Europe, Western Europe, Italy

Rome 3 Day Itinerary

I was in Rome last when I was 18.....a long time ago! The history of the place can have you lost for days! Depending on how deep you want to get into city will guide you on how many days you would like for Rome. However, if you want to see the main attractions a few days will be more than enough! Below is a good introduction in the city plus an itinerary for 3 days in Rome to help you build out your plan.

3 Days in Rome Itinerary

The eternal city needs no introduction. Proudly standing as a cultural and political center for more than a thousand years, a pinnacle of architectural achievements and a spiritual site and once the capital of an empire which defined western civilization.

Today the city has become one of the most popular travel destinations and a leading goal in many traveler's bucket lists. If you have the option there should be no question about where to travel to, its Rome.

Day 1 in Rome: See some the best things in the city

In a city with hundreds of places to visit, the most well know and must see place is the Colosseum, which was infamous for hosting Gladiator battles.

Next is the Pantheon which is an ancient Roman temple and an architecturalmasterpiece and Finally the Trevi Fountain which is arguably the most famous fountain in the world.

Finally no visit to Rome is complete without visiting the sacred Vatican City

Colosseum Floor
Photo by Mathew Schwartz / Unsplash


Photo by Daniel Klaffke / Unsplash

Day 2 in Rome: See some of the museums

Rome has some of the best museums in the world with some of the most intensive collections of artifacts and galleries. Every where you go, there's an amazing museum for you to discover.

Rome has many astonishing museums. Out of them Laurence and Jessica Norah of Finding the universe suggest Capitoline Museum which is right next to the Roman forum to visit. This museum regards as the world's oldest national museum and it is the home to famous sculpture of the "she-wolf" feeding Romulus and Remus.

Galleria Borghese which is the museum with the highest density of artistic pieces in Rome is also a must-see museum.

The Blue Whale Skeleton towering over the crowd at the Natural History Museum in London
Photo by Tuguldur Baatar / Unsplash

Day 3 in Rome: Check out the best places to eat drink and shop

If you are looking forward to doing some shopping in Rome, Via Del Corso is the best place to go. It has the highest concentration of stores from top to bottom near historical monuments.

There is no better place to enjoy an authentic Italian meal than Rome. From Pizza and Pasta to Gelato and Cappuccino, Rome is truly a foodie heaven.

For resaurants Da Enzo and Flavio al Velavevodetto are 2 restaurants that offer the best Pizza and Pasta in Rome.

Come il Latte and Il Gelato di San Crispino are two of the top 2 Gelato spots.

If you are a coffee drinker don't forget to have a Cappuccino. Kiki of the blonde abroad suggests Caffé Sant'Eustachio

Hotel Breakfast
Photo by Michele Bergami / Unsplash

Other tips for your 3 days in Rome

Where to stay in Rome

For a stopover in Rome, a hotel or an apartment in the area between Roman train station and Piazza Popolo in the north, and Piazza Navona in the west is ideal as it gives you easy access to the city's main attractions. The Navona Theatre Hotel, Mimosa Pantheon Hotel is a couple of hotels in this area.

Family things to do in Rome.

From historical monuments to world-famous cuisine and striking sculptors, Rome has plenty to offer to keep you and your family occupied. Make sure to watch the sunset from Piazza del Campidoglio on top of Capitoline hill. You will get a scenic view of the Roman Forum, Palatine Hill and Colosseum.


Photo by Pedro Mealha / Unsplash

Itineraries for more than 3 days in Rome

If you wish to experience the city as much as possible during your stay, you need a good stopover itinerary. Following are some great itineraries we found.

5 days in Rome

Get Around Italy is a free online travel guide for Italy. It has a comprehensive list of all the places you need to check out for your 5 days in Rome. Check out this guide if you have more than 3 days in Rome.

5-Day Rome Itinerary: Things To Do And Main Attractions
Visit the Italian capital with this 5-day Rome itinerary. You’ll go to all the main attractions and enjoy the city lifestyle.

One week in Rome

If you have one week in Rome, check out this longer itinerary from Roma Pass. Their comprehensive list of itinerary, guides and tips can help you plan your trip better.

One Week in Rome - Itinerary to Visit Rome in 4, 5, 6 or 7 days
Is spending one week in Rome too much? Never. It’s quite possible to spend 7 days in Rome and still not have covered everything there is to see and do
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About Doug Creighton

Data Scientist in Toronto in the tech industry. I have travelled to 40 countries and used to build handcrafted stopovers. Built this algorithm years ago for me and finally got it online for everyone.
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