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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



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.


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.


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


  • 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 1729 Customer Reviews

Very happy with the tour.... Juliette was a very knowledgeable guide and we enjoyed her sense of humor.
Julieta was absolutely outstanding!!!! She was incredibly knowledgeable and had a fabulous personality! I would highly recommend her and the tour.
Franchesa was very informative and made the tour every delightful! We felt like we saw all of Rome in a day! Such a great tour!

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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Very happy with the tour.... Juliette was a very knowledgeable guide and we enjoyed her sense of humor.
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Julieta was absolutely outstanding!!!! She was incredibly knowledgeable and had a fabulous personality! I would highly recommend her and the tour.
Our Guide was excellent and we enjoyed not only the great history, but also his wit and charm. Our children commented several times that this was one of favorite activities of the trip. Everyone in our party said we'd want to do this type of tour again. The only downside there wasn't a lot of time spent any one place to take in more. However, with so much to see in Rome we understood things had to move a quick pace to see as much as we did. Thanks for the great time and wonderful family memories we will have.
Franchesa was very informative and made the tour every delightful! We felt like we saw all of Rome in a day! Such a great tour!
Everything was great
We loved Julia! She was amazingly welcoming, organized and the tour was so complete and lovely. Our experience was just perfect!
Francisco was a fantastic quite and had so Much information. Gr8 day . Tired after it as it was a steady pace around rome.
Francesico was knowledgeable and a great guide
Maddalena Was Sublime!!!! This Tour Is Not to Be Missed.
Great tour for people short on time to see the sights.
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He was incredibly prompt and knowledgeable!! I will recommend to everyone!
Davida and the tour were great!
Loved Enza! She was fabulous! It amazed me how much information she is able to remember and her English was great. It was so nice to be shown around by a true Italian. Also, the tour itself of everything we saw was great. I highly recommend this tour, just be prepared for so much walking!!!!
Emanuela was amazing! We loved her passion and knowledge! She was engaged and kind. Perfect tour for our family of 5. She had our 8 year old lead the way with the puffer fish which kept her engaged and moving forward the entire day. Thank you Emanuela and Walks of Italy for making our day in Rome extra special!! We’ll be back.
Our guide was super nice and had a lot of knowledge
Great tour. I saw more then expected and the tour director was very nice and knowledgeable. I was very satisfied.
Camilla was just wonderful! Full of knowledge and very personable. She helped make Rome very special for us. It was a very memorable day. Couldn’t have asked for a better guide!
Camilla was extremely knowledgeable. She shared an immense amount of information about Rome's culture, traditions, archaeology. She coordinated access into scheduled sites so we were not standing in the heat waiting to enter. It was a trip of a lifetime and we would not have wanted to miss this excursion.
We thoroughly enjoyed our tour led by Vincenzo. He is very knowledgeable and it is obvious that his passion is ancient history . One of the best tours I've had!!
Well, I can not say any more good things about this tour than it hasn't probably been said already in other reviews, However, I can say that our tour guide Julietta was just incredible, she was sweet, knowledgeable, and very funny and entertaining. I was very skeptical about doing a tour, is not my kind of thing but I have to admit that it was probably one of the biggest highlights of my trip throughout Italy. I absolutely would use them again in the future and might even schedule a few more tours next time.
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Francesca was INCREDIBLE. My mother and I have been on a two week vacation all over Europe and the UK and have had roughly 10 different guides. Francesca was the best by far. She could have been talking about knitting socks and I would have been enthralled. She was so enthusiastic and captivating with all her knowledge. I have been to Rome once before but this go around I was treating my mom to a vacation so it was so crucial to have such a great guide such as the one we had on this tour. I would only recommend people do the full day walking tour. Also, The gelato spot was great!
Giulietta was AMAZING! So informative, friendly, engaging etc! The tour was more than we could ever hope for. Thank you!!
Great day!
Our guide was knowledgeable and entertaining. We covered a lot of ground and really enjoyed the day.
We had such a wonderful day walking around Rome to see all its famous locations. Dario, our guide, was A1. He was so knowledgeable and told us lots of stories which kept us amused and interested at all times. He had a great sense of humour. The fast track entry into the Colosseum and the Vatican Museums was such a time saver as we only had one day in Rome and wanted to see everything we could. This tour was just fabulous. Loved the gelati too!
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Great day. Thanks.
This was a wonderful tour. Our guide, GiGi was amazing! He was knowledgeable and personable. We enjoyed every moment of the tour even though it was demanding on our feet and minds!! So much rich and beautiful history.
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The "Rome in a day" walking tour was absolutely fantastic. Our guide gave us a great overview of the City throughout the ages, while a team of talented managers made sure we always knew where to go and what to go. They notably dealt with a coach bus strike in an extremely smooth manner. We highly recommend the tour !
Gus was an excellent tour guide - the pace of the tour, the stories and knowledge shared were above expectations. We packed so much in but were not exhausted at the end of the day! We’ll be back to Rome for more 😊
There were many groups meeting the same area so it was easy to find the main meeting point. It was our first walking tour and our first day in Italy, so we didn’t really know what to expect! Sev is absolutely brilliant!! His knowledge is impeccable and his delivery is captivating. He went further and beyond than what we expected in his guidance throughout the sites visited and has wonderful tips and insight for Rome as it is now it self. He definitely prepared us for Italy and was a fantastic way to start our trip. Wish we could end it with another tour by him as well!!
The tour was very well done - we covered all of the key highlights in a day, without feeling rushed at any of the locations. The guide was very knowledgeable, with interesting info about all of the sites we visited. She was also easy to hear / understand. The smaller tour size (~12 people) gave us more time to enjoy the sites and listen to the guide, rather than waiting for laggers in the group like on larger tours. Gelato included was a nice touch as well! Would definitely recommend this to friends and will use Walks again in the future :)
Liked our guide, extremely knowledgeable, good humor, great communicator, however when someone had problem with earpiece she was a little abrasive. Other than that, she was great.
Luciana was amazing. Very informative and made the long day very interesting.
Everything was great. Eleonora was really good guide with lot of knowledge and she took good care of everybody in the group. Only problem was the radio didn't work properly in Vatican. Greetings from Finland, May & Samppa
This was an excellent tour covering the highlights of Rome. Eleanor was obviously very enthusiastic about her home city of Rome and she imparted heaps of interesting information. She did her best in the tour of Vatican City, but it was quite hard to take in all the information she gave us as there were so many tourists. I felt at times that there was too much information to take it all in.
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Francesco was very knowlagble in both history and art, he was very friendly and answer all of our questions. We will definitely be back and take more tours with him.
Francesca was a great guide. She was very knowledgeable and did a good job of guiding our group through the busy crowds. She was very friendly and personable and took time to answer everyone's questions.
Gigi was amazing and super knowledgeable. We were overwhelmed with the his knowledge by the end of tour . He was passionate about the history and funny at the same time . We will book more tours with your company and will request him again. He was awesome. Thank you
Gigi is a master storyteller. I laughed and learned and loved Rome by the end of the tour.