Roman Forum, Rome, Italy

3 Day Rome Itinerary

Wonder of the World the Colosseum, Rome, Italy, EuropeI have just come back from a little trip around Europe. Italy, Slovenia, Croatia and Montenegro to be exact. Rome was the first stop. We had three nights in Rome and decided to squeeze in as much as possible. During those three days not only did we see all that Rome has to offer but we also visited the Vatican and took a day trip down to Pompeii. Keep reading to see how we squeezed all this into three days.

Rome

For all three nights we stayed at Hostel Roma. It was very close to Roma Termini train station which was very handy but besides that it wasn’t great. The bunk beds were basically held together by tape and the streets outside had a lot of rats! So definitely not recommending this place.

Trevi Fountain, Rome, Italy

We booked Skip the Line tickets for the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Pantheon. We paid 40 USD and then when we arrived we had to pay another 15 Euro entrance fee. As we were there on a Sunday it was extremely busy, and everyone else in Rome seemed to have bought these Skip the Line tickets too. So we had to wait in line for a while. If you really want to skip the line you need to pick up RomaPass. You can buy these at some shops around Rome or before you go from a travel agent.

Summer at the Colosseum, Rome, Italy, one of the wonders of the world

We had booked a guided tour around the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Pantheon. We didn’t spend a whole lot of time in the Colosseum, I would have been happy to stay there a bit longer considering it is a wonder of the world! Then we headed over to the Roman Forum and it was useful to have the guide as this is a pic’n’mix of time periods of history. Catholic churches built on top of Pagan temples, ruins and columns everywhere, it’s as confusing as it is beautiful. Next we walked through Venice square towards the Pantheon. I was so taken aback when I saw the Pantheon, I was not expecting that around the corner from a little narrow street, it’s just so flipping huge! This is where the tour ended. We grabbed lunch and then walked a couple of minutes over to the Trevi fountain to make our wish. It was very crowded so be prepared to fight your way to the front! After that, we strolled over the the Spanish Steps and that was the end of our day in Rome.

Roman Forum, Rome, Italy

Pantheon, Rome, Italy

The Vatican

We had Skip the Line tickets for the Vatican as well but fortunately didn’t actually have to wait in line! We paid 39 USD for this tour and again there was an additional fee of around 15 Euro. The guide was appreciated as there are just so many galleries in the Vatican to see, it was nice to just be brought to the most important or interesting pieces. Quick Trivia – each Pope back in the day had his own gallery and to walk all the galleries and museums of the Vatican would entail 3 miles of walking! You need to cover your shoulders in the Vatican churches and I would advise definitely wearing runners too as there is a whole lot of walking to do!

View from the Vatican, Rome, Italy

The Vatican, Rome, Italy

The Vatican, Rome, Italy

Pompeii

We did a day trip to Pompeii as it’s only about a 3 hour bus ride away from Rome. We took Flixbus. Depending on when you’re going, the price will range from 20 Euro to 35 Euro for a return ticket. When you get off the bus in Pompeii the ruins are only a 5 minute walk away. Guided tours are very expensive but you have the option of an audio guide. We bought a book with the info and a map from a shop outside the ruins. This was probably a bad idea as we did get lost quite a bit, there were two maps and the numbers didn’t match.The price into Pompeii was 11 Euro and we paid 10 Euro for the map and book. It was incredibly hot while we were there so I definitely recommend sun cream and plenty of water! We spent about 2 hours walking around the ruins. Desperate for food we went to the first place we saw after leaving which, of course, was overpriced. The cafes and restaurants further into town are much cheaper. You should need no more than 5 hours in total in Pompeii.

Ruins of Pompeii, Italy

Ruins of Pompeii, Italy

Honest Opinion

So I’ve decided to add this to the end of my travel posts. I like to give my tips and help other travellers out but this is my blog too so I thought some of you might be interested in my real opinion of the place. These are of course my own opinions so please don’t take any offence if we don’t agree. After all, what makes us unique is our own opinion. 🙂

So Rome, not a huge fan. I’m not sure why. The streets are dirty and there’s waaay too many tourists but that didn’t turn me off other places. I just didn’t take to it. It was definitely my least favourite place in Italy. (Posts on Florence and Venice coming soon).

Selfie at the Colosseum, Rome, Italy, one of the wonders of the world

The Vatican. I didn’t go there thinking I was going to love it so I’m not surprised. I am technically Catholic but not practicing at all and the Catholic church has had quite a few scandals in Ireland. Going here and seeing the wealth that they have in this tiny little ‘country’ is a bit sickening. They could be doing a whole lot of good with that wealth but they’re just sitting on it!

Statue in the galleries of the Vatican, Rome, Italy

One of the many statues in one of the many galleries in the Vatican

Pompeii. It may have been a bit better if we had an audio or real guide of some sort. We also didn’t realise that parts of Pompeii are closed after 1 pm, which were missed so I suggest arriving early if you want to experience all of it.

So my last two tips, avoid high season if you can, the sheer amount of tourists can be overwhelming. The high season is also the hottest, it would make all that walking around much easier if it was cooler. I can’t recommend more that you should wear runners everyday or at least shoes you know you can walk around in all day! Pick yourself up some cute runners and just live in them!

Alright I hope you enjoyed and got some useful insights from this post. Please let me know if you’re planning on going to Rome or if you’ve already been? I’d love to hear from people who love Rome and tell me what I missed out on? Thanks for reading and be sure to check out my other travel and fashion posts. And you can follow me on Bloglovin’ here.

Gelate at the Trevi Fountain, Rome, Italy. 3 day Rome Itinerary

43 thoughts on “3 Day Rome Itinerary

  1. Rated by Hanna says:

    Totally agree that Pompeii has become such a tourist trap. I wanted the Gelato after enduring the hot sun but not for 6 euros for one scoop! I’m going to do a post about Rome, Pompeii and the Vatican too haha but I am so slow at writing about the trip now that it feels so long ago. We had the WORST hotel in Rome called Romanico Palace, left a review on TripAdvisor and they gave a very unprofessional response back.

    This was my favorite pic from Pompeii since you can see Vesuvius over the horizon.

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  2. tashyie says:

    Wow thats a lot to fit into three days! I am currently planning a trip to Italy and plan on visiting all the places you have featured so it was a super interesting read. Do you reckon the skip the lines passes were worth it? Crowds can often ruin your experience at a place, I have had similar experiences.

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    • Wandering Walsh says:

      Yeah it sounds like a lot but I feel we had enough time for everything ☺ I do think the Skip the Line tickets are worth it as the queues to buy tickets were much much longer! I hope you have a great time in Italy ☺

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  3. Debbie Harris says:

    Your honesty is appreciated! It’s always good to read reviews that are real. I’ve not been there yet so can’t comment on the place. Maybe one day I’ll visit but out of high season.

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  4. Lien says:

    As I studied Latin in college, I had to visit Rome. I am happy I saw it, but it’s definitely not my favorite town in Italy. So totally agree 😉

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  5. MindOverMeta says:

    Thanks for this post. I went to Rome in 2008 and would like to go back, this time with my husband. He’s a real photography buff so would love all the architecture. I do remember it being a busy place and not very clean, but I think the architecture won out for me. And I loved the Pantheon too! Thanks for the review, it’s a reminder of the places we could go and see 🙂

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  6. Bernadette Jackson says:

    I love the fact that you include your real thoughts. That’s so important. Looking forward to reading about your other Italian trips too. We went to Florence in November which was much more my kind of temperature; I nearly expired in Milan in July, so I don’t think I’ll be doing Rome in the depths of summer!

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  7. Steph says:

    This is an amazing guide we are going to Rome next year so have pinned to refer to. Love how honest you are about the hotel haha! You’ve made me very excited for my trip

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  8. Judy E Martin says:

    It does look very beautiful with so many things to see. I like the ‘honest opinion’ bit at the end too, because sometimes you need to be prepared that some of these places have a few negatives to them as well 🙂

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  9. Annika says:

    Nice itinerary. I have visited Rome twice and I agree that it can be super crowded and touristy. I appreciate the honest opinion. One plus is the delicious gelato!

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  10. anhistorianabouttown says:

    THANK YOU for your honesty!! It’s crazy how many people will sing the praises of whatever city or place because it’s been built up by others. As a historian, I eventually will make my way to Rome, but most likely in the winter, as I hate heat. Would you say that the Roma Pass is worth it? Or do many people buy that as well? Its so hard to say with fast pass/skip the line deals- you never know if everyone else will do the same!
    Amazing photos, btw!!

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  11. Christina says:

    The Pantheon does look freaking huge! I have unfortunately never been to Rome but it’s on my, sigh, ever-growing list… as soon as I make it back to Europe again. At least for the sake of some proper gelato and pizza!

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  12. shaunkellett says:

    Rome is almost tip-top of the places I want to visit. Hoping within the next couple of years I go! And when I do, this post will have given me quite a bit of inspiration of where to see! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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  13. josypheen says:

    Even if you didn’t love it, I LOVE your photos!! It looks like an amazing trip. I went to Rome years ago, but I don’t remember it as being as busy as this…I certainly don’t remember passes for skipping the queue! It sounds like Disneyland!! Madness!

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