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Guide to Seeing Rome in 3 Days

Rome is an extraordinary capital, and it can take weeks or more to get in all the sites, cuisine, and culture. They say "Rome wasn't built in a day", and you will not explore it all in a day either.

Travelling can often be stressful when visiting a place that has so much to offer. Our first visit to Rome was a one day shore excursion. While we covered many highlights there is so much more to see.

If your cruise is starting or ending in this great city, think about setting aside a few extra days to soak up this historic city. The following 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!If you or someone in your family suffers from motion sickness then you have an extra element to prepare for when you think about when traveling. Not everyone experiences motion sickness the same and it may not happen every time. For example some people get motion sick on a cruise ship but not while they are in a car. Others may get queasy when they are on a train but not on an airplane.

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 3Pantheon, 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.

Are you ready to explore Rome? How about this historic city as a pre or post cruise destination? Ready to start taking the steps towards your next travel adventure? Reach out to us today and let us bring your travel dreams to your life!




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