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

Day 3

  • Itinerary: Colosseo – Spanish Steps – Piazza del Popolo – Fontana de Trevi
  • Total Cost: €47.50 per person

1. Colosseo ~ €12

How To See Rome in 3 Days on a Medium Budget

Leaving my hotel near Roma Termini, I headed towards the majestic Piazza della Repubblica. Directly facing the plaza’s fountain is Via Nazionale, where you can find an array of stores and eateries, such as Queen’s Chips and Verde Pistacchio. This makes for a relaxing morning walk and a satisfying prelude to visiting the most iconic Roman structure.

Be prepared for an ocean of tourists as you approach the Colosseum, and factor in queuing time for tickets. If rain is expected, make sure you bring a good umbrella because the rain can be torrential and there is very little cover inside the Colosseum.

On each level of the Colosseum are exhibitions that tell its history and how it inspires contemporary art and culture, so make sure you spare a few hours learning about this remarkable architecture while absorbing the atmosphere and re-imagining how gladiators used to fight for survival.

Opening Times
Daily from 8.30am, closing time varies

*Free entry on the first Sunday of every month

2. Spanish Steps + Lunch

Take the underground from Colosseo to Spagna station to see the Spanish Steps, made famous by the film Roman Holiday starring Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck. Enjoy your lunch with a view and a touch of old Hollywood glamour.

3. Piazza del Popolo

How To See Rome in 3 Days on a Medium Budget

After lunch, walk to the Piazza del Popolo which is 10 minutes away. “The People’s Square” leans against the Pincio Hill – home to Villa Borghese, the biggest public park in Rome. Rent a bike for the afternoon and let the luscious green gardens take your breath away.

4. Fontana de Trevi

How To See Rome in 3 Days on a Medium Budget

What better way to end my three-day trip in Rome than visiting the awe-inspiring Trevi Fountain? Standing at 26 metres tall, this impressive baroque fountain garners attention whether it’s beaming on a warm summer day or sparkling at night.

Legend has it that to make your wish come true, one should use their right hand to throw a coin into the fountain over their left shoulder. Tossing one coin will guarantee your visit back to the Eternal City; two will make you fall in love with a gorgeous Italian; three will see you tie the knot with this person. No wonder the fountain has become a major source of charity donations.

5. Dinner (€29) + Gelato (from around €2)

Not far from Trevi Fountain is a restaurant named Il Giardino Di Albino, noted for its authentic Italian dishes, lively yet intimate atmosphere, and top-notch customer service.

Although I already had dessert at the restaurant, I could not resist stopping off at the city’s oldest ice cream parlour.

Hop on the underground at Barberini station (€1.50) and get off at Vittorio Emanuele. Just around the corner is Fassi, where you will find a dizzying choices of flavours and styles from cones to sandwiches, and quite simply the best gelato you can ever find on this planet!

How To See Rome in 3 Days on a Medium Budget

On my last bite, I bid a sweet goodbye to Rome, brimming with excitement about my next destination – Cinque Terre.


How to see Rome in 3 Days on a Medium Budget (1)

Day 1

  • Itinerary: Vatican – Castel Sant’Angelo – Piazza Navona – Pantheon
  • Total Cost: €96.20 per person

How To See Rome in 3 Days on a Medium Budget

1. Vatican ~ €55

Take Line A on the Metro to Ottaviano (€1.50). To make the most of your time at the world’s smallest state, join a guided tour so you can skip the queue and absorb all the knowledge your tour guide has to offer.

A standard ticket to visit the Vatican costs €16, whereas guided tours vary between €40 and €300 depending on the nature and length of the tour.

How To See Rome in 3 Days on a Medium Budget

I joined Maya Tours on one of their morning groups for €55 – no particular reason, they simply were the first one that I came across on my way to the Vatican.

The 2 1/2-hour tour included access to all Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica, and was led by the charismatic Deborah, who made sure our time was as enjoyable as it was educational. Don’t miss the Swiss Guards as you exit the Basilica!

Opening Times

Monday to Saturday: 9am – 6pm
Sunday: 9am – 2pm

How To See Rome in 3 Days on a Medium Budget

2. Lunch ~ €3.80

Stroll along Via della Conciliazione (directly facing St Peter’s Basilica) and enjoy lunch with a view at your choice of cafés and restaurants, or pick up a couple of pizza slices to go for just €3.80.

3. Castel Sant’Angelo ~ €13

Sant Angelo Castle is just a stone’s throw away. Outside, you will be greeted by street artists and musicians. Take a glimpse of River Tiber and Ponte Sant’Angelo, and brace yourself for a more majestic view from the top of the castle.

Movie fans like myself will also remember one of the most climatic scenes in Ron Howard’s 2009 thriller Angels & Demons was filmed here.

Opening Times

Daily: 9am – 7.30pm

*Closed on January 1, May 1 and December 25

How To See Rome in 3 Days on a Medium Budget

4. Piazza Navona

Just 15 minutes walk away is this beautiful plaza, buzzing with street performers, travellers, families and young crowds. The oval-shaped plaza is best known for its three fountains, most notably Fontana dei Fiumi (Fountain of Rivers).

5. Gelato ~ €3

Stop for a delicious scoop or two at Punto Gelato on Piazza di S. Eustachio.

Opened in 2014, Punto Gelato is one of three ice cream parlours of Gunther Rohregger, the founder of Gunther Gelato Italiano.

Gelato doesn’t get more Italian than this – made with natural and local ingredients like Marsala Wine, Piedmont Hazelnut, Sicilian Orange and Gorgonzola Cream. You will be pleasantly dazzled by the range of unique and unimaginable flavour combinations!

How To See Rome in 3 Days on a Medium Budget

6. Pantheon

Around the corner is the world famous Pantheon. Once an ancient Roman temple, it is now the home of Christians and holds masses every week.

But it is more than a place of worship. Even the great Michelangelo marvelled at its architectural beauty. It boasts the largest self-supporting concrete dome in the world, with a diameter of 43.3 metres – which is also the height measured from the top of the dome to its marble floor.

Opening Times

Monday to Saturday: 8.30am – 7.30pm
Sunday: 9am – 6pm

*Closed on January 1, May 1 and December 25

7. Dinner ~ €19.90

Following a friend’s recommendation to avoid tourist trap, I had dinner at a cosy little place called La Fiaschetta, just 15 minutes walk from the Pantheon.

Tucked in an alleyway and secluded from the buzz of the city, it offers the most delicious and authentic Italian food I’ve had in Rome, epitomising the philosophy of simple things done well. All for great value, too.

How To See Rome in 3 Days on a Medium BudgetGet in the mood for a holiday in Rome with this gorgeous tune by the legendary Andrea Bocelli and Ariana Grande, and look out for my post on what to do and see in Rome on Day 2!