Rome – Suggested 3 Day Itinerary

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Rome is one of the world’s greatest cities for its rich history and art.  What also makes Rome so unique is its amazing food and people, so try to balance your visits to the major sights with leisurely strolls around some of the neighborhoods.  Ideally you will need at least a week to visit Rome, as the city is packed with sights making it nearly impossible to take them all in on one short trip.  But if you are short on time, below is a 3 day itinerary for Rome with some of the must-see sights.

Day 1:

Spend your first day in Rome by visiting one of the most impressive monuments Rome has to offer, the Colosseum.  Follow your visit to the Colosseum by seeing the Forum.  If you have extra time, you can also visit some of the other monuments located around the area, which include:

– Piazza del Campidoglio and Musei Capitolini.

Pantheon, probably one of the most facinating buildings of ancient Rome.

Piazza Navona, this square becomes alive at night with music and live performances.

Day 2:

Start your day by visiting the Galleria Borghese, an amazing art gallery housed in the middle of beautiful gardens.  Going to the Galleria Borghese is a great way to scape from the very busy city of Rome.  In order to go, you will have to make a reservation in advance by calling +390632810 or by visiting their website.  If you plan on buying a Roma Pass, it will give you access to the gallery at no additional cost.

The Gallery can be reached be reached by Metro, get off at Spagna (line A). Make sure to give yourself plenty of time as getting to the gallery can be confusing.

Upon visiting the Galleria Borghese, spend the rest of the day visiting the following attractions:

– Piazza del Popolo, a magnificent square located very close to Galleria Borghese and considered to be one of the great urban works in Rome.

– Scalinata di Spagna, a trip to Rome will not be completed without visiting the famous Spanish Steps.  After taking a picture at the steps and at the famous Piazza di Spagna, walk down any of the side streets for a piece of shopping heaven.

– Fontana di Trevi (Trevi Fountain), the largest and most famous Baroque fountain in Rome.  The Trevi Fountain is also a wishing well to many visitors.  Legend has it that by tossing a coin into the fountain, you can ensure your return to Rome.

Day 3:

A trip to Rome wouldn’t be completed without a trip to the Vatican.  Must see attractions while visiting the Vatican are the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel, where you will experience the incredible work of Michelangelo who painted its ceiling.  The Museums have many different sections, including St. Peter’s Basilica.

One thing to note about the Vatican is that it is always very crowed no matter what time of year, so allow enough time to visit.

Upon exiting the Vatican, take a little break from your day and have a delicious gelato at Gelateria Old Bridge, which offers some of the best gelato in Italy.

Finish off your day by visiting Castel Sant’Angelo, a fortress which for hundreds of years guarded the Vatican.  Castle of Sant’ Angelo is linked to Vatican City by the Passetto, an elevated passage located between the two.

Additional Tips

Upon arriving in Rome, grab a map at one of the major train stations or tourist information sites to make your life easier.

You can also save a lot of money by purchasing a Roma Pass, which allows you to visit many museums and gives you discounts to many events.  It also allows you to take the city’s transportation for free.  The Roma Pass can be purchased at many participating museums, as well as at major tourist sites.  For more information, please visit


  1. says:

    It was a very interesting write up. I wish I could go there.

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