24 hours in Rome
Written by Erica Firpo Illustration by Patrick Hruby
Everyone knows that Rome is the centre of the world. From its 8th century BC founding legend through its more than 2,500 years of senators, Caesars, painters, and popes, Rome has reigned eternal. The 21st century city continues to hold the crown as capital of Italy.
With over 4 million inhabitants and hundreds of thousands of works of art and monuments to see, Rome can seem daunting. However, Romans say it’s simply a small country within a city – which means everyone knows each other and nothing is too hard to find. Dive head first into the centro storico (historic centre), the heart of the city concentrated with museums, monuments, and churches. From centro storico, all other neighbourhoods are reachable, mostly by foot, making Rome easily walkable.
Remember, Rome isn’t bashful – so neither should you be. Enjoy the never-ending outdoor café scene and chat with your neighbour. You never know who you’re going to meet in Rome.
Rome’s labyrinthine side streets and hidden shops are best found by foot; but always opt for some shade during midday summer sun.
Bici & Baci hourly and daily rents are for experienced drivers as well as beginners, whether riding solo or accompanied by a driver.
A Roman summer requires three Cs – cleanliness, comfort, and climate control – only found in a hired car and driver, by the hour or by the day.
Radio Taxi 063570 is the most reliable service for a pick-up. For a trip to the airport (Fiumicino and Ciampino), fares are fixed at €40 and €35, respectively.