Rome in a Day Tour
Best of Rome and the Vatican
Small Group Tour Fee (Entrance tickets included)
||Children aged 13-17 €85*
||Children aged 5-12 €75*
* Prices do not include VAT (23%)
See all of the main highlights of Rome on an 8-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.
This tour combines our Best of Rome and Vatican tours, so that you see all of the major sites of the city in a single day - in the company of an expert local guide and a group of no more than 12 people!
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, exiting at Campidoglio, from where you will enjoy the amazing view of the entire site, and the Colosseum, from the top of the Capitoline Hill, while your guide explains the history and importance of your surroundings.
From here you will exit into the vibrant Piazza Navona, and continue your journey from Anicnent Rome towards modern times, with visits to Ancient, Renaissance and Baroque structures such as The Pantheon, Piazza Navona and the Fountain of Four Rivers. All of these attractions, closely packed together in Rome's "Historic Centre", provide insight into Rome's continued importance and its resurgence, after the fall of the Ancient Empire, while providing a beautifuil and romantic backdrop. You will also have the opportunity to see the site of Julius Caesar's assassination!
Please note that we do not include the Trevi Fountain or Spanish Steps on this tour, as they are currently undergoing restoration and there is actually very little to see there in their current state. See photographs of the restoration here.
After stopping for lunch in the most relaxing place in Rome, Piazza Navona, we will take you for a very short ride on a public bus, from Piazza Navona to the Vatican.
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’ll 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 Pietà, 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!
Tour not available on the day you want? Book our Ancient Rome, Vatican and Rome Twilight tours to see all of the same places in one day. You can also spread these three tours over two days or more if you prefer, as they are available every day (except Sunday for the Vatican, when it is closed).
Rome in a Day Tour Summary
||Rome in a Day Tour
||Monday - Saturday
||From 8.30am / 8.45am (local time) *
|Max Group Size:
|Skip the Line Tickets:
* All of the times indicated on our group tours are departure times
. This is the time that we will depart from the meeting point. You are required to present yourselves to your tour guide 15 minutes prior to this time
, to ensure that we depart on time and meet our skip-the-line reservation times.
The Colosseum is subject to unforeseen closures due to weather conditions and worker strikes, which are out of Real Rome Tours' control. Though rare, these do happen 5 or 6 times every year, and we will need a reliable method of contacting you in the event that your tour is affected, so please do provide the best way of reaching you (cellphone preferably) when booking this tour.
If for any reason we cannot run the tour as described, we will contact you immediately, offering the best alternatives. Depending on the situation this might result in a modification of the itinerary or a change in the tour start time.
In the event that you are unable to join the tour on another date, or do not wish to participate in a modified or alternate tour, we will provide a full refund of the fees paid in the event that the tour cannot be provided as described due to events outside of our control.
The Vatican celebrates several festivals throughout the year, many of which involve masses inside St.Peter's Basilica or outside in St. Peter's Square. This can mean that the Basilica is closed for a half- or full-day.
We are aware of the ceremonies that are celebrated every year, and we plan around these dates so that your tour is not affected. Usually, the Basilica is only closed for mornings, which is why our visit to the Vatican takes place in the afternoon.
Sometimes, however, the Vatican hosts visiting ambassadors from around the world, or celebrates an unannounced mass. On such occasions, we may only discover on the day of the tour that the Basilica will be closed. In the event that this happens on your tour, we will reduce the tour to 3 hours, and refund each person €10. The guide will provide you with information about the Basilica, which you can take with you when you go there by yourself later. You will also have the option of joining us on a tour on a later date, pending availability.
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.