I mentioned Horace, the great Roman poet, in today's "Muse News" e-zine and was inspired to post about Rome this week. Horace is best known for his Odes, written while he was an advisor to Augustus, and you can still follow in their footsteps because the majority of the structures in the Roman Forum (above) were built during the reign of Augustus and his predecessor, Julius Caesar. Rome is an extraordinary capital, and it can take weeks or more to get in all the sites, cuisine and culture. This list will pinpoint the most iconic places to visit if time is of the essence.
Day 1 - Vatican, St. Peter’s, Trastevere
To get the most out of your day, start early because you want to arrive at the Vatican in the morning to beat the crowd. OR I can arrange for you to join a tour with private access in the Vatican museums - no crowds! At the Vatican museums there are over 54 Christian and art galleries, and the collections are stunning including the must-see Sistine Chapel with the striking ceiling art done by legendary artist, Michelangelo. Be sure to dress humbly in reverence of the religious city-state. Once you’ve admired the art, stop by Via delle Grazzie and grab some lunch, then relax on the gorgeous Spanish Steps and people watch before beginning your next adventure in the beautiful neighborhood Trastevere. If possible, check out award winning La Gatta Buia, they have an unbelievable Fiori di Zuca!
Day 2 - Colosseum, Palatine Hill, Roman Forum
It's wise to have a private tour or guide today, but if you're traveling without assistance, the best way to begin your second day is aboard the Metropolitana (subway) for a ride to the Colosseau station. Once you’ve arrived, stop by the ticket counter and purchase your one ticket that grants access to the Colosseum, Palatine Hill and the Roman Forum (If possible, avoid first Sundays!) Be sure to do some research on this ancient wonder beforehand so you understand what you’re exploring. There are many spigots throughout the area with fresh water, so go ahead and grab a bottle before leaving because now it’s time to hike up the Palatine Hill! The views from the hill towers are stunning and overlook the Roman Forum and Circus Maximus. On your way back, keep left to arrive at the Forum to take in even more majestic views.
Day 3 – Pantheon, Largo di Torre Argentina, Piazza Navona
Begin your last day with an espresso and a visit to Trevi fountain to keep with tradition and toss in a coin for good luck! Next, stroll over to the Pantheon church and remember to be respectful and keep your voice low. In the afternoon, head to Largo di Torre Argentina, also known as a cat sanctuary. The cats are well taken care of by a local charity, and feeding them is prohibited. Lastly, we have Piazza Navona to explore. This elegant showcase square in Rome is built on the Stadium of Domitian. I recommend staying for sunset as the sight is truly awe-inspiring. Now that you’ve accomplished an impressive three-day tour, enjoy an exceptional glass of Italian wine and raise a toast to this incredible city.
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