Rome in a Day Tour Including Colosseum and Vatican Museums

Experience the best things to do in Rome

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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.

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 Pantheon. 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, Pantheon and Piazza Navona*

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

Skip the Line Colosseum Tour

A great 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. 

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.

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.

Please note: 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?

Take a look at your voucher for the exact meeting point. Some tours start at the Colosseum and others start at the Vatican. Either tour ends at the opposite monument.

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.

 

Q: Due tours always follow this exact itinerary?

 

A: Some tours start at the Vatican.  Others at Colosseum.  By rule of thumb, most tours that start at 7:30 begin at Vatican and all others at the Colosseum.  Check your voucher after booking for exact meeting point location. 

 

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7/8/2019
Carmen
Rome in a day

Maura was an exceptional tour guide, very knowledgeable! She was funny, efficient, easy to understand & just a pleasure to be around. This tour was perfect, covered so many important sites that you wouldn’t want to miss on your trip in Rome. I’d have to say the only downfall was the heat but other than that it was a great experience!!! Would totally recommend!

7/2/2019
Tricia S
Comprehensive tour of Rome

Maria is such a knowledgeable tour guide! The depth of her understanding of Roman Empire and the Vatican is impressive. We fully enjoyed our tour and would love to take another with her should we have the opportunity to tour Rome in the future. Thank you!

6/13/2019
Sandra
Perfect Rome tour - Raffa T

Raffa T was a dream guide. Very knowledgeable. I was sad to leave her at the end of the day, she treated us like we her friends. I wish I could post the picture my son and I took with her. The is my 4th trip to Rome, and this tour is ideal to cover the best highlights of Rome in one day, lots of good information and no waiting in line. Wear comfy shoes, bring water, and a coin to throw in the Fountain of Trevi.

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