THE BEST OF ROME IN A DAY
If you only have a few days to spare, our Rome in a day tour features the Eternal City’s best highlights including the Vatican Museums, Roman Colosseum, Piazza Navona, Trevi Fountain & more. See Rome’s historic highlights on this full-day tour.
At The Roman Guy, our goal is to maximize your precious and limited time while vacationing in Italy. 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.
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. Walk onto the Arena Floor with a firsthand perspective of where gladiators fought.
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 good seats and nosebleeds, before moving onto the Roman Forum.
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 Wednesdays
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.