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You only have three days to enjoy Rome. This is the itinerary to maximize your time in Rome and feel like you have enjoyed a great, classic introduction to the Eternal City.
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DAY ONE: Walk through the Roman Forum and feel like you are walking through Ancient Rome. The breathtaking walk through the ruins of Ancient Rome are a must see while in Rome. After sitting for hours on an airplane, I love to land in Rome and walk from the Spanish steps to the Pantheon and up the Capitoline Hill to the breath-taking view of the Roman Forum. If you really want to get the most out of this walk (leisurely done in 2.5 hours), hire a private guide to explain the ruins and bring the Forum to life for you.
DAY ONE: After walking through the Roman Forum, it will be impossible to miss the Colosseum. If you are doing this in the afternoon during Spring or Fall, you might even enjoy the sun setting light off the facade of the Colosseum. Be sure to buy a ticket and walk inside the Colosseum. You will almost be able to hear the roar of the Ancient Roman crowds.
DAY ONE: Rome is a city that is best experienced on foot. Put on a good pair of shoes and make sure to walk to dinner and back. It will give you a wonderful feel for the streets of Rome (very safe) and allow you to properly digest a delicious Roman meal.
DAY ONE: Excellent local pizzeria located near Piazza Navona that also serves good pasta and anitpasto. Be prepared to wait for a table with a good mix of locals and tourists. The paper thin crust is delicious. A Roman favorite.
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DAY ONE: After a delicious dinner head to the Trevo Fountain. It is best seen at night under the lights. For a real treat walk around the corner to San Crispino for a delicious gelato to be enjoyed next to the fountain.
DAY TWO: Make sure you get a good night sleep and eat a hearty breakfast before you embark on this intense day at The Vatican. Since there is always a crowd in the Vatican Museum, it is strongly recommended you get there early (7:30am) before the line wraps over a mile long. If you hire a guide, you can cut the line. In addition to a eliminating time wasted in lines, a guide is recommended because there is just so much to see in and around the Museum, including the Raphael Rooms, Map Room, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica. If you have enough energy and line is not too long, climb the stairs up to the top of St. Peter's Basilica and enjoy an amazing view of Rome and Vatican City. Plan to spend a solid 3-4 hours in Vatican City to take it all in. It promises to be a memorable day.
DAY TWO: After spending several hours in the Vatican, get a good lunch and then head out shopping along one of Europe's most famous shopping streets, Via Condotti and surrounding areas.
DAY TWO: Stop to try the best espresso in Rome.
DAY TWO: If you have not visited the Pantheon by the end of Day Two, make a point to walk over and enjoy this Ancient Roman marvel. If you are lucky it will be a sunny day and you can enjoy the effect of the light streaming in from the ceiling's oculus.
DAY TWO: Sit outside in the Piazza dé Ricci near the Piazza Farnese and the Piazza Campo dei Fiori and enjoy delicious Roman feast of fish, pasta, and anitpasto.
DAY THREE: Make a reservation to enjoy two hours inside this small, intimate museum that houses some of Bernini's finest sculptures. The jewel box sized museum makes it a perfect size to enjoy after two intense days of Roman sights. Cap off the visit with a stroll down the through the Borghese Gardens. If you visit towards the end of the day, you can enjoy a picture perfect sunset against St. Peter's dome while standing above the Piazza del Popolo.