How to Conquer Rome in Three Days

Rome is a busy city with so many things to see and do, making it difficult to explore in just three days but not impossible. Here’s how to do it…

1. Divide and conquer

If you’re visiting Rome for just a couple of days, divide the city and anchor each day with one of the two major sites: Colosseum/Forum and the Vatican. The Colosseum, Roman Forum, Piazza Navona, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon and Spanish Steps can all be done in one day, while the Vatican Museums, St Peter’s and Trastevere can be done in another.

2. Beat the queues

If you’re short on time, the last thing you want to do is waste time queuing in the heat. Unsurprisingly, the Colosseum, Roman Forum and the Vatican Museums/Sistine Chapel have the worst queues. It’s worth getting up early to hit these first thing. Alternatively, you might want to book tickets in advance, either individually or as part of a tour.

3. Hop-on, hop-off

So many bus companies in Rome offer 24, 48 and 72-hour hop-on, hop-off tours of the city. Joining any one of these is a great way to see all of the city’s most celebrated attractions in just a short amount of time.

4. Long days sightseeing take their toll on the body so it’s important that you get enough sleep and stay hydrated during your visit to Rome. Also, don’t forget to smother yourself in sunscreen and wear comfortable shoes – you’re going to spend a lot of time walking along the city’s cobblestone streets!

Have you got any advice of your own for conquering Rome in just a few days? Let me know in the comments!



    1. Thanks! I really enjoyed your post too. I actually returned from Rome to days ago and totally agree with a lot of what you said, but especially St. Peter’s Basilica – it’s such a beautiful church, and SO BIG!

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