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Rome wasn’t built in a day so how can you expect to visit the city in three days? Well, you can’t experience it all in such a short time as the eternal city overflows with layers of Roman, baroque, renaissance, Christian, and modern history. Its heritage is invaluable so 3 days will only give you a taste of this extraordinary place.
A pinch of the greatness of Rome, this is what I had in mind when I elaborated on this 3 days itinerary for my family. It was their first time in the city and I wanted them to appreciate it. Here is where you can start your journey. This tour is not a marathon through the city but a relaxing and cultural experience. Dolce Vita, here we go!
A pinch of history
- In reference to Rome’s foundation myth, Romulus gave his name to the city and a she-wolf is its symbol.
- Rome was built over Seven Hills: the Aventine Hill, Caelian Hill, Capitoline Hill, Esquiline Hill, Palatine Hill, Quirinal Hill, and Viminal Hill.
- The expression “All roads lead to Rome” is based on the road system developed around the city during ancient Rome.
- Rome became part of Italy in 1870.
Day 1 – Admire the Ancient Rome (The Colosseum, Palatine Hill, and the Roman Forum)
Begin your journey exploring the origins of the city and discovering the vestiges of ancient Rome. Center of the Roman Empire, its monuments were testaments of its greatness and sophistication. Let your imagination run wild and mentally reconstitute the originals structures from the current sprawling ruins. How exciting!
Step in the legend of Rome’s foundation and early development with a walk in the Palatine Hills. Navigate through peaceful gardens along with the Roman imperial and elite’s residences before entering the Roman Forum. This public place was the center of the city gathering religious, political and commercial edifices. Then make your way to one of the most iconic arenas in Roman history: the Colosseum. Spectaculars games were the ultimate entertainment and political stage of Roman society.
Day 2 – Explore the city (Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, Piazza Navona)
Immerse yourself in the diverse historic layers of Rome, from Renaissance to contemporary, hazarding in the streets. This excursion is a storybook where iconic places like the Pantheon, Trevi fountains, and the Spanish steps, infused with Italian heritage, tell a fantastic story about the city. Follow my steps with a pleasant walking tour from the Campo de Fiori to the Spanish steps.
Day 3 – Experience the best of the Holy City: the Vatican
On the last day of your journey, escape Rome venturing out to the smallest city-state in the world: the Vatican. This unique religious and cultural adventure will blow your mind. From the treasures and quintessence art nestled in the Vatican Museum to the legendary and astonishing St Peter Basilica. Alleluia!
Feel like a perfect itinerary to see Rome in 3 days?
- Take comfortable walking shoes as a lot of landmarks are within walking distance.
- Public transportation is easy and convenient to navigate through the city.
- Book your attraction tickets in advance and you’ll avoid the slow ticket-buyer line.
- Grab binoculars to enjoy details.
- Respect the dress code for religious structures like the St Peter Basilica.
- More information about Rome at https://www.romeinformation.it/en/
2 thoughts on “3 days in Rome: chasing the extraordinary”
I wish I’d prebooked my Vatican tickets before I’d visited, such a rookie mistake lol!
Hope you enjoyed your visit! I could have spent days to explore the Vatican museum 😉
Agree, according to the time of the year, it will be easier to prebook your tickets for museums and attractions. Rome and the Vatican are iconic destinations and it’s a delight to explore them!
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