My day in Rome was almost screwed up by Tom Ford Franklin and my Air Optix Colors contact lenses, as these brands are key parts of my travel essentials and I thought I left my toiletries bag at home in NYC. Rome was not built in a day, and despite all the things there are to do in Rome as a first timer, I wanted to do Rome in one day. I flew into Rome the night before via a comfortable Virgin Atlantic flight and checked into a Starwood property in Rome at 10pm.
The plan: get up early the next morning and be one of the first people in line at the Vatican. If The Vatican and Saint Peters Basilica were done by noon, I’d make it through the must see places by 6pm and make it to Fiumicino Airport for my 9pm Aegean Airlines Flight to Santorini.
When your day starts at 7am, and ends at midnight in a different country, you have to consider the weather for the entire day, not just the current weather. Of course I packed for the trip using TheVane app, which aggregates and tells me the minimum amount of clothes and accessories that I can pack and be comfortable on the trip. I also got my day started with my cappuccino. Staying stylish in Rome is a necessity so I packed my Air Optix Colored contact lenses, which of course allowed me to wear my new Warby Parker Franklins. These contacts are amazing for how they ramp up your look and still look very natural. I wore these really comfy Tom Ford sneakers, black Mango jeans, tee shirt, a denim jacket, and in true tourist fashion, had my map with me!
I got done with the Vatican by 10am, and headed over to St Peters for a climb to the top / my workout of the day. It is 320 stairs to the top, but if you are adventurous like I am and want to go to the top of the Michaelangelo’s dome it adds another 171 stairs for a total of 491 stairs. I was done at the Vatican by 11:30am, and went for a pizza and gelato lunch!
By 1pm, I was ready to take on the rest of Rome. Between 1pm and 6pm, I visited the Pantheon, then the Spanish Steps, then Campo de’ Fiori, before taking a short break. Trevi Fountain was under construction so I decided to save that visit for another trip! I then visited Piazza Navona, and went to the fashion district of Via Del Corso for a little window-shopping, before heading over to the Colloseum to cap off my day in Rome. I may not have done everything, but I proved that Rome can be done in one day. It helps if you are dressed comfortably!