Rome. The city’s name carries with it a kind of regal elegance that’s steeped in rich history and culture. With many attractions for every kind of traveler, including museums, restaurants, ancient art, and night clubs, Rome is a must-visit destination on your Euro-list. You could spend a lifetime exploring the corners of this fabled city, but sometimes you only have a long weekend at your disposal. With so much to see and do, how can you fit the highlights into just three days? Here’s a plan to help you prioritize.
1. Be Early To St. Peter’s Basilica
Michelangelo’s Pieta is just one of the wondrous sights to behold at St. Peter’s Basilica. Popes’ tombs lay beneath the basilica, and the view from the building’s dome is a breathtaking introduction to the city across the river. This is a great first day stop, as its open to the public from 7am, so be up bright and early to beat the first waves of tourists who’ll be just as excited to see it as you are. The dome opens an hour later at 8 am.
2. Get Awestruck At The Vatican Museums
It’s near-impossible to speak of traveling to Rome and not mention the Vatican Museums. The mind-blowing Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel ceiling, the Raphael Rooms, the Pio Clementino Museum antiquities, and Pinacoteca painting gallery which features Raphael’s Transfiguration and Caravaggio’s Deposition, are standout artistic works that set the tone for your entire visit. Time your basilica perusal to coincide with the 9 am opening of the Museums (closed Sundays unless it’s the last Sunday of the month). By tickets online in advance to skip that colossal line. Just know that you can’t see everything here in just a short visit, so hone in on the few pieces that speak to you, saving the rest for a subsequent trip to Rome.