Saturday, 6 October 2018

How To See Rome In 3 Days

When in Rome, do as the Romans do.

I cannot hear this quote anymore without hearing it to the tune of the Plebs song, anyone else?

Every time we were back at the apartment we had Plebs on in the background, cos ya know, when in Rome…

Anyways, I would like to start with a disclaimer to this blog post. My amazing friend, who lived in Rome during her year abroad at university, put together a comprehensive three day plan for her mother and kindly shared it with me when I went (if you’re reading this, thank you again).

So here is how I spent three days in Rome. I’ve written it in chronological, as much as I can remember - thankfully I took so many photos I can piece it together. 

I didn’t want to bulk out the post too much so I’ve not gone into detail on every place, think of this more as a journey planner, how to fit as much of Rome as possible into three days.

Day One

We arrived in Rome by train at the Termini Station, en route from the completely gorgeous Venice (here’s a post on how we spent 24 hours there). 

Our Air BnB was located in the Termini area, recommended to us as it’s right next to the main train station, so public transports links are abundant.

We decided to walk to most places, I find you get to know a city better when you walk around it, but we did hop on the underground a couple of times when our feet were crying out in agony.

After dropping our bags off and doing a quick outfit change (no one wants to stay in smelly travel clothes) we started our walking route.

First we headed to the grand Piazza Della Republica, then over to the Qurinale Palace and viewpoint where you can get a gorgeous scenic view of the city from above. We didn’t head inside the palace but you can if you want to.

Just a short walk away, down some winding cobbled streets, is the Trevi Fountain. So yes, I guess the fountain is absolutely stunning, but as we got there in the late afternoon the amount of tourists was a tad overwhelming. Top tip - if you want to appreciate the fountain in all it’s glory then get there super early!

Next on the list was the bustling and lively Piazza Barberini, which is right in the centre of Rome and just an 8 minute walk from the Trevi Fountain (see how well laid out this walking route is?). 

The Spanish Steps are right next door. If you love a bit of people watching then the Spanish Steps are perfect. Just pop yourself onto one of the 135 steps and watch the world go by, just be careful for pickpockets obv. 

By this point our feet were starting to throb a little, so we got on the metro home, had a little rest (watched some Plebs) and then headed out for food. I’ve written about my favourite places I ate in another post if you want to check that out, food is is one of the most important parts of trip after all.

Day Two

Day two started with a slice of pizza and a trip to the Colosseum, which was within walking distance of our apartment. 

We booked the colosseum online before we went, which I would recommend as it makes life easier. I can’t remember who we booked it through but there are so many options online. We choose to go with one that let you on the ground floor, different tickets have different access, so it’s worth checking them out properly if you’re eager to visit a certain part.

There’s big long road from the colosseum, that heads to the very impressive Piazza Venezia, known as the “centre hub of Rome” (according to Wikipedia). 

Along the way you can go through the Roman Forum, and see the Palatino, Arco di Constantino, Arco di Tito, Foro Romno and Capitolini

Off the recommendation of my friend, we then went towards the less touristy but still beautiful Teatro di Marcello, which is an open air theatre built in 13BC (the Romans really knew how to build a theatre!).

Just a 6 minute walk away from here is Tiber Island, which is linked to Rome by two bridges. The boat shaped island is know for healing, and contains a hospital and a few restaurants nowadays.

This is where we chose to end our day of exploring, heading back home for more plebs before making our way to Trastevere for food and drinks. Trastevere is a very hipster and trendy area brimming with bars and restaurants.

Day Three

Day three started with a wander around the city centre, before grabbing some gelato at the popular Giolitti.

After we were fed we made our way to the small but yet again impressive Pantheon.  

The Pantheon used to be a Roman temple but it is now a church, so if you want to go inside you’ll have to make sure you’re dressed respectfully, ie. covering your shoulders and knees. 

We mainly used this day to do some ad hoc city exploring. I love to plan out my holidays, but I always leave some blocks of time to just ‘get lost’. We found lots of hidden alleyways full of shops, with flowers overflowing from the windows and interesting artwork on the ancient looking walls.

We booked to go to the Vatican City museum in the afternoon. If this is something you want to do then book in advance so you can skip the very long queue. As you can probably imagine, the Vatican City is a very popular attraction.

It took us a few hours to explore the museum, there’s a huge amount to see and appreciate. I loved the Egyptian Room, I’ve been reading a history book on ancient Egyptians so I got to show off some of my new found knowledge to the boyfriend.

And of course, no first trip to the Vatican City is complete without stopping off at the Sistine Chapel. Here you can look upwards to the famous ceiling and gaze upon Michelangelo’s paintings. Make sure you keep an eye out the The Creation of Adam painting, arguably the most famous.

So those are all the touristy bits we got up to in Rome. There’s a lot to see and do, and even more delicious food to eat (here’s the link to the food post again). I’d love to go back and see everything I missed, as much as I tried there is simply not enough time to see it all in one trip.

Have you been to Rome before? What’s your favourite part?


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