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Rome 3 Day Itinerary

During the last few weeks, I have been showcasing sample daily itineraries for a visit to Rome, Italy’s capital city. In Day 1 of the Rome itinerary, we explored the historical sites and took in some of the most famous ancient monuments. In Day 2 of the Rome itinerary, we headed over to Vatican City to experience the splendor that exists there. The following Rome daily itinerary will be the last in this series, and would be what I would consider my personal favorite. It has less to do with seeing, and is more to do with simply experiencing.

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Day 3: The Sweet Life

For your third day in Rome, it’s time to slow down… just a little. This is the day for soaking up Rome. To take in it’s beauty, to appreciate it’s specialness, and to understand what it means to live la dolce vita. 

  • Begin the day with a visit to Villa Borghese, the largest public park in Rome. It is a pleasant reprise from the noise and heat of the city, and is home to a lake, temples, fountains, statues, and several museums. 
    • Consider renting a bike to leisurely get around the park.
    • The must-see museum here is Borghese Gallery, which you must reserve beforehand for a 2 hour visit. You will be mesmerized by painting and ceiling frescoes, along with beautiful sculptures by Bernini, amongst others.
  • Next, head down a long flight of stairs to Piazza del Popolo. Consider dining outside at Osteria St. Ana. This is the perfect place to grab lunch, have a drink, and do some first-class people watching. 
    • If shopping is your thing, you are now properly fueled to turn your attention to the several pedestrian-only shopping streets surrounding you.
  • Continue your stroll by heading down via Babuino for a visit to one of the world’s most famous squares, Piazza di Spagna (Spanish Square), which sits at the base of the Spanish Steps. 
  • From there, make your way to the Trevi Fountain, one of Rome’s most dramatic monuments, where you must toss a coin in to assure your next visit to the eternal city. This is also a great place to grab a gelato. (Suggestions: Gelateria Valentino or II Gelato di San Crispino)
  • From the Trevi Fountain, continue on to Piazza Navona, via the Pantheon. If you followed my Day 1 Itinerary, you’ve already spent some time at the Pantheon, but it’s worth walking past again on your way towards what could be considered Rome’s most beautiful square, Piazza Navona. The large and lively square features three magnificent fountains. You've now concluded your stroll through what is considered the very heart of Rome. 
  • For dinner, why not make your own delicious meal, with some help from a professional. Taking a cooking class in Rome will allow you to return home with some skills to replicate (or at least try) some of the amazing dishes you had while on vacation.
  • End your night with a perfectly made cocktail in a chic and trendy atmosphere at Hotel Russie’s Stravinskij Bar. They have a lovely hidden garden in the center of Rome and one of the cities most extraordinary cocktail lists.

Now that you've read Day 3, make sure you read Day 1 and Day 2 to get an idea of how you can make the most out of your time and have a good starting point for creating a Rome itinerary for 3 days. In addition, check out my post on where to stay in Rome for a great boutique hotel option in the heart of the city.

This concludes my overview of what I hope looks like an amazing Rome 3 day itinerary map for you to consider. Now, here is where the tough decision making comes. Do you stay longer to see and experience more of the eternal city? Do you head on to another part of Italy and continue your exploration of this beautiful country? Or do you set your sights on a different part of Europe and make this trip a multi-country exploration? Wherever your wanderlust is leading you, I hope you let Milk and Honey Travels help get you there!

To download an easy to follow PDF snapshot of the whole 3 Day Rome Itinerary, click here.

If you are interested in planning a vacation to Italy, it is one of my favorite destinations to create tailor-made itineraries for. Let's chat about what a perfect trip to Italy looks like for you.

Rome daily itinerary: Day 2

Last week I blogged about how most visits to Italy include a stopover in the capital, and how you should allocate a full 3 days minimum in order to experience the city. This blog series will share a detailed Rome itinerary for 3 days, and all the attractions you should make sure are part of your travels. To read more in depth about my Rome Day 1 itinerary, make sure to read my blog about travel tips for visiting the historic sites in Rome.

This post is for Day 2 in Rome, and will provide you with a Vatican City itinerary, and the attractions and activities I believe are not to be missed, especially if this is your first time to the eternal city.

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Day 2: The Spiritual

Vatican City is an independent city-state surrounded by Rome, and is the ecclesiastical home of Roman Catholicism. The main sites here are the Vatican grounds and Museums, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica, and St. Peter’s Square.

  • Consider visiting the Vatican museums and Sistine Chapel first, either first thing in the morning, or early afternoon when the morning crowds have died down a bit. Make a reservation on the Vatican Museum’s website beforehand. 
    • If you are mainly interested in looking at the artwork, a tour isn’t really necessary. If you are fascinated by the history and learning more about the artwork, consider a tour. On an individual tour, the guide can show you parts of the museum not normally visited by the standard tours. Consider an exclusive, private visit to the Sistine Chapel for a truly unique and emotional experience. This type of tour must be reserved far in advanced, but is worthwhile.
    • The Sistine Chapel is certainly one of the world’s greatest masterpieces, and Michelangelo outdid himself with the painting of the ceiling that will take your breath away and render you speechless…which is a good thing because noise in here is frowned upon.
  • Lunch Break. All the walking around and effort it takes to gaze at past priceless splendors is enough to build up quite the appetite. Consider a quick lunch in the Piatti neighborhood before heading on over to St. Peter’s Basilica.
  • The first building you will see from Bernini’s colonnaded St. Peter’s square is the largest church in the world: St. Peter’s Basilica. Highlights inside include many works by Bernini, Michelangelo’s Pieta, and the oldest statue of St. Peter in existence.
  • Next, make your way to Michelangelo’s other masterpiece, St. Peter’s dome. When you find your way to the top, you are greeted with a breathtaking panorama of Rome, and if you time it right, the sun beginning to set over the eternal city and covering it in a rose-gold light. 
  • For dinner, chose an establishment simply known for their good food and where you can dine alongside the locals, such as Da Enzo. Here, the superstar will be the food and your meal will certainly be memorable. During the summer months, make sure to have a reservation, as it is a very small restaurant. 
  • After dinner, take the short stroll to the Spanish Steps, which will provide the perfect people-watching perch.

ADDITIONAL TIPS FOR VISITING ROME:

Where to stay: See my post on a great boutique hotel in Rome here.

Where to go next: Consider a Rome and Amalfi Coast itinerary and this beautiful resort I highlighted here.

To put this Vatican city itinerary together with another detailed itinerary for visiting the Roman historical sites, click here.

If you like these Rome daily itineraries, check back next week for Day 3!