Visiting Rome is a whirlwind of architecture, sites, and history. The eternal city is a perfect blend of the ancient and modern. What other city in the world can you walk down a modern street and the next moment be standing in front of two-thousand-year-old ruins? For many travelers, Rome is a very powerful city.
However, Rome is also a hub when traveling through Europe and people often plan on a few days in the city before flying to their next destination. With some careful planning, visitors passing through can see the majority of Rome’s major attractions in a few days.
This three-day guide to Rome will help visitors see most of Rome’s major attractions and even get off the beaten path a little bit.
Day 1: – Palatine Hill
We are going to dedicate our first day in Rome to the area around Palatine Hill. Spending your first day here will let you see some major sites in Rome and appreciate the historical architecture that the city has to offer.
Sights around Palatine Hill include the Colosseum and the Pantheon. You can also see the market where Caesar’s inspiring speeches helped him rise to power, and just a few feet away, see the ruins of the Roman Forum where he met his demise. On top of the surrounding hills, you can also get some beautiful views of the city.
After all this walking, we need to take a break and explore the local gelaterias. Fresh Gelato will be an experience you won’t soon forget. As we move on to Trevi Fountain, we can admire the works of Michelangelo such as the Piazza del Campidoglio.
Trevi Fountain is the size of a building and is where the five old roads of Rome met, and legend says if you throw a coin in over your left shoulder and into the fountain you will one day return to Rome. After this day of sightseeing let’s head back to our Roman hotel or hosteland rest for the upcoming adventures.
Day 2: – The Vatican
On day 2, we will head to what is technically the smallest country in the world. We will view the awe-inspiring Sistine Chapel that left me, and countless other visitors, absolutely breathless. The Vatican is a superb museum and will take up most of the day. From the top of the Vatican, we get one of the best views of the entire city. This is my favorite place to watch the sun set.
We also have the chance to see the Pope delivering a sermon from the balcony of the Vatican. On our way back we can stop at the Spanish Steps, a gathering place for travelers looking to meet other people in the city.
Day 3: – Piazza Repubblica
For our last day in Rome, let’s head to the Rome bathhouses around Piazza Repubblica. Here we can also do some shopping and visit some art galleries like the Borghese Gallery, which is home to some outstanding art. Rome has much more to see, but this guide is a good starting point and will let you explore the wonders of Rome if you only have limited time and want to make the most from the city.