What to expect from your 3-Day Trip in Rome?
You are probably interested in seeing everything, but three days are not enough for that. So, instead of running from one touristic attraction to another, focus on seeing the most important spots and on relaxing and enjoying every moment. Wander around the city, get in touch with its history, admire the Colosseum, the Fontana di Trevi and explore the Vatican, but don’t forget to unwind in the charming Italian coffee shops and indulge with delicious traditional dishes. Last, but not least, since Rome has a great nightlife, have fun in one of the local bars or clubs.
What to Do on Day 1
If you plan to visit Rome, you are probably interested in its great past, but also present and this means history, art, as well as religion. So, how about starting your vacation with a day in the beautiful Vatican City? You need a whole day as there is a lot to visit. You can’t miss the Vatican Museums, St. Peter's Basilica, The Sistine Chapel or the Gardens of Vatican, can you?
Get in Touch with Michelangelo’s Genius
The Museums of Vatican are incredible but there is nothing greater than the Sistine Chapel. Located in the official residence of the Pope, the Apostolic Palace, the Sistine Chapel owes its fame to the talent of Michelangelo, who enhanced its ceiling with the impressive Last Judgment.
Admire the Holiest Catholic Sanctuary
As you probably know, the holiest sanctuary is the St. Peter's Basilica. With a great history, an amazing architecture and an imposing structure, this charming church can make all visitors fall in love with the Vatican City. You don’t even have to be religious to enjoy visiting Vatican and its lovely architectural treasures.
What to Do on Day 2
You can spend this day in the center, wander around the beautifully arranged streets and visit a few of the most important touristic attractions. Get ready to be fascinated by The Colosseum, The Roman Forum, The Pantheon as well as the romantic Trevi Fountain. The great news is that there are walking distances between them, so you won’t waste time in buses.
Get in Tour with Rome’s Glorious History
Start your historical adventure at the well-known Colosseum, located in the central area of Rome. Once you visited this symbol of the city, continue the history lesson with the Roman Forum. Fascinating ruins of imposing buildings dating back 2000 years will amaze your eyes and make you even thirstier for knowledge. So, don’t end your trip to Rome’s past here and move on to what used to be a Roman Temple and is now an imposing church dedicated to "St. Mary and the Martyrs", The Pantheon.
It’s Time for a Romantic Walk
Rome is not only a place where you can feed your brain but also your stomach and your heart. A delicious gelato, an evening walk and a visit to the romantic Trevi Fountain can make your day end in a perfect manner.
Don’t forget to close your eyes, make a wish and, using your right, hand throw a coin over your left shoulder straight into the clear water of the fountain.
What to Do on Day 3
Two long days visiting Rome can only be followed by one relaxing day, feeling the lovely city. So, begin your third day with a tasty cup of coffee and a walk in Villa Doria Pamphilj, a charming park created on an ancient noble Roman estate.
Though you can’t understand locals’ lifestyle in a few days, you can eat at one of their favourite pizza places. E Zizzi Pizza is located near the Colosseum and is waiting for you with delicious crusts, interesting topics, great service, and friendly people.
Since this is the last day in Rome, shopping should be on your must-do list. If you are used to going to the mall, forget all about that and get ready to explore some of the best shopping streets in Europe: Via dei Condotti and Via Vittorio Veneto.
Is Rome Different on a Weekend Visit?
Rome has the same vibe no matter if you visit it during the week or on weekends. However, if you want to avoid immense lines and large groups of tourists, plan your trip during the week. But if you want to experience the nightlife, attend concerts and go to clubs, choose the weekends. Everything depends on what you prefer and on the type of traveler you are.
Useful Tips and Suggestions
Where to Stay in Rome?
There are many lovely areas where you can find great accommodation in Rome. You can get views of local experts in this post on where to stay in Rome.
What About Walking Tours?
With so many things to do and see, Rome is the city of amazing walking tours. From free tours to pretty expensive ones, you can find anything in this beautiful city. Two of the most wanted torus are the intriguing Crypts and Roman Catacombs tour and the romantic Rome by Night.
Rome for Foodies
As any other big city in Europe, Rome is a culinary adventure for foodies from all over the world. If you don’t believe that, visit the incredible food markets and indulge in the tasty street food, or if you are classier, check out the best restaurants in Rome. But whatever you do, don’t leave without trying the classic pasta dishes: carbonara y Cacio e Pepe
Your three days in Rome must include 1 day at Vatican, 1 day in Rome, and 1 day to visit a day trip destination outside Rome. This way you will be able to get the best off all three parts that make up the region that Rome is in - the historical part, the religious part, and the countryside.
Vatican on Day 1
Divide your time in a way that you get done efficiently at the Vatican because beyond on the point it clearly gets quite boring for many people. Make sure that you visit the Vatican museums for half a day, and St. Peter’s Basilica for about 90 minutes, St. Peter’s Square for about 45 minutes and then head back to Rome. Walk via the bridge, and Castle Sant’Angelo by the riverside.
Your focus at Vatican must be the museums because this is where you will find it very exciting to see all the pieces of art (Sistine Chapel, primarily) by the great like Michelangelo and Raphael.
Visit St. Peter’s Basilica for the sheer magnitude of the place but don’t spend too much time within the inner places of the Basilica like the crypt or the treasury. The main attraction of the Basilica is the building itself so you can spend time walking around inside for free.
St. Peter’s Square is a must visit because of all of the popular culture and media coverage that it gets where you see huge audiences together waiting for the Pope on Wednesdays.
That is nothing really else to do at the Vatican, there is no place to eat except for little cafeteria at the Vatican museums, so you should spend your day just digging in the vibe of the place, maybe go to the post office to get a souvenir postage stamp.
You should be done at the Vatican by 4 PM and this should give you enough time to head back to Rome even if you take a lazy walk to Piazza Navona. You will have an entire evening in Rome do yourself which you should use to see the Spanish steps, Trevi fountain, and exploring the streets and squares and other functions of room.
Rome Day 2
Your next day in Rome should be spent on five major attractions: Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, Villa Borghese, Villa Torlonia, and Pantheon. Spend the rest of the day walking around the city.
Visit the Colosseum as early as possible, and get done with it. In my view it is an attraction you cannot miss, but it is also a place you already know so much about even before you visit. So tick the box and don’t spend much time.
Skip the visit to the Roman forum and Palatine Hill; both these places are completely in ruins. Even if you just pass through them casually you will get a good idea of the size and scale and importance of these places in ancient Rome.
I would instead spend more time in Villa Borghese. The Villa is a public space with a ticketed museum, boating, biking, and even a zoo.
Since you are close by I would then recommend that you would take a short walk to Villa Torlonia. This place is less visited by anyone who comes to Rome. The main attraction of this space is the House of the Owls, which is an amazing architectural attraction to look at.
From here walk on to the Pantheon, which is a free attraction to enter. You will love the usual open spaces inside the Pantheon building, spend some time here before you move on to Trevi fountain by the time it is approaching sunset. Spend enough time admiring the architecture and the design of the fountain, then look at the crowds around the place to get a sense of how touristic this attraction is, before you head to a quiet part of Rome (like Trastevere) for dinner.
Day 3 – Day trip to Pompeii
The ruins of Pompeii are much more attractive, preserved, and unique, than those of ancient Rome in my view. You should get on an early morning train from Termini station to Naples, changeover to a local train, and you will be in Pompeii in less than 2 hours from Rome. Naples, Pompeii, and Vesuvius is a totally different part of Italy. It is less visited compared to other places and it is so close to Rome.