24 Hours in Rome

Rome wasn’t built in a day, but if you’re tight on time here’s how to spend 24 hours in this spellbinding 2,770-year-old city. Magnifico!

8am Kick off the morning the Italian way with a strong, authentic espresso to get you ready for the long day ahead.

9am Start your adventure with a visit to Galleria Borghese. This stunning gallery features 15th to 18th century sculptures and paintings, and is built within a 17th century villa surrounded by beautiful gardens. Book an early slot to avoid crowds. Afterwards take a stroll down to San Luigi dei Francesci to complete your daily art fix. Expect mesmerising paintings and architecture.

11am Just around the corner you’ll fi nd one of Rome’s most famous attractions – the Pantheon. Built in 119-128 AD, it’s often acclaimed as the world’s only architecturally perfect building.

Noon Campo de’ Fiori has a market most mornings and is a lovely place to stop for lunch and to pick up some souvenirs. Enjoy some freshly-cooked pizza and treat yourself to some amazing Italian gelato!

2pm Walk off some of that food by heading over to the Trevi Fountain and take in this fantasy-like baroque sculpture. Don’t forget to toss in a coin for good luck!

3pm If you walk over to the Monti District – known as Rome’s ‘cool corner’ – you’ll pass various historic monuments on your way including the Colosseum and the Roman Forums. Head inside if the queues aren’t too big. Monti is full of quaint shops and vintage stores – perfect for some afternoon shopping.

6pm You’ve seen the major sites of modern and ancient Rome, now where to eat? Trastevere is home to some of the fi nest food in Rome, with winding streets offering bakeries and gelatarias. This stunning suburb has a unique vibe that you’ll fall in love with.

9pm After dinner, get a taxi to the Spanish Steps. Bring some drinks with you and take in the atmosphere.

10pm Head back to your apartment for some well-earned rest. Hotels can be pricey in Rome but airbnb.co.uk has plenty of options to suit all budgets.