For those without much time to see Rome, we’ve combined two of our best-selling tours into one. Be prepared to see 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 guides 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 to the ancient world’s greatest sports arena. Your guide will give you the harrowing tails of gladiators and martyrs that have made the Colosseum famous and also explain their political and social importance to ancient Romans.
You'll then 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 will be able to take in the entire panorama of the 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 taking a look inside the Pantheon. This nearly 2,000-year-old building is 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, you’ll be treated to a delicious gelato as you stroll through streets made famous by films like Roman Holiday, stopping at the Trevi Fountain and Piazza Navona for a few glamorous photo ops.
You will then be transferred near to the Vatican: your local expert will accompany you in a taxi or bus here to make sure you don’t have any transport issues. Here you will have some free time for lunch before continuing with the Vatican Highlights tour. Once you’ve skipped the long lines 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 explore the Raphael Rooms, 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 15 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. If you only have a day to see it all, this is the ultimate tour to experience the epic grandeur of the Eternal City.
- The Colosseum
- Vatican Museums
- St Peter’s Basilica (optional)
- Campidoglio with view of the Roman Forum
- The Pantheon
- Piazza Navona
- Trevi Fountain