How to see Rome in 3 Days on a Medium Budget (2)

Day 2

  • Itinerary: Circo Massimo – Altare della Patria – Trastevere
  • Total Cost: €68.30 per person

1. Circo Massimo & Capitoline Hill ~ €20

Take Line B on the Metro to Circo Massimo (€1.50). An unobstructed landscape of what was once the biggest and most spectacular stadium in the Roman Empire opens up right in front of you.

Chariot races dominated its events calendar during ancient Rome, entertaining a 250,000-strong audience. Now a public park providing vast open space for leisure walks and outdoor concerts, it benefits from the Palatino as its majestic backdrop.

It also hosts an archaeological site which reopened in 2016 after six years of restoration work. Ticket costs €3-5.

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As you leave the Circus, head towards Santa Maria in Cosmedin which is marked by its tall bell tower with beautiful arches. Continue on Via Luigi Petroselli for 10 minutes and you will arrive at Teatro Marcello, whose exterior resembles the Colosseum.

Spend some time at its free-to-enter archaeological site to peruse well-translated history and fascinating people stories, and transport yourself back to one of the greatest civilisations of our time.

How To See Rome in 3 Days on a Medium BudgetBasilica di Santa Maria in Aracoeli is five minutes away, on the Capitoline Hill. Marble arches and chandeliers along the aisles lure you towards the magnificent altar. The church’s ceiling is particularly impressive, gilded in gold and embellished with compartments and intricate patterns.

How To See Rome in 3 Days on a Medium BudgetBefore you head towards Michelangelo’s Piazza del Campidoglio, admire a stunning view of the Palatino – one of the Seven Hills of Rome.

The piazza is surrounded by three buildings – Palazzo Senatorio, Palazzo dei Conservatori and Palazzo Nuovo. The latter two are part of the Capitoline Museums and home to valuable collections of art and artifacts. Ticket costs €15.

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Opening Times

Circo Massimo
Always open

Circo Massimo’s archaeological site
Tuesday to Friday: reservation only
Saturday to Sunday: 10am – 4pm (last entry at 3pm)

Basilica di Santa Maria in Aracoeli
May to September: 9am – 6pm
October to April: 9.30am – 5.30pm

Capitoline Museums
Daily: 9.30am – 7.30pm
December 24 and 31: 9.30am – 2.00pm
*Closed on January 1, May 1 and December 25

2. Altare della Patria

On the other side of Basilica di Santa Maria in Aracoeli is the Altar of the Fatherland, one of the most remarkable structures in Rome.

You will be struck first by its sheer size, then by its majestic beauty. At 135 metres wide and 70 metres tall, the altar celebrates King Victor Emmanuel who was the first king when Italy was unified in 1871.

Erected in 1911, the neoclassical monument with its white marble columns and heroic bronze statues, overlooks Piazza Venezia and houses cultural exhibitions.

Opening Times
Tuesday to Sunday: 9am – 5.30pm

3. Lunch ~ €6

How To See Rome in 3 Days on a Medium Budget

For a delicious pre-lunch snack, head towards River Tiber and arrive at Via dell’Arco del Monte. Here you’ll find a characteristic pastry shop called I Dolci di Nonna Vincenza, that serves the best cannoli with flavours ranging from pistachio, custard to chocolate.

Cross the Ponte Sisto and bear right to find La Boccaccia on Via di Santa Dorotea. Tucked away in a corner, this pizzeria is easy to miss. But their perfect pizza crusts, flavourful toppings, and friendly prices prove to be an authentic and unforgettable culinary experience in Rome.

4. Trastevere

Take a pleasant stroll up a gentle hill for about 10 minutes to arrive at Fontanone del Gianicolo, where you can enjoy a panoramic view of Rome.

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Continue to climb the hill and you will come across Porta San Pancrazio, which is along the Aurelian wall. The building or arch is also a multi-storey museum dedicated to the Italian unification and Garibaldi’s role in this significant event in Italian history.

Take a right from here and enjoy a quiet and peaceful walk to Piazzale Giuseppe Garibaldi, where an even more dramatic panorama of Rome makes it a hot spot for tourists and artists.

Opening Times

Porta San Pancrazio
Tuesday – Friday: 10am – 2pm
Saturday – Sunday: 10am – 6pm

5. Gelato ~ €7

Having travelled up the Janiculum Hill, it’s time to return to the city and visit two of the most famous gelateria in Rome – Fatamorgana and Locanda Del Gelato.

While Fatamorgana spoils you with an astonishing variety of flavours, Locanda stays loyal to the classic flavours while giving them an edgy twist. No matter which combination you go for, gelato doesn’t get any better than this!

How To See Rome in 3 Days on a Medium Budget

6. Dinner ~ €27.50

For dinner, I visited a local restaurant called Flavio al Velavevodetto. A relaxing 20-minute walk from Locanda Del Gelato, Flavio is a burst of excitement for any curious travellers or food lovers.

Its entrance disguises a huge restaurant that occupies two floors, including a rustic, stone-walled section that sits below the ground floor.

Its menu fascinates diners with starters such as deep fried artichoke and main courses like rabbit cacciatore, and beef tongue in green sauce. Along with its collection of fine wine and local brews, Flavio al Velavevodetto has gifted me with the most memorable meal in Rome.

How To See Rome in 3 Days on a Medium Budget


Yan’s Caramel Indulgence in Great British Bake Off 2017

Great British Bake Off Week 4

Signature Challenge

The fourth week of the Great British Bake Off 2017 welcomes the first ever Caramel Week. To mark this special GBBO moment, the judges challenge the remaining nine bakers to make 18 millionaire’s shortbread.

Yan gives the classic bake a ginger and nut twist, topped with a royal touch using gold dusting to create the Queen’s head. As always, she hits the sweet spot with her creative flavours, but disappoints with the texture required for each of the three layers in the shortbread.

Kate, a quirky and brilliant baker from Merseywide, stuns with her Salted Bay Caramel Millionaire’s Shortbread, which cleverly uses bay leaves to create an aromatic flavour.

Another highlight bake comes from 19-year-old Liam and his Tetris-themed shortbread, which earns him a handshake from Paul Hollywood!

Technical Challenge

Great British Bake Off Week 4Just as the bakers regroup themselves and hopes to master the art of making caramel in the next challenge, Prue sends them into a meltdown by asking them to make 12 Stroopwafels – a much more commonly eaten sweet treat in the Netherlands than Britain!

With only a basic recipe and less than two hours to bake these unusual caramel waffles, the bakers give it their best shot and hope for the best.

Surprisingly, all of our bakers are far from mastering the art of making a silky smooth caramel, not even this round’s winner Stacey. Yan places eighth unfortunately, and must pull out all the stops for her caramel showstopper.


The ambitious British Chinese baker presents her Animals of Rainforest Caramel Cake, made up of a cocoa and orange-flavoured sponge filled with orange curd for icing, complete with a caramel waterfall, praline forest floor, and honeycomb rocks.

Though slightly overbaked, both Paul and Prue praise the originality and visually striking presentation of her showstopper.

Great British Bake Off Week 4

Star Baker belongs to Kate, whose Sticky Toffee Apple Caramel Cake is a firm favourite of her family on Bonfire Night, and is now a sensational hit on GBBO.

Leaving the white tent in Week 4 is Tom, who suffers a bad start at the Signature Challenge when he hasn’t left enough time to finish cutting the shortbread into 18 pieces. He also misjudges the proportions of his ingredients for his showstopper caramel cake.

Great British Bake Off Week 4

The next episode of the Great British Bake Off will air at 8pm on 26th September on Channel 4.

Yan excites with Flavours in Great British Bake Off 2017

Great British Bake Off Week 3

Signature Challenge

The first challenge of Bread Week is 12 Fruity Teacakes. As always, they should be of identical sizes and shapes. And whatever the bakers’ choice of fruits are, they should be evenly distributed in each teacake.

However, this proves to be least of their worry, as the most crucial step is to prove their dough for long and well enough, so that they won’t be serving raw or overbaked doughs to the judges!

Yan’s Masala Chai Spiced Teacakes are slightly doughy, but definitely impress Paul and Prue with the exciting flavours (cardomom, chilli, cumin) in the accompanying chutneys.

Technical Challenge

Great British Bake Off Week 3For the second challenge, Paul wants the bakers to make a Cottage Loaf. Apart from Flo and Stacey, no one has made this traditional English bread skilfully made up of two layers before.

After a lot of kneading, proving and waiting, some bakers including Yan manage to present something that closely resembles a Cottage Loaf, while others like Kate and James lose all control of their doughs.

Yan places eighth, while Stacey comes first with a crusty and well-shaped Cottage Loaf.


To find the bread king/queen from the 10 bakers, the judges decide they want to see a coloured bread sculpture using natural ingredients.

Yan hopes to wow the judges with her Basil the Vegetarian Dragon & his Pumpkin Hoard. A dragon-shaped bread made with basil and spinach sits atop a garlic-flavoured foccacia bread. It is also beautifully decorated with ‘wild mushrooms’ and ‘pumpkin’.

Flavours are undoubtedly her strong suit. The judges enjoy the design of her showstopper, too.

Great British Bake Off Week 3Star Baker belongs to Julia with Snail under a Mushroom. Other highlight bakes include Tom’s Rose Centrepiece and two-timer Star Baker Steven’s meticulously-designed and flavourful handbag.

Great British Bake Off Week 3

Leaving the white tent in Week 3 is the lovely Flo, whose ambition and optimism will be dearly missed.

The next episode of the Great British Bake Off will air at 8pm on 19th September on Channel 4.