Rome in a Day Tour Including Colosseum and Vatican Museums

5 / 5 19 Reviews · 7.0h 15 max · Rome, Italy

If you're only in the Eternal City for a few days, this Rome in a day tour includes the Vatican Museums, the Roman Colosseum, Piazza Navona, the Trevi Fountain & more. See Rome off the beaten path, the highlights and more on this full day excursion.

Included

What you get with this tour

Restricted access
Transportation
English-speaking guide
Colosseum & Vatican tickets included
Skip the line
Itinerary

What you will see on this tour

  • Skip the Line Tickets!
  • Colosseum Tour
  • Gladiators, Emperors and Spectators
  • Arch of Constantine
  • Roman Forum
  • Arch of Titus
  • The Eternal Flame
  • Julius Caesar's Temple
  • Senate House
  • Trevi Fountain
  • Pantheon
  • Piazza Navona
  • Vatican Museums Tour
  • Gallery of the Candelabra
  • Gallery of the Tapestries
  • Sistine Chapel Tour
  • Michelangelo's Masterpieces
  • St. Peter's Basilica *
  • La Pietà by Michelangelo *
  • "Baldacchino" by Bernini *

Maximize your precious and limited time on your Roman getaway with this comprehensive tour. We believe in the importance of experiencing all of Rome’s best sights and sounds, even in one day. If you're visiting the Eternal City for just a few days, join us on our Rome in a Day tour which features the Vatican Museums, Roman Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona, and Spanish Steps. Experience Rome’s bucket list destinations with a professional, English-speaking tour guide. Skip the line tickets and transportation are included. This 7-hour full day tour includes:

 
- Professional, English-speaking guide
- Comfortable, climate-controlled transfer to the Vatican
- Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica guided tour*
- Guided Colosseum Tour*
- Guided tour to Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps and Piazza Navona*
 

The order of the itinerary may change, depending on the time of year, site openings and ticket availability.

Skip the Line Roman Colosseum Tour

The first stop on our Rome in a Day tour is the 2,000-year-old Roman Colosseum. We give you skip the line Colosseum tickets so you don’t waste time waiting in long lines. Your expert guide will teach you the history of the Flavian Amphitheater (Colosseum) in dramatic detail. 

On this tour, you will visit one of two possible exclusive access areas, either the Colosseum Arena Floor or the top levels of the Colosseum, depending on the availability of the reservation.

If your ticket allows for a visit to the Arena Floor on this day, you will be able to step out onto the newly reconstructed floor where gladiators and wild animals once fought. From there, look up to the stands and imagine what it must’ve felt like to see 60,000 spectators cheering. Next, you will see the first and second tiers, the ancient seats for Roman nobles, before moving onto the Roman Forum.

If your ticket allows for a visit the Colosseum Belvedere, you will be able to see the top levels of the Colosseum for some of the most breathtaking views of Rome. As one of the Colosseum's exclusive areas, you will likely be one of a select few groups to visit this area. Look down upon the vast structure that surrounds you and snap a sweet picture while you're at it.

The Streets of Downtown Ancient Rome

Have you ever wondered about the Roman Forum’s significance to Ancient Rome? Now full of sprawling ruins next door to the Colosseum, the Forum once served as the powerful Roman Empire’s commercial and political center. After skipping the line, take a quick walk through the ruins of this once thriving Roman icon.

Rome City Tour on Foot

After visiting the Colosseum, your Rome in a day tour continues with a visit to some of the Eternal City’s most awe-inspiring piazzas and fountains. Stroll through iconic Roman landmarks such as the Piazza Navona, the Pantheon and the Trevi Fountain. You’ll experience Rome’s many landmarks under the wing of a local guide.

Guided Vatican Museums Tour

After breaking for lunch (lunch is not included in the price of the tour), we will drive you directly to the Vatican in a climate-controlled, luxury coach. You will visit the best galleries and works of art housed among the Vatican Museums’ nine miles of priceless treasures. After skipping the general admission line**, you will visit the Gallery of the Candelabra, the Gallery of the Tapestries and the Gallery of the Maps on the way to the Sistine Chapel.

While you will not wait in the normal line, a wait in a shorter security line is still required for entrance. Brief delays at the security check may occur during our busiest months, June and July. We have a team of experts waiting at the Vatican each morning to help our groups avoid delays.

A Masterpiece of Breathtaking Proportions

Experience the Sistine Chapel, the Rome in a Day tour’s centerpiece, in person. Your Sistine Chapel visit is included with your skip the line Vatican tickets. You’ll stand in awe at Michelangelo’s stunning frescoes depicting more than 600 figures and stories from the Old Testament.

As the Sistine Chapel is a place of worship, speaking inside is forbidden. We will provide you with a reference map prior to entering the chapel. Your guide will explain the significance of Michelangelo’s artwork before you enter. Use the map for orientation when you are inside.

To enter the Vatican's Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica all visitors must cover their knees and shoulders. You may be denied entry to this portion of the Vatican tour without proper attire. Consider bringing a shawl/scarf/sweater for covering knees and shoulders during the hot summer months.

The Palatial St. Peter’s Basilica

Except on Wednesday Mornings

Designed by Renaissance architects such as Bernini, Bramante and Michelangelo, St. Peter’s Basilica spans the size of roughly two American football fields. This marvelous Roman landmark took 120 years to build. Use a special door, you will skip the regular entrance to see the statue of St. Peter, La Pieta and the famed Baldacchino. Standing 95 feet tall Bernini's Baldacchino sits right beneath St. Peter's dome above the papal altar.


It is not possible to return to the Vatican Museums by way of St. Peter’s Basilica. If you want to spend more time inside the museums, you must forego the guided tour of the basilica. If you wish to stay in St. Peter's Basilica longer, don't leave with the guide to take photos in the piazza. Because the security line is long and individual re-entry is not recommended, we suggest that you stay inside St. Peter’s and explore on your own after the tour concludes.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where to meet?

Behind the green souvenir kiosk in front of the “Colosseo” metro stop - located just outside the lower level entrance/exit. A representative will be there holding a sign with our company name on it.

What to bring?

Bring a water bottle, sunscreen (in the summer months) and some coins for making wishes in the Trevi Fountain. Since this is a walking tour that includes a visit to the Colosseum and Roman Forum, an archeological site with uneven terrain, wear comfortable shoes.

Q: Is lunch included in the price of the tour?
 
A: No, but we're happy to recommend one of our favorite spots. Get in touch with one of our Travel Experts at [email protected] ahead of time or just ask your guide on the day of your tour!
 
Q: Does this tour include pick up at your hotel?
 
A: No, you will meet your guide at the Colosseum meeting point listed on your confirmation voucher. If you're interested in a private transfer to the meeting point, reach out to us by email or give us a call at +1 888 290 5595. (an extra fee applies).
 
Q: How comprehensive are the Colosseum and Vatican sections of this tour?
 
A: In the spirit of seeing as much of Rome as possible, the Colosseum and Vatican sections of this tour are abbreviated.
 
Q: I have some doubts about my mobility. Is this tour right for me?
 
A: If you have any doubts about your mobility, you're better off choosing one of our Private Vatican tours. Private tours offer more flexibility and the ability to accommodate your personal needs.
 
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5/8/2019
Georgia Susie
5 / 5
Worth Every Penny!

We have just returned from our trip to Rome and have many happy memories, due in part, to The Roman Guy. Rome came at the very end of our 14 day trip so we only had 1 full day to see the sights. We met up with Carolina at 9:40 that morning and our tour concluded he around 6:00. It was a very full day beginning with the Coliseum and ending with the Vatican. We saw a few other sights along the way, as well. Having a tour guide for those two sights, in particular, were critical as we skipped straight to the front of the line each time. I can’t even begin to explain mass of people waiting to enter every sight we visited. For his reason alone the guided tour was the way to go. In addition, Carolina was knowledgeable, kind, charismatic, patient, and fun! She was a walking encyclopedia of knowledge and her English was very good- she was easy to understand. There were a few in our group with some medical issues and she was understanding and patient- she never rushed us, even when our tour went over by an hour. This tour was THE way to see and learn about the two most visited sights in Rome. Thanks Carolina, and The Roman Guy!

4/30/2019
Bonnie L
5 / 5
MUST DO WHEN IN ROME!!!!!

I booked this tour because we only had one full day in Rome and I knew I wanted to see EVERYTHING in the little time we had. I didn't have high expectations because I had never booked a tour before and wasn't fond of the idea of walking around with other people in a group and listening to someone talk about facts, etc.....WAS I PROVED WRONG! This tour was amazing. It was a small group of 5 including my party of 3...talk about feeling like a private tour! Aside from the intimacy of the tour, our tour guide Raffa O. was absolutely incredible! She was personable and beyond knowledgeable about everything Rome. She even recommended an amazing dining option for lunch instead of leaving us to fend for ourselves. We honestly couldn't have asked for a better guide, what a wonderful person! If you want to be treated like a VIP and skip all the lines at all the major sites (it even felt like we skipped to the front of the skip the line lines, it went so fast and smooth) this is your tour. Our time was spent exploring the beauty and history of Rome, not in long lines....and yes there were long lines. Definitely a highlight of our European vacation.

4/30/2019
Chris
5 / 5
Awesome tour!

This tour was better than I expected. Our tour guide was super fun, funny, and incredibly knowledgeable. I highly recommend this tour. Great way to really see all the things on your visiting list in a day and have the rest of your stay to revisit your favorites. A+, thank you Frederica!

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