What to see in Rome in 3 days

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Martí Micolau

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Rome the eternal city. The Italian capital that has made many tourists from all over the world fall in love with its history, its art and its architecture, considered an open-air museum. Most of its attractions can be reached on foot or by public transport, so we advise against embarking on the adventure of renting a car and getting into the chaotic Roman traffic. But let's discover together this beautiful city and how organize your weekend in one of the most beautiful and evocative places in the world.


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  3. 3 day
  4. How much does a weekend in Rome cost
  5. User questions and comments

1 day

1 - Morning: Breakfast, Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill

Start the morning with a coffee and a croissant at Caffè Antica Roma, located 300 meters from the Colosseum. And it is right from the Coliseum that your weekend will begin, in one of the most beautiful and evocative places in the world, the symbol of Ancient Rome. It is said that when the Colosseum falls, the city of Rome will also fall, taking the whole world with it. Be careful though, the waiting lines to enter are very long, so you have to organize your visit well: one solution is to buy priority entrance or book some tours or arrive an hour before the gates open. The Colosseum is open every day and the opening hours vary according to the periods: from the last Sunday of October to February 15 from 8:30 to 16:30; from February 16 to March 15 from 8:30 to 17:00; from March 16 to the last Saturday of March from 8:30 to 17:30; from the last Sunday of March to 31 August from 8:30 to 19:15; from 1 September to 30 September from 8:30 to 19:00; from 1 October to the last Sunday of October from 8:30 to 18:30. The ticket also includes the entrance to the Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill, the full one costs € 12,00, the reduced one € 7,50 (European Union citizens between 18 and 24 years old). Admission is free for under 18s and over 65s, always citizens of the European Union. Keep in mind for the Colosseum it will take about two hours to visit it well. Later take a walk to the Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill. The latter is one of the seven hills of Rome, located between the Roman Forum and the Velabro. This hill is a real open-air museum.

2 - Afternoon: Lunch, Circus Maximus, Mouth of Truth

After a busy early morning, enjoy a lunch at the Circo tavern. Their motto? "With us the Roman feels at home, the stranger feels Roman". We can say that as a start it is very promising. Here you can find traditional Roman dishes. Start your adventure in good food with a nice dish "Spaghettone ajo, ojo bono e peperoncino" at a cost of € 11,00, otherwise you can find many courses between € 20,00 and € 25,00.

After regaining your energy, head to the Circus Maximus and stroll through the old ruins. You must know that in Ancient Rome this area was used for sports and athletic competitions, but became famous for chariot racing. Nowadays it is recognized as one of the largest and oldest circuses in the world. Furthermore, there are no opening and closing times and admission is free.

Afterwards, head towards the Tiber river and you will arrive at the piazza della Horse's MouthThis mask has the appearance of a man and became world famous thanks to the film Roman Holiday, with Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck. According to popular belief, you have to put your hand in the mask's mouth and it will close when the person does not tell the truth.. The Bocca della Verità can be visited during the opening hours of the pronaos of the Church in which it is located, therefore in winter from 9:30 to 17:00 and in summer from 9:30 to 18:00. Keep in mind that even here you may find a bit of a queue. Then, cross the Palatine bridge and you will arrive in the Trastevere district. Here you can enjoy a good grattachecca from Sora Mirella. It is a fresh drink based on ice and juice, of different flavors, excellent for the hottest periods.

3 - Evening: Dinner, Trastevere district

Il Trastevere is a perfect neighborhood to spend the evening, full of clubs and restaurants. Enjoy a good dinner at Cajo e Gajo, under the motto of "Love, Wine & Carbonara". Get a good plate of rigatoni alla carbonara at a cost of € 8,50 and a good glass of wine. But the choice is very wide, you will also find second courses and pizza. For the evening you will find everything and more: you can enter one of the many clubs with live music or enjoy a good ice cream while walking through the streets, the choice is yours.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 4,9 km / 1 h 4 min
  • Places visited: Colosseum, Roman Forum, Palatine Hill, Circus Maximus, Bocca della Verità
  • Colosseum - fast track entrance and tour of ancient Rome Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill - fast track entrance and tour Colosseum and Roman Forum - guided tour and priority access Colosseum - guided tour of the gladiator arena Rome - 2 hours and 30 minutes food tour in Trastevere
  • Breakfast at Caffè Antica Roma (Get directions), Lunch at Osteria Circo (Get directions), Dinner at Cajo and Gajo (Get directions)

2 day

1 - Morning: Breakfast, Vatican Museums

Start this second intense day with a breakfast at Sciascia Caffè 1919, a café present in Prati since 1919, as the name implies. Here you can drink a delicious coffee at a cost of € 1,00. Furthermore, the place is only 800 meters, about 10 minutes on foot, from the Vatican Museums. One of the best known museum complexes in the world, inside them the Vatican Museums hold works of unique beauty by the most famous artists in the world like Raphael, Caravaggio and Leonardo da Vinci, without forgetting the magnificent Sistine Chapel. Without a shadow of a doubt, they are a must on your trip to Rome. They are open from Monday to Saturday from 9:00 to 18:00 and on the last Sunday of each month from 9:00 to 12:30, with free admission. During the week, full admission costs € 16,00, reduced € 8,00. Some useful information for your visit: we recommend that you visit the Vatican Museums in the morning and buy your ticket online with priority entrance and maybe take part in a three-hour guided tour. If you want to buy the ticket on site, go to the gates at least one hour before opening to avoid long queues.

2 - Afternoon: Lunch, St. Peter's Square and St. Peter's Basilica

After a whole morning spent admiring the collections of the Vatican Museums, there is no better way to recharge your batteries with a good lunch at the "Happy Belly" restaurant, a 12-minute walk from the museum complex and 10 minutes from Piazza San Peter. Despite the proximity to these two famous spots, in this restaurant you will find good food at a fairly affordable price: enjoy a plate of bucatini all'amatriciana or bucatini alla gricia for only € 10,50.

Once finished, only 800 meters to walk separate you from the beautiful Saint Peter Square. This square, built by Gian Lorenzo Bernini between 1660 and 1667 at the behest of the Pope of that time, Alexander VII, is in front of the Saint Peter Basilica. The building, one of the most important examples of Italian architecture, it has always been one of the symbolic and meeting places of all Christians around the world. Its dome, designed by Michelangelo, dominates the city skyline. The Basilica is open every day: from 1 October to 31 March from 7:00 to 18:30, from 1 April to 30 September from 7:00 to 19:00. The entrance to the Basilica and the Tombs is free, to access the Dome the cost is € 7,00 with the lift and 330 steps, or € 5,00 without the lift. At the end of your visit, continue towards the historic center of Rome crossing Ponte Vittorio Emanuele II, you will be immediately greeted by numerous restaurants and clubs, ready to immerse yourself in the Roman nightlife.

3 - Evening: Dinner, Piazza Navona

"Giulio pass me the oil". You got it right, it's not a joke, but the name of this restaurant in via di Monte Giordano, just 5 minutes walk from Piazza Navona. Here you will find a wide choice of traditional Roman dishes and not only among those written on the menu and the proposals of the day. In addition, the restaurant's wine shop has over a thousand wine labels to choose from. With an average bill of € 25,00 per person, you will enjoy an excellent dinner in a restaurant with attention to detail. For after dinner why not take a look at the beautiful Navona Square? Maybe eating ice cream. This square is considered one of the most elegant Roman squares. In ancient times it housed athletic competitions and competitions of all kinds, while nowadays you can find numerous street artists, painters and portraitists. In its beautiful setting, you will see two majestic fountains: the fountain of Neptune and the fountain of the Moor.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 4,3 km / 55 min
  • Places visited: Vatican Museums, St. Peter's Square, St. Peter's Basilica, Piazza Navona
  • Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's: Vatican guided tour: the best with priority entrance St. Peter's Basilica: guided tour with reserved entrance Vatican: the best with priority entrance
  • Breakfast at SciasciaCaffè 1919 (Get directions), Lunch at The Happy Belly (Get directions), Dinner at Giulio pass me the oil (Get directions)

3 day

1 - Morning: Breakfast, Pantheon, Altar of the Fatherland

Start your last day in the Eternal City with a coffee and a croissant at Sant'Eustacchio Il Caffè, just a two-minute walk from the Pantheon, starting point of this itinerary. This is a monument dedicated to all the gods worshiped in Ancient Rome and, according to legend, is the place where Romulus, after his death, was grabbed by an eagle which took him to heaven. Its construction dates back to 118-125 AD at the behest of the Emperor Hadrian. The Pantheon is open every weekday from 9:00 to 19:30 and on holidays from 9:00 to 13:00. But be careful: on days when masses and weddings are held it is closed to visitors. The cost of the ticket is only € 2,00. After this symbol of Rome, another important and monumental building awaits you: theAltare della Patria, a majestic classical marble temple, built in honor of King Vittorio Emanuele II and soldiers who fell during the First World War. Open from Monday to Thursday from 9:30 to 18:30 and Friday, Saturday, Sunday and holidays from 9:30 to 19:00, it has an entrance cost of € 7,00 (reduced € 3,50 for under 18 and over 65, free for children up to 10 years).

2 - Afternoon: Lunch, Trevi Fountain, Piazza di Spagna

For your last lunch in the capital, there is no better place than the Antica Birreria Peroni. On their website you can read that "Romans and tourists have been meeting here for a hundred years to eat, drink, laugh, joke and relax in company". In this place rich in history you can immerse yourself in the typical local cuisine and taste excellent beers. The choice is very wide, with first courses around € 8,00 and meat main courses between € 15,00 and € 20,00. This is the last day in the capital, take advantage of it and don't say no to a good carbonara.

And after lunch you can head to another of the symbols of Rome, the Trevi Fountain. Begun by Nicola Salvi, the fountain was completed in 1762 by Giuseppe Pannini and is made up of travertine, marble, plaster, stucco and metals. Always very busy, but it is absolutely one of those things to see. Make space among the people and toss a coin into the water making a wish.

Now another great work of Rome awaits you: we are talking about Spanish Steps and Steps of Trinità dei Monti. The square is located at the foot of the Pincio hill and has always represented the center of the city's cultural and tourist life. Many important people stayed here over the years, such as the poets John Keats and Percy Bysshe Shelley. At the foot of the staircase is the Fontana della Barcaccia, made of travertine by Pietro Bernini. If time permits, end the day with a walk in the gardens of Villa Borghese, just 5 minutes from the Spanish Steps. Rich in artistic and landscape testimonies, the villa's park occupies an area of ​​80 hectares in the heart of Rome, between the stretch of the Eurelian Walls that connects Porta Pinciana to Piazzale Flaminio and the Salario and Pinciano districts.

3 - Evening: Dinner, historic center

Just outside the gardens of Villa Borghese you can find the Hostaria da Pietro, a restaurant specializing in local cuisine where you can enjoy a good dinner spending on average between € 20,00 and € 25,00. After finishing your last dinner in the capital it's time to enjoy the last ride around the city or maybe treat yourself to a good cocktail in the many clubs that you will find around you. Why not, maybe see the Trevi Fountain again wrapped in the charm of the night.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 4,3 km / 56 min
  • Places visited: Pantheon, Altar of the Fatherland, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, Villa Borghese gardens
  • Amazing squares of Rome Heart of Rome tour: discovering the city by Segway Rome: full day walking tour of the Eternal City Rome: walking tour among squares and fountains
  • Breakfast at Sant'Eustacchio Il Caffè (Get directions), Lunch at Antica Birreria Peroni (Get directions), Dinner at Hostaria da Pietro (Get directions)

How much does a weekend in Rome cost

Rome is a very large city that offers its tourists everything they need. You will always be able to find a solution based on your budget. In any case, being a capital subject to large flows of tourists, prices will be higher than in other Italian cities:

  • Costs to eat: about € 40,00 per day per person (including breakfast, lunch, dinner)
  • Costs for museums and attractions: about € 40,00 per person following the itinerary we suggest
  • Transportation: about € 50,00 per person on average
  • Fun: from € 25,00 per person
  • Hotels, accommodation and b & b: Hotel and b & b starting from € 29,00 per room -
  • Total cost of a weekend in Rome: from € 300,00 per person

Before leaving: useful tips

  • When to visit Rome: thanks to its mild climate, Rome lends itself to being visited throughout the year. One of the best months is definitely May, in the middle of spring, when winter is now over and the days begin to be warmer, with mild and pleasant temperatures. During the summer, temperatures are very high, August is the hottest month, and the city has its highest peak of tourist turnout, so we recommend organizing your visit in other periods. In autumn, the days become milder again and the number of tourists also begins to drop. As for the winter, the temperatures are not too cold and, during the Christmas period, Rome becomes almost magical. Find out the best time to go to Rome climate and the tips month by month
  • there are two airports, the Rome-Fiumicino airport and the Rome-Ciampino airport, both international airports. Rome-Fiumicino is about 31 km from the city center and is very well connected, it will take you about 30-45 minutes to reach the center, by train, you can take the Leonardo Express line from € 14,00 or the regional Line FL1 starting from € 8,00; with the bus, there are several connecting lines and the price of tickets starts from around € 6,00; by taxi the price starts from € 25,00, then it depends on the area you need to reach. The Rome-Ciampino airport, on the other hand, is 20 km from the city center. Also in this case, to move towards the center you have several options and the journey time varies between 30 and 60 minutes; by train, you will find regional trains and the ticket costs € 1,50; by bus, there are several connecting lines and the price of tickets starts from around € 5,00; by taxi the base price is € 30,00.
  • since Rome is a very large city, the districts where to stay overnight are many and all different. In the San Pietro and Prati area there are many cheap hotels and B & Bs and, even if we are a bit far from the center (if we take the Colosseum as a reference point) the area is well supplied with three bus lines and the metro A Another area with affordable prices and lots of B & Bs and even two-star hotels is Termini, near the central station. If you don't have a budget to respect, we recommend the Monti area, close to the markets of Trajan and the Imperial Forums, considered one of the most chic areas of Rome. Not for nothing is it one of the most expensive neighborhoods, but it is really central and great for all your travels.
    Hotel and b & b starting from € 29,00 per room -
  • Getting around: Rome has the largest ZTL in Europe, where there are the most important attractions, the ones you absolutely must see. This allows you to walk around the center without too many worries. If you want to move by public transport or reach more external areas, don't worry, the city has a transport service consisting of buses, trams, trolley buses and underground trains. The metro consists of three lines (A, B and C) and a single ticket costs € 1,50. You can purchase 48 and 72 hour passes, at the price of € 12,50 and € 18,00 respectively. The bus service network has 414 lines and also in this case, as for the metro, a single ticket costs € 1,50, a 48-hour pass € 12,50 and a 72-hour pass € 18,00. As for the trolleybus, there is only one trolleybus network, while the tram has six different lines. The cost of the ticket and season tickets is the same as for buses. Find out how to move in Rome - info, costs and advice
  • Rome Pass: depending on how you plan your weekend and the things you want to see, you can consider buying the Roma Pass. You can find two types: the 48 hour one and the 72 hour one. The 48-hour Roma Pass costs € 28,00 and includes free access to the first museum you will visit (obviously among those on the list), free transport on the metro, bus and tram, discounts and special prices for events, exhibitions and tourist services. The 72-hour Roma Pass, on the other hand, costs € 38,50 and includes free admission to two museums on the circuit, free transport on the metro, bus and tram, discounts and special prices for events, exhibitions and tourist services. Discover all the info on the official website
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