Rome in 3 days: the best itinerary


This practical guide to Rome in 3 days It will allow you to explore the main points of interest of one of the most beautiful and most historic cities in the world, which we are sure, will surprise you at every step.
Rome is a city that during the Roman Empire dominated the world for centuries and today there are still many monuments and buildings that appear in all the history books and in which, when you visit them, you will feel part of it.
The city is also full of old churches, beautiful squares, charming neighborhoods, craft shops, parks, large museums and restaurants, so if you want to visit all the most tourist and important places in Rome we recommend you to optimize every day's routes To not miss anything.
Based on the days we spent in the city on our two trips to the Eternal City, Rome in 6 days and Rome on a weekend, we have prepared an itinerary to see Rome in three days and not miss anything.

How to go from the airport to the center of Rome

There are two main airports to reach Rome, the most important being the Rome-Fiumicino airport or Leonardo da Vinci Airport, located 30 kilometers from Rome and where most international and low-cost flight companies land. The second with more traffic is the Ciampino airport, operates Ryanair flights and is located at a similar distance from Rome than Fiumicino.
There are several ways to go from the airport to the center of Rome:

  • Bus: Terravision buses make the journey from the two airports to Termini station, in about 40 minutes for a price of 5 euros, 9 euros round trip ... Buses tend to be synchronized with flights, so you will not have Than wait a long time.
  • Train: In Ciampino you must first take a bus that will leave you at Ciampino station and from there a train to Termini, in total you will pay less than 3 euros but you will lose a lot of time. In Rome Fiumicino you have the Leonardo Express service that goes directly to Termini Station, they leave every 30 minutes and the trip is about 30 minutes. The price is 14 euros per person and route.
  • Cab: They have a fixed rate to the center, in Fiumicio it is about 50 euros and Ciampino of 30 euros, although it is better to confirm beforehand the price if you want to be left at the hotel.
  • Direct transfer to the hotel: This is the most comfortable, fast and at a good price, to go to your hotel in Rome from either of the two airports. They will wait for you at the airport with a sign with your name and you will only have to worry about getting in the car and enjoying the trip. You can book it here.

You can find more detailed information about the transfer in this post on how to go from Fiumicino Airport to Rome and in this post on how to go from Ciampino Airport to Rome.

Recommended accommodation for Rome

The two times we have traveled to Rome we have stayed very close to the Termini station, located just over a kilometer from the Colosseum and the historic center of Rome. The two hotels and this area are recommended above all to save time, since the station communicates directly with the airport and also the price is much cheaper than the hotels in the historic center, also having a perfect location.

On the first trip to Rome in 6 days we stayed at the Hotel Cherubini, a basic hotel according to its economic price. Something that we have to keep in mind is that Rome is a very expensive city in accommodation, so the average usually exceeds the standards, especially if you want to stay in the downtown area.
On the second trip we stayed at the UNA Hotel, more expensive than the previous one, although with a better value, with a great breakfast and very friendly staff. If you want to stay in a neighborhood with more tradition in Rome in 3 days we recommend the Residenza San Calisto, located in a historic building a few meters from the Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere.
You can expand the accommodation information by reading this post about the best neighborhoods and hotels to stay in Rome.

Other tips for traveling to Rome

Other recommendations for Rome in three days that will help you prepare your trip to the eternal city are:

  • Arrive a little before dawn to see the most essential places in the city such as the Trevi Fountain or the Colosseum, without people.
  • If you don't want to waste a lot of time queuing and save money, we recommend you book the OMNIA Vatican & Rome Card. This tourist card allows you free and waiting access to the main attractions of Rome, including the Colosseum, the Roman Forum and the Vatican Museums. It also has good discounts on 30 other attractions in the city and unlimited use of public transport.
  • Check the prices of the cards and drinks, before sitting at any terrace or restaurant located near a tourist attraction.
  • Use the N26 card to pay and the BNEXT card to get money, they will not charge you commission and you will have the current change.
  • To learn more about the history and curiosities of the city you can book this free tour of Rome or this free tour of mysteries and legends, located both among the best free tours in Rome for free with a guide in Spanish.

For more recommendations you can consult this post of tips to travel to Rome essential.

Rome guide in one day

The first day of the Rome route in 3 days Start leaving the hotel in the direction of one of the seven wonders of the world and the most visited monument in the city, the Colosseum. To enter this amphitheater where gladiatorial fights were celebrated among many other leisure events for the people, is to go back 2000 years in time and relive the era of maximum splendor of the Roman Empire. It can be visited from 8:30 in the morning, so it is advisable to get there before this time to be able to take a picture with few people and be among the first in line.
The Roman Colosseum has free admission on the first Sunday of each month, although it can take up to 3 hours to enter due to the large number of people that accumulate this day at the entrance, something to take into account especially if you have few days to visit the city. Another alternative that sometimes works is to buy the joint entry in the forum, where there is less queue.
A good option to learn more about history and skip the line is to book this tour with a guide in Spanish that includes the Forum and Palatine or this offer that includes the Vatican.
More information in this article of the Roman Colosseum, skip-the-line tickets and guided tour.

Route of Rome in 3 days