If you’ve only a handful of days for your Roman holiday, here’s how to make the most of every single glorious minute in the Italian capital. Imagine condensing every great stereotype you’ve ever heard about Italy – from religion and politics to history, art, culture and food – into one vibrant, wonderful city. This is Roma.
Forgive the cliché, but you really are spoilt for choice when it comes to filling your time in Rome. Ultimately, three days isn't nearly enough time so, however you do it, be sure to explore all the city has to offer, not just its landmarks. Best of all, your Flight Centre consultant can help you fit it all in!
Day 1: Soak up the culture
Instead of wandering by foot inside the city’s Aurelian Walls with no real plan, parting with a few euros for a shared bike, a ticket on a double-decker bus or a cruise along the Tiber is a nice, foot-friendly alternative.
Make sure to visit the Piazza Navona, built on the site of the Stadium of Domitian, constantly buzzing with artists and market stalls. After that, make your way to the most famous square of all – the Piazza di Spagna at the foot of the Spanish Steps.
It’s so easy to get lost in the city’s history (and myriad laneways). Dedicate time to take in the artisans that still ply their trades in their shops, and finish your night with a stroll in the San Lorenzo student district. For an autentico experience, pick up some local wine, cheese and bread from a little deli and spend your evening testing out your Italian with the amicable locals.
Day 2: Eating and exploring
For some, gourmet antipasto and vino in the chic laneway bars around Campo de’ Fiori will appeal. For others, an early visit to the morning vegetable markets and lively evenings out in the bars of the piazzas is the ultimate Italian dream. Either way, you can't go past the “pizza da asporto” (takeaway pizza) signs advertising thin-crust slices that are both tasty and plentiful.
Atop the Janiculum hill, overlooking the Trastevere and the entire city, you can part with a few euros to try the suppli balls and gnocchi at one of the high-end restaurants. Afterwards, take in the Empire ruins and Renaissance art along with contemporary culture – it is, after all, a living history.
Day 3: Monuments and more
If you're limited to only three days in Rome, you'd be foolish to let precious minutes slip by queuing outside most of the major tourist attractions, many of which are awe-inspiring enough from the outside. Although, you can make a handful of exceptions.
St. Peter’s Basilica is a must, but make sure to read up on the dress rules – the Basilica requires your shoulders and knees be covered. A stroll through the Sistine Chapel taking in Michelangelo’s ceiling masterpiece is another attraction too spectacular to miss, as is the iconic Colosseum.
If you find yourself near the Pantheon, enjoy a coffee at the nearby bars – widely regarded as serving Rome’s best espressos – while talking football and politics with old signori.