Rome is one of those cities where you could spend three days and feel like you’ve been there a lifetime. This is not a rag on the city but rather a testament to how incredibly dense the city is with places to see and things to do!
While it’s generally good to aim for between 3-4 days in the capital, do consider extending your trip if you can and visit some of the areas surrounding Rome.
A good way to approach your travels to Rome is to check off the “big stuff” on Day 1 so you have more time to relax and enjoy the rest of your time in the city.
On day one, hit the big sites in the city center: you can see the Pantheon, the Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona, and Campo de Fiori without even breaking a sweat. Get a spot of lunch in one of the piazzas and then take a walk down the Tevere river towards Trastevere.
Here you can meander the rest of the evening, soaking in the little neighborhood where it feels like you’re stepping back in time. Get dinner at Tonnarello for an amazing Cacio e Pepe and then walk next door to Piazza di Santa Maria Trastevere where you can find Romans and tourists alike enjoying a nice evening out.
Depending on what you’re more interested in, I would take day two to either:
- Spend the day walking, biking, rollerblading, scootering, etc. around Villa Borghese. After you’re done with your walk, there’s a great pizza and pasta place called Al Forno della Soffita that can satisfy all your carbohydrate desires.
Use Day 3 to finally see the Colosseum. To be honest, you don’t need to even go inside the Colosseum, it’s really just as incredible from the outside. To get the best view, go to this bridge which offers the most optimal angle for photographs! Take the rest of the day to explore Monti and all its little vintage and second-hand shops, you will not be disappointed by the food in the area either, try Ce Stamo a Pensà.
Then, have a little rest at your accommodation if you need it and gear up for a fun night. Hop on the 3 tram or the green line metro and go to San Lorenzo to explore this quirky area and experience the unique nightlife.
If you want to go somewhere in Rome that’s truly unique, hop on the metro’s blue line and head south towards the EUR district in Rome. This district is considered Rome’s financial area but feels almost otherworldly. Its bold modern architecture, influenced by fascist ideology, is a complete 180 from Rome’s city center. The best way to explore this area is to wander around and google monuments, features, and buildings you find along the way.
When you head back to the city, take the same metro line and make a stop in Ostiense for some sushi at Issho Sushi Amazoniko, then head over to Taba Beat Ostiense for a coffee and admire the smog-eating mural.