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Rome in a Day Tour with Vatican, Colosseum & Historic Center

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7.5 hours

Max 18

Why take this tour?


  • Visit the Colosseum, the Vatican Museums, St. Peter's Basilica, the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain and much more in a single day
  • Enjoy transfers between the historic center of Rome and Vatican City in a private, air-conditioned bus with your guide and small group
  • Save hours waiting in line with skip-the-line tickets to the Colosseum and Vatican Museums
  • Learn about the history of the city from an expert guide who'll be with your small group for the full day
  • Take the only group tour that combines tickets for the Colosseum and the Vatican with private group transfers between sites

Covid 19 Guidelines

At Walks we take your health and the health of our community seriously. We would like to remind you that this country is updating its COVID regulations. Please visit here to find and follow local regulations.

  • Walks has been certified by SanseeShield.com an award distributed to businesses with a proven dedication to excellence in safety
  • Due to Covid-19, your tour may be amended to ensure safety and wellbeing

Get ready to walk (a lot) and see all of Rome in just one day!

  • Sites Visited
  • Colosseum
  • Vatican Museums
  • St. Peter's Basilica (independent visit)
  • Historic Center
  • Pantheon
  • Trevi Fountain
  • Piazza Navona
  • Campidoglio (view of the Roman Forum)
  • Tour Includes
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Expertly guided walking tour
  • Express ticket access for Colosseum
  • Skip the line ticket for Vatican Museums
  • Skip the line access to St Peter’s Basilica
  • Transportation to Vatican Museums
  • Headset (when needed)
Think the Colosseum is impressive from the outside? Wait till you step inside. You'll have plenty of time to get that perfect shot of the Colosseum. A view from the inside the Roman ColosseumA Walks guide shows guests how the Colosseum looked nearly 2,000 years agoRows of seats in the Roman ColosseumThe Roman ColosseumEvery stone in the Colosseum tells a story and Walks guides know all of the stories. Taking pictures in the Roman ColosseumEntering the Colosseum is the highlight of any Roman Holiday.These ruins were once the center of the Western World. Taking in the Roman Forum from a scenic viewpoint. Part of The Flavian PalaceThe Trevi Fountain Piazza Navona, RomeWelcome to the Pantheon!The only place more impressive on the Welcome Tour than the outside of the Pantheon is the inside. The Trevi Fountain is one of the most iconic sights in Rome. The Fountain of the Four Rivers is one of Rome's most beloved meeting points. Visitors look at the frescoes in the Sistine ChapelLaocoön & His Sons in the Vatican MuseumsThe Gallery of the Tapestries in the Vatican.In the Vatican, the galleries themselves are part of the art. The Laocoon Group is one of the most famous statues in the museum. Don't forget to look at the floor - art and history show up where you least expect them. Does this sculpture look familiar? It was one of Michelangelo's favorites and shows up again and again in his paintings. There is an immense amount of information in our tours, but it's never boring and it's always a lot of fun. St. Peter's BasilicaIf you're not smiling, we aren't doing our jobs. Bernini's Baldachin is one of the highlights of St. Peter's Basilica. When you get into St. Peter's be prepared to spend a lot of time looking up. St. Peter's Square is just as monolithic as the the Basilica.

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Latest Reviews

Julie was an absolutely wonderful tour guide. She was extremely knowledgeable and made our tour so fun and informative. Thanks again Julie! We had a blast and hope to see you again soon.

Sev was brilliant! He was so interactive, knowledgeable, and exuded passion for Rome. Bravo !!


Can I use a wheelchair on this tour?
Yes! However please be aware that guides can not push wheelchairs so do ensure that you can operate your own chair or have someone to operate it for you.
Is there much walking on this tour?
This tour does involve walking. Guests should be able to walk at a moderate pace without difficulty and comfortable walking shoes are a must!
I'd like to climb to the top of the Dome of St. Peter's. Anything I should know?
The St. Peter's Dome climb requires separate tickets, one allows you to take the elevator up part of the way then climb a further 320 steps, while another permits you to climb the entire 551 steps. Either way the view from the top is worth it!
Do we always see the sights in the same order that you have listed in the description?
No. Sometimes the order of our visits change due to logistical issues or your guide make a snap decision to avoid crowds in order to increase the quality of your visit.
Does the order of the itinerary on this tour ever change?
Occasionally the sights on this tour are visited in a different order. This happens due to logistical changes and snap decisions made by our guides to avoid crowds and thus improve your visit.
Do I need to bring a photo identification with me?
Yes! This is especially important if you have purchased a student ticket because some sights will check when we arrive.
What if the weather is bad (rain, snow, hail, etc.) on the day of my tour?
Our tours run rain or shine so please dress for the elements. We also ask you to please remember hats and sunscreen if you are taking this tour in the summer as it might be very hot.
Does the Colosseum ever close without warning?
Unfortunately, Yes. The Colosseum is subject to unforeseen closures due to weather conditions and worker strikes, as well as last minute changes in reservations, all of which are out of Walks of Italy (or any other tour operator's) control. 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. Our aim is to offer you the highest level of service and in the rare occasion in which circumstances outside of our control mean that you cannot participate in a variation of this tour we will offer you a full refund.
I am in a wheelchair/have a mobility impairment. Can I take this tour?
The Vatican Museums are equipped with elevators for wheelchair access, but they are not located on the group tour route. If you have a mobility impairment and/or use wheelchair please contact our customer service department and we will be happy to design a private tour for you. [email protected] We can then work out a suitable alternative.
Why can't I take photos inside the Sistine Chapel?
When the chapel was restored in 1990 the biggest donors to the project (donating a whopping $4.2 million) were a Japanese television network. In return, they recieved exclusive rights to photograph and film inside and quickly banned any professional photographers from taking pictures. Although they didn't mind if tourists took photos, the Vatican guards decided to enforce the rule on everyone because it was impractical to differentiate between a normal visitor and who was a professional photographer. The Japanese network's exclusive contract has expired now but the rule persists. If you try to take any images in the Chapel Vatican, security is authorized to make you delete them.
I've heard the Vatican has a strict dress code. What should I wear?
It does, but it isn't anything too formal. The big rule is to make sure your shoulders and knees are covered - that applies to both men and women. Also remember that shorts of any length are not allowed at all in St. Peter's Basilica so if you are visiting both the Vatican Musuems and the Basilica, wear trousers or a long skirt. Occasionally visitors get away with wearing a bit less but it’s best not to risk it. Hats are also not allowed. Walks cannot be held responsible for guests who are refused entrance due to inappropriate dress so please remember to cover up.
Is lunch included on this tour?
No. But your guide is always happy to offer you plenty of recommendations for great places to eat in the vicinity that will suit any price point.
IMPORTANT: Can I bring a bag into the Vatican Museums?
Yes, as long as it's within a certain size. You cannot bring any bag, backpack suitcase or container larger that 40cm x 35cm x 15cm into the Vatican Museums. In fact, size limits apply to all items; because of the sheer number of people that visit the Museums, space is at a premium. You can’t enter with medium to large umbrellas, any umbrellas with spiked tips, camera tripods, signage (apart from signs used by certified guides) or walking sticks – except those required by disabled visitors. All of these items can be left in the cloakroom, which is located at the entrance to the Museums. This means that you will need to walk 15 - 20 minutes back here after you finish your tour at St Peter's Basilica. On our afternoon tours you may need to leave the tour early to collect your bag before the cloakroom closes.
What items can I NOT take into the Vatican Museums
Knives, scissors, and other cutting tools must also be deposited in the cloakroom as a precaution against harming the artwork inside. No hammers, either, as one was once used to smash Michelangelo's Pietá. This probably goes without saying, but firearms are also strictly prohibited for visitors within the Vatican Museums and you can't check them in the cloakroom.
Does Skip the Line Access mean no waiting?
During busy periods (May - October) there is sometimes a short wait to get inside the Colosseum. This is because 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. It's rare that we have to wait for more than a few minutes but if we do, it's unavoidable.