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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 1947 Customer Reviews

Francesca was an amazing tour guide. Her English was easy to understand and her knowledge of the antiquities was exceptional!
Gigi was awesome! He made it fun and interesting for adults and our young daughters. They thought he was really funny. We only wished the tour had been available earlier in our stay in Rome, because it was one of the best days we had!
Was great to have a guide with such passion and knowledge. Enjoyed the experience. Our group was also a great size. Only negative is the fact that the Vatican itself is not limiting visitor quantities but Walks can do nothing about this.

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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Francesca was an amazing tour guide. Her English was easy to understand and her knowledge of the antiquities was exceptional!
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Gigi was awesome! He made it fun and interesting for adults and our young daughters. They thought he was really funny. We only wished the tour had been available earlier in our stay in Rome, because it was one of the best days we had!
Was great to have a guide with such passion and knowledge. Enjoyed the experience. Our group was also a great size. Only negative is the fact that the Vatican itself is not limiting visitor quantities but Walks can do nothing about this.
Our guide was truly amazing! She was knowledgeable, engaging and energetic! We thoroughly enjoyed our tour and time with her! We would also highly recommend your tour company! I really liked that our tour group of 10 was absolutely perfect! Thank you again!
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Martina was literally the best guide I’ve ever had on any tour I’ve ever taken. I cannot say enough about how great she was - friendly, incredibly knowledgeable, patient. The wineries selected were great. 5 Stars.
Hi the tour was amazing I loved the areas we visited. The guide was very nice although her voice is a bit soft so I had a hard time hearing sometimes. It would be nice if there could be stories added from the Colosseo to make it more interesting but the information she gave us was good. Thanks for a day full with great attractions. The gelato treat was a great plus
Great tour guide. Very knowledgeable and could answer all questions asked of her. Would like to use her again in the future.
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Lots of information! Guide was very knowledgeable and we learned a lot.
‘Gigi’ was a doll, kind, helpful, clearly enjoyed the topics, answering questions - made for a great way to see Rome!
Suzanna was great!
We had an excellent tour with Enza. It was a terrific way to see Rome. I recommend this tour for all people visiting Rome for the first time. Enza was amazing. Her love of the city is very apparent in tours. As we walked between sights, she would give us recipes of traditional dishes to order in restaurants. She is a real gem.
Our guide was Rita who was extremely informative and very attentive to any question asked. No question was unanswered even by the most inquisitive tourist. We had a wonderful day, many thanks to Rita.
Ambra was amazing! She was funny, kind, and very knowledgeable. She took great care of us- stopping for bathroom breaks and always making sure we filled our water bottles. She answered our questions and ensured we had a great time. I would highly recommend Walks and Ambra. Thanks so much!
Vanessa was a very knowledgeable guide we would recommend your company to others thanks for a great tour
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The tour was well organised and beautifully run. My tour guide Luigi was funny, informative and would recommend both him and the tour to any one. I never felt rushed or like I didn’t get to see anything I wanted to see. He had a very good knowledge of the sites and Ancient Rome and interesting stories about local life too. Very happy with my visit.
Vanessa was phenomenal. She was thorough, knowledgeable, and funny. She took the time to get to know each of the members in our group.
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Ambra’s tour was above and beyond our expectations. My wife and I went on numerous tours while in Italy, and Ambra was by far the best! Her mind was a trove of information regarding the archaeological sites and history of everything she was showing us. Not only was she knowledgeable, but she was extremely passionate about that which she was showing us as well. It was obvious that archaeology is her passion, as is passing her wealth of knowledge on to others!
Our tour was with Arianna (last minute switch on our part) and it was outstanding. She was energetic. passionate and extremely knowledgeable. I highly recommend recommend this tour. The only issue we had was with Oppio Caffe, the meeting point. We tried to have breakfast there and found them to be rude. I would not associate them with your company. Ciao!
Olivia did an amazing job as our guide. She helped make it a fun and relaxing experience. Our driver john carlo also did an exceptional job. We would definitely recommend this guide group to our friends.
Excellent tour! Enjoyed every bit of it! Luigi was fantastic! I would highly recommend this tour.
Maria Teresa was very knowledgeable. We really enjoyed this walking tour!
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Our guide was awesome and very knowledgeable. We loved our tour very much!
Dario was a fantastic tour guide. Very knowledgeable and interacted with everyone in the group perfectly.
Very much enjoyed this tour. We had some difficult people in our group, but Marco was extremely patient and professional, and kept it enjoyable for us.
It was very hot during our tour but our tour guide, Luigi, did a wonderful job. He stayed very energetic, enthusiastic and kept the group engaged. He is very knowledgeable and answered any questions asked. We could not have asked for any better. He was the best!!! Also, the gelato was fantastic and much appreciated on such a hot day.
More information about Roman history and the empire and conquests would be good
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Fantastic guide
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Husband , 14 year old daughter and myself attended the tour . We were very happy with the tour .Our tour guide Marco was fantastic super attentive to all of us . Always making sure everyone was ok because the crowds and the heat . He was very knowledgeable that made this tour super interesting , kept even my 14 year old captive the whole time . Thank you so much ! Ciao
T is a great tour guide, he gave clear explanations, was friendly and his approach with the group kept our walk interesting and informative despite the heat.
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Mr.T was a great guide. Made the day much better than expected. Please look after him as we have done other tours and he was the best by far.
We loved the tour, and Emanuella was great! She was so knowledgeable, and we saw so much more than we would have on our own.
This tour was excellent! Since we only had one day to spend in Rome, we knew that we could only hit the tip of the iceberg. Guido helped us to see and learn about so many places in Rome and we are itching to come back for more. We could have never scratched the surface on our own. This tour was efficient and allowed us to see most of the highlights of Rome. It was fantastic! Guido was very knowledgeable and we enjoyed the day we spent with him.
Juliette was exceptional!!
Juliet was an amazing tour guide. I wished the tour had lasted longer, it was very informative.
Our tour guide was amazing - polite, safety conscious, very knowledgeable and funny. He was mindful that it was a hot day and kept us in the shade where possible. Would definitely recommend your walking tour company. Our tour guide was Guiedo? Sorry about spelling. Thank you for a fantastic day. D 🇦🇺
This was a very long day, but worth it for us as we only had a few days in Rome and wanted to see the highlights. Our guide was very knowledgeable and courteous.
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