Make the most of 3 days in the Eternal City of Rome

A day-by-day itinerary

So you are finally taking a trip to Rome? You may be overwhelmed with the number of things to be seen in Rome. Though Rome deserves at least a week to soak in all the things it offers, however, not everyone can afford that much time. Therefore, we have created a 3-day detailed itinerary for you designed to make the most of this ‘Eternal City.’

First, a few tips:

  • Rome is almost always buzzing with tourists, therefore, buying tickets for attractions online is highly advisable to avoid the long queues which just eat up your precious time.
  • Dress conservatively in Rome as several places are ancient places of worship where a dress code is followed.
  • Each city is best explored on foot, this holds especially true in Rome. Make it a point to wear comfortable footwear and explore the city to your heart’s content.

A three-day itinerary for Rome:

Day 1: Ancient Rome

Start your day early as you have loads to cover on Day 1. The places on today’s itinerary are the mighty Colosseum, Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill.

Take a taxi or hop on a subway to reach Colosseo station. Step out of the subway and lo and behold, you will be in front of the Colesseum. If you have not bought the ticket earlier, be prepared to face the serpentine lines. You require a single ticket to access Colosseum, Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill.

Spend about an hour at the Colosseum and marvel at the beautiful creation. You can avail an audio guide to delve into the details about the monument.

Colosseum

Colosseum

Step outside the Colosseum and visit the Roman Forum to witness the history pages come alive as you walk through the streets once trudged by Julius Ceaser. Though a lot of ruins have been lost, it is still gorgeous. You will find many important structures like the Temple of Antoninus Pius, the Temple of Castor and Pollex.

Roman Forum

Next, climb up the Palatine hill to view the breathtaking views of Roman Forum. Enjoy taking a stroll amongst the remains of ancient villas and their gardens.

All of that walking and trekking up the hill will leave you hungry for food, therefore, head towards Trastevere, the local’s favorite hub. Spend some time learning about the local cuisine and eat to your heart’s content.

Day 2: Central Rome

Since Day 1 was busy, Day 2 is designed to be relatively free but will still be about walking. The places you can cover on Day 2 are Piazza Navona, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps and Villa Borghese.

Start your day with the cappuccino and espresso shops, and have a big breakfast. Then head to the vibrant Piazza Navona to gape at the Bernini sculptures, elaborate fountains, a magnificent church, colorful casts of street artists, quaint cafes and lots of open space.

Piazza Navona

After spending a relaxing time at Piazza Navona head to the famed Pantheon to marvel at its beautiful architecture.

Pantheon

Pantheon

Stroll towards the Trevi fountain and make a wish about coming back to Rome, trust us you would really want to go back.

Trevi Fountain

Take a break for lunch and grab those delicious gelatos again. (It would be better not to keep a count, just saying!)

After lunch, head to the Spanish Square to view the Spanish Steps. The claim to fame for this tourist destination is the movie Roman Holiday that featured Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck.

Spanish Steps

After the Hollywood experience move towards the Villa Borghese, which will unravel the artsy side of Rome. The collection here consists of Roman, Renaissance, and Baroque art, with significant works by Bernini, Titian, Caravaggio, Raphael, Correggio, Rubens, and Canova. 

Villa Borghese

You can end your day relaxing and having a hearty dinner.

Day 3: Vatican City

This country within the Eternal city is a must-visit when in Rome. The main attractions on Day 3 will be Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica.

Start your day early at the Vatican Museum. Find the world’s greatest treasures by famous artists like Raphael, Caravaggio, Michelangelo, Bernini, and Leonardo da Vinci.

Vatican Museum
The Sistine Chapel housed inside the Vatican Museum is a mesmerizing experience with best works of Michelangelo. Walk to the St. Peter’s square to grab a quick lunch.

Next head to the St. Peter’s Basilica, one of the largest churches in the world, with a capacity of 60,000 people. If you have time, climb up to the roof of St. Peter’s Basilica to view the stunning views of the Vatican.

St Peter's Basilica

St Peter's Basilica

Finally, enjoy some Pizza-to-go, and that addictive gelato as your trip comes to an end.

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