Best Way to See Rome in 3 Days

It had been a bucket-list destination of mine for quite some time. On a recent family trip to Italy, we spent 3 nights in Rome. The history, art, and of course the food were all reasons I wanted to visit. There are endless amounts of things you and your family can do in Rome, from immersive activities to luxury hotels, Rome has something for everyone to enjoy. Besides indulging in more gelato and tiramisu than I would like to admit, we explored all of these areas of The Eternal City.

Rome is an extraordinary capital, and it can take weeks or more to get in all the sites, cuisine, and culture.  Travelling can often be stressful when visiting a place that has so much to offer.  This list will pinpoint the absolute best places to visit if time is of the essence.

Day 1 - Vatican, St. Peter’s, Trastevere
Inside st. peter's basilica Vatican City, Italy

To get the most out of your day, start early!  Take an early walk and explore the global city streets.  You can sit on the gorgeous Spanish Steps and take in the ethos, and people-watch before beginning your adventure.  Next, head over to the Vatican museums.  You want to arrive at the Vatican in the morning to beat the crowds.  Be sure to dress humbly in reverence of the religious city-state.  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.  If you are traveling with little ones, I would highly recommend a private guide for this part so you can tailor your experience to keep the kiddos engaged. 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 Gatta Buia, they have an unbelievable Fiori di Zucca!

Day 2 - Colosseum, Palatine Hill, Roman Forum
roman forum ancient ruins in Rome, Italy

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 the first Sunday of the month)!  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!

Day 3 – Pantheon, Largo di Torre Argentina, Piazza Navona
Piazza Navona fountain in Rome Italy

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. 

Now that you’ve accomplished an impressive three-day tour.  Enjoy a great glass of wine and rest up before heading back from this wonderous city.

If you are looking for some hidden spots in Rome, check out 4 Hidden Gems of Rome. There are also other areas of Italy, you can't miss when you are planning a trip: Areas of Italy You Will Love

There is just something about Italy that will steal your heart and will bring you back time and time again. Whether you are planning on going with children and needing a family-friendly itinerary or looking for a luxury romantic getaway, let a European Travel Expert who has been to Rome design the perfect trip for your needs.


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