A guide to three days & Two Nights in Rome
Benvenuto a Italia. Now, we know already that Rome may be the cradle of Western civilization and this awesome labyrinth of a city deserves more than a three day stay, however for many travelers Italy is a country they are eager to see and don’t want to miss out on the rest by staying in the same place too long. So for those who haven’t the time First Time Visiting has collapsed this city into a three day adventure. Enjoy!
1. A morning at The Vatican
The absolute first thing that you must do when you come to Rome is see the Vatican. Logistically this is going to help maximize your time a lot. Realistically, besides touring Piazza San Pierto to do the routine photo ops, as a three day traveler to Rome have three options while deciding what to tour in the Vatican. All Vatican Museums are open 09.00 a.m. – 06.00 p.m. Monday-Saturday and Sunday 09.00 a.m. – 02.00 p.m. Every last Sunday of the month is free entrance accept if it lands on Catholic Holidays.
REMEMBER!! BUY YOU TICKETS AHEAD OF TIME. The online booking fee of €4 is totally worth it. If you don’t you will have to wait in line to get past security that can span all of San Pierto’s Square (meaning several hundred people at any time). If you did this one simple thing then you go straight to the front saving you anywhere from 30-60 minutes of wait time. While, visiting the inside of Saint Peter’s Basilica is always free we recommend you take a tour so that you will have some way of understanding the complex Catholic center.
Tour inside Saint Peter’s Basilica - €24
Tour to the top of the Dome -€10
Tour The Sistine Chapel-€17
Given your limited amount of time pick two of the three and don’t spend very long on one of them. Take into consideration that going to see the breathtaking view from the top of the Dome will take you at least an hour no matter how fast you are. There is, in fact, way more tours you could be taking at the Vatican, such as the archaeological, gardens and the hidden museums, but these three are the absolute ‘must sees’ of the Vatican. If you are interested in these tours you can visit their website for more information.
Touring the inside of the Cathedral
The inside of Saint Peter’s Basilica is phenomenal and everything you can expect from the central point of the Catholic religion. The Basilica has a ton to see inside and for many it is going to help to purchase a guided headset tour located just past security in the building you see just below the stairs that you climb to enter the Basilica.
You will have to download their Mobile App on your mobile phone so be sure that you bring it because this app adds a high level of efficiency to navigating the inside of the Basilica. The app very descriptive and tells you exactly how to find what to see and knows when you will arrive. Got lost? no problem the app even lets you skip around so that you can tour the things you are most interested in.
Touring to the top of the Dome
When you first climb the steps to the Basilica veer off to the right. You will find a lovely little courtyard with a fountain and a shorter line to enter the side of the Basilica which brings you to a winding staircase that eventually reaches the top! Remember to have cash on you here for your tickets because they do not accept card.
Before reaching the top you will come to the a walkway that circumnavigates you around the inside of the Dome, meaning that you can see down into the Basilica. Also here you will be able to see some of the most amazing mosaics you will ever see in your life.
Touring The Sistine Chapel
Remember to also buy your tickets in advance to go to The Sistine Chapel.
2. Lunch by The Pantheon
The next thing to do after spending the better part of your morning in Vatican city it to head east and cross over the Tiber river. Piazza della Rotonda will make a great place to grab lunch before check out the inside of The Pantheon. This area is also lined with great opportunities to find your favorite Italian jacket, handbag or that cute Pinocchio souvenir. The bottom line is that there is a lot of great shops around, but you might want to wait to blow all your euros until later in the article. In the mean time lets enter the Pantheon
This remarkable structure is quite the relic. Built in 125 A.D. Left by the Romans, the Pantheon is the largest non-reinforced Dome in the world and it is absolutely defying all laws of gravity and reason that it still stands strong until this day. The wait to get into the Pantheon will take around maybe twenty minutes at the most, but.. wait for it…. IT’S FREE! Yes, that’s right people, Rome’s gift to you.
Piazza Navona is also something that you should see when you are on your way to Pantheon and provides, one would hardly say, an alternative to the dining near the Pantheon. The Beautiful Piazza with it’s sparkling fountains provides for Roman leisure to it’s max. For the sweet tooth reading be sure to check out Gelateria Della Palma to try over 150 flavors of Gelato, located just five minutes away from from the Pantheon.
3. Night By the Trevi Fountain
This really has set you put to be the star in the next Lizzy McGuire film (Shout out to all her fans when they are reading about this in 2100). Anyway, Fountana di Trevi is none the less spectacular and does indeed belong in a Hollywood movie. Don’t worry about feeling corny or whatever, go to The Trevi Fountain at night because the lights and the roar of the water falling is becoming.
Centrally located, your night at the Trevi Fountain will be lively. Although the area will be crowded naturally because of the attraction the fountain brings, there is also a lot more that is perfect for a stroll at night. The Galerria Alberto Sordi outside of Piazza Colonna is a huge shopping center that has all of Europe’s greatest brands, and coupled with the numerous smaller shops up and down the narrow streets in this area you are sure to find something you could see yourself taking home.
To eat, well lets just say that in a place like this..The center of Rome.. Italy… There is a lot of options. But, if you can there squeeze in there is a really great pizzeria five steps from the Trevi Fountain called.. you guessed it Pizza in Trevi. The hours of operation are from 10PM to midnight.. and if you think that is too late, remember that this is Italy.
Finally, getting back to your hotel, Air B&B at night in an unfamiliar city can be quite challenging if you want to take public transportation, but Rome’s fleet of buses and underground metro makes getting around really easy. All Metro lines last train leaves from Termini around 11:30PM on weekdays and 1:30PM on weekends. Check out the timetables and map here!
1. A Morning at the Colosseum Archaeological Park
On your second day in the amazing city of Rome please get an early start as there is a lot to see still! Today the first thing you need to plan on doing is either taking the metro to get off at Colosseo or one of the many buses that will take you there. Like almost everything in Roma, if you buy your tickets online in advance you get to skip the long line!
There are a few options while you are deciding to buy your ticket. ALL tickets give you access to the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine for TWO consecutive days, so if you are the type that wants to spend a lot of time at each museum you can rest assured that you will be able to come back anytime within 48 hours of buying your ticket.
Regular Tickets to all these exhibitions are € 12
S.U.P.E.R. Tickets are € 18 and with this you will be able to enter seven other special museums.
The entire Archaeological park is open everyday from 8:30AM to 4:30-5:30PM. Don’t risk coming later in the day because like most places there is a last entrance usually an hour before they close.
For those who are super ambitious about fitting in the maximum site seeing in Rome in three days you will wake up early and be the first ones in the doors at eight thirty. This will allow you spend anywhere from one to one and a half hours in the Colosseum and the rest of the time on Palatine hill and in the Roman Forum.
The entire archaeological park spans a few square kilometers so we can expect that we will to do quite a bit of walking and the best advise that we can provide you at this point is to not forget a water bottle.
2. An Afternoon at Piazza Venetia
A five to ten minute walk away from the Colosseum you have the Iconic Piazza Venetia with it’s huge Altar of the Fatherland monument. There are many great museums, ruins and other monuments that that you can find in Piazza Venetia so it is definitely worth a couple hours of your time depending on what your interested in.
First go and see the Campidoglio, which is located just behind the Altar of the Fatherland monument on the western side. You will have to climb a few steps, but this hilltop piazza is Michelangelo designed and for sure worth the time.
Next check out the Museo Nazionale Romano, which highlights Rome’s and Italy cultural antiquities and history. The museum not only includes vast collections from ancient Rome and it’s adaptation to modern city, but also includes exhibits on the families of Roman nobility, works of Michelangelo, Diocletian Baths a time time of a city block from the Augustan age to present and much more. Tickets are € 10 and is open Tuesday to Sunday 9.00 am - 7.45 pm.
Lastly, make your way to the eastern side of the piazza to see the various ruins such as the Colonna Traiana, Foro Traiano and Foro Augusto. Don’t stress about all the walking because within a one minute walk from here is where you can finally sit down for a nice meal!
3. A Night on Via Della Madonna Dei Monti & Piazza Monti
Via Della Madonna Dei Monti is a great spot to have fun at night near the Colosseum. The metro line Cavour will bring you right there if you are unsure how to get there and its only one stop away from the Colosseum, although you could easily walk as well.
First thing is first, go and have a relaxing appertivo at Piazza Monti near Cavour. This Piazza is full of life and is frequented at night by locals, college students and frankly everyone. Bars with terraces line the streets of the Piazza so finding a place to sit down will not be a problem. There is often even live bands that play in the square so be sure to check an see about any up and coming events. For a good website that is update often with live events in Rome click here.
Afterwards head down the street to Tavern Romana for a bite to eat. This place is casual, yet has delicious foods, wines and of course pastas of all types. They are open everyday from Noon to 11PM, except on Sunday when when they close in the late afternoon. Prices are pretty normal, but are for sure getting a deal on the quality of what you are eating.
There are many other cool places that you can check up and down this street like night clubs, bars, shops, you name it. However, the coolest part remains walking to the end of the street popping out at a ledge overlooking the Colosseum, providing some spectacular views… possibly in the moon light making for a super romantic scenario.
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