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!

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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 (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

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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!

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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

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

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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

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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!