There is lots to do in Rome. Grab a Roma Pass! It gets you unlimited free metro transportation and two free museum admissions, plus discounts to other attractions.
Maybe you could do 2 days in Rome and a day trip to Pisa.
It’s about 4 hours to Pisa, so if you left early in the morning you could get a number to climb the Leaning Tower, grab lunch while you wait, climb the tower, and explore the rest of the city until 4 hours before you want to be back in Rome.
It’s up to 6 hours to Venice, which means 12 hours roundtrip, so I don’t think it’s worth it. Too much time on the train!
PS: The Roma Pass website is here.
3 days in Rome will barely scratch the surface. Stay in Rome and go back elsewhere when you can stay awhile. It’s at least 6 hours to Venice via train, and that’s taking the faster trains.
Venice, venice, venice. I would recommend it over Rome for many reasons- it’s smaller so in 3 days you will see a lot more of it. It’s virtually crime free so you will feel safer alone. I adooooored Venice. It was my favorite place in the world.
I only had 3 days in Rome too which, while you will will be begging for more time as you leave, was an amazing experience. Rome is one of the most incredible places I have ever been and the history located around every corner is just indescribable. I think your answer depends on your personal travel preferences. Rome is in your face. Vibrant, and breathtaking, but it can be a bit overwhelming for the first time visitor to Italy. Pisa is smaller and Venice is obviously must more touristy and accommodating to visitors. This isn’t to say that it is a challenge to survive in Rome, by any means! Still, I think Rome deserves its own little trip separate from the rest of Italy because it truly plays such a crucial role in world history and modern society. I think it would be best in your position to save Venice and Tuscany for another visit. Furthermore, as someone else already mentioned, your train travel will cut into your already far too valuable 72 hours in Italy!
I would suggest you divide up your time into two main packed sightseeing days, one focused on Ancient Rome (i.e. The Forums, Palatine Hill, Collosseum (all three covered by the same ticket), Pantheon, etc. and a whole other day devoted exclusively to the Vatican- St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel. The other non-allocated time should allow you to get adequated to Italy’s insane capital, give for a few drawn out meals at perfect cafes, and time to see some of Rome’s “walk-by” sites, such as the Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona and Spanish steps. Trust me, you’ll walk by these hundreds of times even in your three days.
Realize you won’t be able to see everything. It’s not possible. (We missed the Sistine Chapel on our trip) but that’s all the reason to plan another trip to Rome!
I hope you have happy travels and I’m sure you’ll have a great time no matter what you decide!
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I agree with everything londonllama said. I spent 3 days in Rome alone and I felt like I was rushing around. I did pretty much what london recommends.
I would spend the three days in Rome. You won’t have a dull moment.
Stay in Rome for the 3 days! There isn’t much to Pisa, save it for a second trip. Venice is great- but don’t waste your short time traveling within Italy. You will just have to make a second trip.
Definitely stay in Rome. I was in Rome for a week back in 2000 and I didn’t see everything
Definitely stay in Rome – not only for practicality time-wise but it will be much easier to adjust because it’s more tourist-oriented than Pisa or Venice. You can speak English in Rome and you’ll get great food.
Rome was the first city I ever visited in Italy and I can’t imagine starting anywhere else. It will be very difficult to cram even a brief overview of Rome into 3 days, but I’d be happy to help you with that if you’d like. Don’t misses: the Colosseum, the Palatine Hill, the Roman Forum, the Spanish Steps, the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, Piazza del Popolo (Ciampini Hill at sunset is breathtaking), the Vatican museum, St. Peter’s, Piazza Navona… there’s SO much, I guarantee you’ll want to go back!
Also Rome is very, VERY safe. I never felt unsafe or threatened in Rome at any time of night, and I can’t say the same for any of the other Italian cities I visited.
Thanks…any recommended itinerary for each of the 3 days ?
when will you arrive at Rome ? morning or evening ?
some places are better for morning , some for evening and night.
some for raining days and some for sunny weather.
you check the weather report, specially if its raining, try to spend hours inside, like Vatican.
if its sunny skip it and go to old city center.
there are 2 types of city tours
A) by bus B) by foot.
most of places you can only go by foot.
if you want to shop , be informed that most of the stores close at 7:30 pm.
I would say :
>>Day 1 morning: Vatican
full info: http://mv.vatican.va/3_EN/pages/MV_Home.html
if you are a climber, take 500 steps ( or an elevator and then 300 steps) and get to the roof.
great view of Rome you will have.
>>Day 1 afternoon :
bus tour is good, it takes around 2 hours.
if you are not tired walk by the river and eat italian pizza , then an Ice-cream.
>>Day 2 morning
you can take a tour by foot.
there is a street ( via del corso )
one end is piazza del popolo and other end is Piazza Venezia.
most of the places are either left or right side of this street.
(be prepare to WALK) .
like Spanish steps, pantheon , piazza Navona, Trevi Fountain ….
its a good idea to spend the night at piazza navona and Campo dei Fiori, there are some performances like singing, dancing , painting by people. if you like to have dinner , its kinda more expensive in the piazza navona, you can go some place near it, just take a walk and you can see lots of restaurants.
>>day 3: it depends on what is your taste, you want to see some old castels or inside colosseum .
Roman Forum: FOROROMANO – The heart of ancient Rome.
Palatine Hill: PALATINO – The Romantic Hill.
or you may want to see uptown places like
Villa Borghese: Borghese Gallery.
actually there are lots of places .
you may want to choose which one is more important to see.
take a look at this page :
Have a safe and nice trip.
you will love Rome and you will get back.
No doubt, choose Rome. You will have a fabulous time. I have been to Rome solo and enjoyed every bit of it. I didn’t feel like I was unsafe at all.
Just be sure to plan out your trip because some of the sights close on certain days/hours and you don’t want to miss it.
Like everybody said, stay in Rome. Frankly, Pisa is a waste of time and Venice is far away from Rome. Three days in Rome is a bare minimum. I’m getting ready to go to Italy for 2 weeks and I will spend the last 4 days in Rome.
they always say:
Be careful with your pocket and money, specially in stations and crowd places.
thieves are smart.
some may be kids , they get close to you together, there may be a hot girl which distract you too, and others do the rest of the work.
I can tell you what we did while were were there over several disjoint days, we had about 4 days worth of time all together, many great sites to choose from.
Pantheon – while you are here, take a little extra time to check out these nearby sites:
Santa Maria Sopra Minerva
Area Sacra Di Largo Argentina
- these are all relatively near each other, and could probably fill 2 days.
Arch of Constantine
- these require the whole day
- other interesting sites
Santa Maria Cosmedin
Temples of Forum Boarium
San Francesco a Ripa
Baths of Caracalla
Santa Maria Della Concezione
- These are a little more out of the way
Catacombs of San Callisto
Ostia Antica – you could spend a lot of time here. Well preserved roman city ruins
…True, there are spectacular things all over Italy, but with only three days you’d be foolish to spend them rushing around. Enjoy Rome!
…If you really feel the need to venture out into the countryside, look up Ostia and especially Tivoli—both just an hour outside town.
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