Private Tour: Things To Do In Rome And Vatican In Just One Day

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Private tour Fast entrance included. Colosseum, Imperial Forum, Venice Square, the Sacred Area where Julius Caesar was murdered, the Pantheon and Navona Square, the most famous baroque masterpiece. The adventure continues in the afternoon through the enchanted places of the Vatican city. The second part of the tour includes the beautiful Vatican Museums, the fascinating Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica. Take a step back in time to the age of gladiators, great rulers, emperors and popes, art and Roman history! The first 3 hour skip the line tour bring together all the multi facets of Ancient Rome. This experience also allows you to learn about obelisks and ancient divine statues, medieval buildings, renaissance and baroque monuments and fountains, legends and traditions still alive, because this tour includes some of the main attractions of Rome.


  • Excellent value for money
  • Family friendly
  • Get inside tips from a local
  • Skip the line
  • Private guide for a more personalized experience

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The tour begins at 8:45am, with ancient Rome in the morning and the Vatican in the afternoon.

Morning Tour: The Colosseum and the Gems of Rome
Walk inthe shoes of famous gladiators like Commodus and Spartacus, and prominent leaders, Julius Caesar and Augustus, in this first 3-hour skip the line tour.

Imagineyourself in the centerof a large arena with over 60,000 chanting spectators ready to watch you in all your glory welcome to the Colosseum. This iconic symbol of Imperial Rome was used for gladiatorial contests and public spectacles such as mock sea battles, animal hunts, executions, re-enactments of famous battles, and dramas based on classical mythology.

Next, you will walk along the Imperial Forum, a series of public squares constructed between 46 B.C. and 113 A.D, to reach Piazza Venezia. This squarestill celebrates the Unification of Italy with its imposing national monument, the Vittoriano.

With your local guide you will stop in Torre di Largo Argentina to meditate on the place where Julius Caesar was assassinated. From here move to Piazza della Rotonda where you will find in front of you one of the most beautiful and best-preserved buildings from ancient times, the Pantheon. Its story begins nearly 2,000 years ago when Agrippa, faithful friend of Augustus had a temple which was dedicated to all gods in the heavens. In those days it looked very different. It was Hadrian who rebuilt the Pantheon as you see it now.

Finish the tour in Piazza Navona, one of the most elegant squares in the world, asymbol of the Roman Baroque.

Evening Tour: The Vatican Museums with Sistine Chapel and St. Peters Basilica
Head for Vatican City,the smallest but probably the most famous city state in the world.Go on a fun and educational tour of the vast Vatican Museums,which began as the private collection of the popes. Seeancient statues from Egypt, Greece, and Rome, sarcophagus, busts, frescoes, and tapestries, as well aspaintings made in nearly everyperiod throughout history.

The last stop on the Vatican Museums tour is the Sistine Chapel, frescoed by Michelangelo. Next, followyour tour guide into St Peters Basilica.This church is rich in works of art and monuments. Don't miss the canopy by Bernini, the bronze statue of St. Peter, or the Piet by Michelangelo.

Leave the church and look at the center where there is the obelisk brought from Egypt. At the end, turn around St. Peter's Square to enjoy the magnificent colonnade by Berninithatseems almost to wrap you in an embrace.

Inclusions for Private Tour: Things To Do In Rome And Vatican In Just One Day

  • Skip the Line entrance
  • Professional guide
  • Private tour
  • Walking tour
  • Entrance fees (based on option selected)

Exclusions for Private Tour: Things To Do In Rome And Vatican In Just One Day

  • Food and drinks
  • Transportation to/from attractions
  • Entrance fees (based on option selected)

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Confirmation will be received at time of booking

A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected 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

Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund.

A current valid passport is required on the day of travel

Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately

Visitors must pass through metal detectors at the security check point. Please expect to wait 20-30 minutes to clear security.

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

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9 Traveler Reviews

  • Truly amazing and worth every cent... the guide was friendly, welcoming, attentive, and extremely knowledgeable.... could not have been better. A private tour is the best way to see a location and get the local flavor. The skip the line part of a private tour is worth every cent.

  • This tour was perfect as we only had a short time in Rome. Valentina Amato our tour guide was amazing. The amount of information she knew was incredible.

  • We loved the tour, our tour guide was very knowlegeable and passionate about history. It was just my husband and I and the tour was very efficient, the guide wisked us up before other larger groups. We even got a private blessing at the Vatican because of her quickness. I would recommend to anyone.

  • Eva was an amazing guide! Her knowledge of the history of Rome was incredible and she related it so well to each site.
    If you get an opportunity to tour Rome book it and request Eva .

  • This tour was not worth the price we paid. I thought we spent too much time walking the streets of the city, talking about the ruins we saw along the way, and not enough time at the sites that mattered! We must have spent 15 minutes if that! at the Sistine Chapel. What a disappointment! I would have loved to spend more time just sitting there and enjoy the magnificent art above me.

  • This tour is awesome! My wife and I stayed in Rome for 2 days. This tour allowed us to see all of the major ticketed attractions the first day, leaving us with a free day to explore on the second day. We opted to pay the additional money to have a private tour and it was worth every cent! We watched as the herds of people in the other tours followed their single tour guide by following a stick. Our experience was much more personal. Paulo our tour guide was awesome! Extremely personable and knowledgeable. Not only on the things we were paying to see but was also able to answer any random questions I had while we walked. Because we were alone with him we were able to spend as much or as little time as we wanted at each stop.

    It rained at the beginning of our tour and like most tourists we were of course not prepared. Paulo was right there with an umbrella for my wife and changed our itinerary to have an early break so we could get out of the rain. Luckily we were walking right past our hotel so he was of course happy to wait while we went in and changed into dry clothes. We never waited to get in anywhere longer than a few minutes and this was always when Paulo would have us wait near an entrance so he could run and get our access tickets for us. This way we never waited in a crowded line. It was a true pleasure being escorted through this beautiful city by a local who not only shared his city's history but also many valuable tips such as how to find good restaurants! We spent another 2 weeks in different cities throughout Italy and his advice proved valuable everywhere!! Paulo provided us with a VIP experience better than we ever expected. I have and will continue recommend Paulo and this tour provided by Once In Rome Tours to anyone visiting Rome!

  • My husband and I traveled to Rome in June with another couple. We were very eager to see as many historical sites as possible but we were limited in time. We opted to book the Things to do in Rome in a day tour through Viator because the itinerary looked great, the price was nice, and we preferred to have a private tour. I will offer up some advice, make sure you follow the instructions provided when booking this tour. Wear comfortable clothing. Make sure your knees and shoulders are covered, wear lots of sunscreen and most importantly, wear comfortable shoes. We walked 10 miles the day of our tour! Our guide Katia met us at the metro station just across from the Colosseum. She was friendly and spoke amazing english. After a brief meet and greet our whirlwind adventure began. We crossed the street and toured the Colosseum and the arch of Constantine outside the Colosseum. Katia's extensive knowledge of the Colosseum was very impressive. We gazed out over the Colosseum and took pictures as she shared amazing stories of the battles that occurred in there. She also carried a picture book which showed recreations of what the structures looked like in the full glory. Shortly after leaving the Colosseum, we began our journey through the roman forum. We talked about the roads, the aqua ducts, the sewer systems and all of the infrastructure necessary to make Rome the greatest city of it's time. We paused in front of various structures and buildings throughout the forum and Katia imparted her knowledge and stories to bring each structure to life for us. One of my favorite such structures was the Arch of Titus which we spent much time discussing and photographing. We were supposed to tour the Parthenon also but our hotel was directly across the street from there so we opted to tweak the schedule which allowed us more time touring other places we may not have otherwise experienced such at the Piazza Navona. It was wonderful to take in the beauty of the plaza as Katia described the fountains and the artist who designed them, as well as, the family who commissioned those artist. If you truly enjoying learning details of the past and feeling as though you've stepped back in time to the days of the glory of ancient Rome then this is the tour for you. After visiting the Piazza, we broke from our guide to enjoy a private lunch on our own and then we rejoined Katia after at the entrance to the Vatican museum. As you could imagine, we spent several hours in the museum as well as the Basilica learning everything Katia could teach us in that short period of time. It was quite a pleasure being in the company of such a friendly and knowledgeable guide. Being able to skip the lines at all the various attractions really saved us time as well. We opted to end our tour at the entrance of St. Peter's Basilica so that we could make the journey into the cupola at St. Peter's. We were sad to say goodbye to Katia as she quickly became a friend during our day long journey. While the amount of time you could spend in Rome touring the vast wealth of historical sites available and studying the stories of glory, if you only have a day to see Rome, I highly recommend this tour. You will most certainly see the highlights of the city while gaining a great understanding of the amazing history and culture that Rome has to offer. If you decide to do this tour, I would absolutely recommend you request Katia. You will not be disappointed. We look forward to returning again and again.

  • Good tour and very knowledgeable guide.

  • LAURA is the BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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