Guide To Seeing Rome In 3 Days


Find yourself in Rome for a few days before a stay in Tuscany or a Mediterranean cruise — how will you spend your time, with so much to see and so little time? 

Rome is an extraordinary capital, and it can take weeks or more to get in all the sites, cuisine and culture.  Traveling can often be stressful when visiting a place that has so much to offer.  Check out our list that pinpoints the absolute best places to visit if time is of the essence.


Day 1 — Spanish Steps, Vatican, St. Peter’s, Trastevere

To get the most out of your day, start early! Start your day with a stroll to the iconic  Spanish Steps to do a little people watching before you begin your adventure!

Next, head over to the Vatican in the morning to beat the crowds.  Be sure to dress modestly, with shoulders and knees covered. Visit the Vatican Museums — there are over 54 Christian and 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.

Some guided tours through the Sistine Chapel will take you right in to St. Peter’sBasilica. You will want to make sure that you have “Skip the Line Tickets” for all of these attraction, or you will be standing in line for hours.

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, check out award winning La Gatta Buia —  try the unbelievable Fiori di Zuca!


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 ColosseumPalatine Hill and the Roman Forum (If possible, avoid first Sundays)! Be sure to do some research on this ancient wonder beforehand so that you understand what you’re exploring.

Now, it’s time to hike up the Palatine Hill!  It is wise to get a private tour, if possible.  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 Roman Forum to take in even more majestic views.  Grab some dinner and get some rest for your final day!


Day 3 –- Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Piazza Navona

Begin your last day with an espresso and head over to the Trevi Fountain.  Keep with tradition and toss in a coin to insure your return to Rome!

Next, head over to the Pantheon.  The Dome of the Pantheon is the World’s largest unreinforced concrete dome.

Lastly, explore Piazza Navona.  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.


Does Rome sound like somewhere you would like to visit?  We will be glad to pre-arrange your 3 days in Rome.  We will take care of lodging, transfers, and guided tours. Give us a call at 910.599.1693, or email to get started planning your adventure.