A Quick, 24-Hour Guide to Making Your Way Through Rome

Rome is the capital city of Italy and one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world.  Known for its stark contrasts of ancient history and ultra-modern amenities, the city gives you the opportunity to explore everything from ancient art, Italian culture, luxe shopping and decadent foods.  Stroll down the ancient cobblestone streets and explore the vast array of trendy cafes, designer stores, restaurants and nightlife. 

World-class art and culture can be found on every corner, and while one day in Rome is never enough, here is a quick overview of must-see things in the eternal city on a 24-hour stopover: 

What to See

During tourist season, Rome is filled with thousands of visitors from all over the world. To make the most of your time and experience, skip the lines and confusion by booking the early morning Vatican Tour. The tour will give you access to the majestically painted ceiling of Sistine Chapel by Michelangelo, The Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica without the crowds, and can be explored at your leisure. A reputable guide will be officially authorized by the Vatican Museums, and typically has a university background. The tour will focus on the most important works of art, and avoid the day crowds. 

The Pantheon is also a must-see for any visitor to Rome. As a still active church, the magnificent structure was built between 27 and 25 B.C., and it is said to be the most ancient building in Rome.

The Trevi Fountain is the largest Baroque fountain in the city, made with a travertine facade, Carrara marble statues and a beautiful travertine reef. Legend has it that if you toss a coin into the fountain, a trip back to Rome is inevitable.

Where to Eat

The Mirabelle is considered to be among the very best restaurants in the city, under the helm of  Bruno Borghesi. Known for its exclusivity, The Mirabelle is a social scene among Italian locals, as well as popular with the visiting international crowd that includes celebrities, diplomats and public figures.  

The restaurant boasts one of the most beautiful and elegant terraces in Rome, perched on the 7th floor of the hotel. The huge glass doors open out onto a panorama view that sweeps across the city from the palaces of Pinciano, Villa Medici, Trinità dei Monti all the way to Saint Peter's and to the Gianicolo. A true dining experience where all of your sense are tantalized, The Mirabelle focuses on haute cuisine, impeccable service, luxurious decor, fresh flowers and attention to detail. Don't be shy when it comes to trying the opulent dishes. Favorites include the Braised Lobster with spices, Beluga Iranian Caviar, Lamb Chops and Barbarie Duck with Orange Sauce.

Where to Sleep

Hotel Splendide Royal offers Baroque Opulence and classic 5-star service in the heart of the city center. The hotel has been a favorite for discerning travelers headed to explore the ancient city of Rome. The 19thcentury former palace was once the headquarters of the Roman Maronite community and is a short walk to The Spanish Steps, the Trevi Fountain and other historic points of interest.

The hotel overlooks the Villa Borghese Gardens and is considered full of warmth and familiarity found usually only among friends. Guests will appreciate the richness in style, spaciousness of the rooms and distinct Baroque style decor in the 69 rooms available. A distinct contrast to present-day minimalism governing most new hotels' interior decor and design, the Hotel Splendide Royal romances with hints of aristocracy, antiques and artistry. 

Marble floors, Murano glass chandeliers, oil paintings, rich colors, gilt mirrors, marble baths and a unique domed skylight in the hotel lobby highlight the decadent nature of the hotel.

Kimberly Fisher Boone

Kimberly Fisher is a Freelance Writer and On Camera Host based in New York City. Kimberly's work has appeared in over 38 publications including Huffington Post, JustLuxe, Luxe Beat Magazine, Ocean View Magazine, Pursuitist, Sherman's Travel, Sunset Magazine, and USAToday. Her travels has taken her to sipping champagne cliffside in Portofino, shark feeding in Tahiti, yacht racin...(Read More)

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