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Guide To Seeing Rome In 3 Days

Jan 8, 2022 | Destinations, Resources

Rome is our favorite city in the world!  We love the food, the history, and the people.

There is nothing better than having a glass of wine at the Piazza della Rotunda near the Pantheon and people watching.  

My husband and I visited Rome for our 25th wedding anniversary, and it was our favorite stop on the entire trip.  According to Andy, who does not like cities, as a rule, he said he would go back in a heartbeat!  “All of history runs through Rome and current times mix with the middle ages and ancient history when you walk around a corner and see a 2000-year-old building”.

Are you looking for a destination for your group to celebrate a special occasion or life accomplishment? Rome is a great place to start your vacation! 

Rome is an extraordinary capital, and it can take weeks or more to get in all the sites, cuisine, and culture.  Travelling can often be stressful when visiting a place with so much to offer.  This list will pinpoint the absolute best places to visit if time is of the essence.


Day 1- The Vatican, St. Peter’s, Trastevere

To get the most out of your day, start early!  You want to arrive at the Vatican in the morning to beat the crowds.  Be sure to dress humbly in reverence of the religious city-state.

Take an early walk and explore the global city streets.  You can sit on the gorgeous Spanish Steps and take in the ethos and people-watch before beginning your adventure.

Next, head over to 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 legendary artist Michelangelo’s striking ceiling art.

Once you’ve gotten your fill of art, stop by Via delle Grazie and grab some lunch.  Have some fun at the beautiful neighborhood Trastevere to top your day off. 

If possible, check out the award-winning La Gatta Buia; they have an unbelievable Fiori di Zucca (Fried Zucchini Flowers)!

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

Or better yet,  have Sphera Travel set up a small-group or private guided tour of Ancient Rome to give you the best information about the sites you are visiting. 

There are water fountains all over Rome known as Nasoni,” and you can recognize them from their downward-curving spouts. Once you notice one, you’ll see them everywhere – there are over 2,500 scattered around the city of Rome, after all! Be sure to fill your water bottle before leaving.

Now, it’s time to hike up Palatine Hill!  It may be 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 Forum to take in even more majestic views.  Grab some dinner and get some rest for your final day!

Day 3- Pantheon, Largo di Torre Argentina, Piazza Navona

Begin your last day with an espresso and head over to the Trevi fountain.  Keep with tradition and toss in a coin for good luck!  Next, head over to the Pantheon church.  While there, be sure to be respectful and keep your voice low.  After a good lunch, stroll over to Largo di Torre Argentina, also known as a cat sanctuary.  The cats are well taken care of by a local charity, and feeding them is prohibited.  Lastly, we have Piazza Navona to explore.  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.   Now that you’ve accomplished a fantastic three-day tour.  Enjoy a great glass of wine and rest up before heading to your following location in Italy!

From the history and delectable food to the artwork, Rome has everything you need for the start of a meaningful small-group vacation.  If you have any questions or want to start planning your vacation, schedule a complimentary quick “HELLO” call.

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Sue and Andy Ball of Sphera Travel in Budapest

Sue & Andy Ball

Travel Experts | Grand Rapids, MI


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