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Ah, Rome: the colossal, eternal city that’s thrived for well over 2000 years now. From the Roman Empire to the Renaissance and from the Second World War to the era of snap-happy tourists, Rome has seen many an empire rise and fall.

Simultaneously elegant and down-to-earth, the Italian capital manages to charm everyone from history lovers in search of ancient ruins to fashionable hipsters looking for the next best espresso. And we’re pretty sure that you’re next to fall in love with the Roman dolce vita!

Visiting the treasure trove that is the city of Rome can be totally overwhelming for many but there’s no need to let that put you off: we’re right here for you!

Our 3-day Rome itinerary has plenty of advice, including what to do, helpful insider tips, and plenty of food recommendations. Whether you’re planning a trip to Rome or already right in the heart of the Eternal City, we’ve got you covered!

 

A Little Bit about this 3-Day Rome Itinerary

Backpacking in Italy is an unbelievably amazing experience as the whole country is gorgeous. However, once you go backpacking in Rome, you’ll understand why its still the capital!

If you want to do Rome in a day, you will probably have to decide between either the Vatican or the Colosseum as the lines for both are long and they are kind of far apart. Alternatively, you could admire The Colly from the outside in the morning and then make your way over to the Vatican or vice versa.

How many days should you spend in Rome? We advise you to spend at least two or three days in Rome as the city is just so awesome. With 2 days in Rome, you’ll be able to explore the Roman ruins and visit the Vatican at a leisurely pace. If all you have is a weekend in Rome then you should do the Vatican on Saturday and then the Roman stuff on Sunday – you won’t have time for much else.

3 days in Rome will allow you to explore a few lesser-known landmarks at a more laid-back pace. Ideally, though, you should spend a week in Rome to make the most of the Eternal City’s numerous attractions as well as fill up on the delicious food.

If you have a few more days, you’ll be able to discover some of the city’s hidden gems. That said, a week in Rome can be pricey. Consider buying a Roma Pass if you plan on visiting a lot of extra museums and local attractions – it will give you free entry most of Rome’s top points of interest. You’ll also get to skip the line at these!

If you follow this 3-day itinerary for Rome strictly though, you won’t need a Roma Pass.

 

3 Day Rome Itinerary Overview

  • Day 1 in Rome: The Colosseum, Roman Forum, Capitoline Hill, Altare Degli Patria, Piazza Venezia, Monti, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Campo de Fiore, Jewish Quarter
  • Day 2 in Rome: Vatican City, Vatican Museums, St Peter’s Square, St Peter’s Basilica, Castel Sant’Angelo, Piazza del Popolo, Spanish Steps, Via del Corso
  • Day 3 in Rome: Bathes of Caracalla, Circus Maximus, Bocca della Verita, Giardino delgi Aranci, Pyramid of Caius Cestius, Ostiense, Trastevere
  • More Places to See in Rome: Villa Borghese, Quartiere Coppedè, Appia Antica, Parco degli Acquedotti

 

Where To Stay In Rome in 3 Days

When visiting Rome for the first time, you need to get your bearings as its big. So let’s loosely break it down.

To the west is the Vatican and to the east is the Stazione Termini, the central transport hub for bus and train (including from the airport) and a bustling area in its own right.

To the south is the iconic Colosseum and much of the Roman city, while the Villa Borghese is to the north. 

That said, let’s identify where to stay in Rome within this area. Top of the list is Centro Storico, the historic center. Although it’s one of the pricier neighborhoods, it offers really good value: the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps, and the Pantheon are right on your doorstep!

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Tridente is technically a part of Centro Storico but it’s a decidedly classier part. Prices are at a premium but it’s long been popular with celebrities, and is surrounded by luxury stores.

For something more off the beaten track, we recommend Trastevere. It’s an effortlessly cool, shabby-chic area that bustles with hipsters exploring cobbled alleyways during the day and partying it up come nightfall. This Roman neighborhood is home to lovely shops, restaurants, and a few stunning historic sites, such as the Basilica di Santa Maria.

The Rome Airbnb scene is also booming and many are very well priced.

 

Best Hostel in Rome – Dreaming Rome Hostel

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Dreaming Rome Hostel is our pick for the best hostel in Rome!

Dreaming Rome Hostel is our pick for the best hostel in Rome! Recommended by over a thousand guests, Dreaming Rome Hostel is certainly doing something right. It comes with all the essential facilities (free WIFI and maps), is close to the Colosseum and is impeccably clean. It’s the welcoming atmosphere, though, that wins smiles. The owners are hands-on and provide their guests with individualized attention. There are also pasta nights every night and pizza on Sundays. Yummy!

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Best Budget Hotel in Rome – Residenza Maritti Contemporary Suite

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Residenza Maritti Contemporary Suite is our pick for the best budget hotel in Rome!

Located in the heart of the city, Residenza Maritti Contemporary Suite is a real gem! It combines contemporary style (spacious rooms with flat-screen TVs and cashmere fabrics) with a historic charm (gorgeous views of the Roman Forum and antique ornaments). It’s just 200m from the Roman Forum, has a superb terrace for socializing and is consistently praised for the friendliness of the staff.

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Best Luxury Hotel in Rome – Singer Palace Hotel

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Singer Palace Hotel is our pick for the best luxury hotel in Rome!

The 5* Singer Palace Hotel is one of a kind! 350m from the Trevi Fountain and 5 minutes from the Pantheon, the Singer Palace has location spot-on. And then there is the hotel itself: a 20th-century palace with gilded furniture, a rooftop terrace with breathtaking views and a restaurant serving up scrumptious Italian pasta and seafood. Lucky you!

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Rome Itinerary Day 1: Ancient Rome and the Historic Quarter

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1. Colosseum 2, Palatine Hill 3. Roman Forum 4. Capitoline Hill 5. Altare Degli Patria/Piazza Venezia 6. Monti 7. Osteria Olivia 8. Trevi Fountain 9.Pantheon 10. Piazza Navona 11. Campo de Fiore 12. Jewish Quarter

The first day of our Rome itinerary is devoted to the city’s most iconic landmarks, including the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Pantheon, and Trevi. This is going to be a whirlwind of a day so make sure wake up early, have a good breakfast, and a strong espresso before heading out!

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8:30 AM – Colosseum

Colosseum

Were you even in Rome if you didn’t visit the Colosseum? Don’t miss this gigantic, 2000-year-old masterpiece!

As the icon of the Roman Empire and an ancient Wonder of the World, the Colosseum is one of the best things to see in Rome in 3 days. Historians believe it was built over an eight-year period and completed in 80 AD.

For over 500 years, the Colosseum was the place to have fun in Rome. There were gladiator fights, exotic animal displays, and executions of infamous prisoners all taking place to the roaring approval of the ancient Roman crowd.

  • Cost – $13 entrance to the Colosseum, Palatine Hill, and Roman Forum.
  • How long should I stay here? 2-3 hours
  • Getting there –  Metro Line B stops directly in front of the Colosseum.

 

10:30 am – The Roman Forums and Palatine Hill

The Roman Forum

The Roman Forum, Rome

The Roman Forum was once the city center of one of the most powerful empires in history! Walking through the ruins is like stepping back in time. The archaeological site is significantly lower than the surrounding attractions, meaning that there are some amazing views of ancient and modern Rome side-by-side.

The site was essentially the central business district of its time, full of temples and civic buildings. You can still visit the Temple of Julius Caesar, where the famous general was cremated after his assassination. There is also the Lapis Niger, the marble slab which legend holds to cover the tomb of Romulus, the founder of Rome.

  • Cost – Included with the purchase of a Colosseum ticket.
  • How long should I stay here? 2-3 hours
  • Getting there –  You can access the Palatine directly from the Colosseum. Otherwise, the forum is a 5-minute walk up Via dei Fori Imperiali.

 

 12:00 pm – Capitoline Hill and Altare Della Patria

Capitoline Hill

A visit to one of the 7 Hills is one of the top things to do in Rome!

Right next to the Roman Forum, the Capitoline Hill continues your journey into ancient Rome. The Capitoline Hill was predominantly a religious center for the Romans, concentrated around the Temple of Jupiter. To get a sense of how majestic the building was, head into the Capitoline Museums, and be aware that you could easily spend an entire day inside them.

Insider Tip: You don’t need a museum ticket to visit the museum cafe, nor do you need to buy anything to take in the views so even if you skip the museum, the cafe terrace is one of the best things to see in Rome!

  • Cost – The hill and Altare are both free; entrance to the Capitoline Museum is $13.
  • How long should I stay here? An hour for the Altare. Longer if you enter the museum.
  • Getting there – Another 5-minute walk from the Roman Forum. Note that the main street here is closed to commuter cars but is still used by buses and taxis.

 

1:00 pm – Lunch in Monti

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Monti is considered the artist’s district of Rome, which means that there are lots of artisan shops, boutiques, and local clothing stores around. It is a great place to shop as well as to stop and have a bite to eat. There are many high-quality restaurants in Monti that offer meals at relatively affordable prices.

  • Cost – Lunch should be around 10 euro.
  • How long should I stay here? A couple hours to eat, relax, and digest. 
  • Getting there – Monti is a relatively small neighborhood and is right next to the Roman Forums. Osteria Olivia is about a 10-minute walk from the latter.

 

3:00 pm – The Trevi Fountain

The Trevi Fountain

The Trevi Fountain, Rome

After a nice relaxing lunch and another tall cafe, we head to the Centro Historico of Rome. This is where many of Rome’s masterpieces can be found, including the Trevi Fountain.

The Trevi Fountain is as legendary as Rome itself: according to the myth, if you throw in a few coins, you’re sure to return to the Eternal City!

There aren’t many fountains in the world that have their own websites but that’s just how popular the Trevi Fountain is! The fountain that you see today is a reworked version of one that was built over 2000 years ago in the early days of the Roman Empire! The famous facade that you see today wasn’t built until the 17th century when Pope Urban VIII thought the old was one too boring.

  • Cost – A few cents’ donation to make your wish!
  • How long should I stay here? Not too long. It gets hectic here.
  • Getting there – From Monti, it’s about 15-20 minutes walk through the Quirinale area, which is where the government conducts national affairs.

 

 4:00 pm – The Pantheon

The Pantheon

The breathtaking dome that crowns the Pantheon is the largest unreinforced dome in the world and has stood the test of almost 2000 years!

 The ancient Romans certainly knew a thing or two about architecture and left us the Pantheon to prove it! This brilliant building still hosted the world’s largest unsupported, masonic dome, and is a marvel of proportions. The interior was specifically designed to big enough to cause awe yet small enough to be completely taken in by the human eye.

Insider Tip: For a truly magical experience, attend Mass at the Pantheon.

  • Cost – Free!
  • How long should I stay here? At least an hour.
  • Getting there – A 10-minute walk roughly due west from Trevi Fountain.

 

5:00 pm – Piazza Navona

statue at piazza navona

After Trevi, Piazza Navona hosts probably the second-most famous fountain in Rome called the Fountain of the Four Rivers. Constructed by the legendary Bernini in a slightly ironic manner after Pope Innocent commissioned it in 1651 – read the story – the fountain is a masterpiece of sculpture. Many people actually prefer Navona to Trevi!

Piazza Navona itself is much larger and more spacious than the square where the Trevi Fountain is located. One can actually breathe here and can sit down for a moment of respite. After a long day of walking around Rome, now is a good time to start and slow down and rest a little.

  • Cost – Free!
  • How long should I stay here? An hour to see the fountain and church.
  • Getting there – A 10-minute walk roughly due west from Trevi Fountain.

 

6:00 pm – Aperitivo in Campo de Fiore

Campo dei Fiori Market

Campo dei Fiori Market, Rome

The food market of Campo dei Fiori is located right in the center of Rome. The Campo dei Fiori was once a meadow before it was transformed into a place of public execution eventually becoming the legendary market we know today!  The most notable of the executions it witnessed was that of philosopher Giordano Bruno who was burned for heresy in 1600 for his belief that the earth orbited around the sun. His execution is marked by the eerie statue of a hooded monk.

  • Cost – between 10-15 euros.
  • How long should I stay here? Chill for a couple of hours. No rush.
  • Getting there – Across the main street of Corso Vitorio Emanuelle II. Less than 5 minutes’ walk from Piazza Navona.

 

8:00 pm – Dinner in the Jewish Quarter

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Time to end the day with some more hearty Roman cuisine! You’ve earned it!

One of the most popular places in Rome to have dinner is the old Jewish Quarter. This former ghetto is the birthplace of some of the most famous dishes in the city.

Carciofi or artichokes is one of the most beloved foods in Rome. Locals like them pan-fried in a delicious mixture of white wine, garlic, lemon, and mint or just straight-up deep-fried.

  • Cost – Dinners here are not cheap. Be prepared from 30 euros minimum per person. 
  • How long should I stay here? Take your time! It’s the end of the day.
  • Getting there – 10 minutes walk due southeast from Campo die Fiore.

Rome Itinerary Day 2: Vatican City

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1. Vatican Museums 2. St Peter’s Square/Basilica 3. Castel Sant’Angelo 4. Piazza del Popolo 5. Spanish Steps 6. Via del Corso

It’s going to be a busy day so have a big breakfast early at your hotel. There is also the possibility of booking breakfast at the Vatican Museums. If you don’t manage this, have breakfast at your hotel and then grab an early lunch at one of the museum’s eateries before heading over to St. Peter’s Basilica.

Make it a good breakfast too because it’s going to be a big day! We’re visiting some of the most admired pieces of art in the world like the Sistine Chapel soon!.

 

9:00 am – The Vatican Museums

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The Stairs of Vatican Museum.

No visit to the Eternal City is complete without a few hours at the Vatican Museums. The world’s largest private art collection is home to some of the most famed artworks by the greats like Michelangelo and Caravaggio!

We cannot recommend a guided tour enough as the museums can be overwhelmingly full of both visitors and artworks. However, it is possible to do a self-guided tour of the museums.

  • Cost – 44 euro for a guided tour, free with Roma Pass.
  • How long should I stay here? At least 3 hours.
  • Getting there – Take the A Metro Line and get off at either Cipro or Ottaviano. From either, it’s a 5 to 10-minute walk to the entrance of the museums.

12:00 pm – Early lunch or snack

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It’s definitely a good idea to grab a quick bite to eat before heading to our destination: St. Peter’s Basilica. You just spent 2-3 hours walking around a museum and could potentially spend another 2-3 hours at the St. Peters. Food is not allowed in either of course.

Because this is going to be a grab-and-go meal, it’s the perfect time to try the local Roman pizza. Roman pizza is distinctive for being baked in a square shape and then cut into square pieces. The crust is crunchier than other types of Italian pizza and the toppings are pretty diverse.

  • Cost – 3-4 euro for a large piece.
  • How long should I stay here? Take an hour or so to rest and eat.
  • Getting there – Depends where you go but there are good places within 10 minutes walk of the Vatican Museums.

 

1:00 pm – St Peter’s Square

St Peter’s Square, The Vatican

St Peter’s Square, The Vatican, Rome

 This enormous square is the iconic image of Vatican City and is broadcast across the world whenever the pope addresses the faithful. It is surrounded by pillared walkways and in the middle is a giant obelisk that originally came from Ancient Egypt. At the head of the square is the humbling Basilica of St. Peter

Entering St. Peter’s Basilica is open and free to the public. You will need to stand in line though and depending on the day, these can either be reasonably short or massive. On a good day, you might stand in line for a half-hour; on a bad one, it could be several hours. Prepare appropriately.

  • Cost – Free!
  • How long should I stay here? Depends how long the line is.
  • Getting there – About a 10-15 minutes walk from the Vatican Museums. A bit more if you make a detour for some food.

 

2:30 pm –  St Peter’s Basilica

 St Peter’s Tomb, The Vatican

St Peter’s Tomb, The Vatican, Rome

St Peter’s is one of the holiest sites for Christians worldwide and an architectural masterpiece. It is the result of 120 years of work by some of the world’s most renowned architects and artists: Michelangelo, Bramante, and Maderno.

Ever since 1626, the basilica has been able to accommodate 20 000 pilgrims for services that have been presided over by Pope John Paul II, Pope Innocent III, and the current Pope Francis, to name a few.

  • Cost – The basilica is free; tomb is $15.50.
  • How long should I stay here? 
  • Getting there – Enter from St. Peter’s Square.

 

4:30 pm – Castel Sant’Angello and Ponte Umberto

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The circular structure of Castel Sant’Angelo was originally built as a mausoleum for the Roman Emperor Hadrian. Eventually, it becaFvatime a fortress for the popes and Vatican City.

It is possible to enter the castle and tour the interior. Since you’ve already had a long day at the Vatican already, you may want to skip this tour. Most people just end up walking around outside of the fortress anyways.

  • Cost – $15 to enter.
  • How long should I stay here?  About an hour. Maybe longer if you have time.
  • Getting there – 10 minute walk from St. Peter’s Square.

 

6:00 pm – Piazza del Popolo

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The Piazza del Popolo is one of the largest and most important squares in Rome. It once served as the main entryway into the city for pilgrims and travelers, so it’s only appropriate that modern travelers make their way here!

You mustn’t miss visiting the Church of Santa Maria del Popolo at the beginning of the square though. This church hosts paintings by both Caravaggio and Raphael, which you can see for only 1 euro each.

  • Cost – Free!
  • How long should I stay here? 1-2 hours depending on if you want to shop.
  • Getting there – It’s a 20-minute walk to get to Popolo from Castel Sant’Angelo but it’s a lovely walk along the Tiber. If you don’t want to walk, hail a taxi.

 

7:30 pm – The Spanish Steps and dinner

The Spanish Steps

The Spanish Steps, Rome

If you plan a trip to Rome, you must make time for a passegiata! Come dusk, this Italian tradition sees people of all ages take to the streets for an evening stroll. For a particularly scenic passegiata, stroll through the area around the Spanish Steps. The spectacular combination of ornate baroque architecture and stunning views will take your breath away!

Start your stroll at the Piazza di Spagna, one of Rome’s most beautiful squares. After a photo call at the Fontana della Barcaccia, a lavish fountain in the square, begin your ascent up the Spanish Steps.

  • Cost – Free!
  • How long should I stay here? As long as you want.
  • Getting there – 10-15 minute walk directly from the Piazza del Popolo on Via del Babuino. From the piazza, you should be looking to the way on the left.

 

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Rome Itinerary Day 3: The Other Side

By the time we reach day 3, we will have already seen a lot. It might be the case that you want to have a chill day and not do so much. Feel free to cut out a few parts of this particular itinerary and then save the rest when planning your next trip to Rome!

rome itinerary map day 3

1. Bathes of Caracalla 2. Circus Maximus 3. Bocca della Verita 4. Giardino delgi Aranci 5. Pyramid of Caius Cestius 6. Hopside 7. Ostiense 8. Janinculum 9. Trastevere 10. Ma Che Siete Venuti a Fa

 

9:00 am – The Baths of Caracalla

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Baths of Caracalla, Rome

The Romans put their engineering skills to good use when they built the Baths of Caracalla for the dictatorial emperor of the same name! Although only ruins remain, it is still possible to get a sense of the scale and grandeur of the bathing complex.

The baths are conveniently located just 1km from the Colosseum, in the heart of ancient Rome. To get the most out of this iconic Roman location, go on a guided tour or hire an audio guide that will transport you to ancient Rome and back in just 50 minutes!

  • Cost: $7
  • How long should I stay here? 2-3 hours
  • Getting there – It’s about a 10-minute walk from the nearest metro stop: Circo Massimo of Line B.

 

11:00 am – Circo Massimo and the Bocca della Verità

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If you have time, make a quick visit to the Circus Maximus which is right next to the baths. It was once a chariot-racing stadium that could accommodate 300 000 spectators, a higher number than many modern stadiums can! Nowadays, it’s a giant park and is used to host concerts and political rallies.  

About 5 minutes away from the Circus Maximus is the famous Bocca della Verità or the “Mouth of Truth.”  The Roman-era disk, whose original purpose is still not known for sure, depicts Neptune with his mouth and eyes wide open. People like to stick their hands in the mouth and take photos with the hungry Roman god 🙂

  • Cost: $3 to see the mouth.
  • How long should I stay here? No more than an hour – neither the Circus nor Boca will take long.
  • Getting there – Walk back to the very busy Viale Aventino from the Baths of Caracalla, about 10 minutes away. The Circus is right there and the Boca is another 5-10 minutes walk ahead.

 

12:30 pm – Packed lunch in the Giardino Degli Aranci

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This is one of the best viewpoints in Rome! It’s particularly great at sunset, but we’re going to be spending the afternoon here. Eating premade panini and perhaps having a little wine or beer.

True to its name the garden is filled with orange trees but more noticeable are the towering pini Romani or “pines of Rome.” These distinctive trees, which may or may not have seen already, are a true symbol of the city.

  • Cost: Free!
  • How long should I stay here? 2 hours. Enough to eat and chill.
  • Getting there – Walk parallel to the Circus Maximus and then head left through the Garden of Roses. You’ll be walking up a hill until you start to see cloisters and schools on the right. The garden is just up ahead. 10 minutes walk in total.

 

2:30 pm – The Pyramid of Caius Cestius and the Foreign Cemetary

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This will be a quick stop. The Pyramid of Caius Cestius, built as a tomb for the same-named religious magistrate at the Porta San Paolo is pretty hard to miss – it’s right next to a giant roundabout on the way to Ostiense and is pretty tall. The walls here used to be the edge of the ancient Roman city!

Behind the Pyramid is the Non-Catholic Cemetary where many prolific non-Italian poets are buried. Most notable are Percy Shelly, author of tour-de-forces like “Ozymandias” and John Keats, arguable one of the greatest English Romantic poets. Finding their graves is a bit of an adventure in itself.

Watch out for the local cat population as well! There’s a friendly group that likes to hang out in the park behind the pyramid.

  • Cost: Free!
  • How long should I stay here? Not long; 1-hour tops.
  • Getting there – From the Giardino Degli Aranci, walk back to the Viale Aventino and take the tram towards Testaccio. The pyramid will be on your right.

 

3:30 pm – Ostiense Street Art Walking Tour

Ostiense Street Art Walking Tour

Although Ostiense is a little outside of the city, it is worth visiting! | source: Nicholas Frisardi (Flickr)

Rome has some amazing examples of street art, most of which are located in Ostiense; this tour will help you find the best pieces of street art in just two hours.

Ostiense is an old industrial area in Rome that has been going through an incredible regeneration. Today, it’s considered one of the trendiest areas in the city with hipster bars, art galleries, and, of course, fantastic street art!

  • Cost: $22
  • How long should I stay here? Tour lasts 2 hours.
  • Getting there – The Ostiense neighborhood begins when you arrive at the Pyramid of Caius Cestius.

 

5:30 pm – Aparetivo at a local bar

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After you’re street art tour, it’s time to kick back with an aparetivo. Ostiense is particularly famous for its local craft bars and pubs, which are distinctly grittier than the ones in the center of Rome. Beer bars, speakeasies, and craft cocktail bars all the rage here.

Hopside is probably the best beer bar in the area, followed closely by L’Oasi della Birra. If you want to check somewhere a bit more macabre, then head to the Mastro Titta, named after one of the most notorious executions in the city’s history.

If you want more wine or food, then check out the charming Il Nido or Porto Fiuviale.

  • Cost: less than 10 euro for an aparetivo.
  • How long should I stay here? 2-3 hours is fine. 
  • Getting there – You’ll already be in Ostiense. Just choose a good spot and it shouldn’t be more than 5-minutes walk away.

 

7:30 pm – Exploring Trastevere

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No itinerary for Rome would be complete without visiting the Medieval quarter of Trastevere! This is one of the must-see places in Rome if you have 3 days in the city and shouldn’t be missed.

Trastevere is mostly known for its winding alleys, hidden cafes, and romantic ambiance. Lots of people come here to get lost in the streets in search of the perfect watering hole or perhaps love.

  • Cost: Dinner should be around 20 euro. 
  • How long should I stay here? All night if you like!
  • Getting there – From Ostiense, it’s a bit of a journey. You’ll either need to take a bus/tram from Porto San Paolo (20 minutes) or walk (40 minutes).

 

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What to Do with More than 3 Days in Rome?

Try to spend as long as possible in the city. There are just so many gorgeous attractions to visit that 3 days in Rome will pass by in a whirlwind! If you happen to have more time to spend here, check out some of these other Roman points of interest!

 

1. Villa Borghese

Villa Borghese

Villa Borghese, Rome

This palatial estate is home to several top things to see in Rome, including the beautiful gardens and a world-class gallery. The most striking part of any visit to the Villa Borghese is the beautiful garden which is so extensive that is now the most popular public park in Rome!

The park, which was designed in 1606, boasts elegant fountains, gravel walkways under the shade of cypress trees, and plenty of stunning flowers. This is another perfect venue for your sunset passegiata!

  • Cost – Park is free; gallery is $17.
  • How long should I stay here? Half-day.
  • Getting there – The nearest metro stop is Flaminio, which is serviced by Line A.

 

2. Quartiere Coppedè

Quartiere Coppedè

Quartiere Coppedè, Rome | source: Vladimir Sazonov (Shutterstock)

Drop into the Roman equivalent of fairyland if you have one extra day in Rome with a visit to the serene Quartiere Coppedè district. The district is away from the tourist center so take a short tram journey to Piazza Buenos Aires to begin a leisurely stroll.

When we say ‘fairyland’, we mean fairyland: neoclassical manors painted in Tuscan gold with ivy growing along the walls, ornate arches that open onto cobbled piazzas, fountains with marbled goddesses spewing water, turrets that reach dreamily for the skies…it’s all very, very charming!

  • Cost – Free!
  • How long should I stay here? 1-2 hours.
  • Getting there – Take Metro Line B to Policlinico and then take the tram 2,3, or 19 due west. Get off at the Buenos Aires stop and the quartiere will be on your right.

 

3. The Appia Antica and Parco delgi Acquedotti

appia antica in rome

Want to mix your Rome itinerary up and see antique ruins in a more bucolic setting? Can’t deal with the constant traffic of the city anymore? Then head to the Appia Antica or Parco delgi Acquedotti on the outskirts of town then!

The Appia Antica was one of the original highways leading to Ancient Rome. Many of the old mansions, mile-markers, and other roadside buildings are still intact here. There aren’t many commuters competing on these roads anymore; just lots of vegetation of trees!

  • Cost: Free!
  • How long should I stay here? All day if you like.
  • Getting there – Take bus 218 to reach the Appia Antica. Take Metro Line 1 until Subaugusta to reach the Acquedotti.

 

Rome Itinerary

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Best Time To Visit Rome

Like many European capitals, Rome fluctuates between cold and scorching, and there is a distinct charm to each season. Winter is a reflective time of candle-lit holy festivals, while summer brings bustling crowds and long, lazy evenings. Spring and Autumn are less busy than summer, offer decent weather and some cracking light for Instagram shots.

 

How to get around Rome

Getting around Rome can be frustrating at times. Between the many buses, trains, taxis, trams, and self-driving options you’re sure to get to where you need to go, but you’ll probably utter a few catzos along the way.

If you intend on taking any form of public transport, you need to buy a pass of some sort. Choose a multi-day transit or Roma Pass; the latter of which includes discounted entry to cultural sites in addition to free public transport. Either way, both will cover travel on any bus, train or metro within the city of Rome for a certain amount of time.

You can buy a single trip or multi-day ticket in most stations at a kiosk or at one of the many local bars/tobacco shops (tobaccoria). Upon entering the bus/train/etc you’ll have to validate the ticket at a little yellow machine.

Rome itinerary getting around

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Though the grand majority of Rome is covered by some form of public transport, experiences can be a mixed bag. Buses are usually jam-packed, trams are decrepit, and air conditioning is rare. Throw in the fact that Rome is constantly under construction, causing frequent reroutings, and the whole affair may seem overly-frustrating.

Most of Rome’s most notable places to visit are located in the Historical Center and within walking distance of each other. You’ll be able to see a lot on foot and should only need to use public transport when you want to visit the outer neighborhoods of the city, like Ostiense or the Apia Antica.

Most will use the bus once or maybe twice per day to backtrack. You will only need to resort to public transport if you want to get outside to Rome’s lesser-visited areas, like the Appia Antica or the coast.

 

What to Prepare before Visiting Rome

Make sure that you pack depending on what season you are planning to visit Rome. Bring light clothing during the summer and a good jacket in the winter. If you need some more suggestions on what to bring, then check out our in-depth packing list for Italy before heading out.

In terms of safety, Rome’s one of the safer cities you’ll encounter on your travels but, as always, there are common precautions you can take to guard yourself against opportunistic petty crime.

Keep your valuables where you can see them: never hang your bag off a restaurant chair or leave valuables in a coat that you hang off your chair.

  • Be particularly vigilant in touristy areas like the Piazza di Spagna, the Colosseum, and St Peter’s Square.
  • Public transport is also a hotspot for petty crime, so hold tight to your belongings for any journeys you take.
  • It is generally quite safe to walk around popular areas at night, especially in summer when Italians and tourists fill up the squares until late.

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Final Thoughts

With the ruins of a powerful empire in its center and the Vatican towering beside it, Rome is one of the most impressive cities you’ll ever visit! Despite all of the ruins, though, the city has managed to stay as lively as it was in Caesar’s time. With food markets and colorful street art popping up around the city.

Over 2000 years of history and drama has given Rome plenty of fabulous attractions to visit. Our itinerary for Rome will make sure that you cover as many bases as possible.

So, whether this is your first time in the city or you’re already a veteran, be sure to keep our 3-day Rome itinerary with you for a truly epic experience in the Italian capital!

Insider tip: For those who are short on time, we’d recommend you book a Rome-in-one-day tour. Going on this guided tour allows you to skip the line at many attractions, is flexible, features a tailored list of famous monuments (you can choose which ones you want to see), and a driver who also jumps into the role of a professional guide. You’ll learn everything there is to know about the city, its history and so much more without having the stress of planning the trip yourself!

 

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