In this post we want to offer you the best route to discover the main points of interest in Rome over three days.
On your first day in the city of Rome, we suggest you start at the Flavian Amphitheater, known as the Colosseum, which owes its name to a colossal statue located nearby. It is the largest amphitheater in the world. It had a capacity of 55,000 spectators and was where gladiatorial contests and the Roman Games were held.
The entrance to the Colosseum allows you to visit the Palatine and the Roman Forum, which was the center of the political and commercial life of Rome.
Then take Via dei Fori Imperiali to reach the Trajan’s Market. It was the first covered shopping center in history with more than 150 commercial stores. It currently houses the Museum of Imperial Forums.
Continue the journey to the Mouth of Truth. It is a sewer cover from ancient Rome currently located on the facade of the Basilica of Santa Maria in Cosmedin. Legend has it that women accused of adultery who put their right hand in the “mouth” saw their fingers cut if they had lied.
Then cross the Tiber Island to reach the Trastevere neighbourhood, where the first day finishes. The neighbourhood is full of restaurants and places of interest. Some of them are Santa Maria Square in Trastevere with the Basilica of the same name, the San Calixto Palace and the church of Santa Cecilia.
Today you can start the day in Piazza del Popolo, where the three main arteries of the historic center of Rome meet. The two twin churches of Santa Maria dei Miracoli and Santa María de Montesanto, the two fountains by Valadier and the Obelisk Flaminio, the oldest in the city, stand out.
A few meters away we find the Villa Borghese Park, which surrounds the Villa of the same name. It is a magnificent place to walk and enjoy beautiful views of the city, for example from the Pincio Terrace.
From there we take Via Condotti, Via del Corso and Via Frattina to discover the luxury shops and artist workshops. Enjoy the busy Piazza di Spagna and its beautiful travertine marble staircase, at the foot of which is the Fontana della Barcaccia, the work of Bernini.
The next stop is the famous Trevi Fountain, in the center of Neptune, flanked by two newts. Don’t forget to toss a coin if you want to return to Rome.
From there we go to El Panteón, which stands out for its dome and its “oculus”, a circular opening that illuminates the interior of the building. In the event of rain, the water falls from the oculus and disappears through the 22 holes in the pavement.
Then we go to Plaza Navona, which currently houses artists and painters, and where we also find the Church of Santa Inés in Agony and the Fiumu Fountain.
We finish our tour at Sant’Angelo Castle, located in front of the Tiber River. It was a former papal residence and prison, but currently houses a collection of ceramics and minor works of paintings and sculptures. From its Terrace of the Angel it offers magnificent views of the city of Rome.
Our last day in Rome starts with a visit to the Vatican. It is highly recommended to buy the tickets in advance to avoid long queues. In this city-state, there is the St. Peter’s Basilica, the magnificent Sistine Chapel and several museums. The Vatican Library, the Chiaramonti Museum, the Gregorian Etruscan Museum, the Pio Clementino Museum and the Pinacoteca, among others.
Then take the metro to San Giovanni to see the Basilica of Saint John Lateran, one of the most impressive churches in the city whose interior was transformed by Borromini. The cloister stands out, with beautiful twisted columns and Cosmati decoration.
Our next stop is the Basilica of San Clemente, which houses various treasures, the 12th century mosaic of the Triumph of the Cross and the frescoes in the Chapel of Santa Catalina.
As Rome is the city of churches, we finish the visit in the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, the most important of the Roman churches dedicated to the Virgin.