Rome is truly one of our favorite cities in Europe. It is a city full of history and if you are looking for a place with historical sightseeing, Rome is the right place – you will be amazed by the fabulous view of the Roman ruins and the art of the Renaissance. It is true that 3 days are not enough to visit everything from this magnificent city, but if you follow the right itinerary, you will have enough time to see all the main places in Rome.
In this post, we have planned the perfect itinerary for three days in Rome. The attractions advised in this post are definitely the most liked by visitors to Rome. If you are concerned about the weather during this month (November), we are also talking about that. Keep reading!
- 1 November in Rome
- 2 Day 1 in Rome
- 3 Day 2 – Colosseum and other Roman ruins
- 4 Day 3 – Other important attractions
November in Rome
Rome is a timeless city, and it welcomes tourists all year round. If you plan to visit Rome, the best time to visit it is during Spring (Mid-March to May) and Autumn (Mid – September to November). November in Rome still experiences the perfect weather for exploration, and if you are annoyed by the crowds, this month is when you will see thin crowds.
Day 1 in Rome
The Vatican City is the main place to visit during your vacation in Rome. It is a place within Rome where world-famous sites are located, such as the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica. It is recommended that you start your day early and explore the Vatican Museum first with a skip the line ticket.
The earliest possible time to the Vatican Museum is at 9:00 am, it is suggested that you be inside as early as possible. The Vatican Museums are really crowded every day, so getting here early would be an opportunity for you to enjoy the Vatican Museums before it is overcrowded with visitors
There are loads to see in the Vatican Museums, which span 7km of exhibits, so you could spend a whole lot of time here. Our favourites include the Map Room, the Sistine Chapel, and the fabulous double helix exit stairwell, but we’re sure you’ll discover treasures of your own.
Castel Sant’Angelo was built as a mausoleum for the Emperor Hadrian, and it has been there for nearly two thousand years. With the time, the mausoleum has evolved from its initial role as a tomb, to a fortress, a castle, and now a museum.
You can visit the Castel Sant’Angelo since it is open to the public, and don;t miss climbing right to the top to get some amazing views of the city. You’ll also witness the building construction techniques that have allowed it to survive for two millennia.
Piazza del Popolo
After visiting the casel, you can enjoy a twenty minute walk along the banks of the river Tiber to get to Piazza del Popolo. This is where the travellers would arrive to Rome, where the northern gate of Rome was placed.
Now there are three roads that run southwards in a trident formation, with the central road, the Via del Corso, that goes straight to the centre of Rome to the Piazza Venezia. In antiquity, this was the road that would take travellers from the northern gate of Rome to the Roman Forum.
The Spanish steps are a wonderful monument built in 1735 to link the Spanish Embassy to the Trinita dei Monti. You will find the Spanish steps by walking in a south easterly direction through the Villa Borghese Gardens and down Viale della Trinita dei Monti.
Today, these stairs are not only a popular stop for those who visit Rome, but also the widest stairs in the world. On your first day in Rome, stop by the stairs and enjoy a delicious gelato while watching the world go by. Something to mention is that you can’t sit on the stairs! The Spanish steps were classified as a monument and if you do sit on them, you will probably get fined.
Trevi Fountain is another must-visit highlight, and if you follow our itinerary, it will be the next stop for you. This marvelous Baroque fountain is the largest in the world, and you will always find people around here.
It is believed that if you throw a coin into the fountain, fate will bring you back to Rome.
This Is a common fact among tourists that travel to Rome, since everyday there are thrown over three thousand euro’s worth of coin. Each night the coins are removed from the fountain and go to charity, to help those who need food.
The Pantheon has been standing for almost 2,000 years, and is the best preserved Ancient Roman monument in Rome. It also features an incredible dome, which still holds the record as the world’s largest unreinforced concrete dome.
The Pantheon was first built as a temple for the Roman gods and then converted to a Christian church in 609 AD. Since then, it was well preserved and it remains in excellent condition even today. This monument is also home to the graves of a number of important folk, including the painter Raphael and two Italian Kings.
Day 2 – Colosseum and other Roman ruins
The Colosseum is widely known as the emblem of Rome and it is also the largest amphitheatre in the world. It was built two thousand years ago but it is still hugely impressive to visit.
Probably the most popular destination in Rome for visitors, so again, we advise you to come as early as you can. To make sure you won’t get stuck waiting to pass the line, you can book a tour of the colosseum where a guide will accompany you and tell you all you have to know about this ancient place.
The Roman Forum is an area with ancient ruins of the roman civilisation. It is where you will find temples, a marketplace, and political buildings. This is where the ancient Romans held their triumphal processions and public speeches.
The Forum shares the same ticket with the Colosseum, so it is an unmissable highlight in Rome.
The mouth of truth / Bocca Della Verita
Bocca Della Verita is the mouth of this massive stone figure, which is said to bite off the hands of liars. We don’t know when this belief started, but if you are traveling to Rome, you too can visit the Mouth of Truth, and pop your own hand in and take a memorable photo.
Pyramid of Caius Cestius
If you thought that Egypt is the only place where you can find ancient pyramids, then you are wrong. You will find a 2 thousand year pyramid in Rome! This pyramid, known as the Pyramid of Cestius was built around 12BC, when Egyptian pyramids were on-trend and Romans got obsessed with all things about Egypt. The pyramid in Rome was built to serve as the tomb for a wealthy Roman.
Baths of Caracalla
The Baths of Caracalla were built by the Romans in great detail and are huge. This place was planned to accommodate up to 1600 bathers at one time, in a complex that covered over 62 acres.
Even though the Baths were damaged as the time passed by and you can’t bathe anymore there, they are still open to visitors. You can enjoy the mighty walls and appreciate the vast scale of the bath complex built by millions of bricks. You can also notice some of the surviving details like the mosaic floors
Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano
Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano is the cathedral church of Rome and the seat of the Pope in the city. Without a doubt, one of the most important churches in the city. While everyone visits St. Peter’s Basilica, less people visit the cathedral. This is in fact the oldest Basilica in the city, and also a quieter and more relaxing place to visit
Day 3 – Other important attractions
For the third day on our three day Rome itinerary, we have planned to leave the city centre to head out along the Appian Way. Built in 312BC, this is believed to be one of the oldest surviving roads in the world, and was of enormous importance to the Roman Empire, linking the capital to southern settlements including Naples and Brindisi, and allowing for the quick movement of troops and goods.
The Borghese Gallery is in the Villa Borghese gardens, and houses the Borghese collection, a collection of art that is easily one of the finest in Rome. With incredible pieces from the likes of Raphael, Bernini and Caravaggio, to name but a few, this museum is truly a must visit.
It’s not huge, spread across two floors and twenty rooms, but the high quality of work on display means that everything you see is basically a masterpiece. It’s also guaranteed not to be too crowded, as they only allow 360 people in at a time.
Terrazza del Pincio
The view from the terrace overlooking the Piazza del Popolo is one of our favourite views in Rome. It’s particularly good at sunset – so do your best to time your visit here to enjoy that and reflect on three wonderful days spent exploring Rome!