Are you confused what you need to see in Rome? Do you have only 3 days here in this beautiful, historical city? We are not surprised if yes, you are. For this reason, we have compiled a 3 day tour itinerary with the ‘must-to-see’ squares, basilicas, gardens etc.
The base of this tour is a unique Google map by Urban Pine B&B, that you can find here:
How can you use it?
On the left side you find 3 clickable boxes, each of them is 1 day with the recommended programs. You just need to choose one (or all :)) to see them on the map on the right side. If you do a click to the name of the spot, you will see a photo and some description about the place. Use this itinerary to spend 3 days in Rome and you’ll surely not miss any of the most important and famous sights.
You are starting your three day trip in Vatican, the seat of the Pope. Enjoy the enormous St. Peter’s Square, admire the fresco paintings in the Sistine Chapel and pay a visit to the world-famous Vatican Museums. Don’t forget to buy your skip-the-line ticket in order to avoud the long row. You can choose your appointment and buy your ticket online here on the site of Vatican.
Stop at Castel Sant’Angelo nearby and enjoy the atmosphere of Tevere riverside. Walking through Lungo Tevere you arrive to one of the oldest churches of Rome, Santa Maria in Trastevere. Check near of its top the 12th-century mosaic of the Virgin Mary with the infant Jesus flanked by 10 women holding lamps. Tell the truth at Bocca della Verità and admire the view, relax in Oranges Garden (Giardigno degli Aranci).
Did you know that Circus Maximus was the venue of ancient Roman chariot race competitions? It was the first and largest stadium in ancient Rome and its later Empire. Walking back to our B&B take a stop at St. Clement Basilica that is hided behind the Colosseum. It was transformed over the centuries from a private home that was the site of clandestine Christian worship in the 1st century to a grand public basilica by the 6th century, reflecting the emerging Catholic Church’s growing legitimacy and power.
As a last stop we recommend to visit our neighbor, Archbasilica of St. John Lateran. About this magic place here you find more information.
On the second day of your 3 day Rome itinerary you will get to know the heart of the ancient city. Start your day at Colosseum and Palatine, where we again highly recommend the line skipping ticket that you can buy via online before your holiday. Their official site is here.
Continue the tour with Arch of Constantin, Roman Forum, Trajan’s Market that was the first shopping mall in the world. Go up to the top of Vittorio Emanuele II monument, where you can drink a good coffee and get an amazing view to the Capitoline Hill and Trajan’s Forum. Walk ahead to Largo di Torre Argentina square and Campo di’Fiori where every Sunday has an amazing market. St Maria Sopra Minerva Basilica is built directly over ruins of a temple dedicated to the Egyptian goddess Isis.
Pantheon and Piazza Navona are compulsories for everybody and don’t miss to take a walk in the romantic, cute streets in the neighbor Pantheon.
Montecitori Palace is the seat of the Italian Parlament, meanwhile Palazzo Chigi is the residence of the Italian Prime Minister. Close the day at the famous Fontana di Trevi, wish and drop a coin into the fountain.
Piazza del Popolo is a great spot to start your last day in Rome. From here just some steps the Basilica Parrocchiale Santa Maria del Popolo that contains for example Raphael, Gian Lorenzo Bernini and Caravaggio’s work as well. From the square climb up to Villa Borghese where is a nice terrace with the special view to the city. Take a tour into the park, visit the Borghese Museum & Gallery and walk down to the world wide famous Spanish Stairs.
If you would buy an Italian luxury dress or accessories, Via Condotti is the perfect place to look around. Look for Antico Cafe Greco that is the oldest coffee house in Rome. Stendhal, Goethe, Liszt and Keats had spent several hours here.
Take a look at Ara Pacis of Augustus, that is an ancient monument that was initially inaugurated on January 30, 9 B.C. As the next stop, walk to Piazza Barberini where is Bernini’s fountain and Barberini Palace. Its style is a mix of 3 great architects. A short walk on Via del Quirinale and you are at the Quirinal Palace that is one of the three current official residences of the President of the Italian Republic. Closing the day and the Roman trip in one of the most beautiful basilicas of Rome, in Santa Maria Maggiore is a perfect bless to your trip.
Enjoy the holiday in Rome!