Rome is an extraordinary city and it can take weeks or more to enjoy all of it's sites, cuisine and culture. Planning your visit to a place that has so much to offer can be overwhelming so we've created a 3 day itinerary to give you a starting point to see the absolute best places to visit if you only have a few days in Rome.
Day 1 - Vatican City, 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 modestly out of respect for the religious city-state. Take an early walk and explore the global city streets. Next, head over to the Vatican museums. There are over 54 art galleries within the city and the collections are stunning. Be sure to visit the Sistine Chapel which holds the striking ceiling art done by legendary artist, Michelangelo. Once you’ve gotten your fill of art, stop by Via delle Grazzie and grab some lunch. To top your day off, have some fun at the beautiful neighborhood Trastevere. If possible, stop for dinner at Checcho Er Carettiere, they have an unbelievable fried fiori di zucca and arguably the best carbonara in Rome!
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 Colosseau station. Once you've arrived, stop by the ticket counter and purchase a ticket that will grant you access to the Colosseum, Palatine Hill and the Roman Forum (If possible, avoid first Sundays). Or, you can buy your ticket in advance to avoid the ticket line and save yourself some time.
Be sure to do some research on this ancient wonder beforehand so that you understand what you’re exploring. Better yet, hire a private guide to explain the history and stories of these famous sites. There are many spigots throughout the area with refreshing, cool water - fill your water bottle before leaving.
Now, it’s time to hike up the Palatine Hill! This is another place where a private
tour is recommended to make the most of your time. The views from the hills 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 - 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 - legend has it that if you turn your back to the fountain and throw a coin with your right hand over your left shoulder into the fountain you'll return again to Rome. Next, head over to the Piazza della Rotunda to see the Pantheon church. While there, be respectful and keep your voice low. After a good lunch in the piazza followed by gelato at Cremeria Monteforte, visit the cat sanctuary over at Largo di Torre Argentina. The cats are well taken care of by a local charity and feeding them is illegal. Finally, you'll end your day at the Piazza Navona. This elegant square is built on the Stadium of Domitian. If possible, visit at sunset when the site of the Square is awe-inspiring.
Your three day tour is at an end. Relax with a great glass of wine while enjoying dinner on a rooftop terrace with stunning views of this amazing city.