Travel Guide: Rome in 3 days – What to see, where to eat and where to stay.

Travel Guide: Rome in 3 days – What to see, where to eat and where to stay.

Cosmopolitan Rome, the capital city of Italy, with its seductive mix of history, culture, cuisine and the prettiest streets made me fall madly in love with it. From the ancient monuments which are awe-inspiring from yesteryear to the sophisticated rooftops offering amazing views of the gorgeous city, I loved soaking it all in over 3 glorious sunshine filled days, living ‘La dolce vita.’ Oh and all the pasta, pizza, wine and gelato too!

When to go to Rome

Although Rome is a city that can be visited all year round, I would suggest going in April (after Easter depending on the year) and after August. The summer months can be rammed with hoards of tourists, making it very difficult to get in to the main sites.

Rome in Spring

We picked April as it was the start of Spring and I wanted to see Rome at its prettiest, with fresh flowers blooming everywhere, and it blew my expectations. It was also significantly quieter, making it far more enjoyable to visit the various Roman ruins and hot spots.

What to see in Rome

The Colosseum

ColosseumThe Colosseum has been on my wish list to see and it is the biggest amphitheatre ever built. It is also known as the Flavian Amphitheatre, and it was constructed between 70-80 AD and at its peak was estimated to hold 80,000 spectators. It is HUGE.

I loved seeing it, both at night and during the day for a different perspective, and loved imagining what it must have been like in its hey day. My advice would be to avoid the people trying to sell you tickets on the street as you walk up to the Colosseum, and just either buy it in advance or on the day.

Colosseum

The Pantheon

The Pantheon is a former temple, now used as a church, located in the centre of Rome with stunning granite Corinthian columns, coloured marble and bronze doors. The light streams in through the oculus in the centre of the dome.

The Pantheon The Pantheon

On a rectangular porch at the front of the building are lines of  massive columns which are a dedication to Agrippa on the triangular pediment.

The Trevi Fountain

The world’s most famous fountain, built as a tribute to Roman God Oceanus who can be seen riding his chariot pulled by Tritons, is a must see. However, it totally annoyed me how crazy the crowds were here, so I would suggest going very early in the morning as it can be difficult to see it properly while selfie sticks are being waved in the air.

Trevi fountain in Rome

It was a gorgeous sunny day and so the water was glistening and you could see all the coins that tourists have thrown in. The money does go to a good cause though. At the end of each week it is collected and counted and goes towards funding a supermarket for the less fortunate.

Spanish Steps

Located in the Piazza di Spagna and the Piazza Trinita dei Monti, the Spanish Steps, of which there are 135, were constructed in the 1700s. It is a lovely place to make a stop in between sightseeing, and at the time we went the stairs were lined with lots of flowers, and was really pretty.

Spanish Steps in Rome

The Vatican City 

Fun fact: Rome actually holds a small country within a country called The Vatican, which is an independent state and one of the most important religious sites in the world. It is heavily guarded and it is not surprising, as it is where crowds gather in the hope of seeing the Pope.

Within the Vatican City, the Vatican museums is a must visit for any keen art lover, as it holds over 70,000 pieces of artwork.

Vatican city in Rome

Piazza Navona

This stunning square has a fountain in the centre built by Benini on what was once the Stadium of Domitian, dating back to the first century AD.

Today it is a popular spot to catch up in one of the many cafés and artists sell their art work on the square.

Castle Saint Angelo

The Castle Saint Angelo is a circular fort and castle and was actually once the tallest building in Rome, originally intended to serve as a Mausoleum for the Emperor. Within the castle it has a museum with various exhibits telling the story of its history.

Villa Borghese Gardens

These gardens are a must visit and are just so beautiful. It is the third largest park in Rome, and within them are housed the Borghese Gallery and the Gallery of National Modern Art.

It is a great place to take a moment or to have a mini picnic with some pastries and gelato.

Piazza del Popolo

The Piazza del Popolo, one of the finest squares in the world, translates as square of the people.

Here you can see some historical structures such as the Chiesa di Santa Maria dei Miracoli, the Porta del Popolo gateway and the Basilica Parrocchiale.

To the east of the square is the Pincio hill where you can have some amazing views of the Piazza and of Rome.

In the centre you can see the Popolo Obelisk which like the one present in St. Peter’s Square, was brought here from Egypt.

Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi

Aside from the Trevi fountain, the Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi was one of my favourites, and is located in the centre of the Piazza Navona and was designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini.

It was built for Pope Innocent X in 1651 and depicts the four river gods through four statues, paying tribute  The Nile, The Danube, The Ganges and the Rio de la Plata.

Campo de’ Fiori

Campo de’ Fiori is a rectangular square close to Piazza Navona and a great place to have some food or drinks whilst people watching. During the mornings there are also vendors selling fruit, vegetables and flowers. It is one of the oldest markets in Rome.

I had a lovely chilled Mojito here whilst Amit enjoyed an Aperol Spritz, while we rested in between sightseeing.

Mercato Trionfale

Whenever I visit a city I always try and make it a point to go to the local food market, to observe the locals and the types of ingredients, fresh fruit, vegetables, meats, cheeses and homewares on offer to try and immerse myself. Close to the Vatican is Mercato Trionfale with approximately 200 stalls of goodness to see! A must visit in my opinion.

Where to Eat in Rome

For the best Gelato head to Gelateria La Romana – you will not be disappointed!

For the most delicious Cacio e Pepe (after lots of research) head to the side street of Via del Vantaggio where you will find an adorable restaurant called Il Melarancio. Start with a platter of cold meats and cheese and then tuck into the most incredible Cacio e Pepe, and wash it all down with a glass of Montepulciano wine.

Best Cacio e Pepe in Rome

Red wine in Rome

For drinks with a seriously amazing view, reserve a table at hotspot at the top of Eitch Borromini hotel called ‘La Grande Bellezza,’ after Paolo Sorrentino’s Oscar-award winning film of the same name.

Rooftop terrace in Rome It can be found on Via Santa Maria dell’Anima, 30 (Navona). It is pricey but totally worth it for the views, especially for sunset! Just have a drink (or two) and then head close by for dinner.

Rooftop terrace in Rome

Rooftop terrace in Rome

We had excellent pizza and wine at Trattoria Fiammetta, a great little restaurant north of Piazza Navona, with outdoor and indoor seating.

Red wine in Rome

Another excellent spot for food, especially Al Fresco in the gorgeous weather, is Santa Lucia, close to  Piazza Navona, and with an incredible menu and flavoursome food.

Red wine in Rome

I highly recommend the pasta with mint and pecorino cheese – a combination to die for!

Where to stay in Rome

We chose to stay at luxury boutique hotel, part of the Small Luxury Hotels of the world called Hotel Lord Byron, located close to Villa Borghese Gardens. We pretty much walked everywhere from the hotel, and it was really scenic walks too.

Small Luxury Hotels of the world Rome

The highlight was arriving to find a travel quote outside the hotel. If you follow me on Instagram you know that I post a daily quote every day and so this had me squealing with delight.

Small Luxury Hotels of the world Rome

We had a lovely room on the 3rd floor, which was spacious and overlooked a courtyard.

Small Luxury Hotels of the world Rome Small Luxury Hotels of the world Rome

I loved the decor throughout the hotel, and the breakfast buffet was another highlight. It had everything from cereals, pastries, cold meats and cheese to refreshing fresh juices. I thoroughly enjoyed my breakfasts, fuelling up for a day of sightseeing.

They also have outdoor spaces throughout the hotel with seating so you can make the most of the glorious weather, while the air is pleasantly filled with the scent of the orange trees all around. My favourite part about Italy!

Small Luxury Hotels of the world Rome

The hotel has a 1920s vibe and art deco designs it has the feel of a stately home, which I very much loved. It is a boutique hotel with just 32 rooms, and the service is excellent.

It can be found at Via G. De Notaris 5, Rome, 00197, Italy.

We got an amazing deal on Expedia when we booked it with a flight so do check out Expedia for some great deals. www.lordbyronhotel.com

Have you been to Rome? I would love to know what your highlights were in the comments section below xx

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Binita Shah-Patel

Hi, I’m Binny – a writer, dreamer, serial wanderluster and travel addict. I am originally from Kenya but now live in London. I set up this blog to share my experiences eating out as well as travelling.

I love packing my bags and going off on adventures as one of the best things about travelling is the ability to just get lost in it. To set aside the maps and itineraries and just see where the road takes you, learning and evolving and living in the moment along the way.

It’s my goal to get swept off my feet as often as possible.

5 Comments

  1. April 23, 2018 / 8:28 am

    This has bought back so many lovely memories of visiting Roma. It is such a pretty city and I agree about visiting in the shoulder season.

  2. April 23, 2018 / 12:22 pm

    I loved reading this and following along on your trip on your insta story. The rooftop bar at La Grande Bellezza looks stunning, what beautiful views. I love Rome so much, reading this made me very happy xxx

  3. April 23, 2018 / 7:58 pm

    Rome is my favourite place. We went there for our first anniversary so always special. I remember the endless amount of gelato we had by an icecream shop by trevi fountain. It’s so picturesque- the more street corners you turn the better. I also remember the best food was the simplest.. how an arrabiata pasta tastes so good I don’t know. Glad you have fun x

  4. April 24, 2018 / 9:47 pm

    Oh Binny you’ve done my cacio e pepe hunting for be before my trip. Love Rome and now I can’t wait for September.

  5. April 25, 2018 / 2:45 pm

    Your trip to Rome looked like so much fun!!

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