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How to Spend 3 Days in Rome

How to Spend 3 Days in Rome

With three days in Rome, there’s time to check off all the must-see sights and also explore a little farther afield. Look out for sightseeing passes and super saver deals offering discounts on combined tours, and then splash out on one or two unforgettable experiences. Here’s how to spend three days in Rome.

Day 1: Discover Historic Rome

To get the lay of the land, you may want to start things off with a comprehensive full-day Rome tour or opt for a special VIP experience at a top landmark, such as breakfast at the Vatican or a night tour of the Colosseum. For independent travelers, a hop-on hop-off bus tour is a great way to get around, offering the convenience of a tour while leaving you free to decide where to go and how long to stay at each stop. Spend the morning touring the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica, then continue to the Colosseum and Roman Forum. Be sure to book skip-the-line tickets, as wait times can be more than two hours at peak times. Finally, hop off at popular photo stops like the Spanish Steps and the Trevi Fountain.

Day 2: Take a Day Trip

Many of Italy’s top attractions can be visited on a day trip from Rome, so you have options. To maximize your time, opt for a full-day tour that visits multiple destinations. Perhaps head south to discover the remarkably preserved ruins of ancient Pompeii and admire the views along the Amalfi Coast, both UNESCO World Heritage sites. Or, head a little farther to Sorrento and catch a ferry out to Capri island. If you don’t mind a long day out, it’s also possible to take day tours to visit Venice, explore the Renaissance city of Florence, or discover the medieval towns and award-winning wineries of Tuscany. If you’re on a budget, look for a tour that includes extras like hotel pickup, entrance fees, and lunch.

Day 3: Eat Your Way Around Rome

Spend your final morning visiting any sights that you’ve missed—the Borghese Gallery is a must for art fans, while history enthusiasts might prefer to explore the Catacombs of Rome or the ruins of Palatine Hill. In the afternoon, set out to sample as much of Rome’s delicious cuisine as you can. A food-tasting tour is a brilliant way to taste pizzas, pasta dishes, and street food favorites like suppli (deep-fried rice and mozzarella balls), gelato, and sweet Maritozzi pastries. Alternatively, sign up for a pizza- or pasta-making class and learn the skills to recreate these classic Italian dishes back home. On your final evening, head to the lively Trastevere district to experience Rome’s nightlife and take a stroll along the illuminated riverfront.

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Pompeii Ruins & Mt Vesuvius Volcano Day Trip from Rome
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Pompeii Ruins & Mt Vesuvius Volcano Day Trip from Rome

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Take a day out of your Rome vacation to get acquainted with Mt. Vesuvius and Pompeii. This day trip to Pompeii includes a steady-paced hike up Mt. Vesuvius (summer only) or a visit to Naples when Vesuvius is closed in winter and a tour of the UNESCO-listed digs at Pompeii. Breath in the history of the ancient city and admire artifacts that date back to the infamous Mt. Vesu. You also have the option to select a Pompeii, Amalfi Coast and Positano day trip from Rome, which combines three of the most famous and beautiful sites in Italy in a single day.
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Tuscany Countryside Day Trip from Rome including 3-Course Lunch & Wine Tasting

Tuscany Countryside Day Trip from Rome including 3-Course Lunch & Wine Tasting

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Take a Tuscany tour from Rome and see the best of the captivating Val d’Orcia region, near Siena. With a local guide at your side, discover countryside where historic hilltowns perch on sun-drenched hills and Tuscan farms dot the landscape. Visit the wine towns of Montepulciano and Montalcino, and enjoy free time to explore Pienza, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Wine tasting and lunch at a farm is included.
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Rome in a Day: Vatican and Colosseum with Skip the Line
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Rome in a Day: Vatican and Colosseum with Skip the Line

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Bypass the crowds with skip-the-line access to the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica. Then, visit the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill (seasonal). You'll get to see all the Roman essential attractions in a single day and traveling with a tour guide means you get to skip the long entry lines at each attraction. Your experience includes pick up and lunch at a local restaurant.
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Vatican VIP Experience: Exclusive Breakfast at the Vatican with Early Access to Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel

Vatican VIP Experience: Exclusive Breakfast at the Vatican with Early Access to Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel

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Enjoy a VIP experience at the Vatican with this morning tour that includes breakfast on site. You’ll explore the Vatican Museums before they open to the general public so you can admire famous sights like the Sistine Chapel and Raphael’s Rooms in a more intimate atmosphere before finishing with skip-the-line access to St Peter’s Basilica through a reserved entrance.
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Capri Day Trip from Rome

Capri Day Trip from Rome

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Looking for one of the best Rome day trips? Travel to Capri, an island in the Tyrrhenian Sea, on this day trip with an experienced guide. Journey by coach to Naples, where you cross the deep blue sea by boat to reach the isle of Capri. Enjoy lunch in Anacapri, a hilltop village with wonderful views, and then explore the main town of Capri independently. You can also take a boat tour to Capri’s famous Blue Grotto, if you wish.
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Big Bus Rome Hop-on Hop-off Open Top Tour

Big Bus Rome Hop-on Hop-off Open Top Tour

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Get a comprehensive view of Rome's highlights and landmarks during this hop-on hop-off bus tour. Disembark at any of the eight stops to see iconic landmarks such as the Vatican City, Circus Maximus, the Pantheon, or the Colosseum. While on board the bus, listen to recorded commentary in nine languages that details the history, architecture, culture, and traditions of the Eternal City. Choose from a Classic, Premium, or Deluxe ticket, with a VOX digital walking tour included with each option.
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Roman Gladiator School: Learn How to Become a Gladiator

Roman Gladiator School: Learn How to Become a Gladiator

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Find out what it takes to be an ancient Roman gladiator at the Gladiator School of Rome. During a hands-on lesson with instructors from the Historic Group of Rome, learn how to fight with authentic weapons of the time while wearing a traditional gladiator tunic and belt. Located on the Appian Way, not far from the Colosseum, this class is a unique and interactive way to learn about ancient Roman history, sports, and culture. Select a lesson time when booking.
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Small-Group Tour: Amalfi Coast and Pompeii Day Trip from Rome

Small-Group Tour: Amalfi Coast and Pompeii Day Trip from Rome

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Don't miss two of southern Italy’s UNESCO-listed destinations on this full-day trip to Pompeii and the Amalfi Coast from Rome. Visit the fascinating ruins of Pompeii, where you can walk through an ancient city frozen in time by the AD 79 eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Continue on to the spectacularly scenic Amalfi Coast, stopping for lunch with a view in the picturesque fishing village of Positano. Enjoy free time to explore and browse unique handmade shops in Positano and the neighboring town of Amalfi. Tour size is limited for a more personalized, small-group experience.
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Small-Group Tour: Florence and Pisa Day Trip from Rome

Small-Group Tour: Florence and Pisa Day Trip from Rome

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Take a break from the bustle of Rome to visit the famous cities of Tuscany on a full-day tour to Florence and Pisa. In Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance, admire artistic masterpieces like Michelangelo’s ‘David’ at the Accademia Gallery and walk beneath Brunelleschi’s famous dome. Don’t miss the stately marble treasures of Pisa’s Piazza dei Miracoli, including the iconic Leaning Tower. Travel through the picturesque Tuscan countryside in a comfortable minivan, and enjoy the personalized attention of a small-group tour.
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Venice Independent Day Trip from Rome by High-Speed Train

Venice Independent Day Trip from Rome by High-Speed Train

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Take this independent day trip to Venice from Rome for a chance to wander the city’s maze of alleyways, visit St Mark’s Square and float down the famous canals by water bus. You’ll travel from Rome to Venice by train, arriving in just 3.5 hours to explore the city however you wish. A skip-the-line ticket to St Mark’s Basilica and a vaporetto pass for the city’s water bus network are both included so you can make the most of your time in Venice before returning to Rome on the train.
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Make Your Own Pizza in Rome - Pizza Making with a local Chef

Make Your Own Pizza in Rome - Pizza Making with a local Chef

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With a local Italian chef as your guide, learn how to make a classic pizza during this short workshop. After the learning and the baking, with all ingredients and equipment provided, comes the pizza-eating and the drinking.
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Rome by Vespa: Classic Rome Tour with Pick up

Rome by Vespa: Classic Rome Tour with Pick up

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Zip through the bustling streets of Rome as the Romans do — on a Vespa! Hang on for the ride as your private driver and guide whisks you around on a vintage scooter for an exciting half-day tour of Eternal City highlights. Wind through traffic circles and mazelike streets, easily hopping off for a closer look at Imperial monuments and baroque piazzas. Learn about the history of Rome, from ancient emperors to the modern metropolis, and get an insider’s glimpse at some of the city’s best-kept secrets.
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Pasta Class - Fettuccine Making in Rome

Pasta Class - Fettuccine Making in Rome

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Make fresh pasta like a Roman. This is a cooking class that explores traditional recipes with a local chef. Working alongside the chef, prepare pasta dough from scratch, learn classic cuts from tagliolini to tagliatelle, then sit down to a hearty meal of Italian specialties. This private experience includes, along with the cooking class, lunch or dinner, a welcome glass of wine, and it’s the perfect introduction to Italy’s remarkable food traditions.
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Colosseum Underground by Night: Semi-Private Tour with Arena Floor
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Colosseum Underground by Night: Semi-Private Tour with Arena Floor

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Tour the amphitheater and other sites of Ancient Rome under the atmospheric cover of darkness during this evening tour. Learn about the ruins of the Roman Forum seen from the Piazza del Campidoglio, and enter the Colosseum after the daytime crowds have disappeared and the temperature has dropped.
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