Rome in One Day Skip the Lines Small Group Tour:
Ancient Rome, Historic Centre & Vatican

If you only have one day to see the important sites of Rome, this tour will ensure that you take in the very essence of Roman history, culture, art, and architecture. Enjoy skip-the-line access to monuments including the Colosseum and Vatican Museums with a group of like-minded travelers.

Availability: Monday – Saturday

Group Size: Semi Private Tour (Max 13) 

Meeting Point: Arch of Constantine (full details sent with confirmation email)

Departure Time: 9:15am

Check In: 15 minutes prior to departure time

Duration: 7 Hours. 

What’s Included: Skip the line tickets to the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Pantheon & Vatican Museums, expert guide who speaks fluent English, high spec headsets that enable you to explore your surroundings without missing anything.

Your full-day tour starts at the Colosseum, where you’ll avoid the long lines of tourists that will be queuing up for entry and enter the ancient world’s greatest sports arena without any waiting around. Your guide will introduce you to the enthralling tales of gladiators and martyrs that made the Colosseum famous while exploring the remnants of their history together.

Next you’ll head over to the Roman Forum to learn how the heart of Rome’s all-encompassing empire functioned and thrived. Forget battling through the crowds inside the Forum, your guide will lead you directly to a stunning lookout point. From there, you can take in the entire Forum complex, including the Senate House and the Temple of the Vestal Virgins. Your guide will make it easy to imagine how the Forum must have appeared 2,000 years ago with stories of war, politics, economics and religion that shaped the ancient city.

No walk through Ancient Rome would be complete without a visit to the Pantheon. This nearly 2,000-year-old building has the largest non-reinforced concrete dome in the world. As you view if 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.

Your tour through the Historic Centre continues with a stop at the stunning Trevi Fountain, which is the largest baroque fountain in Rome. Legend has it that if you toss a coin over your left shoulder into the Fountain you’ll return to Rome one day. 

Next stop is the Spanish Steps for a spot of people watching and plenty of photo opportunities. From here your guide will take you on the metro to the Vatican, where you will have a break for lunch before entering the Vatican City. 

After lunch, your guide will take you to the Vatican, where you’ll skip the long lines of people waiting to enter. With your Vatican expert to guide you, you’ll delve into one of the world’s greatest art collections.

This specially-curated Vatican tour highlights the best works in the vast collections here, giving you a broad understanding and appreciation of what you’re seeing. You’ll explore the sculpture galleries and the world-famous Laocoön Group before heading to the Sistine Chapel.

Prior to entering the chapel, you will receive an introduction to its history and an explanation of the artwork, with your tour guide leaving you to contemplate Michelangelo’s frescoes once inside, while respecting the Vatican’s rules on silence. 

  • Skip-the-line access to the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Pantheon and the Vatican Museums
  • Visit the stunning Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps with an expert guide
  • Cover the Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque and Modern eras, learning how they all intermingle and influence each other in this fascinating city.
Tour Fee 
Child (ages 3-17)125
Infant (ages 0-2) *Free

* Ages refer to on the day of the tour, and all participants must have a photographic ID to present upon request (photocopies and electronic devices are accepted)

Semi-Private Tour: Maximum 13 people. Average typically around 6-7 people. 


Note 1 :

Unfortunately, due to unavoidable steep stairways in the Vatican Museums and at the Colosseum, we cannot accommodate guests with mobility impairments or strollers on this tour. Please send us an email and we will work with you to find a suitable alternative.

Note 2 :

This tour is not suitable for cruise arrivals. It is not possible to join the group tour within the time frame that you will have in Rome. Please see our Cruise Excursions Page for options created specifically for cruise ship arrivals.

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