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Discovering the Eternal City in its entirety could take you months, or even years, but you can still visit Rome in 3 days and get a taste of its incredible beauty. Monuments, attractions and ancient buildings are found around every corner and pleasing surprises at every step.
There are endless itineraries available to help you discover the Capital of Italy. You can easily “tailor” these itineraries according to your preferences and your time available for visiting each attraction. The itinerary we offer will guide you through all the iconic locations that make Rome such a unique city worldwide.

Below is our itinerary to visit Rome in 3 days



  1. Città del Vaticano 
  2. Castel Sant’Angelo 
  3. Piazza Navona
  4. Campo dei fiori

Visiting Rome in 3 days: Basilica of San Pietro

Being fresh and rested, we suggest Città del Vaticano (Vatican City) as a starting point for visiting the capital (metro stop: Ottaviano – San Pietro).


It’s always a good idea to get there early in the morning so you can avoid large crowds of visitors and tourists.
Begin with Basilica di San Pietro (St. Peter’s Basilica), the largest, richest and most spectacular church in Italy. No picture and no story can describe the emotional impact created by the immensity of this building and the magnificent decorations and works of art it contains. Please remember to wear proper clothing or access to the Basilica will be denied. Avoid miniskirts, shorts or bare shoulders.

After visiting the basilica, take a break at Piazza San Pietro (St. Peter’s Square), snap some pictures and enjoy the magnificence of one of the world’s largest public spaces. Then head over to the Vatican Museums for an unforgettable experience. We suggest buying your tickets online to avoid queueing.

The museum (equipped for the disabled) is incredibly large and it would take you years to see it all, therefore, for a general tour, we recommend visiting the Pinacoteca (Art Gallery), the Pio-Clementino museum, the Galleria delle Carte Geografiche (Gallery of Maps), the Stanze di Raffaello (Raphael Rooms) and of course, the amazing Cappella Sistina (Sistine Chapel,  here to ensure your priority) with its precious frescoes painted by Michelangelo. Keep in mind that you will spend at least 2 full hours in the museum.

 Visit Rome in 3 days: the amazing Castel Sant'Angelo


Once you exit the museum, take a walk along Via della Conciliazione up to Castel Sant’Angelo. This is a Papal fortress built upon the mausoleum of Emperor Hadrian in the Middle Ages. (2nd century AD). Don’t leave the fortress without enjoying an amazing view of the city from the terrace. If you bought the Roma Pass you will be able to jump the queue and access the site directly through the appropriate turnstiles.

After your tour, take a well-deserved break, have a meal and recover your energy. Avoid the pizzerias and restaurants surrounding the Vaticano, where they won’t hesitate to serve you very cheap food at extremely expensive prices.


Our 3 days visit to Rome itinerary continues through Ponte Sant’Angelo. Enjoy a pleasant walk in a maze of alleys and squares that maintain an authentic Roman character to this day. Head towards Piazza Navona, the epitome of all Roman squares. Be enchanted by beautiful Baroque palaces and magnificent fountains (including Bernini‘s Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi). Here you will find crowds of tourists, portrait artists and street performers filling the square day and night.

For a break you can visit the nearby Piazza Sant’Eustachio and enter its namesake Cafe: this place may not look special but they have the best espresso in Rome.
Return to piazza Navona and exit through the South. Cross Corso Vittorio Emanuele and follow Via dei Ballauri up to Campo dei Fiori, with its famous statue of Giordano Bruno, the heretic monk burned at the stake during the Reformation. This square is one of the centers of Roman life: a crowded marketplace during daytime and a place to hangout for a drink at night.
Finally sit down for dinner in the surrounding area to end the first evening of our itinerary for visiting Rome in 3 days.


To save on entry to these attractions, we recommend using one of the many combined packages. You can find some of them below. Alternatively you can buy the Omnia Card



  1. Colosseo
  2. Vittoriano
  3. Campidoglio

The second day of our visiting Rome in 3 days itinerary will guide you as you discover ancient Rome. Start your tour early in the morning in order to avoid the peak of crowds flooding through the city. We recommend bringing along bottles of water and something to eat. This will help you avoid spending a lot of money at bars or at the food trucks parked in Via dei Fori Imperiali.

The Colosseo, one of the main attractions of Rome


If you are visiting Rome in 3 days with your kids, you don’t want to miss the Colosseo (Coliseum). Start from the Colosseo (metro stop: Colosseo), Rome’s quintessential symbol and most exciting monument.
If you plan to enter it, please buy the ticket online and you can skip the long queue at the entrance. Not far from the Colosseo is the Arco di Constantino (Arch of Constantine), the most famous Roman triumphal arch and one of the last monuments of ancient Rome. After taking a few souvenir photos, take a walk along Via dei Fori Imperiali, all the way to the Foro Romano (Roman Forum), on your left. This was once the heart of Rome.
The Fori Imperiali (Imperial Fora) is an archaeological complex extending along the road and contains ancient forums built by various emperors from 42 to 112 BC.

Admire the forums along Via Alessandrina right up to the majestic Colonna di Traiano. If you brought your lunch bag with you, we suggest stopping under the Colonna di Traiano, since you won’t find many restaurants or bars in this area. Otherwise, if your not too tired, you can reach Rione Monti (from the Fori imperiali take via Cavour and make a turn onto via dei Serpenti). It’s an area with lots of uphill walking but you will find many restaurants, trendy bars and bistros.

Rome attractions: Piazza Venezia


After a refreshing meal and some rest, head to Piazza Venezia and visit the Vittoriano. Opinions on this attraction are divided into two groups: those who love it and those who hate it. Certainly you can’t ignore it. It was built in 1885 to honor the unification of Italy and today this monument is dedicated to the Unknown Soldier. Please note that there are strict controls here and sitting down is forbidden. The terrace at the top offers an amazing and unique view. You can reach the top of the Vittoriano with its panoramic glass elevator on the side of the building.


For our last step of the day we suggest visiting the Campidoglio (Capitoline Hill), the most famous and smallest hill in Rome. The most spectacular way to get there is by climbing the Cordonata, a stairway from Piazza d’Aracoeli to Piazza del Campidoglio, designed by Michelangelo. Here you will find a perfect replica of the equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius. The original is displayed in the Capitolini Museums (equipped for the disabled) located on the right side of the square. The Capitolini Museums are the oldest public museum in the world and are well worth a visit. It’s included in the Omnia Card.


To save on entry to these attractions, we recommend using one of the many combined packages. You can find some of them below. Alternatively you can buy the Omnia Card



  1. Piazza di Spagna
  2. Fontana di Trevi
  3. Pantheon

Piazza di Spagna, the perfect place to spend an evening during your 3-days visit in Rome.


The itinerary of your last day in Rome begins from Piazza di Spagna (metro stop: Spagna) with the famous Trinità dei Monti (completely restored to its former glory), at the foot of which lays the famous Fontana della Barcaccia. The architectural elements and the surrounding ochre buildings convey an undeniable 18th-century elegance to the Piazza.

The spectacular Trevi Fountain, the largest and most famous fountain in Rome


Via dei Condotti, which starts in front of the stairway, is a popular fashion-shopping destination in Rome. Along the pedestrian street you will find the most elegant and expensive shops in Rome. Do not miss the opportunity to do some shopping here if you can afford it. Stroll all the way to Via del Corso (another shopping street) where you will reach the spectacular  Fontana di Trevi (Trevi Fountain), the largest and most famous fountain in Rome. The streets leading to the fountain are not directly aligned with it, so it will appear suddenly in front of you and truly leave you breathless at first sight. Such magnificence is preceded by the sound of flowing water, which will guide you to this wonderful place.


After visiting the Trevi Fountain, snapping some pictures and having something to eat, cross Via del Corso and head to the Pantheon. Like the Colosseum, the Pantheon is one of the great symbols of Rome and the best-preserved historical monument in the city. Visit the building and be amazed by the marble interior and the world’s largest unreinforced concrete dome.

When you are through visiting the Pantheon, you will arrive at the last step of our itinerary: Trastevere. If you have some energy to spare you can reach the area by walking through the Jewish district. Otherwise, reach Largo Argentina and catch tram number 8, which leads to Viale Trastevere.

Trastevere, traditionally a poor working class district, still maintains its authentic Roman character. Today it’s expensive, chic and one of the most exciting areas in Rome where tourists, intellectuals and wealthy people live. Take a walk down the ochre streets and visit Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere along with the splendid basilica, Piazza Trilussa and the Basilica of Santa Cecilia in Trastevere. Walk up the hill to the Gianicolo and enjoy a wonderful view of the Eternal City.

End the last day of your visit to Rome by dining at one of the many restaurants, bars and trattorias in this area.

This is a general itinerary for visit Rome in 3 days. If you think the steps above are too challenging you can remove some and you can decide what attractions you should spend more or less time at.


To save on entry to these attractions, we recommend using one of the many combined packages, here are some of the below. Alternatively you can buy the Omnia Card


Basilica di San Pietro: 1 October – 31 March, every day, 7.00 am – 6.30 pm
1 April – 30 September: every day, 7am – 7pm.
Free entrance.

Vatican Museums: Monday – Saturday 9.00 am – 6.00 pm (last entry is at 4.00 pm and exit is half an hour before closing).
Full price €16, reduced price €8
Priority access tickets

Castel Sant’Angelo:
every day 9.00 am – 7.30 pm (ticket office closes at 7.30).
Full price €10, reduced price €5.
Included in the Omnia Card

every day except 25 December and 1 January, 9 am – 5 pm.
to 15 February, 8.30 am – 4.30 pm;
from 16 February to 15 March, 8.30 am – 5.00 pm;
from 16 March to the last Saturday of March, 8.30 – 17.30;
from the last Sunday of March to 31 August, 8.30 am – 7.15 pm;
from 1 to 30 September, 8.30 am – 7.00 pm;
from 1 October to the last Saturday of October, 8.30 am – 6.30 pm.
Last entry is one hour before closing.
Full price €12, reduced price €7.50, free for under 18 years of age.
Included  the Omnia Card

Visit the Rome Museums in 3 Days. What to See

For art lovers, a visit of the museums in Rome in 3 days can be an incredible experience. In fact, the capital hosts plenty of museums, some of which are really not to be missed. From the Vatican Museums to the Capitoline Museums, from the Borghese Gallery to the MAXXI, each of them is an attraction that will not disappoint you.
Since you need to spend at least two hours in each museum, we recommend that you visit only one of them each day , and then spend the rest of the day exploring the area around the museum that you have chosen.

Here is our proposed route to visit the museums of Rome in 3 days.

First Day

What you will see:
Musei Capitolini
Museo e Galleria Doria Panphilj
Piazza Venezia
Piazza del Campidoglio

Dying gaul, Capitoline Museums in Rome

The attraction from which we propose to begin the itinerary to visit the museums of Rome in 3 days is that of the Capitoline Museum (Musei Capitolini, equipped for the disabled). Arrive in Piazza Venezia (Piazza Venezia bus stop) and reach Piazza del Campidoglio by accessing the Cordonata, the staircase from the Ara Coeli square rising to the top of the hill.Admire the square made by Michelangelo at whose center there is the copy of the equestrian statue of Marco Aurelio (the authentic one is found in the Capitoline Museums).

The square is surrounded by three buildings: Palazzo Senatorio at the bottom, Palazzo Nuovo on the left and Palazzo dei Conservatori on the right. The museums are located in the last two buildings.
The main entrance to the museum complex is in the Palazzo dei Conservatori, where the original core of the Statuary collection and a Pinacoteca (on the second floor) are located, with paintings by Titian, Tintoretto, Rubens, Van Dyck and many other great artists.
Palazzo Nuovo instead contains an incredible number of classic sculptures. Not to be missed, among other things, the lupa Capitolina (capitoline wolf), the dying Galata, and the Capitoline Venus.
A good visit will require at least two hours.


After getting out of the museums stop for lunch. Once you have been refreshed and have regained your strenght go back to Piazza Venezia, dominated by the Vittoriano, the immense white marble monument which was erected in 1885 to celebrate Italy’s unity. Later it has been devoted to the unknown soldier and a torch burns perennially inside, guarded by guardians of honor. We remind you that it is forbidden to sit on both the stairs and inside, the controls are severe.


To enjoy a 360° view of the town go up to the terrace with the glass elevator on the side of the monument.
Walk to the Pantheon, the best preserved ancient monument in Rome and one of the great symbols of the capital. Enter and be amazed by its largest concrete dome in the world and by the marble-covered interiors.


From there, head to Largo Argentina and take the tram number 8 to Viale Trastevere. End up the evening in Trastevere, the heart of Rome and today the hub of nightlife and wine and food.


As an alternative to the Capitoline Museums you can visit the Palazzo e Galleria Doria Panphilj (bus stop: Via del Corso), which contains one of Rome’s richest private art collections. The galleries consist of ten halls arranged chronologically and full of floor-to-ceiling paintings. Do not miss Salomé with the head of the Baptist byTitian and the Rest while escaping to Egypt by Caravaggio and again the portrait of Innocent X of Velasquez. When you finish your journey, follow the route described before, also because you are very close to Piazza Venezia.


Capitoline Museum: every day 9.30am to 7.30pm, 24 and 31 December 9.30-14. The ticket office closes an hour before. Closed on January 1, May 1, December 31. Full ticket price € 14, reduced ticket price € 12. Included in the Roma Pass.

Palazzo e Galleria Doria Panphilj: every day from 9am to 7pm. Last entry at 18.00. Closing: December 25, January 1, Easter. Also open on November 1, Angel Monday, April 25, May 1, June 2 and August 15. Full ticket price € 12, reduced ticket price € 8, family ticket € 40,00 2 adults + 3 children aged 6 to 18 years old. Free under 5 years.


To save on entry to these attractions, we recommend using one of the many combined packages. You can find some of them below. Alternatively you can buy the Omnia Card

Second Day

What will you see:
Piazza San Pietro
Musei Vaticani
Catel Sant’Angelo
Piazza Navona

Start your second day in the capital with a visit to the Vatican Museums (we recommend you to purchase the tickets online to skip the queue). To get there, get off at the Ottaviano San Pietro Metro Station.
Visiting the Vatican Museums is an experience that you will not forget easily: 7 kilometers of exhibition space and more masterpieces than those found in many small countries. They have one of the largest art collections in the world. Do not you to be able to see them all, you could spend years there!

The statue of the Laocoonte hosted in the Vatican Museums

The statue of the Laocoonte hosted in the Vatican Museums, it is a stop not to be missed if you want to visit Rome in three days

For a panoramic tour (plan no less than two and a half hours) we recommend to visit the Pinacoteca (do not miss the Raffello’s Transfiguration), the Pio-Clementino museum (for the Apollo of the Belvedere and the magnificent Laocoonte), the Geographic Gallery, the Rooms of Raffaello and the unmissable Cappella Sistina (the only room with air conditioning).


After terminating the visit, with the Michelangelo’s paintings still in your eyes, stand in St. Peter’s Square (piazza San Pietro) for the unmissable photos and enjoy the grandeur of St. Peter’s Basilica (Basilica di San Pietro) If you are not yet in an art overdose and the queue is not crazy go and visit it, otherwise you should stop for eating and some rest.


Once you have regained strenght walk through via della Conciliazione until Castel Sant’Angelo and admire it only from the outside. Cross Ponte Sant’Angelo and walk through the alleys and squares that will take you to Piazza Navona.
Blend into the crowd of tourists and street artists who fill it every hour of day and night and let yourself be overwhelmed by the beauty of baroque palaces and fountains that characterize it.Take a break to drink the best coffee in Rome in the nearby Sant’Eustachio square in the homonymous café, and then reach Campo dei Fiori. In the shadow of the statue of the heretical Giordano Bruno, who was burned alive there, the square is one of the central points of the Roman life: during the day a market full of people, in the night a place where to go and drink something.

As an alternative to the Vatican Museums you can visit the Roman National Museum: Palazzo Massimo at the thermal baths (metro stop: Termini). The museum (accessible also by handicapped), often overlooked, is wonderful, large and bright and contains spectacular classical pieces of art (the Resting Boxer, the Sleepy Ermaphrodite) as well as extraordinary paintings and mosaics. After visiting the museum spend the rest of the day according to the route described above. You can reach Piazza Navona with an half hour walk.


Vatican Museums: Monday to Saturday from 9am to 6pm (last entry at 4pm and exit from the halls half an hour before closing). Online tickets

St. Peter’s Basilica: 1st October – 31st March every day from 7am to 6:30pm / 1 April – 30 September every day from 7am to 7pm. Free admission.

Roman National Museum: Palazzo Massimo at the thermal baths Open daily from 9am to 7pm. Closed on Mondays (except Mondays in Albis and during the Culture Week), 1 January, 25 December. The ticket office closes at 7pm. Full € ticket price 8 Reduced ticket price € 3.50, free under 18 years. Included in the Roma Pass.


To save on entry to these attractions, we recommend using one of the many combined packages. You can find some of them below. Alternatively you can buy the Omnia Card

Third Day

What you will see:
Cosa vedrete:
Museo e Galleria Borghese
Villa Borghese
Piazza del Popolo
Piazza di Spagna

 Visit the museums of Rome in 3 days: Galleria Borghese


If you are in love with art, you can not miss from your trip to discover the museums of Rome in three days, a visit the Borghese Museum and Gallery, called the “Queen of Private Art Collections”. In a single place you will find concentrated works by Caravaggio, Bernini, Botticelli and Raffaello, and the famous Canova statue depicting Paolina Borghese as Venus winner.

To limit the number of visitors people are allowed to enter only at two-hour intervals. It is necessary to book the date and time of the visit. You can do it by phone or online. The entry is in piazzale del Museo Borghese n. 5.

If, however, after the Capitoline and Vatican museums you have gone in an overdose and want a radical change, it’s worth making a visit to the MAXXI (National Museum of the 21st Century Arts). The flagship of contemporary art galleries, designed by the Anglo-Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid, was inaugurated in 2010. The multi-layer geometric façade hides an interior of gigantic dimensions, full of light and crossed by suspended staircases and structures made of glass, cement and iron. It consists of two sections, one dedicated to the architecture and one to contemporary art. It is espacially interesting thing is to visit it during exhibitions and installations.
You can reach the place by metro (line A stop Flaminio) by tram and by bus getting off at the Viale Tiziano stop.


Whatever your choice, after your visit, we recommend you to spend the rest of the day walking and strolling in the Villa Borghese park. Keep going in Piazza del Popolo and arrive to Piazza di Spagna, with the spectacular staircase of Trinità dei Monti (recently restored and brought back to its ancient splendor) and the Barcaccia fountain.

Finish the evening by dining in one of the many places of the area.
Our itinerary to see the museums in Rome in three days is just an overall advice. Choose the one that you prefer and dedicate your time to the various attractions as you like.


Borghese Museum and Gallery: Monday closed, Tuesday to Sunday from 8.30 am to 7.30 pm Closed on January 1, December 25. The entrance is allowed up to half an hour before the closing time.

Full ticket price € 11,00 (9,00 + 2,00 for mandatory booking), reduced ticket price € 6,50 (4,50 + 2,00 for mandatory booking). The cost of the entrance ticket to the museum may be increased after what has been paid at the time of booking for the opening of a temporary exhibition.

MAXXI: Tuesday to Friday from 11 am to 7pm, Saturday from 11am to 8pm, Sunday from 11am to 7pm. Closed all Wednesdays, 25 December and 1 January. The ticket office closes an hour before. Full ticket price € 10, reduced ticket price € 8, free under 14.


To save on entry to these attractions, we recommend using one of the many combined packages. You can find some of them below. Alternatively you can buy the Omnia Card

The Vatican Museums

Whether you come to Rome for 3 days, whether your stay lasts a bit more or less, a tour of the Vatican Museums is a must. In fact, this visit alone justifies a travel.

Believe us, a visit to the Vatican Museums is such an exciting experience that will hardly be erased from your mind. Once you get out of there, you’ll be struggling to figure out how much beauty has passed under your eyes.
The museum complex is characterized by seven kilometers of exhibition space and contains more masterpieces than many small countries. It is located in the Vatican Apostolic Palace and offers visitors one of the largest art collections in the world. They say that, to visit the Vatican Museums, it would take an average person about twelve years, do not think therefore that you will be able to see it all in a single visit!
The advice that we give you is to give precedence to the Raffaello Rooms, the Pio-Clementine Museum (to stay in ecstasy in front of Laocoonte and Apollo of Belvedere), the Pinacoteca (do not miss the Raffaello Transfiguration), the Geographic Gallery and of course the awesome Sistine Chapel (here to ensure your priority entry)
We remind you that museums are equipped for disabled people and, upon reservation, wheelchairs are available free of charge (for bookings: contact the reception at or for direct requests contact the “special permits” desk).

It is also possible to enter with strollers.
Since queues at the Vatican’s ticket office are endless, we suggest you to buy the tickets online, you will save you a lot of time and avoid the stress of a queue.

Buy here priority access to the Vatican Museums

Raffaello’s Rooms

These were the private apartments of Pope Julius II, who entrusted to Raffaello, who was then 25 and was not yet very famous, to realize the frescoes of the four rooms. This commission allowed the painter to raise his “quotations” considerably. However, only two rooms were painted directly by him: the Signature Room (the study) and the Room of Heliodorus (the waiting room used for private hearings). The other two rooms, the Room of the Village Fire (the dining room) and the Constantine Hall (reception hall) were designed by students who followed his designs.

The Pio-Clementino Museum

It houses a fantastic set of classic statues. Among these, the most famous are the “Apollo del Belvedere” (Roman marble copy produced in the 2nd century BC of an original Greek statue in bronze dating to the fourth century BC), considered one of the great masterpieces of classical art, and the Laocoonte group (depicting a Troyan Priest of Apollo and his children fighting a deadly struggle with two sea snakes), which is also a Roman copy of a Greek original statue dating back to the I century. A.D. Both are located in the Ottagono Courtyard, the central courtyard of the palace.

Art Gallery (Pinacoteca)

It was made by Pope Pius XI in 1932 and accommodates 460 paintings arranged in chronological order from the XI to the XIX century, with works by Giotto, Beato Angelico, Filippo Lippi, Guido Reni, Raffaello, Caravaggio and several other great artists.

Geographic Maps Gallery

One of the lesser-known venues of the Vatican Museums, this gallery, 120 m long, is covered by huge and beautiful topographic maps, all made between 1580 and 1583 for Pope Gregory XIII on the basis of the indications of one of the the greatest cartographers of the time, Ignazio Danti.

The Sistine Chapel (Cappella Sistina)

Visited by over 4 million people a year, it is the only place in the Vatican Museums that nobody would think of skipping. The Sistine Chapel is a spectacular place to visit and will be unforgettable.

It was originally built for Pope Sixtus IV and was inaugurated on the 15th August 1483.

It is a parallelepipedon with a barrel ceiling 40.2 m long, 13.4 m wide and 20.7 m high, the same size, as it was assumed, of the Temple of Solomon in Jerusalem.

All the chapel, already frescoed by the best Renaissance artists, including Botticelli and Pinturicchio, just to name a few, and with a marble flooring in many colours was sacrificed to give space, all along, to two masterpieces by Michelangelo: the Genesis, realized between 1508 and 1512 and the amazing Universal Judgment, painted in 1541.

In the latter, unlike the vault, it is impressive the amount of overseas blue that has been used. At that time, blue was very expensive, because it was made with lapis lazuli. But since it was paid by the Pope Julius II, Michelangelo did not bother. On the contrary, he did not spend much in painting the vault since he had to pay personally for the materials.

Timetables: Monday to Saturday 9.00-18.00 (last entry at 16.00 and exit from the halls half an hour before closing)

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