Rome in three days or maybe four or five? Discover the most interesting things to visit in the capital during your long weekend!
Rome in 3, 4, 5 days: the perfect time period to explore the capital's city at its best.
Every corner of this city, in fact, hides precious attractions, monuments from the distant past, but also museums and curious places that hide stories and legends.
In this article, we thought we would tell you what to visit in Rome in three days (or more) including lesser-known attractions.
Rome in 3, 4 or 5 days: the things not to miss
Enclosing in a list, no matter how well-filled, an itinerary of Rome in 3 days (or even 4 and 5) is no easy task.
We at Visit Italy, who have always been in love with promoting this extraordinary city, would write never-ending lists of things to do and visit!
That is why, in the next paragraphs, you will find some attractions that you surely know and others, on the other hand, that are real gems of the city.
Find out with us what you can't miss during your three days in Rome (or even more!).
15. Visit the largest existing Amphitheater
Not only is the Colosseum the symbol of the city. It is also the largest Roman amphitheater in existence.
Its size, in fact, makes it more imposing than the one in Capua and the one in Milan.
Yet, we are well aware that millions of visitors are fascinated by this extraordinary monument not only because of its size. There is much more enclosed within those centuries-old walls: art, architecture and, above all, an extraordinary history.
14. Rome in three days? Explore the heart of the ancient capital
How many postcards of Rome have the Roman Forum as their subject? Its ruins, imposing and marvelous, will move you to the core.
Like an ecosystem, this ancient square is surrounded by monuments, temples, churches and palaces. This was indeed the center of Rome's political, commercial and economic life.
Thanks to the new night lighting, you can walk the striking Via dei Fori even at night and be dazzled by the wonder of history.
13. Visit the oldest core of the city
The Palatine Hill itself was the silent witness to the origin of the city. A small village of a few huts that, over the centuries, became so important that it was called "caput mundi."
You will be able to walk down this hill and stroll through the ruins of the imperial city. In front of you, you can see the ancient residences of emperors, even that of Augustus, but also the remains of ancient houses and temples.
After all, this was one of the most sacred places in the city.
12. If you have more than 3 days in Rome, discover the art collection collected by the Popes
3 days or, even better, 4 or 5 days are perfect for exploring Rome.
In fact, you will have time to devote to visiting one of the most visited museums in the world, the Vatican Museums.
Inside, you will be able to observe Egyptian, Greek, Hellenistic and Roman works of art, as well as masterpieces of more recent art history. Not to mention that, at the end of your visit, you will observe the greatest fresco of all time, housed inside the famous Sistine Chapel.
11. See one of the most amazing museums in the capital city
In the heart of one of Rome's most extensive parks is the splendid Borghese Gallery.
You will find immense masterpieces from the past, bearing the signatures of Titian, Canova, but also Bernini and Caravaggio.
This is undoubtedly an essential stop of your three day visit in Rome (or more).
10. Walk down the most famous staircase in Rome.
Anyone who has visited Rome has longed to walk the monumental Spanish Steps of Trinità dei Monti.
Made famous by Hollywood films such as Roman Holiday, it is one of the most beloved places in Rome.
During the summer, the steps are a great place to enjoy the warm atmosphere of Rome, sit on the steps and watch passersby, while during the winter months it is still a lovely place to stroll and admire the city from above.
9. The famous keyhole
At the highest part of the Aventine Hill, between the Giardino degli Aranci (Orange Garden) and the entrance to the Villa of the Priory of Malta, there is the famous keyhole, from which St. Peter's can be seen. The view can even cross 3 states: Italy, then the order of Malta and, finally, the Vatican State.
The particular view from the keyhole is not accidental, in fact it is a fake (there is no key to open it but it is just an idea to admire the dome).
However, it is one of the most curious things you will have the opportunity to visit in Rome in 3 days: you will find it in Piazza dei Cavalieri di Malta.
8. Visit the Risorgimento Memorial with a stunning view
The Janiculum (Gianicolo in Italian) is a Roman hill located near Trastevere. In 1849 the battle between Garibaldi and the French army for the defense of the Roman Republic took place here.
Today it is a public park and memorial of the Risorgimento; from its spectacular Belvedere, the Pantheon, the Synagogue, the Altar of the Fatherland, the domes of numerous churches and Villa Borghese are clearly distinguishable.
The most interesting sites on the Janiculum Hill are the Acqua Paola Fountain, the Church of San Pietro in Montorio (with Bramante's small temple in its courtyard), and the Garibaldi monument.
7. Discover the small sacred island
The Tiber Island is also called the Island of the Two Bridges, since it is connected to the mainland precisely by two bridges. It is most famous for the presence of the Fatebenefratelli Hospital, but also for some legends about its origin.
According to one of these, the island was born in 509 when the last king of Rome, Tarquinius Superbus, was ousted and the people threw their grain store into the Tiber. It was so huge that it even formed an island!
6. Explore Mincio Square and its iconic neighborhood
Mincio Square is surrounded by the Art Nouveau architecture of the Coppedè District.
The latter is named after its architect who designed it between 1915 and 1927 in Art Nouveau style, with Gothic, Baroque and medieval infiltrations.
At the entrance to the neighborhood, consisting of 26 apartment buildings and 17 cottages, is an archway with a large wrought-iron chandelier.
Mincio Square defines the space with the Fountain of Frogs: then there are the Palazzina del Ragno and the Villino delle Fate.
A visit you absolutely cannot miss if you have more than 3 days in Rome!
5. Stroll through the beautiful Savello Park, with one of the most beautiful views of the city
Savello Park, better known as the Orange Garden, is located Ripa neighborhood. The trees that give it its name were planted in memory of St. Dominic, who precisely founded his own convent here.
The park was designed in 1932 by architect Raffaele De Vico, who enhanced the space enclosed within the ancient walls. In the enclosure wall, on the side opposite the side wall and apse of Santa Sabina, traces of the towers and drawbridge of the castle are clearly recognizable. The view from the belvedere stretches from the Tiber to St. Peter's Basilica.
4. Observe the iconic villa of Renaissance architecture
Located via della Lungara, Villa della Farnesina or Chigi, is a symbol of the Renaissance and Raphael’s art.
It was the private residence of banker Agostino Chigi between 1505 and 1520, called Palazzo del Giardino, where he created a paradise with officinal and exotic plants and classical statues.
The villa is known for the frescos inside painted by Raffael and others: there is the Galatea’s Loggia (or Winter’s Loggia) with the frescos of Galatea and Polyphemus and the Chigi’s Horoscope; the Amore e Psyche's Loggia (painted by Raffael and his colleagues) tells the episodes of Apuleio’s fable.
3. Walk through the Vicus Sceleratus, one of the most picturesque places
If you have more than 4 or 5 days in Rome, come and visit the Vicus Sceleratus.
It is also called the Scalinata or Salita dei Borgia, and is located in a quiet spot on the Esquiline Hill. In fact, they look down the steps at what are considered to be the ancient residences of the Borgias.
Going up the alley and past the archway of the staircase, one comes to the Basilica of San Pietro in Vincoli, where Michelangelo's majestic Moses is kept.
2. Via Piccolomini and the optical illusion
Via Niccolò Piccolomini (Aurelio district) is the site of a magic: the closer you get to the dome of St. Peter's, the more, to your eyes, it seems distant and small and vice versa.
This mystery can be experienced either on foot or by transportation.
Without a doubt, it is one of the streets to visit in Rome in 3 days!
1. Rome in 3, 4, 5 days: do not miss this palace in the Eur district
In the EUR district, the Palace of Italian Civilization, better known as the Square Coliseum, is the symbol of twentieth-century architecture in the capital. It reproduces the sequence of arches as many as two hundred and sixteen times in its four elevations.
The palace was designed and built for the 1942 International Exhibition in Rome, but work was halted, as was the event itself, due to the outbreak of war. However, the Palace was completed after the war.
Under the arches are twenty-eight marble statues depicting arts and human activities celebrating Italic genius. Above stands the inscription:
"People of poets, artists, heroes, saints, thinkers, scientists, navigators and migrators"
Today it houses the headquarters of Maison Fendi.
What other attractions to visit in Rome in three days or more?