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24 Hours in Rome

The Colosseum

By day or night, The Eternal City is both mysterious and beautiful. In Rome, the old world has been preserved for all to see and visitors can lose themselves in the wonders of the Colosseum and the Pantheon or explore the winding streets of the city. All this history doesn't mean Rome has been left behind: the city hums with modern bars and cafes, shops and clubs. See our 24 Hour Guide for Rome and find out where to sip on the finest coffee, eat a slice of pizza and admire the works of Leonardo and Michaelangelo.

Golden Gate Park

Watch the sun rise of the Tiber River and the Roman skyline, from the terrace of this beautiful orange garden, and witness a new day starting in the Eternal City.

Coffee at the Caffè Sant' Eustachio

Start your day off with a cup of the best coffee in Italy. The gran caffè speciale has been touted by travel journalists and bloggers as one of the best things about Rome.

The Pantheon

Beat the crowds by getting an early look at the Pantheon, one of the must-see attractions in Italy. The temple, church, gallery and architectural phenomenon is an ancient marvel and is staggering in its magnitude and beauty. Built in 125AD, its design has endured the test of time.

Hop On Hop Off Bus

Get a feel for the city and choose where you'd like to spend more time with a hop on, hop off bus tour. Opt for an open top tour bus if the weather is sunny and zip past all the major attractions without breaking a sweat.

The Sistine Chapel

The genius of Michaelangelo's work at the Sistine Chapel barely needs an introduction. Worth the journey to Rome alone, the famous frescoes of the creation of man are a marvel to be savoured inside. Go on the last Sunday of every month to get in for free.

Galleria Borghese

See art through the ages in this exquisite gallery. The collection was commissioned by Cardinal Scipione Borghese in the 16th century, and is kept in a gorgeous villa that was intended to be an entertainment palace. No walk-ins are accepted, so remember to book.

St Peter's Basilica

This historical church is dedicated to the Christian martyr Saint Peter, who was crucified and buried on the site. The basilica is remarkable, housing many great works of art including Michelangelo's Pietà.

Pizza al Taglio

Get the best pizza of your life from the place it originated. Order sliced pizza for lunch just about anywhere in Rome, and choose from a variety of delicious toppings. This is a fast, cheap and practical way to eat lunch on a busy day of sight seeing.

The Genius of Leonardo da Vinci Museum

Learn more about one of the greatest artists of all time by visiting this fun museum, located in Piazza Popolo. Models of his inventions give visitors a chance to experience the visions of da Vinci come to life. Ideal for young and old.

Capitoline Hill

Climb the staircase leading up Capitoline Hill, built by Michaelangelo, leading towards the Piazza del Campidoglio. The site hosts some of the most spectacular pieces of Renaissance art. The nearby Capitoline Museums, the Palazzo dei Conservatori and the Palazzo Nuovo, display work from as early as 5th century BC.

The Colosseum

No trip to Rome would be complete without a trip to the Colosseum. Travel back in time at this historical amphitheater, and imagine the gladiators storming the gates to fight for glory. It will give you a clear idea of why Rome is called the Eternal City.

Ponte Sisto

Relax after filling up on pizza by taking a walk across the Ponte (Bridge) Sisto, which offers a breathtaking view of this amazing city.

Bicycle Ride

Take a relaxing bike ride through the Roman suburbs. Get to know the area intimately by going where pedestrians often won't have time. This is fast becoming the vehicle of choice for tourists.

Freni e Frizioni

This vibrant bar is home to the arty/ student crowd in Rome. Located in the Trastevere, next to the riverside square, you will find it buzzing with people between 7-10 every night. Come in early to secure a table and enjoy the excellent food and drinks specials.

Musee Mechanique

This three-time Michelin star rated restaurant is set in the Rome Cavalieri Hilton Roof Gardens. The food, wine and cocktail menus are complemented excellently by a stunning view of the city. Widely regarded as the best fine dining experience in Rome.

  • Address: Rome Cavalieri, The Waldorf Astoria Collection, Via Alberto Cadlolo 101
  • Tel: + 39 39 06 3509 1
  • Website: www.romecavalieri.com

Walk Though The Trastevere

This traditional Roman suburb is filled with interesting bars, restaurants and charming buildings. You will always find crowds of people there at night. Take a walk through and fall in love with Rome for the 20th time in one day.

Drinks At The Drunken Ship

This trendy bar is decked out with stylish decor and a glitzy atmosphere. It's the who's who bar to go to in Rome. A definite stop off point on any great night out.

  • Address: Campo dei Fiori
  • Tel: +39 06 6830 0535

The Trevi Fountain

At night the Trevi Fountain is illuminated by lights, still surrounded by awe-stricken tourists. The statue of King Neptune and his sea horses is yet another must-see attraction in Rome. Drop a coin into the Trevi Fountain and guarantee your return to the Eternal City.

The Januculum Hill

The view of the city from this romantic vantage point is well worth it for travelling couples. Head to the Januculum Hill via the Milvio bridge, where the center lamppost is festooned with padlocks - this is a symbol of unbreakable love, taken from a popular novel.

The Hobo Art Club

Pop into the Hobo Art Club for some great live music and a relaxed drink. Here you can purchase music, books and attend album and book releases. Its stylishly decorated and has become a regular feature on the Rome underground scene. Drinks and food are served until 2am.

Gelato at Piazza Navona

Blend history and food together. Choose from a selection of the best gelato you'll ever taste. Wonder around the Piazza Navona to shop around for the flavours you think look tastiest.

Old Station Disco Pub

Visit this lively pub, located a stone's throw from the Piazza di Spagna and the Fontana della Barcaccia. The bar stays open till four am and serves an array of drinks. Definitely a great time for anyone up this late!

Club Obi Wan

Make a late night skype call or drop your friends an e-mail from Club Obi Wan. This unique venue, named after a club in an Indiana Jones movie, is the place for night owls still up at 4am.

The Knight Of Malta Key Hole

Take a relaxing walk up the Aventine Hill during the pre-dawn hours. While it's still dark, peek through the door keyhole that leads to the retreat of the Knights of Malta. This gives you a stunning view of St. Peter's Cathedral, lit up and framed like never before.

Last Updated: July 2010