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Best of Rome in a Day Private Guided Tour Including Vatican, Sistine Chapel, and Colosseum

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Best of Rome in a Day Private Guided Tour Including Vatican, Sistine Chapel, and Colosseum

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Overview

Make the most of your time in the Eternal City with a comprehensive 'Rome in a Day' private 6-hour tour of the city's top sights. Explore the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Vatican Museums and more. See all of Rome's main attractions with your own personal guide in one unforgettable day.
  • All entrance fees included
  • Excellent value for money
  • Led by a local guide
  • Private guide for a more personalized experience
  • Soak up the atmosphere on a walking tour
  • Skip the line

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Tackle top sights in six hours, including no-wait entry to the Vatican and Colosseum.
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Guaranteed to skip the long lines
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Via dei Fori Imperiali, 21 , Via dei Fori Imperiali, 21, 00186 Roma RM, Italy

Departure Point: At the newsagent in front of the Colosseum Metro Station Exit - ground level (there is only one exit, just in front of the monument) street address is: Via dei Fori Imperiali, 21 00184, Roma. Your tour guide will be holding a sign with your name. Directions: By cab: taxis will leave you on the upper level of COLOSSEO Metro Station. Go downstairs, reach the ground level and wait for your guide by the newsagent. By metro: COLOSSEO stop METRO B Line

9:30 AM
Saint Peter's Square , Piazza San Pietro, Città del Vaticano, Vatican City
Start your 'Rome in Day' tour with the city's most famous ancient monument – the Colosseum. Walk through the interior and try to imagine the gladiator battles that took place there. Visit the nearby Roman Forum to see the Temple of Saturn, House of the Vestal Virgins and the Arch of Titus among other things. Go from ancient Roman monuments to modern ones with a stop at the Vittoriano on Piazza Venezia.

Throw a coin into the water when you reach the Trevi Fountain to ensure your return to Rome. Stop for lunch (own expense) at one of the restaurants in the area before heading on to the Government District. See the Palace of the Council of Ministers, the Parliament and the Column of Marcus Aurelius.

See the Temple of Hadrian on your way to the Pantheon, where you'll see tombs of Italian kings as well as the artist Raphael.

Continue on to the Ancient Baths of Nero and then to Piazza Navona to see Bernini's famous fountain in its center.

Visit the Vatican as your final stop. See the highlights in the enormous Vatican Museums, including the Raphael Rooms and Michelangelo's frescoes in the Sistine Chapel.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Colosseum
After meeting your guide, your tour begins with a reserved ticket for the Colosseum, where you'll head to the interior of the arena for an exploration of Ancient Rome's largest amphitheater.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Roman Forum
When your visit is over, follow your guide just outside for a look at the Arch of Constantine and the Roman Forum, the empire's central square and hub of political, religious, and social activity. See the 1st-century Arch of Titus, the House of the Vestal Virgins, the Temple of Saturn, the Senate House, and the white marble Arch of Septimius Severus.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Complesso del Vittoriano
Then via the Sacred Way, arrive at Capitoline Hill and the Vittoriano, one of the most beautiful monuments of modern Italy.
Stop At:  
Trevi Fountain
Next, continue your tour to the Trevi Fountain, seen in several films, including Fellini’s La Dolce Vita. To follow legend, throw a coin in the fountain and make a wish that someday you’ll return to Rome.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Column of Marcus Aurelius
Then it’s time for a rest and lunch (own expense); there is a variety of restaurants you can choose from, whether you're in the mood for pizza, a sandwich, or a nicer 3-course meal. After eating, head to the Government District, where you’ll see the Parliament Building, the Palace of the Council of Ministers, and the Column of Marcus Aurelius. The historic Temple of Hadrian is nearby; Emperor Antoninus Pius built the grand edifice in honor of his predecessor. T
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Pantheon
Then follow a narrow avenue to see the Pantheon, where Raphael, the Renaissance architect and painter, lies entombed.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Piazza Navona
Continue on to Piazza Navona by way of the Ancient Baths of Nero, and admire the Fountain of the Four Rivers by Bernini.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Vatican Museums
Your final destination is the Vatican, which sits across the Tiber River.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Sistine Chapel
During your visit of the Vatican Museums ,you’ll enjoy a tour of Michelangelo’s most famous works, including the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, plus Raphael’s frescoes and the apartments of the pope.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
St. Peter's Basilica
The tour proceed to St. Peter’s Basilica where you will explore the numerous side chapels with their hidden crypts. You will see Michelangelo’s Pietà and your guide will explain why this is the only work that he signed. You will gain an appreciation of the mastery that went into the creation of Bernini’s altarpiece and learn how Michelangelo triumphed over his contemporaries for the honour to paint St. Peter’s magnificent dome.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A dress code is required to enter places of worship and select museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders must be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Because of the growing popularity of the current pope Francis and his intense activity in organising mass events in the Vatican some areas might get closed last minute without previous notice. This has already happened this year and can happen again during your Vatican tour: the Sistine chapel and/or the Basilica of Saint Peter might not be accessible. In case of such events our tour guide will provide you with a valuable alternative focusing the tour inside the Vatican museums.
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Raphael Tours & Events
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Best of Rome in a Day Private Guided Tour Including Vatican, Sistine Chapel, and Colosseum?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Best of Rome in a Day Private Guided Tour Including Vatican, Sistine Chapel, and Colosseum.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Best of Rome in a Day Private Guided Tour Including Vatican, Sistine Chapel, and Colosseum?
A:The policy on sanitization is:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
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What is the social distancing policy during Best of Rome in a Day Private Guided Tour Including Vatican, Sistine Chapel, and Colosseum?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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  • "It is a long walking tour, so bring comfortable shoes, hat and water and mind the Vatican dress code." See review
  • "The tour might appear expensive, however we covered so much ground, and received so much information.in only a few hours." See review

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star-5
Great tour guide
Doris_M
, Jul 2022
Francesco was a great tour guide. He was very friendly and we were able to accommodate our tour to fit my parents needs.
star-5
Perfect one day tour
Carlos_T
, Jun 2022
This tour is expensive BUTTTT, it’s well worth it. We did our tour with Benedicta and she was just AMAZING! AWESOME!! OUTSTANDING!!! You have to ask for her! We never felt rushed or like in a hurry because she was consistent at all times. Tour includes fast pass to accelerate the process. You’ll never accomplish this tour without their help. I will add that you are going to walk a LOTTTTT. Bring the most comfortable shoes you have, eat a good breakfast and be ready. We walked over 18,000 steps tracked by our Iphone. I do not regret anything about this tour. It was just perfect! If you have time in your agenda, I would definitely split the tour in two days. In my case I only had one day available and was the best decision ever! Thanks again Benedicta!!!
star-5
Fantastic Day!
Kerry_C
, Mar 2022
A fantastic way to see the city and learn the history. Our guide Thomas was incredible. His passion and enthusiasm made the day even more special. It is a lot of walking but so worth it. We saw all the main sights and having a guide just brought it all together especially in the Vatican . There is so much to see so Thomas’s guidance and selection meant we got a much better understanding and didn’t waste time wandering around aimlessly. His friendly nature and good humour made him great company for the day. As an archeological lecturer he was more than adequately qualified but kept it fun and informative. I would definitely recommend this trip if like us, it was a whistle stop short break to Rome.
star-5
The absolute highlight of our weekend
Louise_R
, Nov 2021
The absolute highlight of our weekend in Rome. A simply awesome 8 hrs of private walking tour with Francesco. He was so incredibly knowledgeable, a truly unforgettable day, and one which has firmly planted memories.
star-5
Worth every penny
Ashley_S
, Aug 2021
My husband and I took this tour this past weekend and we have nothing but great things to say. We lucked out in that it was just the two of us. Francesco was our guide and he was amazing. His knowledge of the city and its history was immense. His love of the city was evident which made his explanations even better. He was very cognizant of our needs (breaks for rest/water/bathroom). He answered all of our questions about what we were seeing as well as general questions about Roman culture (past/present). When it came to our lunch break, he suggested a lovely sandwich shop and gelato place. He made sure to give us all the information on the Sistine Chapel before we entered as there is no talking allowed. Overall, this tour was great for those who want to see some of the main attractions of Rome in a short period of time. We never felt rushed, felt like there was adequate time to appreciate everything, and felt the cost of the tour was truly worth it. If possible, request Francesco. He took us past little gems in the city not mentioned in the tour and suggested more of his favorite restaurants for the rest of our trip.
star-5
Great tour
sashagirl2
, Nov 2019
This tour and our guide were wonderful. We were six adults and saw and learned so much. Highly recommend.
star-5
THE ONLY WAY TO SEE THE MAJOR SIGHTS OF ROME
Jim M
, Oct 2019
This was the best tour we have every had - PERIOD. This was a private tour with just me and my wife, and consisted of The Colosseum, Palatine Hill, the Vatican Museum, and the Sistine Chapel. Our tour guide, Adnan, was outstanding - Spoke perfect English, was engaging, personable, and funny ( also quite handsome - according to my wife ). We moved at an efficient pace, and Adnan provided detailed history on every aspect of the sites we visited. His knowledge and attention to detail is amazing. it would be impossible to receive this type of information on a group tour. We did the Colosseum and Palatine in the morning, and the others in the afternoon. For our two hour lunch break, Adnan suggested an area called Trastevere - a very cool neighborhood with mostly locals and very few tourists. We had an amazing lunch there and completed the tour in the afternoon. The tour began at 8:30 AM and ended around 3:00 PM. The tour might appear expensive, however we covered so much ground, and received so much information.in only a few hours. It would probably take three days of group tours to cover what we did in a short amount of time, and you would not get nearly as much information as we were given. Great tour, great value, great experience, highly recommended !!!!
star-5
Amazing, learned lots, tour guide was super organized
Gabriela_H
, Sep 2019
Paola was the best tour guide, so knowledgeable, interesting and kind to my senior in-laws. Once we met her right outside of the subway, she asked us more about what we have seen and what our interests were, so since we already saw Trevi's Fountain she altered the route so we could see something else. She also made sure we will get in the shade, take breaks, point to water fountains, give us restaurant recommendations and made both visits interesting. It was also nice to have everything taken care of you, just show up. We didn't have to wait inline at all, just get check in the Colosseum and the Vatican for security but once in, Paola dazzled us with her knowledge and answer all of our questions. She was prepared with her books and showed us pictures on how things looked before and after. She also gave us plenty of time for photos. We never felt rushed and it was like visiting with an old friend. Paola was very warm and friendly and we were sad not to have her as our tour guide for the rest of the trip. It is a long walking tour, so bring comfortable shoes, hat and water and mind the Vatican dress code. We took a few breaks here and there for my in-laws but the longest one was for lunch and after we met Paola after in the Vatican Museum.
star-5
We loved our tour of Rome!
DANIEL_G
, Jul 2019
This was the best tour of our trip. Our tour guide, Thomas, was waiting for us exactly where our reservation indicated. His tour was spot on with timing. We started at the Colosseum and walked right in (no wait). Felt like we had the Colosseum to ourselves. Thomas was very knowledgeable and answered all our questions...even from the kids. The walk from Colosseum to the Trevi Fountain and Pantheon were pleasant as he walked us through areas we would never have ventured by ourselves. He even was mindful of walking in areas that had shade since the weather was warm. Tour of Sistine Chapel and Vatican were fantastic. Again, no waiting in line. Thomas had tickets for us. We were treated like VIP's. Thomas made us feel like he was there for us the entire day and we were never rushed. Highly recommend this tour. Make sure to ask for Thomas. Also, wear comfortable walking shoes. If you have little kids, bring a stroller.
star-5
Alesia was our tour guide for this...
Thomas M
, Nov 2018
Alesia was our tour guide for this wonderful tour of Romes most interesting and historic sites. It was truly delightful and informative as she was so knowledgeable about all of the venues. There was a rapid transition without waiting in lines for ticketed venues as she greeted the staff members on what obviously was a daily event for her. We could not have hoped for a more rewarding experience.
star-5
Outstanding private guided tour and...
Michael R
, Oct 2018
Outstanding private guided tour and worth every cent! Massimiliano was the best guide ever! He was such a pleasant addition to our family for the day. We saw everything we wanted, and more in one day. Massimiliano provided expert, clear and engaging information and background - so knowledgeable about world history, religion and art. He thoughtfully attended to personal needs when our daughter's sandal broke taking us back to our hotel to change shoes without losing a beat. Even had time to stop for lunch at an amazing restaurant he recommended - one of the best meals during our stay in Rome! Highly recommend this impressive tour and guide.
star-5
This was a well-planned and managed...
Patricia M
, Jul 2018
This was a well-planned and managed tour--we covered many key attractions, but never felt rushed. Marco and Sara were extremely knowledgeable, professional and added lots of value to the tour. They kept us from the crowds, navigated the area well and catered to our interests. We could have one-on-one conversations, and learned so much about history as well as current day Rome. A private tour costs more--but this one was worth it.
star-5
Our travel guide Massimiliano was...
Eugene G
, Jul 2018
Our travel guide Massimiliano was outstanding. Highly knowledgable and very friendly. This was a very fun day and we waited in no lines. Very good value!!!!
star-5
Fantastic tour! We were in Rome for...
Sarah_P
, Jun 2018
Fantastic tour! We were in Rome for just 2 days and wanted to make sure we saw all of the highlights. Mariarosaria was so informative and expertly guided us through all of the must-see sights. The price may seem steep at first, but a private, skip the line tour is the only way to see the Colosseum and Vatican in the same day and stay sane. More than worth the money. A must if you're in Rome and want to see it all in a day!
star-5
Really worth the money. Our guide...
Heidi_M
, Jun 2018
Really worth the money. Our guide Tommas is worth every dollar. He got us into the front of every line. Not included is a short taxi ride across town and lunch. He ate lunch with us so we paid for him too. We will only be doing private tours in the future!
star-5
Agata our guide made our day...
David K
, Jun 2018
Agata our guide made our day outsanding from start to finish. We and two of our friends all from Canada had only limited time in Rome, this tour and Agata enabled us to see two of our main interests in one day and a few more as well. Her expertise and personality along with her excellent English made the day memorable. I would recommend this private tour to anyone wishing a personal/small group guided tour of some impressive sights in Rome. Thanks Again!!!
star-5
Dr. Thomas was outstanding. As he...
Peggy D
, Jun 2018
Dr. Thomas was outstanding. As he grew up in the area, and loved Rome's history, he was very knowledgeable regarding the Roman Empire as well as all the sites we visited. We had hoped to see the Pantheon and he insured we visited it, too. We suggest the Pantheon be included in this Day Tour. Dr. Thomas knew all the quiet streets, shortcuts to avoid the crowds where possible, alot of the City's hidden treasurers, like Pinocho and a family owned traditional Italian restuarat for lunch. Although it was a hot day, he ensured he found areas in the shade, and where we could enjoy so cool breezes. Dr. Thomas is one in a million and we wish him a very blessed life. We truly appreciate him making our day in Rome memorable and special.
star-5
Outstanding! Thoroughly enjoyed the...
DanielR_W
, Mar 2018
Outstanding! Thoroughly enjoyed the detailed explanation of everything at an unhurried pace. It is so nice to be able to scoot past the long lines at the entry to the Colessium and the Vatican Museum. There were no waits or delays anywhere. This was an eight hour walking tour. We took a mid morning break for coffee and an early afternoon break for a light lunch. We never felt hurried. Cristiana is extremely knowledgeable and friendly. She paced the tour based on all of our needs and adjusted nicely when one of our group lacked the interest that the rest had. We were a group of six. Highly recommended. Would absolutely do this again.
star-5
Our Rome tour was AMAZING...
Laurs M
, Mar 2018
Our Rome tour was AMAZING!!! Tammaso was so incredibly knowledgeable and friendly!! I could not say enough about what a wonderful day we had learning about the history of Rome! This is a MUST DO if you want to see the sights of Rome. Thank you, Tammaso!!!
star-5
Tomasso was very knowledgeable and...
Eve C
, Dec 2017
Tomasso was very knowledgeable and made the things we saw so much more interesting than if we had just walked around on our own. Getting into the Vatican without waiting in a huge queue saved so much time, and there is no way we could have seen everything we did in 1 day without Tomasso.

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