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What to visit in Rome in 3 days?

The more time available to visit Rome, the better! But if you do not have so much time available, I suggest that you organize your itinerary to be able to visit the must-see sights in the Eternal City. Thinking about that, to help you, we have created a small itinerary to help you on your trip! Are you ready to know what to visit in Rome in three days? Let’s go!

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What to visit in Rome in 3 days?

Rome is a unique city, it is impossible to know it properly in only 3 days, especially because every corner you can breathe history and in every angle you can find a monument that represents some important event that happened there years and years ago; in three days you can visit the city in a “shallow” way, but you are able to see the most important monuments.

So, in this post we bring you some good news: many tourist spots are close to subways stations, so you can move around in a very efficient way and reach all of them very fast! To learn more about it, read our post: How to use the subway in Rome?  Here at Your Travel to Italy with Ana Patricia you make the trip of your dreams!!! ALSO: see our “Accommodation in Italy – Tips for your holidays!”

Our introduction

So… First things first: the first thing you should do when you arrive in Rome is to buy a city map with the main sights of Rome. You can find it in any shop or “edicola”, but let me give you a tip: ask in your hotel reception if they have a map of the city. Probably they’ll do, and there’s a huge chance to be a tourism map, which means that all the important spots will be highlighted already! If you follow my suggestion, have your map in hand all the time: you will surely be able to really see the best of the “eternal” city. That said, let’s move on…

1) What to visit in Rome in 3 days? FIRST DAY

We’re going to our first day in Rome.

Imperial and Baroque Rome

In the morning we will go down in the subway “Colosseo” and start the day passing by the Circus Massimo, Bocca della verità and then we will follow the visit through Imperial Rome, getting to know the Coliseum, Paladin, Roman Forum, Imperial Forum, Altar of the Homeland, Capitoline Hill.

Lunch in the Imperial Zone

Stop for lunch at a good central restaurant.  I remember you that Italy is famous for its food, so if you have the time, it is always worth choosing a good restaurant to enjoy one of the tastiest foods in the world. See Where to eat well in Rome?“. We will follow our tour by taking the subway and getting off at the “Barberini” stop; from there we will continue visiting Rome going to the Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Teatro Marcelo, Quirinale, Piazza Spagna and Piazza del Popolo.

If you prefer to use public transport instead of walking, the subway stops for that day will be: Colosseo, Barberini, Flaminio and Piazza Spagna! If you have a little more time or want to escape from Rome, read our post “What to visit near Rome?

2) What to visit in Rome in 3 days? SECOND DAY

Heading ahead to our second day in Rome.

Vatican Museums, Basilica San Pietro, Castel Sant’ Angelo and Trastevere

The subway stops for that day will be: Ottaviano and Piramide.

The Vatican is the seat of the Catholic Church, consisting of a walled enclave inside the city of Rome, capital of Italy. With approximately 44 hectares of area and a population of just over 800 inhabitants, it is the smallest country in the world.

Vatican Museum

In the morning we will get off at the “Ottaviano” subway station and take a walk to the Vatican Museum; I highly recommend you buying the tickets in advance so you won’t have to waste your time in kilometric line to buy your ticket in loco. We will visit the museum that has one of the most important art collections in the world and, also, we will visit the famous Capella Sistina; plus we will see the “Stanze di Raffaello” as well.

San Pietro Basilica (St. Peter’s Basilica)

The museum’s Pinacoteca offers a small but precious collection of works by Raffaello, Tiaziano and Leonardo; I suggest you to take at least three or four hours to visit the museum in a very peaceful way – if you’re in a hurry, you won’t enjoy the beauties you find there properly! At the end of the tour we will follow the visit going to the “Piazza di San Pietro” and the majestic Basilica of St. Peter, the destination of pilgrims from all over the world. The basilica will amaze you! Be sure about that!

Castel Sant’ Angelo

We will follow the visit going to Castel Sant’Angelo, an imposing fortress built in 139 AD to be the mausoleum of Emperor Hadrian, but which over the centuries has been used for other reasons, such as refuge for popes during political uprisings.


Finally, to end this wonderful day, I recommend you having dinner in the famous neighborhood of Trastevere, one of the oldest and most picturesque of Rome. Also read “What to do for the night in Rome?

3) What to visit in Rome in 3 days? THIRD DAY

We’re going to our third day in Rome. The subway stops we will use today will be: Termini, San Giovanni and San Paolo Fuori Muri. Finally, on this last day, we will visit the other monuments considered the “most important” in Rome, and we will be able to say that the “TOP OF THE TOP” of  the eternal city is really at each point, in each small church, fountain, square or important monument.

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Christian Rome

After breakfast, we will dedicate a great part of our day to know the Christian Rome: the 3 papal or patriarchal basilicas: St. John Lateran Church (San Giovanni station), which is considered the “mother” of all the churches in the world, with the Holy Staircase – used by Jesus to enter the room of his interrogation with Pontius Pilate before the crucifixion; then we will know the Basilica of St. Paul Fuori Le Mura (San Paolo Fuori Le Mura station): Where you will find the tomb of the Apostle Paul; and to finish this tour we will visit the Chiesa di Santa Maria Maggiore (Termini station), built between 432 and 440 during the pontificate of Pope Sixtus III and dedicated to the cult of Mary, Mother of God, whose dogma of the Divine Motherhood had just been declared by the Council of Ephesus 431.

Via Appia

A stop for lunch and in the afternoon we will continue the visit going to Via Appia: one of the main roads of ancient Rome and we will also visit the Tomb of San Calisto: there you will see the famous Crypt of the Popes. And finally, if you still have time available (and mood) we can make a brief visit to the Terme di Caracalla, which were built between 212 and 217 during the Roman Emperor’s rule and are a perfect example of the great imperial spas. Read also “Which catacombs worth visiting in Rome?”

The Via Apia has kilometers, so to visit it is necessary to rent a bike; the ideal would be to have a half day to dedicate to walk calmly along this famous road, but for those who don’t have time available, I suggest to have a driver who will take you as close as possible to the main monuments. Read here in our Special Post “Which are the 10 main tourist monuments in Rome?

Locations near Rome

As a second possibility for those who are not interested in visiting the Christian Rome and/or Via Apia, it would be interesting to take the last day to visit some of the famous Roman places while your stay in Rome in a full day tour with a private driver (or rented car), you can also opt for a group tour. Read: What to visit near Rome?

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What To Visit In Rome In 3 Days? The ideal is always to have a lot of days available to visit the amazing Italy, so you can get to know several places not just in Rome, but you can travel and know the places in a calmer way. In addition to Rome, we have a lot to know in Italy, such as: Milan, Verona and any city around Florence, such as Siena, Pisa, Lucca, San Gimigniano, Montepulciano, Cinqueterre and many others, or if you prefer to visit some special place of the Italian South, I suggest you to go to Naples, Pompeii, Capri, Costeira Amalfitana, Matera (wonderful and little known by foreigners tourists!).

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