The Most Interesting Things To Do For 3 Days in Rome
Rome is definitely one of my favorite cities in Europe. I like how it is so full of beautiful sights and how it features a layer of thousands of years of history. You really get to enjoy how every corner of it will remind you of its past. No wonder why it has become one of the most famous travel destinations in Italy.
Certainly, 3 days in Rome would never be enough to absolutely witness everything that this eternal city has to offer, but I must say this would just be enough to see all the popular sights as long as you manage your time effectively.
So for today, I will be sharing with you my itinerary that is full of tips and advice for visiting Rome. I hope this will help you get most of your stay. Are you ready? Then please keep on reading below!
Things You Should Do In Rome for Three Days
So to get you started, here’s an itinerary that I have personally done for 3 days in Rome. Well, this itinerary is just a suggestion; you can change it according to your personal interest.
Day 1: Enjoy the Glories of Ancient Rome, Make a Wish Trevi Fountain,
and Dine near the Pantheon
Your first day in Rome is best to be spent by visiting some of the best monuments and ruins in Ancient Rome.
Colosseum and Palatine Hill. Rome’s Colosseum is probably the first of things to visit on the minds of every tourist. You can join walking tours, available day and night, which could guide you through the iconic architecture and engineering of the amphitheater. It feels so great to know the history of gladiators and the events that occurred in this place.
Though it may often be overshadowed by the fame of its next-door neighbor Colosseum, you would not want to miss what was believed to be the very hill that Rome was born. Palatine Hill features excavations and museum that are just amazing, of course especially that it is home to Roman emperors and aristocrats.
The Roman Forum. Located nearby the Colosseum is The Roman Forum which is also a very interesting place. It is composed of the Ancient Rome's most significant structures that range from shrines to government houses to monuments. The moment you get into this huge archeological site and walk through the ruins, you can really imagine how the citizens of Ancient Rome have walked to these cobblestoned streets in togas, bringing their sacrifices to the temples. It is indeed a breath-taking experience.
Pantheon. Pantheon is a well-preserved building of Ancient Rome. It has spectacularly done and is free of admission. This can also be the best place to dine in; I highly recommend Armando al Pantheon.
Rome also has so many excellent gelaterias. You can try one at Giolitti, the city's best old-school gelateria, located just a few blocks from Pantheon.
Trevi Fountain. Well, your trip to Rome would never be complete without visiting the Trevi Fountain. Legend says anyone who throws a coin in the fountain will return to Rome. Unfortunately, this awe-inspiring masterpiece can get really crowded so I tried my luck visiting it late at night; early morning could be a great option too.
Day 2: Visit Capotiline Hill Museums and Rome Neighborhoods,
Try Out Traditional Cuisine
Campo dei Fiori, Trastevere, and Jewish Ghetto. I love how alive Campo dei Fiori is in the mornings. The market and the flower vendors are all just a start an interesting way to start your day. From there, I wander along the Tiber River to Ponte Sisto, cross the Tiber to the Trastevere neighborhood, to visit the Christian church in Rome, the church of Santa Maria in Trastevere.
If you will cross back to the other side and keep on going to the Jewish Ghetto, you will find a number of places to taste interesting Jewish Cuisine.
Bonus! If possible, wake up early so you can begin your itinerary at Piazza Navona and take beautiful photos before the tourists start raging in.
Capitoline Hill Museums. If you want a magnificent view of the Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill, this is the best place to be. This is also the home to Rome’s greatest autistics and archaeological treasures. The museums were established by Pope Clement XII as early as 1734, which made them the first museums to open to the public all over the world.
Testaccio District. During the night, you can check out the Testaccio District. I suggest you make a reservation for dinner at a very lovely restaurant that serves old Roman cuisine, like the Checchino dal 1887. If you still have more energy, you can even head on to some nightclubs in the district after dinner.
Day 3: Visit Vatican City
Though technically this is already another country, well the smallest one in the world, but Vatican City is just located entirely within the city of Rome.
The Vatican is the center of Roman Catholic Church and the official residence of the pope. But even if you're not a Catholic or religious enough, I'm sure you will be impressed with the place's art and history that you will see inside its tiny borders. All of this is definitely worth a visit.
Here are the things that you should be checking out!
Saint Peter’s Basilica. This is one of the biggest churches all over the world. Once you get inside, you will get to see the three of the most celebrated masterpiece for centuries: Michelangelo's Pieta, his glorious Sistine Chapel, and the 29-meter high baldachin by Bernini that sits on top the papal altar.Make sure to spend plenty of time here since there will be plenty to see. Though the admission is free, take note that there is a dress code that must be strictly followed.
The Vatican Museum. All of the thirteen museums are considered to be among the finest museums in the world. It features a lot of the most renowned arts, sculptures, and paintings that have been collected by poles for so many centuries already.
I know that you might find this activity to be daunting, so I suggest you consider hiring a tour guide when visiting. It is the best way to understand all the museums have to offer.
St Peter's Square. Just in front of St. Peter’s Basilica, you will find St. Peter’s Square, which has been designed by Lorenzo Bernini. There is so much to see in the square alone, but it can also be the best spot to be sitting around and watch people as you are taking in the marvels of this significant gathering place.
I understand how every minute counts when you’re spending as little as 3 days in Rome, a city that features beautiful and charming arts, irresistible food and lots of shopping. Well, I hope this itinerary will help you see as much as possible and be able to spend every valuable moment wisely.
So what do you think? Are there any sights that you think you can still squeeze in? If you still have any more question, please don't hesitate to leave it in the comment section below.
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