If you are looking for an original and economic way to visit Rome in 3 days, the best way is by foot!
I have prepared for you a personalized tour to see the best of Rome in just 3 days by foot.
Walking in the historical center of the city will make you discover unlimited surprises!
You can enjoy the beauties of the Capital, avoiding busy streets full of cars and buses.
Are you wearing your comfort shoes?
FIRST DAY: FROM THE IMPERIAL TO THE BAROQUE ROME
If you visit Rome in 3 days you can’t miss a walk from the Colosseum down the via dei Fori Imperiali.
If you want to enjoy the ancient taste of Rome, merge yourself between the temples, churches, public buildings, arcs, columns and of course the forums – the large squares build by the emperors. Get into the Colosseum, Palatine Hill, and Roman Forum in central Rome through the fast track entrance with a combined package (Free cancellation up to 24 hours):
From Piazza Venezia with the giant Vittoriano, you can get to the Campidoglio – one of the most elegant squares of the city, designed by Michelangelo himself. It offers two observation decks overlooking the archeological area!
Coming down from the Cordonata, you can reach the Ghetto. This is an old neighborhood that guards the memory of the ancient past.
From the Marcello’s Theatre to the Ottavia’s Porch and the Synagogue, you will reach Piazza Mattei passing through the narrow streets.
Piazza Mattei is a nice, small square with the Fontana delle Tartarughe (Turtles’ Square) in its center.
Its name come from the 4 turtles carried out by Bernini.
You can walk to Largo di Torre Argentina from here, which is known as the sacred area that consists of four Republican temples – some of the ancient Roman remains of the city.
Touring onto via dei Cestari you will reach the famous Bernini’s “chick” in Piazza Della Minerva. It is right behind the Pantheon, the ancient Roman temple dedicated to all the gods, which was turned into a Church of the Mother of God.
After having visited it, we suggest you take a coffee break in the historic Caffè di Sant’Eustachio, with his mysterious recipe!
Last stop: Piazza Navona, the most famous square in the world.
Really few people know about these wonderful places, and you will hardly find them elsewhere:
If you visit Rome in 3 days make sure to admire the Bernini’s Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi and Borromini’s Basilica di Sant’Agnese.
SECOND DAY: THE POPISH ROME ON THE BANKS OF THE TIBER
Rome is the Vatican City as well. When you visit Rome in 3 days you can’t miss a walk between the places that turned the Urbe in the in Christendom.
You can’t even miss a trip to the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and the Basilica of Saint Peter. By walking in the area you will discover so many other surprises.
Skip the ticket lines and visit the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel. Here are the 3 most requested tours:
From St. Peter Square you will reach the Santo Spirito Hospital, continuing down Borgo Santo Spirito. The Hospital was founded in the eight-century, with the well-known “ruota degli esposti” requested by Innocenzo III in the 12th century.
From here, you can reach Castel Sant’Angelo.
Originally it was a mausoleum and it was turned into a fortress, a luxurious Popish apartment, and lastly in a tough prison.
Admire the paintings and statues at Castel Sant’Angelo before visiting the terrace for views across Rome, the Bridge of Angels and the River Tiber.
I recommend that you buy the priority entrance ticket here (with free cancellation up to 24 hours in advance).
Reaching the historical center, your walk becomes more relaxing.
Via Giulia, Via dei Coronari, Campo de’ Fiori and Piazza Farnese are highly recommended stops that lead to Trastevere – the most characteristic neighborhood of Rome.
THIRD DAY: SQUARES AND FOUNTAINS
Rome is an open-air museum.
When you visit Rome in 3 days you have to discover its squares and fountains, full of history and tales to tell you.
Piazza del Popolo represents one of the front doors of the ancient city.
By entering in the Church of Santa Maria del Popolo you can admire two Caravaggio’s canvas.
Following the trident’s ways, you can go shopping in via del Corso, look up to the hidden treasures – like the Fontana degli Artisti in Via Margutta – or relax on the steps of the famous Trinità dei Monti’s staircase. Sway to the delicate water sound from the nice Fontana della Barcaccia in Piazza di Spagna.
From here, you can reach the famous Fontana di Trevi and reach the Piazza del Quirinale, to admire the huge building home of the Presidency of the Republic and the Fontana dei Dioscuri.
End your visit to Rome in 3 days coming back down to the Monti neighborhood, the ancient Roman Suburra.
If you are in Rome for a few days, or you are tired and you want to see all the major monuments in no time, I suggest you buy the tour of the tourist buses below:
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