Things to do in Rome and our 3 days itinerary
November 01st, 2017 by Luiza
I think Rome doesn’t need a proper description. Rome is Rome, the eternal city that people consider it the center of the world. The history, the food, the architecture, the never ending tourists make Rome a city full of colors, passion and joy.
Once you visit Rome you will definitely fall in love with this magnificent city. In every corner, in every building (we like to say that even in almost every piece of stone) you will discover pieces of history. History of a legendary empire that dominated the world for centuries.
Our trip to Rome was short but we enjoyed every moment. We spent there 3 days, 3 days full of stories, good energy and thousands of calories. But in the same time a lot of walking hours. Our purpose was to discover the city to the max so we didn’t use the public transport.
Here it is our itinerary for 3 days in Rome!
Day 1: History, food and thousands of tourists in Rome
We booked an AirBnb room in the city center so we started our day by visiting the Colosseum, Arch of Constantine, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. These attractions are all situated very close to each other so it was very easy to combine them.
Leaving back the Roman Forum we reached Via dei Fiori Imperiali, a delightful boulevard that leaded us to Trajan’s Column and Vittorio Emanuele II in Piazza di Venezia. Walking on this central beautiful area we couldn’t miss the Italian pizza covered with a lot of mozzarella or the best ice cream we ever ate.
After this culinary madness we decided to add some more km on our route. So we chose to ramble on pleasant and narrow roads to arrive in Piazza della Rotonda where the best maintained dome has open doors for millions and millions of tourists, the Pantheon. As we wandered down the narrow alleyways reaching Piazza di Sant’ Ignazio and then Fontana di Trevi we found small family restaurants with old chairs and colorful tablecloths that were “calling” you to have a sit. It is worth it to spend some time there.
Colosseo- The Colosseum
The symbol of Rome, Colosseum is today one of Rome’s most popular tourist attractions. The Flavian Amphitheatre, used for gladiatorial contests and public spectacles, was built almost 2000 years ago, during the Roman Empire. This place is surrounded by history, it will be impossible to pass close to the Colosseum without having the impression of coming back in time. Unfortunately it also brings a lot of sadness. We read that during the existence years more than 500.000 people and 1.000.000 animals died taking part in the spectacles.
Arco di Costantino- The Arch of Constantine
The Arch of Constantine is situated next to the Colosseum, on your way to Roman Forum and it is the largest Roman triumphal arch. You cannot miss it!
Foro Romano e Palatino – Visit the Roman Forum and Climb up on Palantine Hill
This is the place where Ancient Rome used to take its political and administrative decisions. You will discover here beautiful remains of centuries old buildings that ruled the area for thousand years. Walking through gardens and ruins we ended up our trail with spectacular ancient views from Palatine Hill.
Colonna Traiana – Trajan’s Column
Walking dawn on Via dei Fiori Imperiali from Roman Forum you will spot this glorious structure that stands in Piazza di Venezia and commemorates Trajan’s victory in the Dacian Wars.
Altare de la Patria – Vittorio Emanuele II
Once you arrive in Piazza di Venezia it will be hard to miss the Altar of the Fatherland. This imposing construction built of white marble contrasts strongly with the ancient ruins of the area. The place where the eternal flame for soldiers always shines has a wonderful panoramic terrace from where you can enjoy a spectacular view of the city on the seven hills.
One of Rome’s most iconic structures, Pantheon seems to be the best-preserved ancient Roman building. The circular opening (Oculus) allows light to penetrate helping people from the temple to contemplate the heavens. This is a must see point of interest. So, reach Piazza della Rotonda and be patient while waiting there. There is no fee to enter here.
Fontana di Trevi – Toss a Coin in the Trevi Fountain
As everyone knows, the legend says that if you want to come back to Rome then you need to toss a Coin in the Trevi Fountain. So, if you wish to return you may try with the right hand over the left shoulder. This is a wonderful place to visit during the day but we recommend seeing it also during the night, when the lights change the surroundings into a fairy-tale.
Day 2: Architecture and religion in Rome
We started our day with a quick ride by metro to the smallest state in the world, Vatican, the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church. The nearest metro station to the Vatican is Ottaviano and we think this is the fastest way to reach this point. Leaving behind the crowd that no longer fit in the Piazza San Pietro we headed for Castel Sant’Angelo. Here it’s a perfect spot to take wonderful photos of Tiber River and to enjoy the sublime architecture of Roma’s buildings, as Supreme Court.
Crossing the third-longest river in Italy we took a break at Piazza Navona, the square built on the site of the Stadium of Domitian, followed after by Piazza di Parlamento with its small and nice cafeterias. Enjoying the perfect ambiance in these remarkable piazzas we decided to end up our day in Piazza di Spania and Piazza di Popolo, adding some flavor to this day by walking on Via del Corso, the luxury street in Rome.
Musei Vaticani and Piazza San Pietro – Vatican City
This impressive point of interest is always full of people. Therefore, if you are a history lover or religious person you should arrive there before the museum opens. Also, be prepared to spend at least half of the day enjoying St. Peter’s Basilica and Vatican Museums. The art collection stretches no less than 7 km. It covers classical antiquities, Egyptian, Etruscan, famous paintings and much more.
Piazza and Basilica San Pietro are the core of Chatolic Church from where the Pope holds his speeches surrounded by thousands of people. Iconic roman columns encircle Piazza San Pietro and an Egyptian obelisk guards the center. It was brought to Rome since the time of the Empire.
Leaving behind the Vatican and walking across the Tiber river you will find this castle that played the role of Papal fortress, residence and prison hundreds years ago. Originally it was built by the Romans as a mausoleum and resting place for Emperor Adrian.
Created by Bernini, the Fountain of the Four Rivers guards the wonderful square that embraces jugglers, artists and gelato lovers.
Piazza di Spania
This is a notable place where you can enjoy the view of the iconic Spanish steps but also an amazing place for shopping sessions on Via del Corso. This is a super famous boulevard in Rome for luxury brands and expensive restaurants.
Piazza del Popolo
Also named as Square of the People, this central square is popular for its Renaissance design style. There is an Egyptian obelisk brought by Emperor Augustus to Rome to decorate Circus Maximus.
Day 3: Recreation and enjoyment in Rome
Relax and enjoy! This was our motto for our 3rd day in Rome.
Guided by the irresistible taste of Italian food, coffee and ice cream we enjoyed the amazing feeling of getting lost in Rome’s beautiful narrow streets.
We love Italy, its history, architecture and food. This is the reason why we explored also the Northern and Southern part of this peninsula. You can read our experiences here.
Have you been to Rome? What did you enjoy the most? Happy travels! 🙂