rome in 24 hours.

  • 9AM – Sistine Chapel
  • 10:40 AM – St. Peter’s Square
  • 11:15 AM – St. Peter’s Basilica
  • 1:05 PM – Piazza Navona
  • 1:40 PM – The Pantheon
  • 2:55 PM – Spanish Steps
  • 3:50 PM – Trevi Fountain
  • 4:50 PM – Roman Forum
  • 7:05 PM – The Colosseum
  • 8:45 PM – Palatine Hill

The times listed are estimated depending on transportation time, walking pace and how long it will take you to retain information. To skip lines, I recommend purchasing tickets in advanced. Make sure to also account for meal times between sites. Since my cousin is a super budget traveler and I’ll be visiting Rome and the Amalfi Coast for a girl’s trip next summer, I skipped most long tours and visited sites for free. I’ll be investing in more traditional tours next year since I’ll have more than 24 hours in Rome on our girl’s trip.
A Quick Guide to Spending 24 Hours in Rome

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14 thoughts on “A Quick Guide to Spending 24 Hours in Rome, Italy

  1. Scott Lieberman says:

    Great photos and write-up JoAnna! You made me want to go back to Rome ASAP. To me it felt like a big city (kind of like New York) but then BAM… amazing ancient architecture and history! I just found out about your blog on Flipboard and I flipped this to my Travel Inspiration magazine. 🙂

  2. cleverlychanging says:

    All of these places are on my European travel wish list, but just carving out the time to get there is important to me. Thanks for sharing, I bookmarked this page for later.

  3. Christiana says:

    I honestly can’t wait to visit Rome.its such a beautiful City with alot of history. It’s obvious you had a great time.

  4. Tanay says:

    Rome is on my bucket list for travel. I’m hoping to take a 2 week trip to Europe next fall so I’m definitely going to come back to this post.

  5. Ola says:

    My goodness you were on such a tight schedule! But you managed to get a lot done. Rome is absolutely gorgeous. And the FOOD…oh! Best vacation ever.

  6. Kita says:

    I’ve never been overseas but I a dream of spending a month getting to know some of these countries in Europe. Rome certainly looks beautiful and is definitely on my list of places to see.

  7. MUAKimPorter says:

    I had about 18 hours in Rome after flying from Morocco. I think we stayed at Hotel Secci. We flew on Alitalia as well. It is probably one of the worst airlines we’ve flown. I can’t wait to read your upcoming posts.

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