What to do in 72 hours in Rome or with your RomaPass is written by Michelle Rodriguez, who is a study abroad student living in Rome. The purpose of this Rome travel guide is to allow young student travelers on a budget in Rome for the weekend to accomplish everything they want to see within a short period of time and while saving money. 

Day 1 

  • Start your day off at Mercato di San Cosimato where you can enjoy a slow start to your morning. Walking around the market you can see the vast fresh produce and beautiful flowers while sipping on fresh juice. Above all don’t forget to get a pastry before you leave!
  • Next hop on the bus which is included in the RomaPass and you don’t even have to worry about scanning a ticket.
  • Use one of your two museum/archaeological sites/experiences included in the RomaPass to go to the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill. An entrance ticket is normally about 16 euros. You head to the Colosseum first because you have a scheduled entrance time. After that you can visit the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill just walking distance away along with the Arch of Constantine.
  • After enriching yourself with a bunch of Roman history you’ve grown quite the appetite so you grab lunch at Yalla Yalla Lebanese Food. Don’t worry you will have pasta later. 
  • However, don’t think we forgot about dessert! Next you head to FLOR for some gelato. A good way to spot out the best and most authentic gelato is when you see the metal tins.
  • Finally you go to Circus Maximus where you can enrich your experience by doing the Circo Maximo Experience.  The experience uses augmented reality and virtual reality to allow you to visualize the space in the past (only an additional 11 euros).
  • For dinner you head to Trastevere where there are plenty of restaurants. Furthermore, you cannot go wrong in choosing a restaurant, but here are some of my favorites: Taverna Trilussa, Tonnarello, and Nannarella. 

Day 2 

  • Start your second day strong with a chocolate croissant and cappuccino at Tazza D’Oro La Casa Del Caffe before heading over to the Pantheon right across the street. Also booking ahead to enter the Pantheon is essential to avoid foot traffic.
  • Next walk to the Trevi Fountain and make sure to throw a coin in if you wish to come back to Rome.
  • Then grab another gelato around the Trevi Fountain since there are plenty of gelaterias. My favorite one nearby is from Il Gelato di San Crispino. 
  • Then walk to the Spanish Steps where you can refill your water bottle in the Fontana della Barcaccia before you make the trek up the stairs.
  • Additionally if you are getting hungry stop by Pastificio Guerra where you can get fresh homemade pasta for 4.5 euros!
  • Spend the rest of the day enjoying the Gardens of the Villa Borghese. Additionally go to the Borghese Gallery which you can use your RomaPass to get into or the general admission ticket is 13 euros. The Gardens of the Villa Borghese is the perfect place to read a book, have a picnic, enjoy the live music, ride a bike or cart, paddle in a boat, and more.
  • To end the day you can walk to Piazza del Popolo and grab dinner. 

Day 3 

  • It’s your third and final day in Rome so start your morning off with a good, filling breakfast at Homebaked. It is perfectly located right next to the Vatican City which you can spend the morning exploring.
  • You can go into St. Peter’s Basilica for free, but depending on the time of day you might have to wait in a long line so my suggestion is go early! After exiting St. Peter’s Basilica on the right is a post office where you can send postcards to your loved ones from the Vatican with a Pope Francis stamp.
  • If you are ready for lunch head over to La Zanzara, my favorite lunch spot with an amazing Frutti Rossi Spritz.
  • After lunch, walk along the Tiber River and go to the Castel Sant’ Angelo which you can use your RomaPass to get into or the general admission ticket is 13 euros.
  • Then walk a little farther along the Tiber River until you hit a stand with a bunch of books around it, Bibliobar, where you can enjoy an aperitivo or a caffe.
  • Then walk or take the bus using your RomaPass to Piazza Navona where you can see the Church of Sant’ Agnese in Agone, the Agonalis Obelisk, and three fountains. You can also find plenty of good restaurants in the area along with one last gelato before you leave Rome at Grom. 

Leave Rome having exemplified the saying “when in Rome” without blowing your budget. An easy way to do this is by taking away some of the stress while in Rome by planning ahead and using the RomaPass so you don’t have to be responsible for multiple tickets. When in Rome… have many gelatos and enjoy as much as you! 

Start your 72 hours in Rome by…

getting your pass today: https://www.romapass.it/

Article Written by: Michelle Rodriguez



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