Rome In A Day Tour with Vatican, Colosseum & Historic Center

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Location: Rome
Category: Tours & Sightseeing
Duration: 450.0 minutes
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Currency: EUR
Language: English
TimeZone: Europe/Rome
Highlights - The ultimate single-day Rome experience, this is the only group tour that combines Rome’s historic center and the Vatican with private, air-conditioned transportation to whisk you across the city. So all you need to worry about is where to eat lunch! (Don’t worry, your guide has some recommendations).
- Enter the Colosseum with all-inclusive skip-the-line tickets and enjoy spine-tingling stories of gladiators and martyrs; as told by your expert tour guide.
- See the top sights of Rome’s historical centre, including the 2,000 year-old Pantheon; the Trevi Fountain; and the outdoor gallery that is Piazza Navona.
- Skip the lines for a fully guided tour of the Vatican Museums, visiting all the top rooms and, of course, the Sistine Chapel, with our expert art historian tour guides.
- Avoid a long walk and more lines using a special door to enter St. Peter’s Basilica directly from the Sistine Chapel.
- Enjoy an intimate group of 18 people or fewer that guarantees unique access to your friendly, expert guide who will accompany you for the full day, while pre-reserved, skip-the-line access tickets ensure that you get the best from every precious moment.
For those without much time to see Rome, we’ve combined two of our best-selling tours into one; to introduce you to all of Rome’s most important sights in a single day. Our Rome In A Day Tour distills the very essence of Roman history, culture, art, and architecture into a single day of immersive travel. Our expert guide will take you from the ancient roots of the Eternal City to the very height of its empire while giving you the stories and anecdotes that bring the epic tale to life.  
We start at the Colosseum, bypassing the long lines with all-inclusive tickets that bring you straight into the ancient world’s greatest sports arena. Your guide will give you the harrowing tales of gladiators and martyrs that have made the Colosseum famous and also explain their political and social importance to ancient Romans. 

Next you’ll stroll over to the Roman Forum to learn how it functioned as the beating heart of Rome’s all-encompassing empire. Instead of slogging through the crowds inside the Forum (we don’t have much time, after all!) your guide will lead you to a stunning overlook. From there you can’t take in the entire Forum including the Senate House, and Temple of the Vestal Virgins. It will be easy to imagine how the Forum must have appeared 2,000 years ago as you hear the stories of war, politics, economics, and religion that shaped the ancient city.

No walk through ancient Rome is complete without stepping into the Pantheon. This nearly 2,000-year-old building has the largest un-reinforced concrete dome in the world. As you goggle up at it 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. 

Jumping ahead in history, stroll through streets made famous by films like “Roman Holiday”, stopping at the Trevi Fountain and Piazza Navona for a few glamorous photo ops. 

After a break for lunch your local expert will accompany you in a taxi or bus to the Vatican just to make sure you don’t have any transport issues. Once you’ve skipped the long lines of people waiting to get in with your all-inclusive ticket you’ll meet your Vatican expert and delve into one of the world’s greatest collections of art.

Our specially-curated Vatican tour highlights the best works in the huge (some might say “overwhelming”) collections and give you a broad understanding and appreciation of what you’re seeing. Along the way we’ll take in the sculpture galleries and the world-famous ‘Laocoön Group’.

The day ends contemplating Michelangelo’s frescoes in the Sistine Chapel. From there you can choose between extending your stay in the chapel and the Vatican Museums, or skip the lines and enter St. Peter’s Basilica directly from the Sistine Chapel. We recommend that you follow your guide since it will save you a walk of 30 - 40 minutes and, during busy times, over an hour of waiting in line.

With a group of 18 people or fewer, an expert local guide and no time wasted waiting in lines this tour guarantees unfettered access to Rome’s greatest historical and cultural treasures. The only group tour offering this unique itinerary that combines Rome’s historic center with the Vatican and private transfers, if you only have a day to see it all, this is the ultimate way to experience the epic grandeur of the Eternal City. 

Commentary English: Guide
Included Privileged express entrance to the Colosseum, Vatican Museums & St. Peter’s Basilica
Transport from City Center to the Vatican
Expert Walks tour guide
Excluded Lunch
Hotel Pick-Up/Drop-Off
Know before you book Please note, this tour is wheelchair accessible with some difficulties. We advise clients to contact Walks Customer Service Team to make further arrangements.
Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate guests with strollers on this tour.
Your tour will end in St. Peter's Basilica where you will have skip-the-line entrance to get inside, though there is no guided explanation inside the church.
Know before you go Please note that the tour meeting time is 15 minutes prior to the start time. No refunds or re-bookings can be provided for late arrivals or no-shows after tour commencement or departure.
Please ensure that all members of your party have a valid ID on them on the day of the visit. This is particularly important for guests who have qualified for child reduction.
There is a new rule at the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill that only small backpacks and regular-size handbags are allowed inside. Guests with larger bags and big pointy umbrellas will not be allowed to enter (there are no storage facilities) and all guests must now pass through a security check before entering the Colosseum.
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. We expect that the instances of this will be limited but ask for your patience if you travel on a busy day and are affected by this unavoidable circumstance. In all, it should make for a much nicer experience for all (and longer general access lines!).
St. Peter's Basilica and the Sistine Chapel are holy places and thus, the attire must be appropriate for the visit. Both men and women are asked to wear clothing that covers at least the shoulders and knees. Walks cannot be held responsible for denied entry due to improper dress. Please note that, since the chapel is at the end of the Vatican visit, it is sufficient to bring extra coverings with you and put them on before our entrance to the Vatican.
Additional Information
Gratuities to guides are appreciated but never obligatory.

Dress Code: Please remember that the attire must be appropriate. Both men and women are asked to wear clothing that covers at least the shoulders and knees. It is sufficient to bring extra coverings (e.g scarf) with you to put them on before entering to the holy areas. Walks cannot be held responsible for denied entry due to improper dress.
Required to bring: Valid photo ID
Health Items

Operating Info

Product Start Date 2020-04-01
Product End Date 2020-10-31
Booking Cut-off 2 hours
Minimum 1 guests per booking
Maximum 18 guests per booking
Valid Only on date on reservation

Availability Notes

From To Notes
September 01, 2020 October 31, 2020 8:45 AM Departure - Tues, Fri, Sat
June 23, 2020 August 31, 2020 8:45 AM Departure - Fri, Sat (except: 15 Aug 2020)
November 01, 2020 October 31, 2021 8:45 AM Departure - Not Running
June 01, 2020 October 31, 2020 8:30 AM Departure - Not Running
November 01, 2020 January 10, 2020 8:30 AM Departure- Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri, Sat (Except: 08 Dec 2020, 25 Dec 2020, 26 Dec 2020, 01 Jan 2021, 06 Jan 2021)
January 11, 2021 January 31, 2021 8:30 AM Departure- Mon, Wed, Fri
February 01, 2021 February 28, 2021 8:30 AM Departure- Mon, Fri (Except: 22 Feb 2021)
March 01, 2021 March 31, 2021 8:30 AM Departure- Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat (Except: 19 Mar 2021)
April 01, 2021 October 31, 2021 8:30 AM Departure- Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat (Except: 01 Apr 2021, 02 Apr 2021, 05 Apr 2021, 01 May 2021, 02 Jun 2021, 29 Jun 2021, 27 Sep 2021)


Type: Starts location
Lat & Long: 41.8916001, 12.4919866
Address: Colle Oppio Park, Via delle Terme di Tito, Rome, Lazio, 00184, IT
Notes: Colle Oppio Park is located on the corner of Via di Terme di Tito and Via Nicola Salvi. If arriving by metro, please note that there are two entrances/exits for the metro. The caffè where we meet is located on the street above the metro station. You can take the stairs up either inside the metro station or from outside. Once you arrive to the street above the metro, face the colosseum and then walk to your left 150 meters and you will find the Oppio Caffè on the corner and the entrance on the opposite side.
Start Location Notes Colle Oppio Park, Via delle Terme di Tito, Rome, Lazio, 00184, IT
End Location Address St. Peter's Basilica , Piazza San Pietro, Città del Vaticano, Rome, Lazio, 00120, IT
Type: Ends location
Lat & Long: 41.903118, 12.454527
Address: St. Peter's Basilica , Piazza San Pietro, Città del Vaticano, Rome, Lazio, 00120, IT
Start Location Notes Colle Oppio Park, Via delle Terme di Tito, Rome, Lazio, 00184, IT
End Location Address St. Peter's Basilica , Piazza San Pietro, Città del Vaticano, Rome, Lazio, 00120, IT


Cancellation Policy: standard
Cancellation Cut-off: 72 hours
Cancellation Notes: Cancellations received greater than 72 hours prior to tour commencement are fully refundable. Cancellations received within 72 hours of tour commencement are nonrefundable. Amendment requests are subject to availability and price changes. Late arrivals and no shows are nonrefundable. This is applicable to any tour participant that fails to arrive, or arrives after tour departure.


Adult 15-99 years €129.00 Available on request
Child 2-14 years €119.00 Available on request
Infant 0-1 years €0.00 Available on request


Option Name 2020 Pricing
Option Description 2020 Pricing

Other Information

Terms and Conditions

Before you travel, please read our important notes about possible disruptions & site entrance requirements.

Voucher Info

Mobile tickets will be accepted

FAQ I would like to take the tour but I’m concerned it might be too difficult for members of my group.

Seeing all of Rome in a single day is pretty tiring. We do leave time for a lunch break during which you can rest and our guides are always very conscious to pace our tours to suit your group. For guests with a normal fitness level and good health, it won’t be too much but if someone in your party has issues with mobility or fitness, we would recommend that you take the Best of Rome and Vatican Highlights on separate days, to give you time to rest in between. If you really only have one day in Rome, consider a private tour where we can add in more breaks and cut a few sites to suit you.

Can I bring my bag inside the Colosseum?

Due to a new set of rules, you may only carry a small backpack or handbag inside the Colosseum. As there is no bag storage at the Colosseum, guests who bring large bags on their tour may be unable to join their group. It is left to the discretion of the individual guard we encounter as to what is considered to be ‘small’ and ‘large’ All visitors also undertake a more thorough security check at the Colosseum, which can cause delays.

Can I bring a stroller inside the Colosseum?

Strollers are allowed inside the Colosseum, as long as they are light and foldable. However, we always recommend clients to use baby carriers, instead of strollers, because there are many stairs in the site and the ground is very uneven. Particularly, the Forum & Palatine Hill areas can be especially challenging.

Can I bring my bags in the Vatican?

According to Vatican Museum rules, only small bags can be brought inside the Museums. Handbags and small backpacks (no larger than 40cm x 35cm x 25cm) may be carried inside but anything larger than that, plus large umbrellas, must be checked at the cloakroom. Items may be left at the cloakroom without charge, but please note that you must return to this spot to collect your belongings before 5:00 pm or return the following day. As our tours mostly end at St. Peter’s Basilica this is quite inconvenient, as you will be required to walk about 20 minutes from there back to the entrance of the Museums. In the case of our Vatican Highlights Tour, guests may have to leave the tour early in order to reach the cloakroom before it closes, and thus will not be able to visit St. Peter’s Basilica.

Can I go back to the Vatican museum after the tour?

Once the tour completes, you may remain in St. Peter’s Basilica for as long as you like, however, you will be unable to go back into the Vatican Museums.

Can I remain in Saint Peter's after the tour?

Once the tour completes, you may remain in St. Peter’s Basilica for as long as you like, however, you will be unable to go back into the Vatican Museums.

Can I take photos inside the Sistine Chapel?

No, non, ne, nee, absolutely not. And the Sistine Chapel guards are scary, so we don’t recommend trying it.

Can I visit the Dome of Saint Peter's in the Vatican?

Your guide will show you where and how to get the tickets to climb the dome. Once the tour is over, you can remain in St Peters for as long as you want and then exit to climb the dome. Please note, the desk will only accept cash for tickets.

Dress code in the Vatican: what should I wear?

The Vatican Museums has a very strict dress code, requiring that all visitors cover their shoulders and knees. Men should be careful to wear long shorts, while women should wear skirts beneath the knee or trousers. If you are wearing a sleeveless top, please bring a cardigan with you. Guests who arrive at the Museums without the appropriate dress may be refused entry.

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