General

Discover the legends of Rome and the Vatican on a comprehensive Rome Full Day Tour, in groups of only 13 or less. Walk in the footsteps of popes, poets, artists, Roman emperors and citizens, seeing Renaissance and Baroque buildings, as you experience the Eternal City in a single day!

Rome Full Day Tour

Colosseum

Our Rome in a Day tour begins at the Colosseum. We take advantage of the early morning shade provided by the Colosseum, as there will be none later on in the day, so this is the best time to visit!


We also start early so that we are among the first to enter the Colosseum. This saves you a lot of time, as you will see when you exit the Colosseum, as we only have to go through a quick security check and we are in. We have your tickets pre-booked, so no ticket lines for us! When you exit the Colosseum, you will see the hundreds of people standing in line, and you will be glad of the early start! 

In the Colosseum, your guide will take you to the upper tier, from where you can look down at the arena where gladiators and animals fought to the death for the entertainment of bloodthirsty Romans citizens and their megalomaniacal emperors! Your guide will tell you fascinating stories about these events, and dispel some popular mistruths along the way! 

Roman Forum

From there we take you to the centre of Roman life in Ancient times – the Roman Forum! Here politics, business, state funerals and military parades all took centre stage, and today you can still see the wall on which famous orators such as Cicero and Marc Antony made their greatest speeches to the Roman public. Friends, Romans, Countrymen – lend me your ears! 

After explaining the ruins of the temples, triumphal arches and other monuments that are still visible today in the Roman Forum, your guide will take you outside for a coffee and toilet break, before embarking on the next stage of your tour. 

Historic Centre

Next stop is the Victor Emmanuel Monument, an enormous museum/monument built to commemorate and honour the birth of the new Italian kingdom, which was united in 1870, and later to honour soldiers who died for Italy during World War II. See the everlasting flame which is guarded 24/7 by soldiers, next to the tomb of the unknown soldier.  

The Pantheon, Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps

The Pantheon is another wonderful example of how the Romans liked to recycle ancient buildings, to ensure no structure would be left to waste and ruin! Originally a pagan temple, built 1900 years ago, it survived in its original state throughout several earthquakes and fires in Rome during the Middle Ages, and today is a venerated Catholic Church. This mystical building hides some architectural marvels which your guide will explain to you. 

Bringing you to a more “recently” constructed iconic Roman structure – no Rome full day tour is complete without a visit to the Trevi Fountain! You have seen this beautiful and romantic fountain in so many movies – now throw a coin in to ensure you will return to see the Eternal City again! 

From here we will take you to the Spanish Steps (but we will not climb them, don’t worry!). This area – Piazza di Spagna – was associated with the Spanish contingent in Rome during Medieval times, and is home to a Bernini fountain and a Baroque church in addition to the Spanish Steps.  

We take you on the metro from the Spanish Steps to the Vatican area, where we will break for lunch. 

Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel

At the Vatican, we will take you on a highlights tour of the Vatican Museums, picking out some of the most interesting artefacts, galleries and artwork that have great stories behind them! 

Of course, the greatest gem of the Vatican collection is not a painting on any wall, but an entire ceiling and wall completely frescoed by the greatest genius of the Renaissance period – Michelangelo Buonarotti! Your tour guide will give you an explanation of the amazing history of this chapel, how it is used today, and of course explain exactly what Michelangelo painted during his arduous 9 years spent in the chapel. You will enjoy 20 minutes to relax and look around the chapel while inside, before exiting to

St Peter’s Basilica

The final stop of your Rome Full Day Tour is the Basilica of St Peter – the greatest architectural masterpiece in Rome, which 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, and 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 (no paintings in the Basilica – find out why!), and stand in front of the sacred altar of St Peter, from where the Pope says mass on very special occasions. 

This is a long day, but we carefully plan our coffee and lunch breaks, and we ensure that there is no uphill walking in the city – only a few staircases in the Vatican Museums. 

This Rome Full Day Tour is one of the most popular day trips in Rome, so don’t delay … book today!

Vatican City

Vatican CityVatican City, officially known as Vatican City State is the world’s smallest country, a sovereign city-state located entirely within Rome. Created by the Lateran Treaties of 1929, it had a previous, and far more powerful incarnation – the Papal States. It is unique in the modern world in having Latin as its official language, though Read more

Rome

RomeRome is the historic city and capital of Roma provincia (province), of Lazio regione (region), and of the country of Italy. Rome is located in the central portion of the Italian peninsula, on the Tiber River about 15 miles (24 km) inland from the Tyrrhenian Sea. The capital of an ancient republic and empire whose Read more

Tour Fee

Tour Fee (Entrance tickets included)

                             €150 per adult

                             €135 per Under-18 *

* Must be aged under 18 on the day of the tour, and must have a photographic ID to present to the tour coordinator.

Low Season Price (November 1 - March 16)

                             €125 per adult

                             €110 per Under-18 *

* Must be aged under 18 on the day of the tour, and must have a photographic ID to present to the tour coordinator.

Summary

Operative Days

  • Monday - Saturday

Group Size

  • 6 min, 13 max

Departure Time

  • 8am

Check-in Time

  • 7.45am

Meeting Point

  • Arch of Constantine (full details sent with confirmation email)

Duration

  • 9 Hours including breaks

Languages

  • English only

Skip the Line Tickets

  • yes

Tour Description

Discover the legends of Rome and the Vatican on a comprehensive Rome Full Day Tour, in groups of only 13 or less. Walk in the footsteps of popes, poets, artists, Roman emperors and citizens, seeing Renaissance and Baroque buildings, as you experience the Eternal City in a single day!

 

Rome Full Day Tour

Colosseum

Our Rome in a Day tour begins at the Colosseum. We take advantage of the early morning shade provided by the Colosseum, as there will be none later on in the day, so this is the best time to visit!


We also start early so that we are among the first to enter the Colosseum. This saves you a lot of time, as you will see when you exit the tour, as we only have to go through a quick security check and we are in. We have your tickets pre-booked, so no ticket lines for us! When you exit the Colosseum, you will see the hundreds of people standing in line, and you will be glad of the early start! 

In the Colosseum, your guide will take you to the upper tier, from where you can look down at the arena where gladiators and animals fought to the death for the entertainment of bloodthirsty Romans citizens and their megalomaniacal emperors! Your guide will tell you fascinating stories about these events, and dispel some popular mistruths along the way! 

Roman Forum

From there we take you to the centre of Roman life in Ancient times - the Roman Forum! Here politics, business, state funerals and military parades all took centre stage, and today you can still see the wall on which famous orators such as Cicero and Marc Antony made their greatest speeches to the Roman public. Friends, Romans, Countrymen - lend me your ears! 

After explaining the ruins of the temples, triumphal arches and other monuments that are still visible today in the Roman Forum, your guide will take you outside for a coffee and toilet break, before embarking on the next stage of your tour. 

Historic Centre

Next stop is the Victor Emmanuel Monument, an enormous museum/monument built to commemorate and honour the birth of the new Italian kingdom, which was united in 1870, and later to honour soldiers who died for Italy during World War II. See the everlasting flame which is guarded 24/7 by soldiers, next to the tomb of the unknown soldier. 

We then take you back in time once again, to the scene of the murder of Julius Caesar - the recently excavated Area Sacra (Sacred Area). This is a fascinating sight that many tourists pass by without noticing - an excavated area in the centre of a bustling city piazza, surrounded by traffic, with cars and motorcyclists buzzing past 2000 year old Roman temples! 

Everything that symbolises how Rome past and present live side by side today is captured perfectly by Area Sacra, plus your next two stops on our Rome in a Day tour ... 

The Pantheon, Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps

The Pantheon is another wonderful example of how the Romans liked to recycle ancient buildings, to ensure no structure would be left to waste and ruin! Originally a pagan temple, built 1900 years ago, it survived in its original state throughout several earthquakes and fires in Rome during the Middle Ages, and today is a venerated Catholic Church. This mystical building hides some architectural marvels which your guide will explain to you. 

Bringing you to a more “recently” constructed iconic Roman structure - no Rome full day tour is complete without a visit to the Trevi Fountain! You have seen this beautiful and romantic fountain in so many movies - now throw a coin in to ensure you will return to see the Eternal City again! 

From here we will take you to the Spanish Steps (but we will not climb them, don’t worry!). This area - Piazza di Spagna - was associated with the Spanish contingent in Rome during Medieval times, and is home to a Bernini fountain and a Baroque church in addition to the Spanish Steps.  

We take you on the metro from the Spanish Steps to the Vatican area, where we will break for lunch. 

Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel

At the Vatican, we will take you on a highlights tour of the Vatican Museums, picking out some of the most interesting artefacts, galleries and artwork that have great stories behind them! 

Of course, the greatest gem of the Vatican collection is not a painting on any wall, but an entire ceiling and wall completely frescoed by the greatest genius of the Renaissance period - Michelangelo Buonarotti! Your tour guide will give you an explanation of the amazing history of this chapel, how it is used today, and of course explain exactly what Michelangelo painted during his arduous 9 years spent in the chapel. You will enjoy 20 minutes to relax and look around the chapel while inside, before exiting to 

St Peter’s Basilica

The final stop of your Rome Full Day Tour is the Basilica of St Peter - the greatest architectural masterpiece in Rome, which 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, and 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 (no paintings in the Basilica - find out why!), and stand in front of the sacred altar of St Peter, from where the Pope says mass on very special occasions. 

This is a long day, but we carefully plan our coffee and lunch breaks, and we ensure that there is no uphill walking in the city - only a few staircases in the Vatican Museums. 

This Rome Full Day Tour is one of the most popular day trips in Rome, so don't delay ... book today!

Note

  • If you book for less than 4 people, you may not receive an immediate confirmation. This is because we require a minimum of 4 people for this tour. We do not request a credit card payment however, until we can confirm the tour has the required minimum. You will be contacted as soon as we have the required minimum.
  • 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.
  • Not for Cruise Arrivals. It is unfortunately not possible to join the group tour within the timeframe that you will have in Rome. Please see our Cruise Excursions Page for options created specifically for cruise arrivals.

    ARRIVE ON TIME

    You must be check in with our tour coordinator at the meeting point 15 minutes prior to the time of the tour you are booking, which is the time at which the tour DEPARTS. You have one responsibility after you book your tour - to arrive on time to our meeting location, details for which are included on your confirmation email and also on the Meeting Points link on our website. If you arrive on time, we will take care of everything else! 

    As your booking confirmation will be automatically sent to the email address you provide us with at the booking stage, it is advised that you use a personal, rather than work, email address. Many companies' firewalls block our emails, and it may also be necessary to contact you when you are in Rome, which we will not be able to do if you do not have access to your work email.
     
    If you do not provide us with a phone number that is working when in Rome, we will not be able to contact you if you are running late for your tour. It is your responsibility to make contact with us in this situation.
     
     
    CANCELLATIONS:
    Cancellations must be made by clicking on the "View/Change Booking" link that is in your confirmation email.