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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 Museums, Colosseum and historic center (Pantheon, Trevi Fountain & Piazza Navona). Also includes self-guided visit to 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.

  • Enjoy skip the line entrance at all the sites you visit (Vatican, Colosseum, St Peter's Basilica).
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



Your Rome in a day tour begins at an overlook of the Roman Forum, where your expert guide will introduce you to the ancient city and point out various attractions that you will visit later. Using skip the line Colosseum tickets, you'll then step into the iconic amphitheater for a full Colosseum tour including all the general access areas on the first and second tiers. Since there are never more than 15 people in the group this is a unique opportunity to interact with your guide and learn about this iconic structure.


The next part of your Rome in a day tour is the walking tour of the historical center of the city including a stop at the Pantheon, a 1,900-year-old temple that is the inspiration for buildings around the world, including the U.S. Capitol. 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, your walking tour also features 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.


You can't say you've seen Rome in a day until you take a Vatican Museums tour. With skip the line Vatican tickets, you'll avoid the extremely long wait to enter and get right into the highlights of the collection with your guide. Our specially-designed itinerary picks and chooses the very best of the nine miles of art and antiquities to make sure you are engaged and entertained throughout, while not missing any of the gems of the collection, like the Apollo Belvedere, and Laocoon and His Sons.

You’ll end your Rome in a Day experience in the Sistine Chapel. Afterward, you can choose between spending more time in the Vatican Museums or using a special entrance into St. Peter's Basilica that will allow you to skip the lines and enjoy a self-guided visit to the greatest church in Christendom.

If you only have a short period of time to see the absolute best that Rome has to offer, our Rome in a Day tour is the perfect way to maximize your time and experience the wonders of the city in the company of an expert local guide and small group of fellow travelers.

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


  • 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


5-stars from over 2192 Customer Reviews

We very much enjoyed Alessia tour for Roma of Coliseum and sis tenth chapel! Her knowledge and speaking English was unmatched. She kept watch out for us on tour in skeptical spots. And ensuring that we all stayed together and had a great time. Thank you, Alessia from Alaska USA
I have never been on a tour before but will do so in the future because of this experience. Giovanna was hands down the best tour guide anyone could ever hope to have. She made the day incredible.
Excellent tour,Camila is a very smart and nice person and in addition her now the history and the perfect way to explain things...!!!

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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We very much enjoyed Alessia tour for Roma of Coliseum and sis tenth chapel! Her knowledge and speaking English was unmatched. She kept watch out for us on tour in skeptical spots. And ensuring that we all stayed together and had a great time. Thank you, Alessia from Alaska USA
I have never been on a tour before but will do so in the future because of this experience. Giovanna was hands down the best tour guide anyone could ever hope to have. She made the day incredible.
The Rome in a Day tour covered all the major sights we wanted to see in Rome. This is exactly what we went to Rome for. Our tour guide Gigi gave excellent in depth information of what we were seeing including it's places in history and how some sights are related to other sights in ways you would not expect. We walked a lot through a large portion of the most famous areas so we saw more than I expected to see. I would recommend this tour to anyone who wants to see and learn about the major sights and how they are mixed in with older parts of the city.
Excellent tour,Camila is a very smart and nice person and in addition her now the history and the perfect way to explain things...!!!
GiGi, Gianluigi, was a great tour guide and made our experience very enjoyable. We highly recommend him and appreciate him leading us on our tour in Rome for the day.
Emma was fantastic. Very knowledgable, friendly, and overall wonderful tour guide.
Loved the tour. Great information and somehow got us to every place on the list. Really liked our guide--she was great.
Alessia was the best tour guide I’ve ever had. She was informative and fun. I was hesitant to spend so much money on one tour but it was worth every penny.
Alessia was an exceptional tour guide
Claudia was knowledgeable and a delightful tour guide. She had answers to questions that I did not expect her to have. It was overall a great experience and I would recommend the tour to friends.
He was great. Very knowledgable. Allowed sufficient time for pictures. Kept the group at a reasonable pace.
Mario, our guide, was very knowledgeable as well as entertaining. Great tour!
One of the best tours we’ve ever had. Mario was a delight. Very knowledgeable and good at keeping everyone’s attention.
Francesca was exceptional. She was passionate about the city, the history, the art, and architecture. Excellent way to see Rome. Would highly recommend!
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The tour was fantastic. It truly covered all of the most significant historical sites in Rome in one day- plus it was good exercise! Angela was terrific-knowledgeable, humorous, helpful and strategic which was key in securing wonderful viewing points and photo opportunities. My only regret, which is considerable, is that I did not have any Euros on hand to provide a tip at the end of the day. She definitely deserved a good one.
The guide was able to present great information at each of the sites and steadily provided history and current issues information while walking. The long day of walking was made to feel short due to his ability to present and keep an appropriate pace.
GiGi (Gianluigi) was a great tour guide and made our experience one to remember. Thank you for your guidance throughout Rome!
Such a great tour! Our guide Angela was so enthusiastic and had very good knowledge of the history. It was so exciting to get to know all the interesting details. I have recommended the tour with Angela to all my friends :-)
The guide was very knowledgeable and friendly; the day went fast and I enjoyed it very much.
Angela was delightful. Full of knowledge and very good at telling Rome's story. She is full of passion and charisma. I didn't want the tour to end! Thank you for a lovely experience. Worth every penny!
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Francesca was lovely and very informative! Great tour when you only have a short time in Rome and want to see many of the main attractions
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The tour was fascinating, the guide was informative and entertaining, and the sun finally shone! A great day all around!
Gianluigi was an exceptional guide and very knowledgeable and passionate. I had a thoroughly enjoyable day. 5 stars
Our guide was the sweeest and most knowledgeable tour guide I’ve ever had on any tour.
Such an interesting day! Our guide was so knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Thank you for a great day.
Sev was great, giving us so much information. He really inspired us to enjoy the beauty of the city. At one point during the tour he pulled us in a small church just to allow us to take it in. The next day we didn’t pass by a church without at least walking in and admiring it. I would recommend him to anyone. Thanks Sev!
Angela was wonderful!! The entire transaction with "Walks" was great. Thanks from Canada!
Our guide was great! Unfortunately I do not recall his name. Great tour! and thank you so much for the Gelato!
This was a great tour. Luigi was very knowledgeable and informative.
Huge thanks to our wonderful guide Claudia for providing an excellent tour of your beautiful city. We were very impressed and truly enjoyed every minute!!
Claudia was fantastic. The tour/walk was good and informative. I would, however, suggest to use the time more efficiently. For example, I really enjoyed the 20 minutes or so Claudia spent telling us the history behind the Vatican museum, but it was evident that others wanted to go in and start the visit. This 20 minutes also prevented us from visiting the Basilica together. Overall, I think this was a good tour and worth the money.
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Susanna was amazing. She was so pleasant to spend the day with and so knowledgeable. We really enjoyed our day and would highly recommend your company.
Fantastic tour! Our guide was knowledgeable, kind, and fun! Walks of Italy was perfectly accurate in meeting locations and everything went so smoothly! Would highly recommend!
Words cannot express our satisfaction. If one only has one day in Rome as we did then this is the tour for you! As for the guide Toni, she was outstanding! Bravo. Cheers and many blessings, Deli Walsh.
Jowita was extremely knowledgeable and no question was too difficult. We will be booking another tour on our eventual return to Rome!
I am very satisfied joined Rome tour with Walks, especially with Flavia as my tour guider, she is very wonderful and very fluent in English. I hope I can request her for my next trip around the world mostly the ancient places, because I love history anywhere send my regards to Flavia
Our guide was wonderful... a perfectly paced and informatively entertaining day! thank you!
Davide was EXCELLENT, but most of all his knowledge, I would recommend this tour to ALL.
Flavia was an excellent guide. Perfect combination of knowledge and humor.
The guide Davide was excellent very informed and concerned about the well being and safety of the group Good choice for lunch ! Very enjoyable
Our tour was amazing. Our tour guide goes by Gigi and had so much information on all of the locations we visited. He was very friendly and knowledgeable on each specific site. Having an earpiece to hear the guide is a great idea as you are sometimes not close enough to hear had you not had it. Everything was very well planned and went super smooth. I would highly recommend to anyone to take this tour and request Gigi if you can. If I return to Rome I would use this company again!
Was a fantastic tour and the guide was especially knowledgeable which only added to the experience
Our guide was very informative, knowledgeable and friendly. He was aware of individuals needs, answered questions and he spoke good English. I think we got good value for our money and would recommend to friends.