• Arch of Constantine and Colosseum
  • Basilica Fulvia Aemilia in the Roman Forum
  • The Colosseum from Behind
  • Arch of Titus Roman Forum
  • Colosseum Inside
  • Colosseum from Temple of Venus
  • The Colosseum
  • Colosseum Hypogeum
  • Colosseum Hypogeum
  • Roman Forum
  • Temple of Antoninus
  • Temple of Castor
  • Temple of Vesta
  • Colosseum Inscription
  • Colosseum Inscription
  • The Portico of the Consular Gods
  • The Roman Forum at Night
  • The Forum and its Churches
  • The Roman Forum at Night
  • The Forum of Julius Caesar of Night

Rome in a Day Tour

Note: Not for Cruise Arrivals.

It is not possible to join the group tour within the timeframe that you will have in Rome - for a full-day tour for cruise arrivals, it is only possible as a private tour, so that the guide can wait for you and ensure the tour ends at a time suitable for you.
See our private option.

See all of the main highlights of Rome on an 8.5-hour walking tour, with skip-the-line entry to the Vatican and Colosseum. Perfect for one-day visitors who want to see all of the "must-see" places in Rome!

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Discover the legends and lores of Rome and the Vatican City on a comprehensive 8-hour walking tour of the Eternal City. Walk in the footsteps of popes, poets, artists, Roman emperors and citizens, seeing Renaissance and Baroque buildings and fountains, and even Europe's widest staircase.

The tour begins in the morning, when you will visit the Colosseum before the crowds arrive, skipping the lines to enjoy this building almost alone. We will then take you through the Roman Forum, following the route of the "Sacred Way" - along which marched Rome' successful generals and Emperors, while your guide explains the history and importance of your surroundings.

From here you will continue your journey with visits to the Pantheon and Piazza Navona. You will also have the opportunity to see the site of Julius Caesar's assassination!

After stopping for lunch in the most relaxing place in Rome, Piazza Navona, we will take you for a very short ride by taxi, from Piazza Navona to the Vatican, crossing the Tiber and viewing the Castel Sant Angelo along the way.

At the Vatican, you will enjoy priority entrance at the Vatican museums, skipping the long lines. Once inside, your art-history expert local guide will introduce you to masterpieces of Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque art and the sculptures of ancient Rome, before taking you to the awe-inspiring Sistine Chapel.

In the Sistine Chapel, you will receive valuable expert insight into the paintings of Michelangelo, on the walls and ceiling. Your guide will explain the history of the period, with the difficulties encountered by the patron, Pope Julius II and by the artist, Michelangelo.

Leaving the Sistine Chapel, you will enter St. Peters Basilica, once again without waiting in line! Standing beneath Michelangelo's great dome, you cannot help but feel somewhat humbled by the expansive surroundings.

The Basilica features several chapels, and contain numerous statues and mosaic works. Your guide will point out the most important, and leave you with time to look around by yourself. The Pieta, one of Michelangelo's most well-known religious sculptures, is among the highlights of this part of your visit.

Bring comfortable shoes, a bottle of water and a thirst for knowledge, and let us do the rest!

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Tour Summary
Tour Name: Rome in a Day Tour
Operative Days: Monday - Saturday
Group Size: 13 max
Departure Time: 9am
Check-in Time: 8.45am
Duration: 8.5 Hours
Languages: English only
Skip the Line Tickets:

Unfortunately due to stairways and limited elevator access in the Colosseum, and in the Vatican museums, we cannot accommodate guests with mobility impairments or strollers on this tour. Please send us an email and we will work with you to find a suitable alternative.

Small Group Tour Fee (Entrance tickets included)

with ID

* Children are aged up to and including the age of 18. Passports must be presented at the Vatican, or adult prices will be charged.

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Important Notes

Tour too long for one day ... ?

See Also ...

Ancient Rome Half-Day Tour and
Vatican Half-Day Tour

... Recommended combination if you want to visit all of these sites, but spread them out over two days instead all in one day.