Rome in 3 Days

The Capital of Italy

I fell in love with Rome when I was there. It is so alive and ancient at the same time. Here in the United States, we have no real concept of ancient. Can you imagine walking on steps where you can actually see the footsteps worn into the concrete steps?

Imagine the number of feet that have walked on those steps over thousands of years. Have you been to Rome, or is it on your bucket list?

Rome is an extraordinary capital, and it can take weeks or more to explore all the sites, cuisine, and culture. Traveling can often be stressful when visiting a place with so much to offer.

This list will pinpoint the absolute best places to visit if time is of the essence.

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Day 1 – The Vatican, St. Peter's, Trastevere

To get the most out of your day, start early! You want to arrive at the Vatican in the morning to beat the crowds. Be sure to dress humbly in reverence of the religious city-state. Take an early walk and explore the global city streets.

You can sit on the gorgeous Spanish Steps and take in the ethos and people-watch before beginning your adventure.

Next, head over to the Vatican museums. The city has over 54 Christian and art galleries, and the collections are stunning. Be sure to visit the Sistine Chapel, which holds the striking ceiling art by legendary artist Michelangelo. Once you've gotten your fill of art, stop by Via delle Grazie and grab some lunch.

To top your day off, have some fun at the beautiful neighborhood Trastevere. Check out the award-winning La Gatta Buia; they have an unbelievable Fiori di Zucca!

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Day 2 - Colosseum, Palatine Hill, Roman Forum

The best way to begin your second day is to hop aboard the Metropolitana (subway) and take a ride to the Colosseo station. Once you've arrived, stop by the ticket counter and purchase your one ticket that will grant access to the Colosseum, Palatine Hill, and the Roman Forum (If possible, avoid first Sundays)!

Be sure to do some research on this ancient wonder beforehand to understand what you're exploring. There are many spigots throughout the area with fresh water; grab a bottle before leaving. Now, it's time to hike up Palatine Hill! If possible, it may be wise to get a private tour.

The views from the hill towers are stunning and overlook the Roman Forum and Circus Maximus. On your way back, keep left to arrive at the Forum to take in even more majestic views. Grab some dinner and get some rest for your final day!

Day 3 – Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Largo di Torre Argentina, Piazza Navona

Begin your last day with an espresso and head over to the Trevi fountain. Keep with tradition and toss in a coin for good luck! Next, head over to the Pantheon church. While there, be sure to be respectful and keep your voice low. After a good lunch, stroll over to Largo di Torre, Argentina, also known as a cat sanctuary.

A local charity takes care of the cats, and feeding them is prohibited. Lastly, we have Piazza Navona to explore. This elegant showcase Square in Rome is built on the Stadium of Domitian. If possible, visit at sunset, as the sight of the Square is awe-inspiring.

Now that you've accomplished an impressive three-day tour. Enjoy a great glass of wine and rest up before heading back from this wonderful city.


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