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, or a 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 as I did, the quickest way to maximize spending a day in Rome is by traveling 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 Termini 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 using our hotel’s free shuttle service to the Vatican museums 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 drop-off 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
You may think of ancient Rome civilization, museums, or even the Catholic Church when mentioning Rome. 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 one day Rome itinerary including time periods of ten different places to visit in Rome in 24 hours.
- 9 AM – 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 advance. 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, I skipped most long tours and visited sites for free. I’ll invest in more traditional tours since I’ll have more than one day in Rome on our girl’s trip.