Rome in three days: what to do, visit, eat

posted by Chris Valentine

Rome, or the Città Eterna, the Eternal City as it is known both nearby and in Europe, is one of the most common locations in every traveler’s bucket list. No wonder; Rome is famous as one of the most historically significant cities in Europe and all over the world. Unfortunately, three days aren’t a lot to see everything that Rome has to offer, but even so, you’ll be able to see the well-known landmarks and sites that the Città is famous for. Here we have designed a 3-day itinerary to help you make the most of your stay.

First and foremost, we suggest that you consider lodging options like hotels or bed and breakfasts. If you want to really immerse yourself in Roman atmosphere, choose for an upscale option like the best luxury hotel in Rome. Pay attention to the location of your accommodation, it’s best to choose the ones that aren’t too far from the historical centre of the city.

Day 1

For the first and lasting impression, we recommend seeing the Colosseum, the most popular Italian structure that symbolizes Rome itself. You may experience the authentic environment by going alone or by signing up for a tour offered in English or often also in other languages. 

After that, explore the Roman Forum in the heart of ancient Rome to see the remnants of temples, basilicas, and administrative buildings that still serve as ancient emblems of the Roman Empire. See the Arch of Constantine, which was built in 315 AD and pays tribute to Constantine the Great standing for success and triumph.

On your first day, try a dinner at one of the neighborhood trattorias for the quintessential Roman meal. Start with supplì, which are deep-fried rice balls stuffed with ragù and mozzarella, and either cacio e pepe or creamy carbonara, which are both traditional Roman pasta-based dishes.

We definitely suggest treating yourself to a cool gelato from one of the city’s gelaterias to round off your dinner, while taking an evening walk through the Roman alleyways.

Day 2

On your second day, experience one of the world’s most exquisite art collections in the Vatican Museums in Vatican, the tiniest country in the world. The Sistine Chapel, will welcome you with its numerous masterpieces by Michelangelo, Raphael, and Leonardo da Vinci. You will also see the Dome and paintings, including Michelangelo’s Pietà, in St. Peter’s Basilica, and will have the possibility to ascend the Basilica to get a bird’s-eye perspective of Rome.

After this excursion, take a stroll around the quaint Trastevere experiencing the authentic Italian environment by not only sampling the local cuisine, but also feeling its peculiar atmosphere. Select a local restaurant and try typical Roman fares like saltimbocca alla Romana (veal with prosciutto and sage) and hearty braised oxtail.

Day 3

See the Pantheon. With its magnificent cupola and oculus, the Pantheon is a wonder of ancient engineering. Take an afternoon walk down the historic center’s streets and pause for throwing a coin into the Trevi Fountain. See the magnificent mosaics and frescoes of the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, one of Rome’s four main basilicas.

Finish your trip through the flavors of Rome with a gastronomic tour. Savor authentic Roman street cuisine, such as pizza al taglio (pizza by the slice) or trapizzino (a hybrid of a tramezzino sandwich and pizza) and enjoy the evening at a restaurant serving Bucatini all’Amatriciana or Roman-style artichokes.

Rome is a feast for the senses with its fascinating past, vivid culture, and mouthwatering traditional cuisine. A true voyage through time and flavor. 

Good travels!

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