Guide to Seeing Rome in 3 Days
Rome, called the Eternal City, is rich in history, culture and civilization. One can reach Rome by air, rail and road. Anyone embarking on a Mediterranean cruise will most likely fly in or out of Rome. The port by the sea for Rome is Civitavecchia. 80 km northwest of Rome, Civitavecchia is a 1-2 hour trip by rail or road. It is an opportunity not to be missed to take in at least some of the sights of Rome as a pre-, post- or as an excursion during your Mediterranean cruise.
Rome is an extraordinary capital, and it can take weeks or more to get in all the sites, cuisine, and culture. Travelling can often be stressful when visiting a place that has so much to offer. This list will pinpoint the absolute best places to visit if time is of the essence.
Day 1 - Vatican, St. Peter’s, Trastevere
To get the most out of your day, start early! You’ll want to arrive at the Vatican in the morning to beat the crowds. Be sure to dress humbly in reverence of the religious city-state. Take an early walk and explore the global city streets. You can sit on the gorgeous Spanish Steps and take in the ethos, and people-watch before beginning your adventure. Next, head over to the Vatican museums. There are over 54 Christian and art galleries within the city, and the collections are stunning. Be sure to visit the Sistine Chapel, which holds the striking ceiling art done by legendary artist, Michelangelo. Once you’ve gotten your fill of art, stop by Via delle Grazie and grab some lunch. To top your day off, have some fun at the beautiful neighborhood Trastevere. If possible, check out the award-winning La Gatta Buia, they have an unbelievable Fiori di zucca!
Day 2 - Colosseum, Palatine Hill, Roman Forum
The best way to begin your second day is to hop aboard the Metropolitana (subway) and take a ride to the Colosseo station. Once you've arrived, stop by the ticket counter and purchase your one ticket that will grant access to the Colosseum, Palatine Hill,and the Roman Forum (If possible, avoid first Sundays)! Be sure to do some research on this ancient wonder beforehand so that you understand what you’re exploring. There are many spigots throughout the area with fresh water, grab a bottle before leaving. Now, it’s time to hike up the Palatine Hill! It may be wise to get a private tour if possible. The views from the hill towers are stunning and overlook the Roman Forum and Circus Maximus. On your way back, keep left to arrive at the Forum to take in even more majestic views. Grab some dinner and get some rest for your final day!
Day 3 – Pantheon, Largo di Torre Argentina, Piazza Navona
Begin your last day with an espresso and head over to the Trevi fountain. Keep with tradition and toss in a coin for good luck! Next, head over to the Pantheon church. While there, be sure to be respectful and keep your voice low. After a good lunch, stroll over to Largo di Torre Argentina, which is also known as a cat sanctuary. The cats are well taken care of by a local charity, and feeding them is prohibited. Lastly, we have Piazza Navona to explore. This elegant showcase Square in Rome is built on the Stadium of Domitian. If possible, visit at sunset as the sight of the Square is awe-inspiring.
Now that you’ve accomplished an impressive three-day tour, enjoy a great glass of wine and rest up before heading back from this wonderous city or heading on to Civitavecchia to embark your next adventure on your luxury Mediterranean cruise!
About the writer:
Nancy Holmes Ploener is a Luxury Cruise Advisor with Suite Dream Cruises, LLC, an affiliate of Gifted Travel Network- a Virtuoso member agency. She works one-on-one with clients who want to enjoy the journey as much as the destination. Her specialty is helping her clients see the world from the vantage of luxury cruising.