Rome, the Eternal City. A place of romance, food, history, wine - what more can you ask for when travelling to a far off destination. Rome was all I ever dreamed it could be and very quickly became one of my favourite major cities in the world.
It is definitely easy to spend a solid 5-7 days in Rome, but if you’re on the go, sometimes you don’t have that long to dedicate to one city. I say definitely give it 3 days and you’ll be able to see all of the major sites.
Here is my 3 day recommended itinerary for the Eternal City.
A stunning landmark in the heart of Rome, Trevi Fountain is nothing less than magical. I heard the water of the fountain rushing as I approached, before I could actually see it, and the sense of excitement it gave me was out of this world. It was one of the first places I truly experienced when I started my exploration of Rome and I will never forget it. Luckily, when I arrived at the fountain, it was a little later in the day so there weren’t as many people around it. I really suggest that if you want to see the fountain without insane crowds, it is best to show up early in the morning or late in the afternoon.
About a 10 minute walk from Trevi Fountain are the Spanish Steps. They just kind of snuck up on me as I wasn’t even planning to visit them. At the top of the stairs is the Trinità dei Monti, a 16th century French church and at the bottom of the stairs is the early Baroque fountain called Fontana della Barcaccia “Fountain of the Old Boat”. Climbing the 138 stairs to the top of the Spanish Steps, I was awarded with beautiful views of the city. The Spanish Steps are a great place to sit and people watch while sipping a coffee.
Not far from the Spanish Steps is the Villa Borghese Park. It is the 3rd largest park in Rome and it is magical to walk through. I spent a couple hours strolling through the pathways that were lined with sculptures, wandering in and out of the various buildings in the park, wandering through the secret gardens, and simply sitting to enjoy the peace of the park. During my visit, the Borghese Gallery & Museum were closed so I wasn’t able to check that out, but I have added it to my itinerary for the next visit. I didn't realize until after I left, but you can also rent a small boat and float around the Laghetto di Villa Borghese! For a spectacular view over the city, swing by Caffe del Pincio for a snack and cappuccino, and then wander over to the Terrazza del Pincio.