What to See With 72 Hours in Rome.

Rome is the most amazing city, built around 100’s of Roman ruins. Walking around the city is a Rome Attraction in itself. Here are a list of things that we visited in the 3 days we spent in Rome and what we thought about them.

St. Peter’s Basilica

St. Peter’s Basilica is known as the largest church in the world, and for its impressive architecture. The Basilica attracts many people throughout the year, both tourists to see its beauty, and local people to witness the Pope preside at several liturgies.

St. Peter’s Basilica is very impressive. As you enter, you get that “WOW” factor! Both the architecture and the designs inside are simply stunning. There is an audio guide available for 5€ if you wish to understand more about its history and importance.

The square surrounding the church is also spectacular, with many statues and fountains. Tourists can sit around the square, soaking up the sun and taking photos.

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TIP! If you can visit St. Peter’s Basilica during the week, DO IT! We went on a Thursday and only had to queue for 5 minutes through security. It was the perfect wait time.

On the Saturday we went for a wander up to the Basilica as it is such a beautiful place, and the queues were horrendous. We were so glad we had already been in there a couple of days before as we would never have waited in that line. It was easily a 3 hour wait.

Address: Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Città del Vaticano, Vatican City
Getting there: Metro station: Ottaviando, Line A (red)
Opening times: 7am until 6.30pm. The Dome opens at 8am and closes one hour before the Basilica.
Price: Entrance into the basilica is free. There is an audio guide available for 5€.
Important information: There is a strict dress code for entrance into the Basilica. Gentlemen must cover their shoulders and legs, and women must cover their shoulders and wear skirts longer than the knee.

What to See With 72 Hours in Rome

Vatican Museum

The Vatican Museum is full of historical statues, pieces of art work, brick work and even has real tombs from the Egyptian times. Everything is very well looked after and is kept in an amazing condition.

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The Vatican is beautiful, especially for those who appreciate fine art and history. It is huge and usually takes around 2 hours to complete it properly. I will be honest though, we spent a total of 45 minutes in the museum as we were seriously bored.

If museums are not your thing, I wouldn’t recommend going.

TIP! There is a big discount on the entrance fee for students. If you are a student in Rome you must provide a letter from your University, with a stamp from the director, proving you study at the Uni. I do believe it is a little easier for international students as you just need to show a form of ID with your current University on it (student card). The price for a Student ticket is 8€, so definitely worth bringing it if you have one!

There are audio guides available for 7€ which provide you with all the information you need in each room.

Address: Viale Vaticano, 00165 Roma
Getting there: Metro station: Ottaviando, Line A (red)
Opening times: 9am-4pm
Price: Standard Adult ticket 17€
Student Ticket 8€
Important information: Get there early to avoid the historical queues (no pun intended). Go on a week day if possible!

What to See With 72 Hours in Rome

Monumento to Vittorio Emanuele II

We hadn’t planned to visit the monument while we were in Rome as we hadn’t heard about it before. As were on our way to the Colosseum we spotted it from the bus window and had to get out to see it.

The building looked absolutely incredible, and as we got closer we could see how much detail truly went into the architecture! We had no idea it was only a 5-minute walk away from the Colosseum, located in the center of Piazza Venezia.

We wandered about the monument for half an hour or so and took plenty of pictures. There is a terrace area at the top of the building, where you can see the city of Rome, including the Basilica located across the other side of the river. It is such an immaculate building and I would recommend you go see it.

Address: Piazza Venezia, 00186, Roma
Getting there: Metro station, Colosseo, Line B.
By Bus: Busese number 40, 84, 780 and 810
Opening times: 9.30am-17.45pm during the week. On weekends, the monument stays open for an extra hour, closing at 18.45pm
Price: Free. It costs 7€ if you wish to access the panoramic lift.
Important information: You are not allowed to take food or drink into the monument. You are not allowed to sit on the steps leading up to the monument.

What to See With 72 Hours in Rome

The Colosseum

The Colosseum is the iconic building of Rome and a must-visit when you are in the city. It is considered to be one of the Roman’s greatest architectural buildings and could hold 50,000 people at one time.

It was primarily built to entertain the locals with brutal games, and shows. They consisted of beasts vs beasts, or humans beating animals to death, until 523. The remains of the Colosseum are what survived a number of earthquakes.

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Visiting the Colosseum

There are many people outside the Colosseum offering guided tours and I would recommend that you go on one. There is so much information to learn about the history of the Colosseum that you would miss out on without a guide.

TIP! You can also pre-book a guided tour, which is highly recommended. In the summer, the queues to enter the Colosseum are horrendous. You can avoid these queues by pre-booking a tour.

If you choose to go without a tour, or they are fully booked, there are also audio devices available for 5€. I recommend that you take one with you around the Colosseum if you do not have a guide. The devices explain the purpose and history of the museum.

The Colosseum is always busy so there’s not a bad time in the day to go. Obviously, weekends are busier so if you can avoid them, I would. There are tours running throughout the day and the last tour enters around 15:00.

Address: Piazza del Colosseo, 1, 00184
Getting there: Metro station: Colosseo, Line B
Opening times: 8.30am-7pm
Price: Standard adult ticket 12€
EU citizens between 18 and 25 = 7€
17 and under – FREE entrance

 Rome is an incredible city, suitable for anyone and everyone. Make sure you check out everything this city has to offer!

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