Rome, Italy

Rome one of the most iconic and most visited city in the World.The famous city of the Roman Empire, the city built on the seven hills. Rome is known for its stunning architecture, ancient history, art. The “Eternal City” known for the Roman Relics, the most famous fountain in the world the massive Colosseum built under the Flavian emperors.

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The Ultimate 03 days Guide in Rome

Rome, Italian Roma, The City of the Seven Hills Rome is the Eternal City. The most historic and romantic city in the world. You will not get disappointed whether you are visiting alone, with friends or with the love of your life. 

Certainly 03 days is not enough to see everything. Organising your itinerary wisely, you will be able to cover all the highlights of Rome. Following my post will help you plan you’re 03 days in Rome accordingly. This covers all the major highlights for your three-day visit. You don’t have to worry if you have limited time. Here are some of my tips on what to do in Rome in 3 days

Day 1 in Rome

Vatican City or the Holy See and independent city located in the heart of Rome. It’s the home of the Pope. The sacred place in Christendom. St.Peters Basilica the worlds holiest catholic shrines. This is where St.Peters one of Jesus disciples was executed in Rome and buried here where the Basilica stands today. Read More

St. Peter's Basilica

St Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City is the biggest church in the world. The Vatican museum is a ten-minute walk away from St Peter’s Basilica and is worthwhile visiting, built in the 4th century by Emperor Constantine. St Peter’s Basilica in Rome is one of the world’s holiest catholic shrines. It is traditionally the burial site of. Peter, who was the head of the twelve Apostles of Jesus. His grave lies under the main altar. St. Peter’s Basilica is the home to one of Michelangelo’s most famous masterpieces. Michelangelo was only 24 when he carved one of the most Renaissance sculpture The Pietà

St Peter’s Basilica church was built in the 4th century by Emperor Constantine. He was said to be the first Christian Emperor. After the completion, it became the destination for Christian pilgrims. The interior of St.Peter Basilica is impressively filled with masterpieces of Renaissance and Baroque art. Do climb up to the top of St Peter’s dome (the “cupola”). From the top of the dome, you will get to see the city from a completely new outlook. The view is magnificent enjoying the city panorama of Rome and view of St Peter’s basilica centre. The dome of St.Peter’s Basilica is the tallest in the world. The architect of the Dome of St. Peter’s in Rome was Michelangelo. The Dome completed in 1590, unfortunately, Michaelangelo never got to see his design, he died in 1564.

Tips

NOTE: There is no option to buy your tickets for St. Peter’s Dome online yet; you can only purchase them at the ticket kiosk on the spot. The entrance to the Dome is only open from 8:00 AM

  • You could either pay 8€ and climb all 551 steps or
  • Pay 10€ and take the elevator to the first terrace, then climb 320 stairs ( The lines for the elevator are usually long!)

It is better to get there early avoiding all the crowds as the queue is usually long. the average waiting time could take up to 60 minutes.

Castel Sant’Angelo

After half a day at the Vatican grab some lunch. Then keep walking towards the Tiber river until you see the bridges and an old castle. It’s a 10-minute walk from the Vatican. Built-in 135 AD by emperor Hadrian as a mausoleum for his family. Later used by the Pope as a fortress, castle and now a museum. The Castel received the name “Castel Sant’Angelo” in 590 when the plague raged in Rome and was used as a home to one of the Popes. What I love most is Walking down the bridge called “Bridge of Angels” towards Castel Sant’ Angelo.

It feels like somewhere in the clouds close to Heaven greeted by these 10 angels holding an instrument of the Passion. This was one of Gian Lorenzo Bernini’s most insightful concepts and design. Each of these angels symbolises the story of Jesus Christ suffering and crucifixion. The interiors of the castle are fascinating. With its frescoes, the armoury, the chapel, the libraries, treasuries and about 100 meters walk you can see the burial chamber of Emperor Hadrian. The view from the top offers you a great panorama of Rome and the Vatican.  The climbs are worthwhile.

Castel Sant’Angelo is open every day from 9 a.m. to 7.30 p.m.

Price: 

Adults: 14 EUR 

EU citizens (aged 18 – 24): 7 EUR

To avoid waiting times, I recommend booking your ticket online. Castel Sant’Angelo is also included in the Roma Pass package.

Piazza del Popolo

From the Castel Sant’Angelo, it’s a twenty-minute walk along the banks of the River Tiber to the Piazza del Popolo. The Piazza del Popolo is the largest square in Rome. Also known as “People’s Square”. The square is located at the beginning of Via Flaminia and in the Roman Ancient time it was the main entrance to the city. The three main streets which are part of the square to the left is Via del Babuino, to the right Via di Ripetta and to the centre is the main high street of Rome is the Via del Corso.

In the centre of the Piazza is an Egyptian obelisk, 23.9 meters high surrounded by four fountains. Brought to Rome by Augustus 10 BC dating from the rule of Ramses II. Originally it comes from Heliopolis. You will get a magnificent view of the square and the city of Rome if you climb the Pinco Hill stairs. Pincio is one of the seven hills on which Rome was built. It connects to the Piazza del Popolo.

To the left is Via del Babuino, are the twin churches of Santa Maria in Monte Santo and Santa Maria dei Miracoli. The original church of Santa Maria del Popolo was built over the tomb of Emperor Nero. 

 

Spanish Steps

Why are the Spanish steps in Rome so popular? The Spanish steps are one of Rome’s most popular tourist attractions. The 135 steps, connect the Church of the Trinità dei Monti and the Pincio Hill. It was open in 1735. You can’t help but get smitten away by the beautiful church Trinità dei Monti right at the top of the stairs. It’s a great place to get an overview of the city and take pictures. At the bottom of the stairways is Piazade Spagna and Fontana della Barcaccia (“Fountain of the Old Boat”), built by Pietro Bernini (the father of the famous Gian Lorenzo Bernini). The stairways have a very unique designed a place for artists, painters and poets to visit.

**Please note: After 2019 it is ban to sit on the Spanish Steps as they have been classified as a monument. It is against Roman law. 

Trevi Fountain

There is no way not visiting the Trevi Fountain when you are in Rome. We’ve seen many Instagram pictures and heard it from everyone and movies. If you remember the scene in the renowned Italian film, “La Dolce Vita” by Fellini making the fountain more famous than ever. Trevei fountain is just 1 km away from the Spanish Steps. It is the most beautiful fountain in Rome and the largest fountain in the city.20 meters in width by 26 meters in height. 

The Trevi Fountain took almost 3 centuries to complete and designed by Giuseppe Panninini and finished in 1762 by Pannini. Pope Clement XII who held a contest to redesign the fountain. The fountain is located at the junction of three roads built upon Acqua Virgo. This is one of the earliest aqueducts in Rome. It’s not only the beauty or the popularity of this fountain, however, what is most fascinating is each of the statues in the Trevi fountain has its story. Right in the centre of the fountain is the statue of the Greek sea god Oceanus. His chariot is pulled by sea horses and is accompanied by Tritons. At the left is the statue of Abundance, a statue of Health stands on the right.

if you throw a coin over your shoulder into the water, you will be sure to return to Rome. About €3,000 every day is collected from the Trevi fountain. The collected money from the Trevi fountain goes for a good cause.

The Pantheon

For centuries The Pantheon has been a Christian church. The Pantheon is just a few steps away from the Trevi Fountain. The Pantheon was rebuilt by Emperor Hadrian. Built between A.D 118 and 125 as a temple to the gods. It was then converted into a Catholic church in 609 and still is today. Raphael, the famous Renaissance painter, is buried inside the Pantheon. Inside is really beautiful. You can’t help but look up at the circular opening known as the oculus. 

It allows sunlight into the temple. Surprisingly there are no windows inside the Pantheon but only the Oculus. What is more fascinating is the architectural design. The circular building has the same diameter as its height: 43.5 metres.

Piazza Navona

Piazza Navona is one of the famous squares in Rome. Nice hang out place full of gorgeous Baroque architecture like the church of Sant’Agnese in Agone provides a majestic backdrop. Around the square, it is full of painters, street artist restaurants and cafes. Back then in the 85 AD, the Piazza use to be a stadium for sports competitions and other events. Piazza Navona was built directly on the site of the stadium of Domitian. The biggest highlights of the square are three famous fountains: Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi, Fontana del Moro and Fontana di Nettuno designed by the famous artist Gian Lorenzo Bernini.

Since the square is full of restaurants and cafe’s just to let you they can be overpriced. This is where the scene in the movie and the book Angels and Demons were featured here.

Day 2 in Rome

Roman Forum & Palatine Hill

The Palatine Hill is the highest of the seven hills that Rome is built on. To get a magnificent view you have to climb up to the hill and the panorama view is breathtaking.

The Roman Forum and the Palatine ancient Rome should not be miss they are next to each other. The most important Forum in ancient Rome. It was a place for elections, public speeches, criminal trials. Centre of commercial affairs and a marketplace for the Roman citizens. Buildings, statues and monuments, temples were located in the Forum. I had an amazing experience walking down the Roman forum. Takes you back in time the Roman history and culture. According to the legend, King Romulus 753 B.C found Rome on the Palatine Hill and became the first king. After the fall of the Empire, the place became in a popular residential area. 

Discover some of the highlights of the Roman Forum.

Senate House:  Also known as The Curia Giulia and the main building has been well preserved by the church. It was the council-house for the Roman Senate for their political discussion.

Temple of Castor and Pollux:

It was the first temple in the forum built in 484 BC by the son of the dictator Aulus Postumius. Dedicated to the Roman twin demi-gods, Castor and Pollux. 

Temple of Vesta:  One of the oldest sacred buildings in the Roman Forum. Dedicated to Vesta the Sacred Fire.

Arch of Titus: The Arch of Titus is a Roman Triumphal Arch oldest of the Roman triumphal arches. Built by Emperor Domitian to honour his brother, emperor Titus after he captured Jerusalem.

House of the Vestals: 

The House of the Vestal Virgins was the house of Vestal Virgins, located behind the Temple of Vesta between the Regia and the Palatine Hill. This was the house of the Vestal Virgin. Vesta was the virgin goddess of the hearth, home, and family.

Temple of Saturn:  The Temple of Saturn was one of the most important and worshipped of the Republic. Built around 498 B.C. The Temple of Saturn was believed to be the God of agriculture. The source of Rome’s wealth, the temple was the repository for the State treasury.

The Colosseum 

The Colosseum is adjacent to the Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill. The largest amphitheatre built in Rome under the Roman Empire in 80AD. About 50,000 spectators, would fit in the amphitheatre. Seatings arrangements may have been according to social status. It was a place for gladiator battles but also animal hunts, and executions. Many of the gladiators were prisoners of war. The Historians believe that 400,000 people died in gladiatorial battles and executions in the arena and around 1,000,000 animals died on the arena. At the basement is the Hypogeum. You will come across tunnels, passageways where the combats and animals were held.

In 847 and 1349 an earthquake destroyed the Colosseum. However, it still looks magnificent even today. After the fall of the Roman Empire, the Colosseum began to deteriorate. The Colosseum was abandoned and most of the stones were used for buildings and projects. Pope Benedict XIV in 18th century sanctioned the Colosseum was a sacred place where many Christian died during the arena. Make sure to spend some time glancing through the arches on the second floor. From here you will get sensational views of the arena. 

Piazza Venezia

Only 5 minutes walk from the Colosseum we visited the Piazza Venezia. The Piazza Venezia cannot be looked away. It’s a huge white monument that can be seen from a distance. Dedicated to the first Italian king, Vittorio Emanuele II or ‘ Altara della Patria ‘, meaning the Altar of the Fatherland. The Piazza Venezia monument also has a nickname known as “The Wedding Cake”. 

We had our nice meal at Trattoria Pizzeria Luzzi right near the Colosseum. Great food, I would highly recommend. 

Day 3 in Rome

Trastevere

We wanted to take it easy on our last day in Rome. We started our day visiting the oldest part of Rome for breakfast. Famous for its restaurants, cafe’s, bars nightlife and a favourite place for residents and tourist. It is a lovely colourful district with narrow alleys, bumpy cobblestones, winding streets. Trastevere is “On the other side of the Tiber” Of course we came back in the evening to enjoy the evening for a nice meal.

The Capitoline Hill and Museums 

From Trastevere, it was a 10 minutes drive to The Capitoline Hill and Museums with our rented scooter. The Capitoline museum is located on the Piazza del Campidoglio, Capitoline Hill. The Capitoline Museums are composed of three main buildings. You will find an incredible collection of ancient Roman bronze and marble statues and archaeological treasures from ancientness, as well as paintings from the Renaissance and Baroque times.

Some of the masterpieces include the Capitoline She-wolf bronze, the original statue of Marcus Aurelius and the colossal head of the statue of the first Christian emperor, Constantine. From the building of the museum, you can also enjoy a panoramic view of the Roman Forum. The museums in 1471, when Pope Sixtus IV donated a collection of ancient bronzes to the city. In 1734 under Clement XII, the museum was first opened to the public. The statue of a mounted rider in the centre of the piazza is of Emperor Marcus Aurelius.

Villa Borghese Gardens

The park is amazing with plenty of activities and beautiful viewpoints. One of the largest public parks located in the heart of the Eternal City. The popular Borghese Gallery that attracts thousands of visitors each year. Built as a party villa and to house the Borghese art collection, the gallery contains paintings, sculptures, mosaics, and reliefs, most from the 15th to the 18th century, and include works by Raphael, Titian, Caravaggio, and Rubens. It’s nice to stroll along the park and is perfect for people who enjoy walking or running in the open air. If you are travelling with your pet this can be a nice place to walk your dog. Ideal for families and lovers that want to have a picnic. You can also rent bikes to explore the park. There is a zoo, Bioparco di Roma where children can have some fun time.

 

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LivingBetweentheLines
August 17, 2020 6:18 pm

What a dream trip! Your pictures look amazing! I’m definitely saving your suggestions for my someday trip to Rome. Thanks for sharing!

Katrina Rhea Durana
August 25, 2020 2:47 am

Nice post about Rome! I’ve been to Rome once and your pictures made me miss the feeling walking around Rome.

Emma
Emma
September 3, 2020 4:08 pm

I loved the historic sites of Rome, including the Pantheon and the Spanish Steps. All of Rome was beautiful and I would love to go back and visit again. I felt like I didn’t have enough time to see everything, and I ended up doing so much walking. Renting a scooter seems like a great idea!

Kez
Kez
September 3, 2020 5:07 pm

This is certainly an extensive list of activities and sites in Rome. I have been to Italy before, but never really had any interest in going to Rome because it seems very overhyped, but I.might consider it now.

Sara
September 3, 2020 8:50 pm

I love Rome! You did a great job here of highlighting the beauty of the city and all its sites 🙂

tinagrobichaud
tinagrobichaud
September 4, 2020 2:12 am

I would love to visit Rome one day. You have such a beautiful blog! Thanks for sharing!

Michele
Michele
September 4, 2020 4:33 am

We had planned to visit Rome this year but then COVID. Hopefully we will make it up soon. I will make sure to throw a coin in the Trevi fountain. Your photos are fabulous by the way.

SecretMoona
September 5, 2020 12:16 pm

Rome is such a dream trip so full of history and amazing architectural buildings. I would love to visit again! The only time I went was on a school trip.

Jade Sisk
September 10, 2020 4:18 pm

Rome and some other Italian cities are on my list to do when I graduate from University! Thankyou for this itinerary 🙂

Caroline
September 10, 2020 9:55 pm

I’ve visited Italy but never got to Rome! Been dying to go but my boyfriend and I thought a long weekend trip wouldn’t do it justice… clearly we were wrong! Such a well laid out plan. Also, didn’t know it’s become illegal to sit on the Spanish steps so thanks for the heads up – wouldn’t want to get in trouble with the local police.

Christine p
September 11, 2020 5:02 pm

Ahh your post is making me miss Rome ! I need to go back and check out some of these other sights 😍😍 Rome is such a dream, am I right ?!

May Durkee
May Durkee
September 11, 2020 6:08 pm

First of, your pictures are absolutely gorgeous! You’re very talented. I’m half Italian and it’s a shame I haven’t been to Italy yet. Rome as much “overrated” people say it is, has such a beauty and I cannot wait to go. I’m definitely saving this post for later when I start planning – perhaps 2021 🙂 Thanks for sharing

rahmakhan155
September 12, 2020 12:12 pm

There is so much to do and see in Rome! This is such a complete itinerary. Thanks for sharing

Ronja | Ronja Goes Abroad
October 4, 2020 3:56 pm

One day I will visit Italy! And when that day comes I will be back reading this post!!

Sharon
Sharon
October 16, 2020 8:02 pm

Oh 3 days in Rome, how I wish I were there now. I have never been to the Vatican City and would love to go back to see it. Your post is a great guide and covers three days so well. 💛

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