We attempted the impossible, to see the highlights of Rome in a day, including a visit to the Vatican. While this is not the recommended way to see this historic city, it was our only option, as it was a port on a Mediterranean Cruise. The secret to our success was two-fold. First, we did our research. We knew what was here, studied the history, and selected what was most important to us.
Secondly, we found a guide that could meet all our needs. He had VIP passes that allowed us to cut the queue just about everywhere. And, he had a driver, so we were dropped off at one destination, and picked up from the next.
In addition to seeing the Vatican, these photos are our highlights of Rome in a day:
See Our Vatican City Images:
Photo Tour: Vatican City – The World’s Smallest Country
Tips to see Rome in a Day:
- If you are going to try to cram in Rome in less than a week, get a guide. We recommend Max Leotta. He is not cheap, but worth every penny.
- Be sure your guide has VIP tickets for the Colosseum and the Vatican Museum to avoid the long queues. This saved us over an hour wait in each location. We met a few people on the ship who were happy with Viator (Get the lowest prices on Skip-the-Line Tours in Rome)
- Remember to cover your shoulders and knees if you are going into the Vatican or other Catholic churches in Rome.
- As we are still unable to travel due to injury, I am continuing our throwback series originally encouraged by moving 40,000 photos to Lightroom. This post was originally published in 2012 with only five images.
Is it possible to see Rome in a day? What do you consider to be Rome’s highlights? What did we miss?
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