3 Days in Rome Itinerary

Rome, the Eternal City, is a mesmerizing blend of ancient history, vibrant culture, and delectable cuisine. With its iconic landmarks, rich art scene, and culinary delights, Rome offers an unforgettable experience for every traveler. If you have just three days to explore this captivating city, here’s a meticulously crafted 3 days in Rome itinerary to make the most of your time.

Day 1: Discovering Historic Rome


Rome Colosseum Arena Tour

Kick-start your Roman adventure with a visit to the heart of ancient Rome. Explore the majestic Colosseum, where gladiators once battled and cheered, and the nearby Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. Wander through the Imperial Forum, soaking in the grandeur of ancient Roman architecture. Booking a Colosseum guided tour is highly recommended to ensure you make the most of this experience and learn the history and traditions of the landmark.


rome walking tour trevi fountain

Continue your exploration with a stroll through Rome’s iconic squares and fountains. Marvel at the grandeur of Piazza Venezia, the historic significance of the Arch of Constantine, and the enchanting beauty of the Trevi Fountain. Climb the Spanish Steps for panoramic views and visit the stunning Church of Trinità dei Monti. Don’t miss the lively atmosphere of Piazza Navona and the architectural masterpiece, Pantheon.

As you explore, indulge in Rome’s culinary delights with food and drink tastings from iconic vendors. If you have time to spare, step into the Pantheon for a closer look at this architectural marvel. Not sure where to stop and eat? Don’t want to have to worry about navigating Rome’s cobbled streets? Join our Ancient Rome and Food Small Group Tour and let the experts lead the way.


trastevere Rome neighborhood with late afternoon sky

Wind down your day in the vibrant Trastevere neighborhood, known for its bohemian charm and local art scene. Explore eclectic galleries showcasing contemporary and traditional art forms. End your evening with a traditional Roman aperitivo, savoring local wines and appetizers. Join our Trastevere Rome Art & Aperitivo Small Group Tour to experience this neighborhood through the eyes of a local insider.

Please note: This entire day 1 itinerary is included in our Rome in a Day Small Group Tour: Colosseum, Culture and Cuisine.

Day 2: The Vatican City Experience


Vatican Museum 3 days in rome

Embark on a spiritual and artistic journey with a visit to the Vatican Museums. We recommend purchasing skip-the-line tickets to avoid the long queues and benefit from more time to immerse yourself in a treasure trove of Renaissance art, sculptures, and ornate churches. Skip-the-line Vatican Museum tickets are included in our Vatican, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter’s Basilica Morning Tour.


Sistine Chapel 3 days in Rome itinerary

Marvel at the breathtaking beauty of Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel, a masterpiece of Western art. Continue your Vatican City exploration with a visit to St. Peter’s Basilica, admiring its magnificent architecture and artworks. Note: On Wednesdays when St. Peter’s Basilica is closed, we suggest instead exploring the Raphael Rooms at the Apostolic Palace, showcasing the genius of Raphael and his contemporaries. Check out our range of Vatican tours to see all your options for unlocking the smallest country in the world.


rome streets evening

Enjoy a leisurely evening exploring Rome’s charming streets, savoring local Roman cuisine, or attending a cultural event.

Day 3: A Culinary Experience


Rome pizza cooking class

Unleash your inner chef with a hands-on Roman pizza-making class. Learn the art of making authentic “Pizzaiolo” pizza from an expert chef, mastering professional techniques and secrets to crafting the perfect pizza. You’ll also learn the difference between Italian pizzas. Yes, there really is a difference between Roman pizza, Florence pizza, and Tuscany pizza. What can we say, Italians take their pizza seriously!


3 days in rome itinerary

After your cooking session, indulge in your culinary creations, tasting your freshly baked pizza alongside traditional bruschetta and a glass of fine Italian wine. Receive recipes to recreate your Roman pizza experience back home, keeping the memories alive.


Night view of old cozy street in Trastevere

Reflect on your Roman adventure over a leisurely dinner, reminiscing about the sights, sounds, and flavors of this enchanting city. Check out our lists of the best bars in Rome and recommended restaurants in Rome.

Spend a Perfect 3 Days in Rome With Tourist Italy

romantic couple walking down the spanish steps in Rome

Rome offers a perfect blend of history, art, culture, and gastronomy, promising an enriching experience for every traveler. Our Highlights of Rome 3-day tour package encompasses this meticulously crafted itinerary, ensuring you make the most of your time in the Eternal City. With skip-the-line tickets, expert-guided tours, authentic culinary experiences, and comfortable Rome hotels, our Rome tour package offers convenience, value, and unforgettable memories. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to explore Rome’s highlights hassle-free. Book our Best of Rome 3-day tour package with one click and embark on a journey of discovery in the heart of Italy!

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Debating whether to stay on for a few more days in Rome? Rome is an excellent base point for exploring other nearby Italian cities. Check out our range of day trips from Rome and try to resist the temptation to book those few extra nights! Including Pompeii, Tuscany, Capri, and Florence, more Italian magic is at your fingertips!

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