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Rome 3 Day Itinerary: What to See and Do with 3 Days in Rome

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Extra Days: Suggestions for More Places to Go in and Around Rome
St. Peters Square picture

Picture of Saint Peter's Square

James Martin, Europe for Visitors

If you have more than three days in Rome, there are plenty of things to keep you occupied. Here are a few suggestions for what to see and where to go in Rome:

  • Vatican City Museums and Saint Peter's Basilica - Vatican City, a tiny independent state, is home to the Pope and the Vatican, Saint Peter's Basilica and the Sistine Chapel, and the extensive Vatican Museums. Vatican City is easy to visit from Rome, plan to spend at least a half day there. Vatican City Essentials
  • Unique Tours - If you've seen the major sites and want to do something different, try one of these Unique Guided Tours that include touring Rome in a Vintage Fiat 500 or on a Vespa, training to be a gladiator, or visiting the Sistine Chapel after-hours.
  • Baths of Caracalla - At the foot of the Aventine hill are the monumental ruins of the Baths of Caracalla, used from the Second to Sixth century AD. Taking a bath was a social event for the people of ancient Rome and the huge complex could hold up to 1600 bathers! Besides baths, they held an array of facilities such as a gym, art galleries, gardens, and shops selling food and drinks.
  • Villa Torlonia - Mussolini's former home is now open to the public. Inside the mansion, which dates from the 19th century, is a museum and the grounds have been made into a public park. See Villa Torlonia Visiting Information and photo gallery.
  • More of Rome's Majestic Churches - Visit Rome's Cathedral San Giovanni Laterno, Saint Peter in Chains with its Michelangelo statue of Moses, Saint Paul Outside the Walls with magnificent mosaics, or Santa Maria in Cosmedin with its Byzantine mosaics and the Boca della Verita. Top Rome Churches
  • Ostia Antica - The ruins of the ancient Rome port of Ostia Antica are well worth a visit. Ostia Antica is a huge complex and you can easily spend several hours wandering around the old streets, shops, and houses. You should plan at least a half day for this trip. To get there, take the Metro Line B to Magliana or Piramide and take the Ostia Lido train from there.
  • A Day at the Beach - There are several beaches that can be visited on a day trip. If you're in Rome in summer and you want to escape the heat of the city, visit one of these Rome Beaches.
  • Rome Day Trips - You can visit Tivoli and the Villa d'Este, Orvieto, Frascati, Florence, or Etruscan tombs. Or if you prefer to have someone else make the arrangements, consider a Guided Day Trip from Rome.
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