7 hours 15 mins
Want to see the most popular sights in Rome but don't have much time to do it? This tour takes you on an epic journey through the Colosseum, Vatican Museums, St. Peter's Basilica, and the historic center of the city in just 7.5 hours. There is no more complete way to see Rome in a single day.
Get ready to walk... A lot. All of Rome in just one day.
It would take multiple lifetimes to see all that Rome has to offer but we have distilled our most-requested sights into a single day of sightseeing that will leave you dazzled by the artistic, historic and architectural wealth of the city. It may not cover everything, but it's a very good start.
You'll begin the day overlooking the Roman Forum learning the history of this once-bustling commercial center and the Empire that it controlled. Then you'll head over to Rome's most iconic symbol, the Colosseum. Skipping the long entrance lines, you'll spend a full hour inside, hearing the story of this immense arena and the gladiators that once fought here. Of course there was a lot more happening here than movies would suggest. Your guide has the full story on the many uses of the Colosseum; from execution ground to dramatic stage.
From there you'll stroll into the historic city center to see some of Rome's most impressive public sights. Mingle with the street artists in the shadow of Bernini's fountain in Piazza Navona; gape at the giant oculus in the dome of the Pantheon; and, of course, throw a coin (or two) over your shoulder at the Trevi Fountain to ensure you'll make it back to Rome. You'll top off this part of the day in the sweetest way possible, with a cone of homemade gelato in a local gelateria.
After that, your guide will give you recommendations for lunch spots before reconvening at the Vatican. Here you'll save hours with Skip the Line tickets, diving directly into the Vatican Museums to discover some of the world's most important art. From treasured ancient artifacts like the Apollo Belvedere to immense Rennaissance frescoes, you'll soak up thousands of years of art. With your expert guide on hand you'll also hear the stories that bring these masterpieces, and the men who created them, to life.
The highlight of the Musuems is, of course, the Sistine Chapel with its incredible frescoes painted by Michelangelo. Before you visit this room your guide will teach you all about Michelangelo and give you a handout with details of the frescoes and what to look for. This way you'll have 15 - 20 minutes of peace to soak up what is possibly the world's greatest work of art.
From the Sistine Chapel you'll enjoy one last benefit of a guided tour: A special door into St. Peter's Basilica that allows you to skip the long entrance lines. They'll walk you through and give you an introduction to the huge church and its artworks (you can't miss Bernini's altar or Michelangelo's sculpture), then leave you to explore alone.
Encompassing all the most popular sights in Rome and covering thousands of years of history, this tour will give you an unprecedented scope and understanding of the Eternal City while showing you some of her most impressive attractions. You'll also save hours of time otherwise spent waiting in line or navigating a foreign city: So you're guaranteed to making the best of every moment you have in Rome.
We were VERY skeptical to take a tour, but we were extremely pleasantly satisfied. Vincenzo was great. Very friendly, fun, and extremely knowledgeable it was fun to hear his passion for Roman art and history. Everything was very well organized and felt calm in the midst of a chaotic city. We loved our experience!
We were sorry to leave a little before the end of the tour in order to catch our cruise ship before it departed but I would gladly recommend your tour services to anyone traveling to Rome. Thank you again for making our time so enjoyable during our visit.
We take care to assign our guides to the perfect tour for their particular skill set; so you’ll always have the perfect companion for your experience. Here are a few of the guides that regularly lead this tour.
Enza is a natural storyteller. "My favorite word to use on tours is 'imagine'," she says. "Imagine you are a spectator watching gladiators in the Colosseum. Imagine life in the Roman Forum. Imagine Rome without the Popes that brought great artists here."