Rome in three days?
Yes, it’s possible to experience the best of this great, ancient city in such a short time!
Rome always leaves me wanting more, but these are the sites and experiences I always come back to!
Food to try:
Ask at your hotel for a decent local restaurant. Often these do not look flashy, but the quality is still high.
Fiori di Zucca (fried zucchini flowers)
Spagetti alla Carbonara
Pasta cacio e pepe
Gelato…from San Crispino
Freshly squeezed orange juice
Roman pizza (it’s thin and crispy)
If you are recovering from jet lag, do this day first!
Have a late start and do my walking tour of the free sites:
The Vittoriano, Largo Torre di Argentina, Piazza Navona, The Pantheon, The Trevi Fountain, The Spanish Steps and Piazza del Popolo.
Bonus: Check out Teatro Marcello, Bocca della Verita and/or stroll through the streets of Trastevere.
The Colosseum, Palentine Hill, Roman Forum and Circus Maximus.
Get an early start and get your combination ticket for the Colosseum/Palentine/Forum. Most tourists spend 1-2 hours at the Colosseum and also the Palentine/Forum.
The ticket lasts for two days (one entry for Colosseum and Palentine/Forum only) so you can split these visits over two days if need be.
Bonus: Check out San Pietro in Vincoli, San Clemente, San Giovanni and the Roman Wall and/or Terme di Caracalla
San Pietro and the Vatican Museums (Sistine Chapel)
Book your timeslot for the Vatican Museums to save lining up (which is often very time consuming). It will take 2-3 hours to see the museums and Sistine Chapel.
On Wednesday mornings the Pope usually holds a mass in front of San Pietro (St Peters) so the church is closed from around 9am until 1pm (depending on mass times).
Bonus: Castel San Angelo and the bridge.
I hope this gives you a head start in organising your time in Rome!