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  • Starr Wlodarski

Roaming Around Rome: A Comprehensive Guide to Seeing the Best in 3 Days"

One of the questions I am asked when booking when booking any major European city is how many days should we spend? It depends, are is this your first visit, we want to make sure you see all the major highlights.

Do you have specific interests? Like food, history, or architecture, then we may extend that time and set you up with small group tours or a private guide to dive deeper into your interests.

Escorted tours are a great way for new to Europe travelers, they’ll get all the highlights and with itineraries that have been crafted with 80+ years’ experience on how to get the most out of your time.

Custom tours will take your trip from good to great. I had cruise clients with a stop in Rome, it was a family with an interest in Ancient Rome, and a student who just finished AP European History in high school. This was the port to spend a little more and go with a private tour that picked them up at the port and made sure they saw everything they wanted instead of being stuck with the big bus tour, with others that were more interested in shopping than seeing the history they had read about.

Rome is an extraordinary capital, and it can take weeks or more to get in all the sites, cuisine, and culture. Travelling can often be stressful when visiting a place that has so much to offer. This list will pinpoint the absolute best places to visit if time is of the essence.

Day 1 - Vatican, St. Peter’s, Trastevere

To get the most out of your day, start early! You’ll want to arrive at the Vatican in the morning to beat the crowds. Be sure to dress humbly in reverence of the religious city-state. Take an early walk and explore the global city streets. You can sit on the gorgeous Spanish Steps and take in the ethos, and people-watch before beginning your adventure. Next, head over to the Vatican museums. There are over 54 Christian and art galleries within the city, and the collections are stunning. Be sure to visit the Sistine Chapel, which holds the striking ceiling art done by legendary artist, Michelangelo. Once you’ve gotten your fill of art, stop by Via delle Grazie and grab some lunch. To top your day off, have some fun at the beautiful neighborhood Trastevere. If possible, check out the award-winning La Gatta Buia, they have an unbelievable Fiori di zucca!

Day 2 - Colosseum, Palatine Hill, Roman Forum

The best way to begin your second day is to hop aboard the Metropolitana (subway) and take a ride to the Colosseo station. Once you've arrived, stop by the ticket counter and purchase your one ticket that will grant access to the Colosseum, Palatine Hill, and the Roman Forum (If possible, avoid first Sundays)! Be sure to do some research on this ancient wonder beforehand so that you understand what you’re exploring. There are many spigots throughout the area with fresh water, grab a bottle before leaving. Now, it’s time to hike up the Palatine Hill! It may be wise to get a private tour if possible. The views from the hill towers are stunning and overlook the Roman Forum and Circus Maximus. On your way back, keep left to arrive at the Forum to take in even more majestic views. Grab some dinner and get some rest for your final day!

Day 3 – Pantheon, Largo di Torre Argentina, Piazza Navona

Begin your last day with an espresso and head over to the Trevi fountain. Keep with tradition and toss in a coin for good luck! Next, head over to the Pantheon church. While there, be sure to be respectful and keep your voice low. After a good lunch, stroll over to Largo di Torre Argentina, which is also known as a cat sanctuary. The cats are well taken care of by a local charity, and feeding them is prohibited. Lastly, we have Piazza Navona to explore. This elegant showcase Square in Rome is built on the Stadium of Domitian. If possible, visit at sunset as the sight of the Square is awe-inspiring.

Now that you’ve accomplished an impressive three-day tour. Enjoy a great glass of wine and rest up before heading to perhaps Tuscany, Venice, or the Amalfi Coast.

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