Planning a trip to Italy and wondering how to spend 3 Days in Rome? Well, you’re in luck, because I’ve put together an amazingly thorough Rome travel guide for what to do, where to stay, the best places to visit, and loads more essential Rome travel tips! 

Rome is nothing short of spectacular, and three days in the Eternal City is a must-do mini-break. Sure, if you want to hit all the major sights in just a few days, it’s going to be busy and exhausting. But trust me, it’s SO worth it.

3 Days in Rome

Rome Skyline © neirfy

Rome is an assault to the senses – but a wonderful one. It’s noisy and vibrant, constantly humming, rapidly moving but in typical Italian style – still so laid back. It’s delicious and welcoming and so alive. It’s an enormous museum of remnants of the past, all so close you can reach out and literally touch a part of history. 

Roaming through Rome will leave you as satisfied as that enormous bowl of Roman pasta or those late-night Negroni’s in a dark, ultra-hip bar in the back alleys of the city.  So…shall we!? 


Arriving Into Rome

There are two airports in Rome, Fiumicino & Ciampino, and both are super easy to get to the city center from! While the majority of travelers will be flying into Fiumicino (the major airport for international arrivals), if you’re flying from within Europe on a budget airline like RyanAir, you’ll be flying into Ciampino airport. 

  • TRAIN – Book a Train From Fiumicino Aeroporto to Roma Termini” – This is always the best and easiest way to get into the city center (especially if you book accommodation near Termini. The trains are frequent, easy to navigate, and affordable. You can book in advance to save money, but it also would be really easy to just book a ticket same-day.    
  • BUS – Fiumicino Airport: Bus to/from Rome City Center Termini: The cheapest way to get to Rome is going to be by bus. Tickets are cheap, and you can book them at the airport for the same price. I only really recommend this option if you’re on a super small travel budget, and don’t want to spend any more money than you need. The journey will take about an hour but can take much longer if there’s traffic (which is unfortunately common in Rome). 
  • PRIVATE TRANSFER –  Rome Fiumicino Airport to Hotel: If you’re traveling with a family/ kids, and have a lot of luggage, this Viator deal is going to be your best bet! It’s budget-friendly, and they’ll drop you off at your hotel (which can come in handy if you decide to stay at a Rome hotel or Airbnb that isn’t close to the train station)

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Getting Around Rome 

Rome is a brilliant place for walking, but if your time here is brief and your feet are getting weary from pounding the cobblestones, there are tons of other ways to get around this massive city. 

Public transport in Rome

METRO –  Rome has a decent underground Metro network that stops at the majority of tourist destinations on this 3-day itinerary. With many stations with names like Colosseo, Musei Vaticani and Fontana di Trevi, it’s pretty easy to figure out and navigate around. 

BUS – Rome’s buses are also a cheap way to get around the city, albeit slightly more confusing than the Metro for non-Italian speakers. If you have access to data while you’re in Rome, Google Maps does a great job of offering bus routes that can get you to where you need to go. There are bus stops all over the city with the route numbers on it, and once you figure out how to take 1 bus ride, the rest is easy. 

Hop-On Hop-Off Bus – Like most major cities, Rome has a fantastic Hop-On Hop-Off bus network that allows you to hit all the sights at your own pace and for an affordable price. These particularly work well in Rome as there are SO many major tourist landmarks, monuments, and places of interest. While I personally think it’s best to walk as much as possible, with only 3 days in Rome, this would be a fun way to maximize your sight-seeing time. 

Getting Around Rome - 3 Days in Rome


Where to Stay in Rome For 3 Days

When I visit Rome for shorter visits, I always like to stay near Termini train station! It makes it super easy to check-in & out, is very well-connected to public transportation, and there are tons of awesome places to stay. Here are a few of my top picks and recommendations for Rome hotels: 

  • The Hive Hotel: With it’s immaculately clean rooms and luxurious modern design, it’s no surprise that the hive is consistently reviewed as being the best value in Rome!  Perfect location, tasty food, and excellent prices!  Definitely, the perfect way to begin your Italian holiday!
  • Hotel Impero: One of the best seller hotels in Rome! It’s located walking distance from the train station, has excellent prices, and comfortable rooms.  There’s a decent breakfast included, 24-hour reception, and it’s got a gorgeous furnished terrace overlooking Rome’s rooftops and the nearby Opera Theater.
  • Hostel Carlito: If you’re a backpacker on a tight budget in Rome and looking for a decent hostel, then this is exactly where I would stay!  It’s just a 10-minute walk from the station, has clean & comfortable rooms, and is one of the most affordable dorm beds in the city!

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Awesome AirBNBs in Rome for any budget

If you’re looking for a fan of renting apartments for a more local experience, then there are some incredible Airbnb’s in Rome! I’ve become a big fan of utilizing Airbnb while I travel a lot more in the past few years, as I think it’s a great way to experience the local life while still having a comfortable accommodation. It’s also a great way to support local people renting out their apartments instead of the bigger hotel chains.   

Trevi Fountain Luxury Home (Airbnb PLUS)

https://www.airbnb.com.au/rooms/5534126

Price: $50+ USD per night 

This conveniently located and beautiful luxury apartment is an absolute steal! It’s walking distance to some of Rome’s best attractions, has outstanding reviews, easy check-in process, and has everything you’d need for a comfortable stay.

Guest review: “Exceptional apartment with exceptional service. Would highly recommend Joey’s apartment. Located in a great location near the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain and Pantheon all within walking distance.” – Chris 

Rome Airbnb - 3 Days in Rome Itinerary


Romantic Suite Apartment near Colosseum and the Forum

https://www.airbnb.com.au/rooms/3308548

Price: $120+ USD per night 

Guest review: “The apartment was in a great location, very quiet little lane way and really handy to local attractions and restaurants. The bed was lovely and comfy and on our one cold day the heating made it super cosy. Lovely restaurants nearby including one that the host personally recommended and ended up being one of our faves – La Carbonara. Also the roof deck was great too! A nice surprise. Perfect communication from the friendly host who was very responsive to our questions during our stay.” – Victoria 

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The Ultimate 3-Day Rome Itinerary 

“Three days in Rome, I laid my heart out, I laid my soul down, I’ll always remember, Three days in Rome.” -Sheryl Crow


Rome Itinerary Day 1: The Colosseum, Roman Forum + more!

“You should see the Colosseum Spaniard. Fifty-thousand Romans… watching every movement of your sword… willing you to make that killer blow…” – Proximo, Gladiator

Rome is essentially one big museum, and if you love history, you’ll revel in a getaway to Rome. For your first full day in the Eternal City, a visit to some of the world’s most famous ancient landmarks – The Colosseum and the Roman Forum – is in order. Walk the same steps gladiators, empowers, peasants and wealthy Romans walked and immerse yourself in the Rome of old. 

A tour through both of these will take a good chunk of the morning & afternoon, and simply cannot be missed!


The Colosseum 

https://parcocolosseo.it/area/colosseo/

When we think of Rome, we think of the Colosseum, and seeing it in person is truly an out of body experience.  Whether during the day as a steady stream of traffic circles it, or at night as it glows from within, the Colosseum is the definition of breathtaking. It was the biggest amphitheater in the world when it was erected in 80AD, and where gladiators fought for their lives, spectators cheered and Roman leaders watched on. Be sure to sit awhile and take it all in, and definitely join a tour to get the full experience and inside access. (Keep reading for my Colosseum tour tips.)

Colosseum - 3 Days in Rome Itinerary


The Roman Forum 

https://parcocolosseo.it/area/foro-romano/

The Roman Forum also has an entry fee, but it’s worth every penny. This major landmark was once Rome’s central public square and the basis for everyday life for many Romans. It saw elections and major speeches, trials and executions and processions of Emperors. It was where friends and foes met and people bought and sold wares. Now it’s one of the world’s most iconic architectural sites, and 5 million tourists a year make their way through the relics that still remain. The Forum is literally a walk through ancient history. 

Roman Forum - Best 3-Day Rome itinerary


Tours for The Colosseum & The Roman Forum

 The Colosseum and Forum are located virtually next to each other, and tickets to enter both are generally bundled together, along with bonus included access to their neighbor Palatine Hill, another of Rome’s most ancient relics. The monuments are open most days of the year, with more limited hours in the winter months, but are typically always going to be really busy. It’s highly recommended to book a packaged combo for fast-track entrance and guided tours. 

I’ve been on a guided tour through the Colosseum twice now, and both times learned so much fascinating history and interesting fun facts. If you only book one tour while in Rome, make sure it’s one of these! 

  • Skip-the-Line Colosseum and Arena Floor Guided Tour: “Get privileged access to the Colosseum by skipping the long ticket line and spend more time inside Rome’s most famous monument. Listen to your expert English-speaking guide and discover the rich history of the landmark itself and ancient Rome. Standing since the 1st century, surviving earthquakes and stone robbers, the landmark could hold over 50,000 spectators who watched gladiator contests and other spectacles.  Visit the usually inaccessible arena floor of this monument, which is listed as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.” 

Colosseum - Rome, Italy - 3 Day Itinerary


La Bocca della Verita 

http://www.turismoroma.it/cosa-fare/bocca-della-verita

Now while you’re in the vicinity of the Colosseum and the Forum, you’re very close to one of Rome’s best kept secrets, La Bocca della Verita. 

Translating in English to “The Mouth of Truth”, La Bocca della Verita is a kitschy yet charming Roman tradition. For the cost of a gold coin donation, you can place your hand and arm in the “mouth” of the lion sculpture. Legend says that is you are an untruthful person, the lion will bite your hand off. The Mouth of Truth was immortalized in the classic film Roman Holiday (more on that later). Are you game? 


Take a stroll along the Tiber River at Sunset

This will always be one of the best free things to do in Rome and is an activity I did quite often when I lived in Italy! I’m obsessed with all the different bridges, beautiful buildings, and relaxing Roman vibes. While this walk is great at any time of the day, it’s particularly enjoyable during sunset, when the golden hour lighting hits the Roman monuments just right. It’s the best place to experience your first sunset in the Eternal City! 

I’d suggest beginning around Castel Sant’Angelo, and walking down to Ponte Sisto, which is the main entrance to Trastevere, my favorite neighborhood in Rome (more on that later). 

Tiber River- Rome in 3 Days


Enjoy a Bottle of Wine at the Trevi Fountain 

To conclude your first day in Rome, I’d suggest picking up a bottle of delicious Italian wine and some cheap glasses and make your way to the iconic Trevi Fountain. It’s arguably the best place in the city for some classic people-watching, meeting fellow travelers, and soaking up the lively atmosphere. 

Rome is a city that is filled with popular landmarks, and I think it’s quite nice to do a lot of sight-seeing during both the day and at night! The city does a great job at lighting up all the attractions, and the Trevi Fountain really must be seen at night. 

Trevi Fountain - What to see in Rome in 3 Days


Rome Itinerary Day 2: The Vatican, The Sistine Chapel & St Peter’s Basilica 

“I just love Rome. It really does cast a spell on you.” – Alec Baldwin 

Yesterday you experienced incredible relics of Ancient Rome for yourself, and today I hope you’re up bright and early to visit the home of the Catholic Church and one of the greatest museums in the world – the Vatican! Pass through the Vatican walls and you are in the presence of greatness. Put on your most comfortable shoes because these Vatican attractions will see you covering a lot of distance!

If you have time, I highly recommend either joining a Vatican tour group or splurging on a private tour for yourself. It will give you a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn so much about this amazing destination from the most informed guides in the business. If you can’t manage to fit a tour in, definitely pay for an audio guide to learn on the go as you make your way through the Vatican. 

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The Vatican Museums 

http://m.museivaticani.va

When people talk about visiting the “The Vatican”, they are more than likely talking about the Vatican Museums. which houses a collection of over 70,000 pieces of Christian artwork, including paintings, sculptures and masterpieces. The Vatican Museums were built in 1506 and welcome over 7 million visitors per year.

And speaking of masterpieces… 


The Sistine Chapel

http://m.museivaticani.va/content/museivaticani-mobile/it/collezioni/musei/cappella-sistina/storia-cappella-sistina.html

The pièce de résistance of the Vatican Museums is without a doubt Michelangelo’s mind-blowing Sistine Chapel. The Italian master worked for many years during the early 16th century, painting the chapel’s ceiling that still impresses today – beautifully maintained, protected and widely loved. When you are in the confines of the Sistine Chapel, you are in the place where the Church leaders enter “conclave” to elect a new Pope. If you happen to be in Rome on the rare occasion conclave is occuring, you obviously won’t have access to the Sistine Chapel but you will be in a city that is brimming with energy and excitement, as thousands upon thousands of visitors make the pilgrimage to St Peter’s Square to await the big announcement. 

Sistine Chapel - 3 Days in Rome Itinerary


St Peter’s Square & Basilica 

St Peter’s Basilica is the largest church in the world and located within Vatican City. Consecrated in 1626, this Catholic shrine is one of Rome’s most busy tourist attractions, welcoming visitors of all denominations to experience its majesty. It’s home to some of the Catholic Church’s most important artworks, including Michelangelo’s Pietà, the statue of St Peter and even the church itself. It’s recognizable “dome” was actually designed by the Church’s favorite artist Michelangelo.

St Peter’s Square is a sprawling plaza located in front of its famous Basilica. It’s renowned for its unique design and monuments, which include the central Egyptian Obelisk, fountains and enormous columns forming the iconic curved borders.

Did you know: The Vatican is its own independent country located within Rome with a permanent population of just 1000 people. However you don’t get citizenship in the Vatican by being born there. It is only given to those who reside in the Vatican for work or office. 

Vatican travel tip: If your week in Rome falls during the last week of the month, you’re in luck! The Vatican Museums offer free entry to the public until 2pm on the last Sunday of the month. 

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Piazza Del Popolo

https://www.rome.net/piazza-popolo

Located at the beginning of Via Flaminia, the Piazza del Popolo is where foreigners arrived in the city during the era of the Empire. 

While it may be a 35-minute walk from St. Peter’s Square, I’d suggest enjoying a leisurely stroll over to Piazza del Popolo after your day exploring the Vatican! It’s one of the largest and most visited squares in Rome, and marks the beginning (or end) of three major streets in Rome! Marvel at the massive Egyptian obelisk in the center of the piazza, head inside the identically looking churches Santa Maria dei Miracoli and Santa Maria in Montesanto, and soak up the splendid Renaissancemosphere. 

Piazza Del Popolo - 3 Days in Rome


Sunset in Villa Borghese

While standing in Piazza Popolo, look out for the staircase that leads up the Villa Borghese! This will lead to an absolutely stunning view of the square, and is also one of the best places to watch the sunset in Rome! If you’ve got some time to spare before the sunset, use that time by exploring Villa Borghese, one of Rome’s largest public parks. It’s a popular choice for joggers and cyclists to get in their daily exercise, but also a fantastic and relaxing place for tourists to experience during their visit to the Eternal City. It offers an escape from the chaotic streets with loads of things to do, gardens to explore, and is also completely free!   

What to do with 3 Days in Rome

The cityscape from Pincio Terrace, Villa Borghese park | Adobe Stock


Rome Itinerary Day 3: Rome’s Fountains, Castles & Churches

All roads lead to Rome.” – Roman proverb 

Your third and final day in Rome needs to be spent wandering through the parts of Rome that house some of the most ancient, important and beautiful remnants in all of Europe. 

Make sure to tick these landmarks off your bucket list as you make your way through the cobblestone streets Romans have walked for thousands of years…


Victor Emmanuel II Monument (Wedding Cake)

https://www.rome.net/monumento-vittorio-emanuele-ii

I’d reocmmend starting your third day in Rome at The Monumento Nazionale a Vittorio Emanuele II, also known as the “Altare della Patria” or funnily enough, “The Wedding Cake”. It’s one of the most eye-catching landmarks in the city, is centrally located, and is a fantastic photo opportunity. It has a panoramic terrace that offers marvelous views of the city, has the The Museum of the Risorgimento, which is a museum dedicated to the unification of Italy, and is simply a must-visit on your Rome itinerary! It’s open every day from 9:30 am – 7:30 pm (last admission at 6:45 pm).

Victor Emmanuel II Monument - 3 Days in Rome Itinerary


The Trevi Fountain 

http://www.turismoroma.it/cosa-fare/fontana-di-trevi

Rome’s largest and most visited fountain, The Trevi Fountain has stood in the heart of the city since 1762. No matter what time of the year you visit Rome, you’ll find tourists at the Baroque fountain’s edge, throwing coins over their left shoulder with their right hand into the water. This tradition is meant to ensure the coin thrower returns to Rome. Over $1 million dollars per year is thrown into the Trevi Fountain, and the city uses this money to give back to the needy. I’ve done this and I returned to Rome, so maybe there’s something to it?

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Piazza Navona 

http://www.turismoroma.it/piazza-navona

Another stunning Roman square, the Piazza Navona is a fantastic place to sit and take in the beauty of a historical pocket of the city while enjoying a strong Italian espresso at an al fresco table facing its famous fountains. Do you remember the scene in Angels & Demons where Tom Hanks tries to save the priest who is weighed down and pushed into the fountain? And others jump in to help? That fountain is the incredible Fountain of the Four Rivers (Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi) right in the centre of the Piazza Navona.  

Piazza Navona - How to spend 3 Days in Rome


The Spanish Steps 

http://www.turismoroma.it/it/scalinata-di-trinita-dei-monti

The Spanish Steps climb high above Rome’s central Piazza di Spagna, and the 174 steps are a heavily trafficked tourist hotspot that dates back to 1725. But these steps aren’t a space for visitors to sit and enjoy a coffee while people watching. As they are already crowded by a steady stream of people day and night, Rome’s city laws forbid taking a break on the steps. Get your photo and move along – there’ll be time to rest and eat gelato later!

Spanish Steps - 3 Days in Rome


The Rome Catacombs 

https://www.rome-museum.com/catacombs-of-rome.php

At the top of the Spanish Steps, you’ll find one of many of Rome’s Catacombs , the smaller Italian counterparts of the massive Parisian underground graveyard. Rome actually has quite a few Catacombs but many of the big ones are a fair distance from the rest of the city’s attractions. The creepy Capuchin Crypt is a few minutes walk from The Spanish Steps is the resting place of over 4000 Capuchin monks. Their bones were used to create elaborate displays within the crypt, which you can still see today. 


The Pantheon 

http://www.polomusealelazio.beniculturali.it/index.php?it/232/pantheon

A major church brimming with daily visitors, The Pantheon has stood tall and proud in the heart of Rome since 125AD, surviving wars, raids and the destruction of many other Roman relics. What makes the Pantheon so unique is its domed roof with a perfect 8m diameter circle cut in it. On a pleasant day, the rays of sunlight streaming through the dome and into the church makes for an unearthly experience. But don’t worry! When it rains, the clever design of the dome ensures it rarely makes it inside.

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Castel Sant’Angelo

http://castelsantangelo.beniculturali.it

Rome’s most famous castle is in fact a mausoleum commissioned by the Emperor Hadrian in 123AD as a tomb for himself and his family. Almost 2000 years on, the Castel Sant’Angelo is now a strong symbol of Rome and a fantastic museum to enjoy. 

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3 Days in Rome Travel Tips

  • Rome tends to be a bit expensive, so take advantage of special deals or bundled packages when and where you can. If you are a full-time student or concession holder, be sure to flash your card as this can result in a significant discount off entry fee to major attractions as well as a percentage off many store purchases. 
  • While Rome is a relatively safe city and on par with Paris or London in terms of crime rates, be aware of your surroundings at all times – especially when on the Metro or at well-known tourist spots. The big attractions are unfortunately magnets for scammers, thieves and pickpockets who can pick a tourist out from a mile away. 
  • Speaking of scammers, walk away from anyone trying to give you a rose, a bracelet (or anything really) in Rome. This is a common scam that can spell trouble – just walk away and don’t take anything from anyone on the street! 
  • If you’ll be zipping around Rome on a Vespa, whether you’re the driver or the passenger don’t forget to include motorbike travel as an optional extra on your travel insurance. Trust me – just pay the extra fee and get it. The alternative in the case of an accident is not pretty – and hella expensive.
  • Things in Rome don’t always run to plan. Romans seize the moment, and this applies to most areas of their lives. Driving, parking, eating, drinking, laughing – they do it all with gusto and passion. If you’re a traveler that prefers to run to a strict schedule, Rome is the place to throw caution to the wind and just relax! When in Rome, do as the Roman’s do! 

Where to Get a Drink in Rome | Rome Nightlife

While this “3 Days in Rome Itinerary” is chalked full of museums, churches, and historical landmarks – you simply can’t visit Rome without experiencing its vibrant nightlife by wandering the streets & checking out some of Rome’s best bars!  I could write a ton about this subject, but here’s a few to start with!

Campo Di Fiori

During the day Campo di Fiori is widely visited by tourists and locals alike to visit its colorful flower, fruit and vegetable market, but at night it transforms into one of the main nightlife hubs in the city. It’s a large rectangular piazza, and has wide selection of bars to grab a drink! It’s super fun, busy, and a great place to meet fellow travelers! I spent a lot of time here during my study abroad days, and it’s pretty common for people to bring their own alcohol and just hang out in the square (as it’s always packed)

While the younger crowd prefer spots like “The Drunken Ship” or “Sloppy Sams”, there are several other more relaxed places to grab a drink as well. You can check out this article on different Bars in Campo Di Fiori if you want to pick out one that suits your style!


The Jerry Thomas Project

https://www.thejerrythomasproject.it/en/regole/

Few small and cozy bars in Rome attain the interest The Jerry Thomas Project has thanks to their secret members-only policy.  It requires a 5 Euro membership fee, an advanced booking that can ONLY be made by telephone AND a daily password that is hidden on their website homepage. Designed in an old-timey speakeasy style, the cocktails here are not just made – they’re crafted. The whole experience is slightly over the top (I’m not kidding – there’s a list of further rules of entry on their website), but it’s so cool and unique it’s totally worth adding it to your 3 Days in Rome itinerary!


Club Derrière 

https://www.facebook.com/clubderriereroma/

Decked out in the style of a 1920’s jazz bar, Club Derrière really has earned its spot on so many lists of Rome’s best bars. Its location is hidden in the back of a restaurant and can only be found on a dark and tiny backstreet near The Pantheon. The cocktails, atmosphere and live music is worth the hunt for the elusive Club Derrière door. 


Stravinskij Bar

https://www.roccofortehotels.com/hotels-and-resorts/hotel-de-russie/restaurant-and-bar/stravinskij-bar/

If the weather is warm when you’re in Rome (luckily, that’s much of the year), make a beeline for Stravinskij Bar for delicious bar snacks and amazing drinks all served al fresco in their luxurious private garden and piazza. It’s located within the elegant Hotel de Russie near the Piazza del Popolo and is fun, lively and chic. It’s also a way to enjoy a visit to this celebrity hotspot hotel without paying the price to stay there. 


Shopping in Rome 

All tired out from seeing the many monuments, landmarks, churches and fountains of Rome? Take a break from the tourist trail and hit the shops – Roman style! 

It will come as no surprise that Rome is incredible for shopping. After all, the rest of Italy is a shoppers paradise, so the capital will blow you away. Here are a few Rome shopping destinations to spend some Euros… 

  • Via del Corso: Arguably Rome’s most well known shopping street, The Via del Corso is located right in the heart of Rome near to many of the city’s major attractions.  Wander the narrow street that is jam-packed with a mix of upmarket boutiques and affordable chain stores. 
  • Via Condotti: Situated by the Spanish Steps, Via Condotti is the place to be and be seen. Expect lots of designer names from Italy and abroad.
  • Via dei Coronari: A traditional ambling Roman street near the Piazza Navona, Via dei Coronari is a magnet for shoppers who come for its unique gift and souvenir stores and fantastic gelaterias, cafes and pizzerias. Ancient and gorgeous, Via dei Coronari is a terrific place to spend some down time in Rome.
  • Porta Portese Market: This flea market is held every Sunday, so if your three days in Rome fall over a weekend, head down to Porta Portese Market. Located in the Trastevere area, Porta Portese Market is the place to find a beautiful preloved Roman bargain to take home with you. Clothes, shoes, homewares, antiques, books and jewellery are on offer across hundreds of stalls. 
  • Campo de Fiori: This fresh food market is held in the central Piazza of the same name every day. Stallholders sell flowers and fresh produce, continuing the square’s historical use that dates back to the 15th century. Hang around after the daytime market and experience the Campo Di Fiori nightlife, which boasts great bars and amazing restaurants. 

More Fun Things To Do in Rome in 3 Days

Maybe this is your second visit to the city, or if you’ve got some more time to explore the city! Here are a few more ideas on fun activities/ attractions to add your Rome itinerary! 

Explore Rome on a Vespa 

“When in Rome, do as the Romans do.” – 4th century AD proverb  

One of the most striking things about Rome is the sheer number of beautiful Italian Vespas on each and every street. They are stacked up on display in an array of eye-catching colors and will make you want to move to Rome and spend your days zipping around on your own. If you have the proper licenses and certifications, consider renting a Vespa for a fun twist. But be warned. Italian drivers – Romans in particular – are notorious for their crazy, fast driving and relaxed attitude to road rules. They make it work, but that doesn’t mean you will manage without a panic attack or ten. You can still experience Italian scooter fun while leaving it to the professionals and instead opt for a Vespa tour of Rome. I recommend this highly-rated Airbnb Vespa Experience: 

https://www.airbnb.com/experiences/391866?location=Rome%2C%20Italy&source=p2

Price: $125+ USD (3-hour tour) 

Review: “We were blown away by this tour! We knew it would be fun, and we would see a lot but we had no idea just how much we would see. The guides were funny and informative and stopped for several photo opps! He made up a route for us, but we had the option to pick and choose places we wanted to see. It was customized for us and we enjoyed every minute! Definitely an experience of a lifetime!” – Brooke, U.S.A


Another option would be to book this similar tour via Rome Vespa Tour on Viator. “Hop on the back of a classic Vespa scooter and sightsee your way around central Rome! Taking the hassle out of navigating Rome’s complex streets, your expert guide will drive and manage the logistics, letting you sit back, relax and enjoy the sights.”

Watch the video below to see if this would be something you’d be interested in doing yourself!


Try the Gelato at Ciampini

During my very first visit to Rome, my cousin (who had been living in Italy for years) took me to this small restaurant and gelateria called Ciampini Roma! It’s still to this day the best gelato I’ve ever tried in the entire world, and I’d highly recommend adding this place to your Rome itinerary! It’s located about a 5-10 minute from Piazza de Spagna and the Pantheon, so make sure you make a quick pitstop here! 

My favorite flavors are Pistacchio, Crema, and Nocciola.  The staff are always super friendly, and will let sample as many flavors as you want! 


Mercato Centrale Roma 

Conveniently located inside the Roma Termini train station, Mercato Centrale is an incredible new culinary endeavor that offers its visitors a wide range of authentic Roman food from a variety of artisan vendors! Think of it as a one-stop-shop to try some real, authentic, and delicious Italian cuisine! Whether you start off your Italian food explorations here upon arriving at the Termini, or grab a quick stop here before heading back to the airpor, I’d highly recommend walking through and trying some of their products! 

From tasty Italian pizza, unique pasta, mouthwatering suppli, truffles, unbeatable tiramisu, and heaps more – it’s a fantastic destination forr your Italian food bucket list! Givea quick read through my article 9+ Italian Dishes to Feast on in Rome to give you some ideas and recommendations on more of their products!  

Mercato Centrale Roma - Where to eat in Rome 3 Days


5 Movies to Watch for your Roman Holiday Inspiration

Rome is a favourite setting for filmmakers. And why wouldn’t it be? The city’s beauty sells itself. Here’s 5 films set in Rome to get you in the mood for your big Italian adventure.

  • Roman Holiday (1953)The Audrey Hepburn classic was filmed in Rome and the city still has nods to it all over the place. Keep your eyes peeled for Roman Holiday odes when you are wandering the streets of Rome yourself! 
  • Angels & Demons (2009)The follow-up to The Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons this time transports you to Rome and the Vatican for a scavenger hunt with an incredible backdrop. You’ll recognise so many of the filming locations when you explore Rome for yourself. 
  • To Rome With Love (2012)If you are a fan of Woody Allen’s filmmaking tour of Europe (Vicki Cristina Barcelona, Midnight in Paris), this time take a trip to the Italian capital with To Rome With Love. 
  • Gladiator (2000)So it wasn’t exactly filmed in Rome, and the Rome depicted in it is mostly CGI, but the blockbuster Gladiator restores Rome to its original glory and has some pretty epic gladiator battle scenes too. 
  • When in Rome (2010)A sickly sweet rom-com that is very far fetched, When in Rome is worth a watch just for the beautiful setting, showcasing many of Rome’s iconic landmarks. 

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Am I Missing Anything from My 3 Days in Rome Itinerary?

While I do think this is one of the best and action-packed Rome itineraries on the internet, I’d love to hear from you to see if I need to add anything to this travel guide! Rome is such a marvelous city, and I miss living there so much! Just after writing and compiling all this information has got me planning my own return to the Eternal City!

Have you been to Rome recently? What was your favorite thing to do, restaurant, tour, or anything you loved about your visit? I’d love to know! 

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