About to pay the great Rome a short visit yet still wondering how to experience its essence and make the most of your time? This itinerary is going to reveal places that you can visit during a long weekend in Rome. A city of immense cultural and historic value, this magnificent city is adorned with glimpses of the colossal Roman Empire and their majestic ruins. Here’s how you can discover Rome in just 3 days.
Day 1-Discover Rome- The Vatican city
Probably the best way and the best place to start your Rome journey from. The city has everything, from Vatican City Museum, the Sistine Chapel, and the St. Peter’s Basilica for all of those who wish to unearth its sublime history!
The Vatican Museum
We recommend that you start your day 1 from the Vatican Museum as early as possible to save yourself from fraught ticket queues. The museum gets really crowded as everyone knows this is the place Rome isn’t complete without.
It showcases a truly unique collection of art with approximately 20,000 pieces of eclectic art. Some of the museum’s highlights include the Sistine Chapel, and the mesmeric double helix exit stairwell, the Map Room etc. We are sure you’d be stupefied once you get past the museum’s doors.
Tip: Arrive as early as possible to skip the congestion in the ticket line. Also, you’d have to walk some distance so be in a comfortable attire.
The St. Peter’s Basilica & Vatican Necropolis
Once you are done admiring the Museum, the next stop is certainly the St. Peter’s Basilica aka the world’s largest church. A church where lies hidden revelations. A true work of art both in and out. Next up is the famous Vatican Necropolis. Beneath the St. Peter’s Basilica lies the hidden Vatican Necropolis, a place where the old Vatican secrets are well wrapped in secrecy.
Try finding them once you’d be there. After spending some hours here, the night is yours for exploring. Walk, admire, and appreciate the great city that is the Vatican City. Profound greatness is going to surround you throughout this experience.
Day 2– Discover Rome- Colosseum, Roman Forum, Trevi Fountain
Wakey Wakey! You’d be visiting a lot of places on the second day of your stay. Time wasting would be nothing less than a sin. Start your day with the imperial Colosseum. This mammoth of a monument was famous for gladiator battles, like animal fights, mock sea battles, etc. If you have seen the movie Gladiator, you can picture what it was like during the days back here in the Colosseum.
Not to mention, it is also one of the most oldest and historic stadiums in the world with almost a capacity of hosting whooping number of 80,000 spectators in that era. It’s a worldwide accepted fact that Romans were fierce and you’d soon realise that once you’d step in the Colosseum. You’d feel like you are one of the swordsmen battling out there.
Tip: Moreover, arriving early will give you a leg up in the ticket section. However if not early morning, try to visit the Colosseum during the night time. It is an otherworldly sight.
Next big thing is the Roman Forum. An incredible display of Roman ruins. Romans had a thing for beautiful architect. You’d see that with tall pillars and buildings and arches, etc. Although, these are mostly ruins of the beautiful architectural knowledge the Romans possessed but there’s more than what meets the eye. Some of the highlights include the Arch of Septimius Severus, Temple of Castor and Pollex, and Temple of Antoninus Pius.
Trevi fountain is one of the ancient fountains in the world which dates back to the 4th century. This gorgeous looking adornment is almost 85 feet tall and 65 feet wide. It also possesses a large pool up front with shining water spilling out to make it even more bewitching.
Tips: Just don’t miss it.
Day 3 – Discover Rome- Borghese Gallery, Palatine Hill
The end is here and we hate telling you that. We’d suggest that you start your third and last day in Rome by visiting the Borghese Gallery. This is the place that provokes your brain to go beyond its ability to think, so to speak. In other words, the place is an absolute paradise for art lovers. Even the main building is a work of the great architect Flaminio Ponzio. All in all, the place reflects the Roman Renaissance in some style.
Discover Rome on a different light with a place called the Roman Catacombs. This place will urge you to think that you’re in that era. Go beneath the surface and unravel the mysteries and legends this ancient city has. Not to mention, some of the most famous catacombs include the Catacombs of Domitilla and the Catacomb of Santa Priscilla.
For a perfect ending, we’d recommend you pay a visit to Piazza Navona and Tartufo if you have some time to spare. Piazza Navona is a spot where you can actually live amidst this ancient city and watch the three regal Baroque fountains. The place is the home of the celebrated ice-cream dessert, Tartufo. Furthermore, you can always try it around there. You’d be enjoying its taste until your way back to the airport.
We hope you find this itinerary helpful and that it made you long for this great ancient city because Rome is truly majestic in every sense. Until then, Arrivederci!