How to Spend 3 Days in Rome

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One (of the many) incredible things about traveling in Europe is the relative ease and affordability of seeing many places in a short span of time. Although you can’t cover it all, spending 3 days in Rome is plenty of time to cover the highlights. A city break in Rome can get you to the ancient sights, the world’s smallest nation, and sampling some freshly made pasta. It really is easy to make the most of just a few days in Rome.

Read on for this 3 days in Rome itinerary and see for yourself.

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Day 1

Hit all the most famous historical sites. As they say “Rome wasn’t built in a day” and you certainly can’t see everything either – but you can squeeze in the highlights. Make sure to start early and take in the Colosseum, Pantheon, Piazza Novona, and the Trevi Fountain – it’s said if you visit this famous fountain you will return to Rome soon. Many of the sights are right in the city and the transit system is easy to use and the fasted option to get around.


If you are keen to have a guide for the day, there are a number of both private and shared city tours to choose from. Make sure whichever one you choose hits all the spots you want to see.

Day 2

Head to Vatican City. No trip to Rome is complete without a visit to the “world’s smallest state”. Its impressive architecture and museums are home to one of the most famous art works in the world – Michelangelo ceiling in the Sistine Chapel.

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You can easily spend a day here and, because of its popularity, the line-up can be hours long. The crowd tends to thin out midday so try to time your visit accordingly. If you don’t want to take the chance, purchase advance tickets online to avoid the line.

Day 3

Good food is at the heart of cultures worldwide and, not surprisingly, Rome is no different. One of my favourite ways to enjoy food when traveling is to take a local cooking class. There is no better way to get to know a culture than to hang out with a local for the day making, and enjoying, delicious food and drinks together. There are a number of classes to choose from so make sure you take a look and see which the right one for you is. I also highly recommend you take advantage of a market tour if that is an option provided. It’s great to shop with the locals and pick up your ingredients for the dishes you create.


A delicious way to end your 3 days in Rome no?

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