If you only have one day to see the important sites of Rome, this semi-private tour will ensure that you take in the very essence of Roman history, culture, art, and architecture. Enjoy skip-the-line access to monuments including the Colosseum and Vatican Museums with a group of like-minded travelers.
Availability: Monday – Saturday
Group Size: Maximum of 14
Meeting Point: Arch of Constantine (full details sent with confirmation email)
Departure Time: 8:45am
Check In Closes: 15 minutes prior to departure time
Duration: 7 Hours
What’s Included: Skip the line tickets to the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Pantheon & Vatican Museums, expert guide who speaks fluent English, high spec headsets that enable you to explore your surroundings without missing anything.
Your full-day semi-private tour starts at the Colosseum, where you’ll avoid the long lines of tourists that will be queuing up for entry and enter the ancient world’s greatest sports arena without any waiting around. Your guide will introduce you to the enthralling tales of gladiators and martyrs that made the Colosseum famous while exploring the remnants of their history together.
Next you’ll head over to the Roman Forum to learn how the heart of Rome’s all-encompassing empire functioned and thrived. Forget battling through the crowds inside the Forum, your guide will lead you directly to a stunning lookout point. From there, you can take in the entire Forum complex, including the Senate House and the Temple of the Vestal Virgins. Your guide will make it easy to imagine how the Forum must have appeared 2,000 years ago with stories of war, politics, economics and religion that shaped the ancient city.
No walk through Ancient Rome would be complete without a visit to the Pantheon. This nearly 2,000-year-old building has the largest non-reinforced concrete dome in the world. As you view if from inside, you’ll hear the story of how it was built and why it has inspired so many other buildings, from St. Peter’s Basilica to the U.S. Capitol Building.
Coming back to modern times, you’ll be treated to a delicious gelato as you stroll through streets made famous by films including Roman Holiday and La Dolce Vita. You’ll stop off at the Trevi Fountain and Piazza Navona for a spot of people watching and plenty of photo opportunities.
After a break for lunch, you’ll meet up with your tour guide again, who will accompany you (via taxi or bus) to the Vatican, where you’ll skip the long lines of people waiting to enter. Meeting your Vatican expert here, you’ll delve into one of the world’s greatest art collections.
This specially-curated Vatican tour highlights the best works in the vast collections here, giving you a broad understanding and appreciation of what you’re seeing. You’ll explore the sculpture galleries and the world-famous Laocoön Group before heading to the Sistine Chapel.
The tour ends with an introduction to the history of the Sistine Chapel, with your tour guide leaving you to contemplate Michelangelo’s frescoes. From here, you can choose between extending your stay in the Chapel and the Vatican Museums, or skipping the lines once again and entering St. Peter’s Basilica directly from the Sistine Chapel.
Optional Extra – St Peter’s Basilica Guided Tour
You can add a 45-minute tour of St Peter’s Basilica which will commence after your visit to the Sistine Chapel.
Known as the greatest architectural masterpiece in Rome, St Peter’s took over a century to complete. Your guide will tell you the story of the nine master architects who each carried the project forward until their deaths; including how that genius Michelangelo – again! – would be the one to finally complete the design for the most challenging aspect of the ambitious design – the great dome which is one of the most iconic images of Rome today.
Inside St Peter’s you will visit a selection of the many ornate monuments, statues and mosaics (there are no paintings in the Basilica – find out why from your guide!), and stand in front of the sacred altar of St Peter, from where the Pope says mass on very special occasions.
Unfortunately, due to unavoidable steep stairways in the Vatican Museums and at the Colosseum, 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.
This tour is not suitable for cruise arrivals. It is not possible to join the group tour within the time frame that you will have in Rome. Please see our Cruise Excursions Page for options created specifically for cruise ship arrivals.
*Must be aged under 18 on the day of the tour and must have a photographic ID to present to the tour coordinator.
**Must be aged under 13 on the day of the tour and must have a photographic ID to present to the tour coordinator.