Rome, a 3 day itinerary

Rome in three days

Rome in three days

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)

Day 1:

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.

Day 2:

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

Day 3:

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!


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