See All of Rome in 1 Day

January 31, 2019

It was a gloomy day when we arrived in Rome. Sometimes, I can't help but think that we bring the rain with us everywhere we go. It would stop once we are inside an establishment then resume the moment we stepped outside. At one point, the strong wind bent my umbrella so I had to buy a new one. Nothing can stop us from exploring Rome, though. And so we did—by foot. 

Full of inspiring art and architecture, and rich history and culture, Rome seems impossible to be uncovered within a day, but we were able to see about 10 major sites just by walking. We started the day by going to the Vatican City, which is the smallest country in the world and headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church, and ended it with a short trip to the Colosseum (it was closed by the time we arrived). Having limited time to prepare an itinerary, we resorted to an app called Visit A City to be our travel guide. It was pretty helpful as there are a number of options to choose from to fit your preferences. You can see at the end of this post how it works. #NotSponsored

1. Vatican

Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Square and St. Peter's Basilica
Highlight of the trip: Seeing the fresco painting, "The Creation of Adam" by Michelangelo

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2. Castel Sant'Angelo

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3. Corte Suprema di Cassazione

This was not included in the itinerary but that's the advantage of walking — more to see.
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4. Piazza Navona

5. The Pantheon

The Pantheon used to be a Roman temple, but now serves as a church. The oculus is the only source of light in the building and also acts as a sundial. It is believed to allow human prayer to ascend to the heavens unimpeded. This also means that the rain will be able to enter the church, as it did that day. 
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6. Trevi Fountain

Apparently, there is a right way of throwing a coin into the fountain (which we did not know of at the time) — by standing with you back to the fountain and using your right hand to toss the coin over your left shoulder. By doing so, you increase your chances of returning to Rome. 

7. Piazza Venezia

8. Roman Forum

9. Colosseum

I was disappointed that we didn't get to see what's inside. Gazing at outside structure of the Colosseum left me awestruck. 

Our one day packed itinerary:

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