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Rome in a day: 5 sights to make your day trip perfect

Don't expect to see all of Rome in a day. All the same, whether you're on a cruise stop or just passing through on a tour of Italy, here's a varied sampling platter of Rome's highlights!

Borghese Park

Sunny day? Be sure to meander around the Galleria Borghese's picturesque park and gardens. If you've got time, pop inside the gorgeous villa for a who's who of Renaissance art.

Roman Forum

This world-renowned archeological site is the closest you'll come to a glimpse at city life in Ancient Rome. Even better, it's right by the Colosseum and Palatine Hill too!

Trevi Fountain

A day tour won't allow enough time to savor life at all Rome's piazzas, but make the most of it by seeing this cultural emblem - celebrated in numerous films - at Trevi Square.

Sistine Chapel

Seeing Michelangelo's Renaissance-defining ceiling might be a bit of stretch at peak season. Be sure to fit it in by pre-booking skip-the-line tickets to the Vatican museums!

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Campo de' Fiori

If you're early enough, mingle with the locals at Campo de' Fiori, one of Rome's favorite markets. If the stalls are already packed up, fret not! Stick around to enjoy the vibrant café culture.

Planning Your Visit

How to get there from Civitavecchia cruise port?

Civitavecchia is the main cruise port for excursions to Rome. The easiest way to reach the city center is by pre-booking a private or shared transfer, or by taking a taxi. However, there are also two or three trains per hour to Roma Termini (Rome's main station). It costs about €5 each way, but you could save money with the BIRG ticket (day pass), which will get you there and back, as well as covering buses, trams, and the metro for the entire day.

How to get around?

Since you're not there for long, you'll probably want to rely on taxis. Unfortunately, this is easier said than done in Rome, where hailing down a cab in the tourist-heavy areas is nearly impossible. Utilize the metro wherever possible, as buses and trams can also be slowed by traffic. There are two metro lines: Line A (orange) runs between the northwest and southeast, and Line B (blue) runs north to south, with a third line due to open in 2016.

What people are saying about Rome

Fantastic tour, outstanding gardens, just beautiful

LaResita, our tour guide, was excellent!!! She was outstanding in knowledge and organizing the tour.

Great experience! Would certainly go again

The experience was amazing, the highlight of our holiday. Our guide Roberto who met us in Rome was very welcoming, funny, knowledgeable and made sure we had the greatest experience possible. The guide for the Pompeii ruins part was very experienced and showed us the best parts, but you can only see so much in one day. I would recommended this to anyone and city wonders (the tour company) offered us as fantastic experience.

A wonderful tour with a fantastic guide, Larissa.

A great way to visit Hadrian’s Villa and the Villa D’Este in one day. Adorable guide who made the villas come alive. An excellent tour.

A wonderful half day on the outskirts of Rome.

My second trip booked with get your guide and yet again it did not disappoint. Our guide 'Lara croft archaeologist and historian' was a mind of fascinating information and incredible knowledge. The whole trip was so well organised from the meeting point to when they dropped us off. The catacombs were definitely worth a visit and then the little trip up the appian way was lovely but the highlight for me was the trip down to the aqueducts. The amazing coach driver literally squeezing the coach under the bridges and then a short walk out in beautiful surroundings to admire the architecture of the actual aqueducts was an unforgettable experience. A small group tour again! I can not recommend doing your tours through this company enough they are simply the best.

Five stars in spite of the bus being 1/2 hour late.

The bus was a half hour late getting to the meeting point. "Traffic." The bus was comfortable and we stopped at Casino for a break. The rest stop was near the foot of Monte Casino of WWII fame. Interesting to see. In spite of drizzle and light rain most of the time, we enjoyed the visit. Having a guided tour helped. Carmelo was a good guide. The bus driver was from Casino and on the way back to Rome we stopped at a local deli. I welcomed the chance to get some salami - we had been buying salamis and dry ham since back in Barcelona. We ended up with some very good venison salami. When we arrived back in Rome it was pouring rain and the bus driver let us off within a couple blocks of our hotel. Also, our tour assistants, Francesca and Joya, were very good at their jobs. So, five stars in spite of being initially late.