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  • Writer's pictureRosie Dietrich

3-Day Rome Itinerary

Rome, the Eternal City, is one of those cities that you can visit for days and not even explore a fraction of what it can offer. After being there for days, I know I certainly missed a lot of it. And even if you have visited Rome 15 years ago, you must visit again as there has been a huge push to clean up and rehabilitate a lot of these ancient monuments.

Whatever you do, please don't think that you can spend a day or two in Rome, and see the highlights. You need at least 3 days to get a good feel for this beautiful city. So, if you only have 3 days, you may want to consider the following itinerary.

Day 1 - Vatican, St. Peter’s, Trastevere

To get the most out of your day, start early! 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. Take an early walk and explore the global city streets. You can visit the gorgeous Spanish Steps and take in the ethos, and people-watch before beginning your adventure - but don't sit or loiter - big fines these days. 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!

Day 2 - Colosseum, Palatine Hill, Roman Forum

The best way to begin your second day is to wander over to the Colosseum - make sure to have skip-the-line tickets. 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. A local guide is key to get the most of the experience. And most recently, the addition of nighttime tours of the Colosseum have added an extra treat to the visit. If you can, visit at night.

Hike up the Palatine Hill! It may be wise to get a private tour if possible. The views from the hill towers are stunning - they overlook the Roman Forum and Circus Maximus. On your way back, keep left to arrive at the Roman Forum (If possible, avoid first Sundays) 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

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.

These are packed 3 days to explore the ancient city. Yes, it's tough, but it's doable and our clients fall in love with the city in such short amount of time.

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