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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, Laocoon and His Sons, and Raphael Rooms.

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 2100 Customer Reviews

Tour guide was excellent and the tour was excellent
Camilla is a wonderful guide and so knowledgeable. Enjoying every moment
Awesome tour. Great way to see the highlights of Rome in a short period of time. Camilla was awesome.

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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Tour guide was excellent and the tour was excellent
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Camilla is a wonderful guide and so knowledgeable. Enjoying every moment
Awesome tour. Great way to see the highlights of Rome in a short period of time. Camilla was awesome.
We had an excellent guide. she kept us interested, and moving along on a very long day.
Great tour not too strenuous Very interesting to hear of the history of the Colosseum Our guide was very polite & knowledgeable
Very good tour. Angela was very informative, knowledgeable and very passionate about her job and Italian history. Bravo!
Our guide Camilla was outstanding!!!! I had already taken the Paris in a Day tour and decided to book Rome and Venice in a day on this tour. AT the rome location the only challenge is when I arrived at the meeting point, no one from Take Walks was there. I ran into a tour guide from another company at that location who was there and she pointed me across the street form the meeting location cafe to a city park where Take Walks staff was checking people in. I'm sure they moved because there was a very large group of people checking in, but a Take Walks person should have remained at the original meeting point with a sign, telling people to go across the street. (And I was not the only one with the same challenge. A few other people came up at the same time looking for Take Walks) Once we figured out where to check in the rest of my tour experience was perfect! As I mentioned, Camilla was outstanding and was a wealth of information through out the entire day. The earpieces certainly add an amazing benefit to always be able to hear the guide while walking and being able to look around at the amazing city around you. The earpieces at the Vatican were nowhere near as good and broke up a lot. I know those units are provided by the Vatican and you have no choice, but maybe you can pass along feedback from your customers to see if they make a change to a different system. Thank you for the great tour. My boss at work is planning a trip to Paris next year and I have already told her all about my Paris in a Day tour and highly recommended that she book.
She did a great job explaining things and answering our questions. Meg
Wow a lot of food! It was a great night with an enthusiastic guide very well done!
Luigi was absolutely wonderful 🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤
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Giulia was fantastic. Very informative and a great host. Would recommend this tour and Guilin to everyone.
The tour was fantastic!
The tour was marvelous!!! I especially enjoyed the tour guide. Her name was Flavia and she was absolutely fantastic. She was funny, extremely knowledgeable, compassionate, and added a personal touch by talking of her own connection with Rome. She was a big reason why I absolutely loved my trip to Rome. When I come back, I would like to specially request her to be my tour guide again. How do I do that? Thank you for a marvelous time. Also, she used a book that showed Rome as it was and as it is. I would like a copy of that book -- can you tell me where to get it? As I said, Flavia was marvelous. A fantastic and talented tour guide..
The tour was great and Julia was amazing. She really made the tour fun and engaging for the entire 8 hours. I would rate her higher if I could.
Our guide, Giulia Alfieri, was personable and professional. She did a great job of answering questions as they arose and of giving relevant information to us on each place we visited. We enjoyed our day with Giulia.
Enjoyed tour and tour leader
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We loved Elenore. Very knowledgeable and entertaining.
Elanora was informative, enthusiastic, and knowledgeable.
Julieta was INCREDIBLE. She was so funny, so smart, and really connected with all of us. It's rare that all of us enjoy a tour guide, and she totally hit the mark and surpassed all of our expectations. We wished that we had her with us for the rest of our trip to tell us more about Rome! Thank you so much!
Hillary was an excellent guide. She was personable, knowledgeable and fun.
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Excellent tour, the guide was knowledgeable and professional. The tour was well organized, I had a great experience and will book with this company in the future.
Maddie was great.
Wonderful day and tour!! We did so much and learned even more. Great friendly knowledgeable guide.
Our tour guide was amazing! We learned a lot from her and she had a great sense of humor. Made our Rome experience so much better
A most enjoyable tour with a very knowledgeable and passionate guide. We chose your tour company based on a referral from friends and will recommend to others.
First time we tried your tour. Guide was reaaaaaly knowledgeable and friendly. Had such a great first experience we decided to signup for the similar 1day tour in London.
First time we tried your tour. Guide was reaaaaaly knowledgeable and friendly. Had such a great first experience we decided to signup for the similar 1day tour in London.
Guide was very knowledgeable, patient and friendly. We had a great time and learned a lot.
Gigi our guide for the day was exceptional, very knowledgeable, passionate, funny and entertaining and very informative, we could not wish for a better tour. We would not hesitate to recommend Walks of Italy and if we return we will surely use your services once more.
Siri was a wealth of knowledge. It was excellent!
Our guide was amazing! We somehow missed our group leaving from the meeting point. We were there... probably just talking and not paying attention. The other staff members on site helped us track down our group and we didn’t miss a thing!
Paulo is an exceptional guide. He kept us together, managed the crowds and provided us with valuable information about history, architecture and culture. I can't imagine trying to do this tour on my own. Thanks for letting us "skip the lines" which were appalling! My husband and I really enjoyed it. Thanks for the gelato and the good pacing also!
Francesca was really knowledgeable, providing a thorough explanation and a real insight into the history of every aspect of each building and place/location that we came to within Rome! The route that was taken throughout the tour, gave us a clear understanding of where to go for the rest of our trip. We throughly enjoyed the historical information that Francesca gave us whilst walking, which gave us a better insight into lots of historical facts which we wouldn’t have got if we hadn’t have taken the tour.
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Guido, our tour guide, was very knowledgable and we appreciated him very much.
We really enjoyed the tour. Would recommend it to anyone that is short on time. Our guide was fantastic!!
Vanessa was AMAZING. We had the best time. Her perspective as an archaeologist made the tour so much more interesting. We would definitely recommend this tour and would look to find another "Walks" tour on our next vacation.
ChiRa was excellent very informative.
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Our guide was fantastic. She had so much knowledge it was unbelievable and her personality was great as well. She answered questions that came up from everyone throughout the tour and she was a delight to be with for the day.
Julie was outstanding!!She clearly loves what she is doing and it shows. I am sure you are pleased to have her.
We determined that the full tour entailed too much walking. We contacted your office, and they were most helpful in setting us up to participate in the afternoon portion only.