Rome in a Day Tour with Colosseum Arena Floor and Vatican Museums
Experience the best things to do in Rome
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, Colosseum Arena Floor, Piazza Navona, Trevi Fountain & more. See Rome’s historic highlights on this full-day tour.
- Skip the Line Tickets!
- Colosseum Arena Floor
- Gladiators, Emperors and Spectators
- Arch of Constantine
- Roman Forum
- Arch of Titus
- The Eternal Flame
- Julius Caesar's Temple
- Senate House
- Trevi Fountain
- 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 Arena Floor 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. See the Roman Forum from outside as your guide points out the main highlights.
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
Want to skip the line at the Vatican without having a guided tour? Click here for skip the line Vatican tickets.
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.
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Maria is an awesome guide!
We had so much fun on this tour! Maria is so knowledgeable and made the whole day so fascinating!
Rome in a Day - it sure was!
Tour guide was entertaining, knowledgeable and professional. We had a great day and learnt so much. Such a beautiful city, so if you only have a short amount of time to spend in Rome, I highly recommend doing this!
we loved the tour! thank you!
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.
Q: Does this tour always visit every artwork listed?
Often artwork undergoes restorations or is loaned to another museum as an exhibit. Our itinerary will include the stop if it is open to be seen. If not, we will add a substitute.
Q: Does this tour always visit St. Peter's Basilica?
If you're visiting the Vatican Museums on a Wednesday morning, this tour will not visit St. Peter's Basilica due to Papal Audience. Instead, you will visit the Pio Clementino gallery.