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I am trying to maximize my time in Rome as we only have 3 days to see everything. Does this seem doable and logical?

Day 1 - we arrive at 4pm so I dont want to do too much so
Trevi Fountain in the evening

Day 2 - Palatine Hill, Arch of Constantine, Colloseum, Roman Forum, Palatine Museum, Piazza del Campidoglio and Imperial Forums

Day 3 - Piazza San Pietro, Vatican & St. Peter’s Basilica, Trastevere, Piazza Navona

Now my question is how do I fit in the Pantheon??? Does this schedule make sense??? Should I add or delete some things? Any suggestions would be appreciated.


Posted by
4152 posts

The pantheon is a 5 minute walk from the Piazza Navona. You can fit it in on day 3.

Day two is a little crammed. You won't have much time at the sites.


Posted by
27 posts

Well the plan is to start early on day 2 to get in as much as we can. I wish I had 4 days but I will try to do as much as possible.

Is the palatine museum a must?

Posted by
1633 posts

On your Day 1, do Rick's "Night Walk Across Rome" as outlined in his tour book. This walk will take you to the Pantheon (it's open Mon-Sat 0830-1930 except closed at 1700 on Saturday for Mass), Piazza Navona, Trevi Fountain and ends at the Spanish Steps, or whenever you want to stop. Just follow the crowds on this walk. It's easy and beautiful at night. Have fun on your trip!

Posted by
112 posts

You can easily squeeze all of that in, the Pantheon doesn't take that long to see. Be sure to visit the Pantheon at night, it's one of my favorite things to do and it is close to the Trevi Fountain, there is usually a performance of some kind going on. One thing about the Trevi fountain, do not accept roses from anyone who offers them to you, of course it's a scam. I have seen too many unsuspecting tourist looked shocked after they have a picture taken by the person who hands them the rose and then asks for money for the experience.

Posted by
27 posts

They have the same type of people in NYC. I think we are going to do the night walk the first day.

Posted by
11 posts

We did the "night walk" just last week. It was our first adventure after arriving in Rome after traveling there that day. Highly reccomended and an easy way to get acclaimated to Rome and it's bustle.

Posted by
44 posts

The palatine museum is very small. Easy to see quickly if it interests you, or skip if it doesn't. No additional charge for admission, so pop in and see what you think.

Posted by
13 posts

You can see the Pantheon at night as well, and it's beautiful. You won't need a lot of time there.

Posted by
27 posts

I am def going to change my itinerary to add the night walk on our arrival day. Thank you so much for the tip.

Posted by
1317 posts

Agree with the others. Put the Pantheon on day 1. You can also put Piazza Navona on day 1 instead of 3, unless you want to see the piazza during the day. I find it more charming at night, but maybe that's just me.

Day two has a lot of sites, but I think you'll be fine. Most of those sites are areas you keep moving through, as opposed to museums with lots of things to look at. They're also geographically close together.

Your schedule is pretty similiar to what we did in 3 days in Nov 2008, so I can confirm it's do-able.

Posted by
1003 posts

On day 3, if you wanted or are interested, you could wander the Jewish Ghetto a little bit after Trastevere - it is just across the river. Some cute fountains, beautiful synagogue with a square dome, and an ancient theatre are just a couple things to see. Some good restaurants there too. Rick has an audio tour see and there's a section on it in his book. Not necessarily a MUST-DO but I found that area very interesting.

Posted by
676 posts

Do the Vatican and St Peter's early-I'd do Vatican first-to decrease waiting time in lines. St Peter's had a long line when I went but it moved fast. Take VERY small backpack/purse cuz they do put things thru x-rays at SP, and will pull if too big. I can't remember if they do that at the Vatican.