Rome, The Eternal City. A continental wonderland so full of ancient history, majestic architecture and outstanding dining that you might find yourself hard-pressed to experience this ex-empire in just three days’ time.

The Colosseum, Rome

But it’s not impossible. With a firm knowledge of why you are visiting and planning for these reasons, you can certainly juice this vibrant grape for all the wonders it has to offer.

Here’s how to experience Rome in three days.

Know exactly why you’re going & plan for it

Are you a history buff who knows the difference between their Trajans and their Caligulas? Do you revel in the opportunity to immerse yourself in ancient stadiums and temples? Or, are you a food and wine connoisseur who is just as happy watching the street scene over a morning cappuccino as they are gorging on pasta in a world-famous trattoria?

Knowing your key reasons behind visiting the (former) Capital of the World is vital to getting to the most out of your visit. Why? Because by knowing what you want to see and do you will be able to plan properly for your three day sojourn.

For example, if you, like me, were inspired to visit the Colosseum the very first time you saw Russell Crowe take on the evil Joaquin Phoenix in Gladiator, you might want to make visiting those marvellous ruins your main priority.

From there, you can plan a route that includes visiting other Roman landmarks, including the Vatican, Pantheon, the Roman Forum, the Palatine Hill and more. Or, if you’re more of the foodie type, you can book one of the city’s numerous Italian cooking classes, complete with world class chefs, before taking your place at one of the city’s five Michelin Star restaurants.

Enjoy la dolce vita Romana

There truly is so much to see and do in Rome – no one lied to you about that. It is a cultural emporium that will leave you feeling inspired by its history, buildings, food and people, and is something you won’t want to miss out on.

Therefore, ensuring you are prepared to enjoy the things you want to enjoy most when visiting is key to getting the most out of your brief stay in this wondrous town.

Of course, you can always take part in an organised tour of Rome. These tours provide the opportunity to enjoy key highlights of the city without the fear of missing out on all of its endless incredibility.

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