ROME IN 3 DAYS: DAY 1 (July 28, Monday)

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OPTION 1 total walking distance: 5.2 km (3.2 mi)
(Our apartment is right next door to vatican, so it is our first stop. I've google-mapped all the key sites, to figure out most geographically logical/time-saving order of sites).


total walking distance: 5.2 km (3.2 mi) - excluding return home/wandering off

A) Vatican
"A major concentration of world art in one of the world's smallest sovereign states; don't miss the tomb of St. Peter, under the Basilica."�"Ann Natanson. Seat of the Catholic religion. Highlights include St. Peter's Basilica, with its "Pietà" by Michelangelo; Vatican Museums: from Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel to Raphael's masterpiece The School of Athens. Piazza San Pietro; fee to visit museums.

B) Piazza Navona
Elliptically-shaped piazza on the site of an ancient Roman chariot-racing stadium; one of Rome's premier gathering points; Fountain of the Four Rivers, by Gian Lorenzo Bernini; notable baroque church, Sant'Agnese in Agone, designed by Francesco Borromini and Girolamo Rainaldi.
Worth a stop: the legendary chocolate tartufo�"little bomb of chocolate-truffle ice cream�"at Bar Tre Scalini, a local institution.

C) Pantheon
Rome's most intact ancient monument; a massive sphere designed as a pagan temple by Emperor Hadrian in A.D. 125; remained the world's largest concrete dome until the 1990s; houses the tombs of painter Raphael and 19th-century Italian king Vittorio Emanuele II. Go when it's raining to watch the drops shower through the oculus, the hole in the dome's top. Piazza della Rotonda.

D) Trevi Fountain
Largest baroque fountain in Rome; designed in the 18th century by Nicola Salvi, with influences from Bernini; depicts the Roman God of the Sea, Neptune, being guided by Tritons; coins in the fountain tossed by visitors heeding a maxim that throwing in a coin ensures a return to Rome; famously appears in the films Roman Holiday, La Dolce Vita, and more recent When in Rome.

Here we stop for THE BEST GELATO (ice cream) IN ROME!!!

E) Galleria Borghese
One of the city's most impressive collections of art; housed in a villa in middle of the estate of the Borghese family, now Rome's main urban park. Highlights include works by Bernini, Canova, and Caravaggio. Reservations required. Piazzale Scipione Borghese 5; 39 06 328 10; fee.
We might skip going into the museum, as baroque art is not necessarily everyone's favorite, but I hear that the villa itself and the park are very well worth seeing.


total walking distance: 8.6 km (5.3 mi) - it's the same route, but we add one last stop:

F) MAXXI Museum
Brand new National Museum of the Arts of the 21st Century (Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI Secolo); exhibits on contemporary international arts and architecture; designed by Iraqi Prize-winning architect Zaha Hadid.
Via Guido Reni 2F; 39 06 321 0181.


Biedjee says:
well, I can't comment on the budget part, as Rome is expensive, but it should be possible to see most of Rome in three days. First of all, get yourself a Roma pass, this will give you unlimited public transport as well as some free museums. Secondly, if you have the Lonely Planet of Rome, the walking tours are quite useful. In three days I would suggest you do the Vatican, Ancient Rome and Renaissance Rome walks. This will get you past all the major sights in the city. Have a look at my Rome blog for some ideas.
Posted on: Jul 18, 2010
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