Rome in Three Days: Rome Itinerary for Three-Four days
We know that you would stay there for two weeks if you could, but it's not always the best timing; there aren't enough days off from work, there's nowhere to leave the children, or it's simply not financially possible. Rome isn't very expansive and it's so beautiful that you have to rub your eyes to make sure it's not a dream. Rome is an ideal destination for short vacations (also for long ones!), but when time is short there is much to do. So here are our suggestions for sites and attractions for a three-day trip to Rome. We must say that whether your trip is short or long, our tours contain both a visit and a fascinating in-depth explanation of most of the sites on this list.
Have you landed? Have you checked in at your hotel? After unpacking your luggage, drinking some coffee at the bar and nibbling on something sweet nearby – you can start your day!
The First Day
Campo de' fiori
This historic square went through quite a few incarnations until it reached its current “role” – a market. It was a field in ancient times, and it was decided to pave it in the 15th century. It was also an execution ground in the 16th century – even the Talmud was burned there. Nowadays it is a tourist market full of fruits, vegetables, flowers and tourist gimmicks. Campo de Fiori is a lively and popular site with many restaurants around it.
A touristic and central square in Rome, built by Bernini for Pope Innocent X. This is a beautiful must-see site, both for its magical fountains and the excellent restaurants around.
The Pantheon is located just four minutes-walk from Piazza Navona. The Roman temple that has existed for over 2000 years contains many tombs, including those of the kings of Italy and the artist Raphael. It is a beautiful structure architecturally, with a round window (oculus) at the top, through which the sun or rain enters, depending on the day.
Fontana di Trevi
The famous fountain is an eight-minute walk from the Pantheon. It’s a tradition to throw coins into it and make a wish. This is a huge fountain, beautiful and full of details. It has existed in its entirety since the 18th century, and the thousands of euros collected from it every night finance basic products and support for those in need.
Fontana Di Trevi
Piazza di Spagna
Trevi Fountain is only eight minutes-walk from the Spanish Steps, built in the 18th century. It is a wide staircase that gathers thousands of tourists every day. You can watch Rome or the people passing by from the top of the stairs.
Via del corso, Via condotti
You can’t go without a little shopping in Rome, right? The path from the stairs to using the credit card is very short. You will find all the well-known and beloved brands in the famous Via del Corso, and more luxurious shops and boutiques in the nearby Via Condotti. The street shops in Rome open around 9:00 and close at 20:00.
The Second Day
The Jewish ghetto in Rome was established in the 16th century, and contains the history of the Jewish community in Rome, the oldest in the diaspora. There are many kosher restaurants in the ghetto, as well as the Great Synagogue of Rome and the ancient Marcello Theater. You should taste the familiar Jewish foods such as the ricotta cake and Jewish artichoke. If you’re lucky enough and it’s Sunday, the Porta Portese flea market is active and offers its wares.
Campidoglio & Piazza Venezia
The Capitoline Hill, adjacent to both Piazza Venezia and the Roman Forum, is the highest of the seven hills of Rome. The palaces and stairs were planned and designed by Michelangelo, and the Capitoline Museums are located there today. The nearby Piazza Venezia contains the Palazzo Venezia – Mussolini was stationed there and gave his speeches to the enthusiastic people. Moreover, the Monument to Victor Emmanuel II is placed there (it has a viewpoint and the entry is free).
The Roman Forum is next to the Colosseum. It’s the most spectacular evidence of the center of the Roman Empire and life in the city at the time. In order to enter the site itself, tickets must be purchased (there are some that are combined with the Colosseum and the Palatine Hill). It is a fascinating journey through time, a glimpse into the daily life of the Romans at the time
The Colosseum is about fifteen-minute walk from the Roman Forum (or one metro stop). This is one of the seven wonders of the world, a must-stop when arriving in Rome. The iconic amphitheater is impressive both from the inside and from the outside, and even if you prefer not to buy entrance tickets and stand in line, you can stand outside and look at it, imagining gladiators fighting, lions roaring and the crowd cheering. The Gate of Titus is near the Colosseum. It’s the gate that symbolizes Titus’ victory over the Jews in the First Jewish–Roman war and depicts the procession of loot in Jerusalem in 71 AD in its reliefs.
The Monti neighborhood which is full of young people, is ten minutes-walk from Piazza Venezia. It is a beautiful ancient neighborhood, with plenty of cafes and bars. This is an excellent location for an aperitivo or a night drink. You can also find vintage and cheap second-hand stores In Monti, alongside luxury stores with eye-popping storefronts.
Piazza del Popolo
It is recommended to open the third day in Piazza del Popolo (the People’s Square, translated from Italian). The square is adjacent to the walls of Ancient Rome, and the main entrance to the city was from there. Fountains on the sides of the square and the second oldest obelisk in Rome will mesmerize you during your stay.
There is an ascent towards the Pincian Hill (Pincio) from Piazza del Popolo. You can get one of the most beautiful views of the city from there, and of the piazza itself of course. This is an easy climb that will help you burn the calories of the many pizzas you’ve eaten, and trust us – the view is worth it.
Pincio is inside Villa Borghese, but it is only a small part of the huge park. Villa Borghese has spectacular green and relaxing spaces next to small lakes, magnificent buildings, and of course the Borghese Gallery that collects the works of Bernini and others. This is a gigantic area where you can spend a few good hours, even more so if it’s part of a family vacation with children.
The smallest independent country in the world – the Papal State, which contains the amazing Vatican Museums. In order to enter the museums, you have to buy a ticket and wait in line, which can sometimes be long and tedious. The world-famous works of art, religion, history and more made the Vatican City enter the list of world heritage sites. You can spend some wonderful and fascinating hours there. The visit to the Vatican ends in the impressive St. Peter’s Square, an architectural wonder designed by Bernini, leading to the most famous and largest church in the world – St. Peter’s Basilica.
Fifteen minutes-walk from the Vatican will take you to Castel Sant’Angelo, which is now a museum. It was originally built as a mausoleum for Emperor Hadrian. The building changed its functions over the years, and was used not only as a tomb or a museum, but also as a prison. A beautiful bridge decorated with angel statues leads to the castle.
The name Trastevere means “beyond the Tiber River” in Italian, and Trastevere neighborhood is indeed located there. In the old days, the weakened and poor population lived in the neighborhood, and the Tiber River that frequently overflowed its banks brought trouble, diseases and epidemics on that population. Today it is a lively touristic neighborhood, magical in its alleys and delicious in its restaurants. This is an excellent location for an aperitivo, dinner, or just to wander and get lost in the enchanting alleys.
Keep this list with you for your “quickie” in Rome. Don’t forget to order our shuttle in order to shorten the trips from the airport to the city and back. Enjoy Rome as long as possible, and if you decide to extend your stay, here are some other recommended sites: Piazza Barberini and Triton Fountain, Pyramid of Caius Cestius in Ostiense, the romantic Orange Garden, the Mouth of Truth statue, the various catacomb complexes, and obviously museums, museums, museums!