Rome in 3 Days. A guide for what to do.

Italy’s capital city is absolutely breathtaking from all the architecture to the cobblestone roads. Once you make it there, you’ll see why Rome is one of the most visited cities in world!

We landed at 9:30 AM and got a ride into the city by our Air BnB host, as we wanted to make the most of our first day in Italy. Usual transportation methods: Bus (4-8 euro) or train (14 euro) that will go directly into the city center, shared shuttle, or there is a designated taxi area right outside the airport.

Even though you could probably spend 1 week in Rome, here is a quick 3 day guide.

For starters, Rome was a LOT of walking. I mean a lot– so wear good shoes!!

Day 1: 

Spanish Steps aka Piazza di Spagna

Cost: FREE

Start your morning off by climbing the 135 steps. The Spanish Steps gets it’s name from being in the vicinity of the original Spanish Embassy. The steps are located in the city centre and at the foot of the steps are high end designer stores such as Bvlgari, Gucci, Versace…

Fun Fact: The steps is one of the widest and longest staircases in all of Europe.

 

Trevi Fountain aka Fontana di Trevi

Cost: FREE

The Trevi Fountain is one of the oldest and most popular attractions in Rome. It is typically packed and surrounded with people. Stop here immediately after the steps, or first thing in the morning while suffering from jet lag. Otherwise its just swamped with people.

The tradition is you you throw 1 coin in the fountain to ensure you make it back to Rome; 2 coins for those looking for love; 3 coins to get that ring and hear wedding bells.

Fun Fact: Over $1 million is thrown into the fountain every year. About 3000 euros a day! I mean.. wha???

Trevi Fountain in Rome, Italy

Pantheon:

Cost: FREE

Pantheon was built about 200 years ago, survived a couple fires, and is the best preserved ancient Roman monument. Even the original marble floors of the Pantheon still remain.

Fun Fact: The Pantheon dome remains the single largest, unreinforced concrete dome in the entire world.

 

End with the Colosseum- Roman Forum- Palatine

Cost: 12 Euros

You can pre-purchase the tickets ahead of the time here, to avoid the long lines.  The ticket price includes the Colosseum, Roman forum, Palatine. The tickets are valid for 48 hours should you decide you want to visit all 3 options at once, or split up between two days.

You can always purchase the tickets there, but expect lots of waiting. The Roman Forum ticket booth tends to have a shorter line than the Colosseum ticket booth. By shorter I mean 125 people at the Colosseum line, vs 7 people at the Roman Forum line.

If you decide to purchase tickets when there, beware they stop selling tickets 1 hour before closing time.

Fun Fact: The Colosseum is the most visited monument in Italy.

 

Day 2:

Vatican City ( Museum + Sistine +  St. Peter’s Basilica Church) 

Cost: 16 Euro (covers admission of the Museum + Sistine Chapel).  They have their own website where you can purchase ticket.  St. Peter’s Basilica church is right outside the exit of the museum, but it also technically free and not part of the museum admission.

I would suggest to spend at 1/2 half a day to a full day just doing this this “city/ state”. Its home to the Pope, the The Sistine Chapel which features the work of Michelangelo, and St. Peter’s Basilica which is the most beautiful church I have ever seen! It seriously majestic in how large and beautiful it is. It was strange, but once I got to the middle of the church and  fully stopped for a few minutes, I actually had tears in my eye, because of its beauty!

What I would do different: I didn’t do a tour, but when I go back someday I certainly will:

  1. The Rick Steve’s Travel Guide was amazing, but there is so much going on! I mean the museum alone has 53 rooms, with the last one being the Sistine Chapel.
  2. You can also avoid the very long line by going on a tour. The guides are able bypass the lines with their group of tourist.

Fun Fact: Vatican City is within Rome, but its considered its own “country” being the smallest country in the world (about 2 miles).

{Extra Bonus Stop}: If you are not overly tired from the Vatican, and want one more stop- try adding Castle Sant’ Angelo. Find out more info  via wikipedia here.

Cost: 10.50 Euro

St. Peter Basilica Vatican City Rome Italy

St. Peter's Basilica

Day 3: 

And on the 3rd day, this is when you really Roam in Rome.  They’re so many hidden gems, and random things you just run into.  However, here are some suggestions of places to explore:

Villa Medici  Breathtaking Gardens + beautiful views of Rome

Quartiere Coppedè–  A Hidden Neighborhood of Rome

Trastevere Darling + Charming District of Rome

General Tips:

  • On the First Sunday of the month, many attractions are free – either you can see this as avoid at all costs, or get a major steal!
  • They’re fountains all over the city. If you bring your own water bottle, you can fill up and stay hydrated for free.

{Have fun and Roam in Rome!}

xo-

M

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1 Comment

  1. Dixie Vega
    July 31, 2017 / 4:37 am

    I dunno why you were nervous to start a blog, I new pretty early on from meeting you, that you were not only beautiful, but very bright and interesting!

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