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Rome In A Day with Vatican & Colosseum

Key Details

  • City: Rome
  • Duration: 7.5 hrs (1 hr 15 min break)
  • Start Time: 8:45 AM

Tour Highlights

  • See all the top sights of Rome including the Vatican, Colosseum and historic center (Pantheon, Trevi Fountain & Piazza Navona) plus St. Peter's Basilica.

  • With a private transfer from the historic center to the Vatican, we've taken care of all the details: For a fun, hassle-free day.

  • You'll have skip the line entrance at all the sites we visit (Vatican, Colosseum, St Peter's Basilica) so you don’t waste time waiting in line.
The Colosseum, visited on Rome in a Day The Colosseum The Arch of Constantine The Trevi Fountain The Pantheon The occulus in the Pantheon roof The trick to using Rome's fountains Piazza Navona Bernini's 'Fountain of Four Rivers', Piazza Navona Michelangelo's frescos, Sistine Chapel Guide uses aids to explain Sistine frescoes The Sistine Chapel Roof The Raphael Rooms, Vatican Museums The School of Athens by Raphael, Vatican The Belvedere Torso, Vatican Museums Ancient Greek sculptures, Vatican Museums The Laocoon Group, Vatican Museums The Gallery of the Maps, Vatican Museums St Peter's Basilica (skip the lines!) St. Peter's Basilica The world's largest ancient basilica Bernini's 'baldachin' altar, St. Peter's Basilica Michelangelo's 'Pieta', St. Peter's Basilica Small groups of 14 or fewer

EXTENDED TOUR DESCRIPTION

EXPLORE THE COLOSSEUM WITH AN EXPERT GUIDE – AND NO LINES!

You’ll begin your day as Rome did: With the ancient world. At an overlook of the Roman Forum, learn how the little-city-that-could became the heart of a vast empire, spotting the Senate and the Temple of the Vestal Virgins, and hearing the incredible stories behind the sites.

Then skip long general entrance lines to get inside the Colosseum. With your expert guide on hand, you’ll discover what gruesome entertainment these ancients enjoyed – from gladiator fights to the execution of the first Christians and even mock sea battles! With our handpicked guide on-hand to bring this ancient amphitheater to life, you can be sure that you’re getting a true local insight on your Rome in a Day tour.

DISCOVER HISTORY AND ART IN THE HISTORIC CENTER.

By including a walking tour of the historical center on your Rome city tour, you’ll experience the Pantheon, a 1,900-year-old temple that’s inspired everything from the U.S. Capitol to St. Peter’s Basilica. You’ll also explore the other side of Rome, the Rome of Audrey Hepburn and Federico Fellini, piazzas and fountains, gelato and photo ops. You’ll see the world-famous Trevi Fountain, where Fellini’s lovers cavorted in ‘La Dolce Vita’ and beautiful Piazza Navona, home to Bernini's Fountain of Four Rivers.

As an extra bonus, you’ll enjoy a refreshing Italian gelato to eat as we stroll, just as the Italians do. Don’t resist; after all, it’s on us! Consider it part of your welcome to Rome.

SEE THE BEST OF THE VATICAN MUSEUMS, SISTINE CHAPEL & ST. PETER’S BASILICA.

Let’s not forget Vatican City. As at the Colosseum, we’ll skip long general entrance lines for our Vatican tour, ensuring that you get the best from your time with us. Once inside you’ll tour the best of the Vatican collection with your expert guide, including galleries full of ancient sculptures and the stunning Hellenistic ‘Laocoön’. The Vatican Museums can be overwhelming, with nine miles of art, sculpture, tapestries, maps and relics contained within, not to mention Michelangelo’s frescos in the Sistine Chapel. We’ve chosen the best for your three-hour visit, giving you a broad view of the collection as well as its most famous works.

You’ll end your Rome in a Day experience in the Sistine Chapel, with the option to spend more time inside the breathtaking chapel and Vatican Museums, or to leave the Sistine Chapel with your guide and gain direct access to St. Peter's Basilica with skip the line entrance after your tour. Once in St. Peter's Basilica, your guide will leave you alone to explore the Basilica on your own, visit the Papal Crypts, or even climb the dome to the highest man-made point in Rome.

Don’t waste any time standing in line. Instead, see exactly what you need to see, get the best and most entertaining stories behind it all, and get past the normal lines with the special entrance we’ve already pre-booked for you. It’s the only way to make the most of your time in Rome! See, we promised you’d be able to pack it all in, while still letting travel be what it should be – fun!

Sites visited

  • Colosseum
  • Vatican Museums
  • Sistine Chapel
  • Trevi Fountain
  • Piazza Navona
  • Pantheon
  • St. Peter's Basilica (independent visit)
  • View of Roman Forum
  • Piazza Venezia & Mussolini’s balcony

Included

  • Privileged express entrance to the Colosseum, Vatican Museums & St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Transport from the historic center to the Vatican
  • Free homemade gelato
  • Small groups of 15 people or fewer
  • Expert Walks of Italy tour guide

Reviews

5-stars from over 1429 Customer Reviews

Our guide, Luigi, was very knowledgeable and friendly. He kept a good pace and made sure that we all got answers to any questions. I really like the fact that we saw so many things on the tour. We were able to determine if we wanted to go back during our stay in Rome.
Our tour guide was amazing. There was a little confusion at the check in process and we almost missed our group even though we were checked in and ready to go. We and another couple but we made it!
Apologies for a very late reply but we want you to know our guide was wonderful! We will take another walking tour when we travel.

Important information

Before you travel, please read our important notes about possible disruptions & site entrance requirements

There is a new rule at the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill that only small backpacks and regular-size handbags are allowed inside. Guests with larger bags will not be allowed to enter (there are no storage facilities) and all guests must now pass through a security check before entering the Colosseum.

The Colosseum has changed its admission policy to ensure that only 3,000 people are allowed within the amphitheater at any given time, meaning much less crowding during busy periods. Although our tickets are pre-booked with skip the line access, this may mean a slight delay on entering if capacity has already been reached. We expect that the instances of this will be limited but ask for your patience if you travel on a busy day and are affected by this unavoidable circumstance. In all, it should make for a much nicer experience for all (and longer general access lines!).

St. Peter's Basilica and the Sistine Chapel are holy places and thus, the attire must be appropriate for the visit. Both men and women are asked to wear clothing that covers at least the shoulders and knees. Walks of Italy cannot be held responsible for denied entry due to improper dress. Please note that, since the chapel is at the end of the Vatican visit, it is sufficient to bring extra coverings with you and put them on before our entrance to the Vatican.

Your tour will start at the Colosseum and end in St. Peter's Basilica where you will have skip the line entrance to get inside, though there is no guided explanation inside the church.

Please ensure that all members of your party have a valid ID on them on the day of the visit. This is particularly important for guests who have qualified for a senior, student, or child reduction.

IMPORTANT: While the Vatican Museums are equipped with elevators for wheelchair access, they are not conveniently located on the regular tour route and only give access to specific sections of the Museums. Please contact us at info@walksofitaly.com if you have walking disabilities or if you use a wheelchair. We can then work out a suitable alternative.

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Our guide, Luigi, was very knowledgeable and friendly. He kept a good pace and made sure that we all got answers to any questions. I really like the fact that we saw so many things on the tour. We were able to determine if we wanted to go back during our stay in Rome.
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Our tour guide was amazing. There was a little confusion at the check in process and we almost missed our group even though we were checked in and ready to go. We and another couple but we made it!
Apologies for a very late reply but we want you to know our guide was wonderful! We will take another walking tour when we travel.
Fantastic Tour, Great Guide.
Excellent way to see all Rome has to offer in a day! Our guide was informative and fun!
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Sev was an amazing guide. Very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Honestly feel like we really lucked out getting him as a guide. Fantastic!
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We really enjoyed the tour, Francesco was great! Thank you!
Guide was very knowledgeable and friendly
Francisco was amazing, I loved the whole experience.
Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and we learned so much. Very worthwhile!
We are very happy with our experience and had a great informative tour. Our guide was very friendly and our kid loved her. Thank you
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BAM!! There we were in front of the behemoth monument that is the colliseum-standing in front of us was Sev, his blond hair blowing in the wind, the sun dancing off his tanned skin. He opened his mouth and out spilled a history of Rome so accurate it was as if he walked amongst the gladiators. As we traversed the streets, that ancient ground below us, Sev led us all to relive the glory of Rome. All of the sudden, we smelled the sweet aroma of a gelateria. “There are 150 flavors,” Sev said, “you can pick only two. Choose wisely...” With our destiny in our hands, in the face of opposition, we decided to combine forces and we chose 4. “Do the waffle cone, more volume,” my husband commanded me. Before we knew it, empty cones were before us. Then, VROOOOM! on the bus we found ourselves, flying gracefully down the racetrack of Rome towards the Vatican finish line. With sore feet after walking what seemed to have been a fortnight, we alas reached the Sistine Chapel. No words! Silence! You must not speak. You cannot not speak of the beauty! What more can one say but thank you Sev, thank you. Our tour was complete, with Sev and the city in all it’s Roman glory forever in our hearts.
Sev is a great tour guide...He made us fall in love with Rome all over again. This was our first tour with the Walks and we were impressed; will look fwd to have more tours with Walks all around
Guide was fantastic, unfortunately i cannot remember his name right now I cannot think about anything I would change thank you very much
Having used Walks of Italy twice I can have been most impressed and wouldn’t hesitate in choosing in them again should the need arise.
A really good tour for an overview of some of the main sights. Very interesting and Maurizio was a skilled guide. Appreciated the radios to ensure we could hear everything even when it was noisy.
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Super nice guide. Did the best she could to keep our family with wheelchair member as dry as possible. Very informative. Also had nice guide with bourgese gallery. Hoping to get evaluation for that tour. We do the catacombs saturday
Hello! I could not of imagined or asked for a better guide than Julietta! She is a true talent and an unbelievable wealth of knowledge. She is a true professional that delivered her presentation with conviction and without hesitation. She is a living Walk of Italy! Thank you, Griffith Brinkley
We thought our guide Antoinette was fantastic. She related well to old and young and was impressively knowledgable. Well worth the significant cost.
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Excellent tour!
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The tour was awesome! You really do get to see all of the highlights of Rome within a day, just be prepared to do a lot of walking!
I had an excellent time with an amazing guide! I wish I had caught her name. She was so kind and smart, and was able to answer all my questions. I usually don't like walking tours, but she made it so enjoyable.
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Maria Grazia (MG) was amazing. Very informative, great personality, offered tips for lunch location, very patient, answered all questions. And just Fun! Thank you for the tour! I will recommend to others!
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Marie Theresa was very knowledgeable and we felt the it was her mission to educate us by explaining the landmarks in the historic context. We were lucky to have her as our guide.
This was a great walking tour, the timing was perfect for a day of sightseeing. If your wanting an in-depth time at all the stops you need more than a day. This was perfect for us. Tour planner, tour leader and knowledge given were all first class. Excellent tour.
It WAS AMAZING!!! Thank you
Our guide was wonderful. She was very knowledgeable and informative. I loved the communication system. I find that in some tours I miss much of what is said, but I didn't miss a thing on this tour. We were allowed some time to explore on our own - which I enjoyed. Thanks for a great day in Rome!
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Although the weather was poor, the guide made our experience of Rome one never to forget!
Julietta was incredible. She was great at keeping the information interesting and entertaining.