City guide : Rome in one day
So, you have only one day to visit Roma ?
Here is an exciting and complete program for those who wish to dicover the main attractions of the city in 24 hours. Wheither you are in a cruise stopover in Roma or simply passing through the city, in one day you will discover many monuments and make the most of the city.
To help you to plan your visit in Rome, Universal Tour Guide has planned a program in Roma for your day in the Italian capital:
The Vatican State
As soon as you enters St. Peter’s Square, the first thing that surprises and impresses is the size of the square in front of Saint Peter’s Basilica and the splendid four lines colonnade drawn by Bernini. But it is only when entering the basilica, after the famous three levels staircase (also designed by Bernini) that you will rrealize !
Welcome to the most important religious building of Catholicism ! With a total area of about 22,000 square meters, a dome of 42 meters in diameter (designed by Michelangelo), 136 meters high inside the building, there are lots to see ! Climb up the 330 steps leading to the cupola from where you will discover a beautiful panoramic view of the square and Rome.
Inside, we find the masterpieces of the greatest artists: the majestic canopy of Bernini, the Pietà by Michelangelo, the tomb of Clement XIII by Canova and the mosaic of Navicella Giotto found in the top of the main entrance porch. The Vatican Museums contain numerous works (mostly painted) the greatest masters of all time. It is important not to miss the Sistine Chapel, one of the cornerstones in the history of Italian painting.
From Saint Peter’s Basilica, you can explore by foot the Via Della Conciliazione to reach the second stage of our itinerary: the Castel Sant’Angelo that houses the museum of the same name where we can admire not only the stucco and frescoes and sets various papal apartments, but also an important collection of antique weapons.
The Castel Sant’Angelo is well known by opera lovers, because of its famous terrace overlooking the historic center of Rome.
If you cross the Tiber Ponte Sant’Angelo and take left, you are heading to the famous Piazza Navona.
The piazza Navona is the largest tourist square of Rome and is a must-see place!. Located near the Pantheon, it is built on the ruins of the stadium of Domitian I century, which it keeps the exact shape.
All around are three fountains: the Fountain of the Moor, the Neptune Fountain and the most important, in the center, the Fountain of the Rivers (Nile, Ganges, Danube and the Rio de la Plata) designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini. Traditionally, from December until Epiphany, the place is occupied by stalls which sell toys and pastries.
During the day, have a coffee and enjoy the sun on the terrace. At night, come see artists from the neighborhood who meet for a drink in this historic setting.
Erected at the initiative of Agrippa in 27 BC, the Pantheon of Rome was destroyed by a fire in 80 AD. It was then rebuilt on the order of the emperor Hadrian. Located in the historic heart of the city, between Piazza Navona and the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon is one of Rome’s iconic landmarks. This ancient Roman temple is unavoidable! Its cupola with a diameter of 43.3m still remains today the largest in the world in unreinforced concrete.
During your stay in Rome, you might want to take a visit of the Pantheon !
If you want to book guided tours in Roma you can book it here on Universal Tour Guide.