Short on time in the Eternal City? Rome is an extraordinary capital, and it can take weeks or more to get in all the sites, cuisine, and culture. Traveling can often be stressful when visiting a place that has so much to offer. Whether you are stopping by on a cruise itinerary or visiting the trio Venice-Florence-Rome in a week, this list will pinpoint the absolute best places to visit if time is of the essence. Here is your ultimate guide to seeing the best of Rome in JUST 3 days!
Day 1 – Vatican, St. Peter’s, Trastevere, Frito(Fried)-Yummies
To get the most out of your day, start early! You’ll want to arrive at the Vatican in the morning to beat the crowds. Be sure to dress humbly (meaning no shorts or short skirts ladies-I know from experience!) in reverence of the religious city-state. Take an early walk and explore the global city streets, take in the vibe, and people-watch before beginning your adventure. Next, head over to the Vatican museums. There are over 54 Christian and art galleries within the city, and the collections are stunning. Be sure to visit the Sistine Chapel, which holds the striking ceiling art done by legendary artist, Michelangelo. Once you’ve gotten your fill of art, stop by Via Delle Grazie and grab some lunch. To top your day off, have some fun at the beautiful neighborhood Trastevere. If possible, check out the award-winning La Gattabuia, they have an unbelievable Fiori di Zucca (Fried Ricotta-Stuffed Squash Blossoms)!
(Pro-Tip: This neighborhood (Trastevere) is a great place to use as a home base for your vacation, especially if you’re into quirky streets with tons of local flare.)
Day 2 – Colosseum, Palatine Hill, Roman Forum, Iconic Pasta 🍝
The best way to begin your second day is to hop aboard the Metropolitana (subway) and take a ride to the Colosseo station. Once you’ve arrived, stop by the ticket counter and purchase your one ticket that will grant access to the Colosseum, Palatine Hill, and the Roman Forum (If possible, avoid first Sundays)! Be sure to do some research on this ancient wonder beforehand so that you understand what you’re exploring. There are many spigots throughout the area with fresh water, grab a bottle before leaving. Now, it’s time to hike up the Palatine Hill! It may be wise to get a private tour if possible. The views from the hill towers are stunning and overlook the Roman Forum and Circus Maximus. On your way back, keep left to arrive at the Forum to take in even more majestic views. Grab some dinner, and get some rest for your final day! Make sure to indulge in one of Rome’s classic pasta dishes; carbonara, cacio e pepe, and all’amatriciana.
(Pro-Tip: Hiring a guide is the most efficient and fun way to see this much antiquity at one time – the ancient structures and history come to life when told by an expert storyteller.)
Day 3 – Pantheon, Largo di Torre Argentina, Piazza Navona, Local Restaurants
Begin your last day with an espresso and head over to the Trevi fountain. Keep with tradition and toss in a coin for good luck! Next, head over to the Pantheon church. While there, be sure to be respectful and keep your voice low. After a good lunch, stroll over to Largo di Torre Argentina, which is also known as a cat sanctuary. The cats are well taken care of by a local charity, and feeding them is prohibited. Lastly, we have Piazza Navona to explore. This elegant showcase Square in Rome is built on the Stadium of Domitian. If possible, visit at sunset as the sight of the Square is awe-inspiring.
(Pro-Tip: This area is dense with FANTASTIC restaurants and cafes – many right off the over-touristed piazzas – make sure you do your research or talk to a trusted travel expert to avoid the overpriced traps.)
Now that you’ve accomplished an impressive three-day tour of the Best of Rome. Enjoy a great glass of wine and rest up before heading back from this wondrous city. *There is sooo much more, you’ll notice I didn’t even get to The Spanish Steps, Piazza del Popolo or Via del Corso or COOKING CLASSES and FOOD TOURS. That, my friends, will be another blog post. Stay tuned 😄.
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