Are you planing to visit Rome for the first time and to stay for a few days? Then, you should take advantage of this post ‘A 3-day Guide to Rome’.
Since day 1 was a complete success of seeing loads of Roman architecture on foot, we decided to end our first night by visiting the ‘Teatro Dell’Opera’, which by the way is a MUST! We went to see ‘Il Trovatore (The Troubadour)’ by Giuseppe Verdi. If you like drama, this is your play!
Sometimes things don’t happen as planned, but that’s Ok because in Rome, there’s always something else to do. We planned to visit the Catacombs but due to unforseen events, we had to changed our plans and made our move to the famous Circo Massimo.
I believe the tickets were less than €15 per person when we purchased them at the entrance, which also included the entrance to our last destination of the day: the Colosseum.
The Circus Maximus is an ancient Roman chariot racing stadium amongs other things. After the 6th century AD, the stadium was no longer in use and started to suffer from decay, damage and flooding. Nowadays, the space is used for music concerts, public gatherings, etc.
I totally recommend visiting the Circus Maximus because from there, you can easily go the Palatino Hill and have amazing views of the roman ruins and part of the city. If you continue walking you’ll also reach the Roman Forum and ultimately, the outstanding Colosseum.
The Colosseum is such a beautiful architectural piece, despite the fact this place was used for gladiators fighting wild animals to please and entertain the Roman emperors. Anyhow, visiting the Colosseum from the outside and inside is something you must see in Rome.
After such an intense previous day, we prepared for another long day in the Vatican. So we headed firstly to the Castel Sant’Angelo, a fortress located by the river Tiber and walking distance from the Vatican. The wonderful thing about this place is the panoramic view you have from the rooftop.
After visiting the castle, we spent the rest of our day visiting the Vatican museum, home of the Sistine Chapel and then we finished our tour in St. Peter’s Basilica. I highly recommend getting the tickets for the museum in advance so you can avoid the long queue.
We were happy about having the tickets already, because no matter what day of the week you go, it’s going to be packed.
The Vatican museum has one of the world’s greatest art collections, including the famous Sistine Chapel painted by Michelangelo and a 7km long corridor and halls with beautiful art exhibits. If you LOVE ART, you would not want to leave the museum!
The only place you are not allowed to take any photos, it’s in the Sistine Chapel, yet you can sit there and admire the paintings for as long as you want.
Once you are done with the Vatican Museum, you can move to St. Peter’s Basilica. The queue to enter the Basilica is usually very long, so make sure to grab some food beforehand 🙂
St. Peter’s Basilica hosts some of the most famous art works from all over the world such as Bernini’s Baldachin and Michelangelo’s Pietà. Also, in this place it’s said that St. Peter is buried and there’s a bronze statue of St. Peter and it’s tradition for people to kiss or rub his foot when they pass by.
Sorry for the long post, but I really hope you find it useful if you are planning a trip to Rome. I surely enjoyed my visit to these lovely sites.
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