Rome in One Day: Ancient & Historic Center and Vatican Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

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  • Live Guide
  • Day Trip
  • Group Tour
  • E-Ticket
  • 7 hr

If you only have a single 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, Roman Forum, Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica with a very small group of like-minded travelers.

Itinerary Details

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Stop At: Colosseum

Your full-day tour starts at the Coliseum, where you’ll bypass the long lines of tourists and enter the ancient world’s greatest sports arena without the wait. Hear harrowing tails of gladiators and martyrs that made the Coliseum famous and also about the political and social importance to ancient Romans.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Palatine Hill

See the Palatine Hill, which was home to the wealthiest of Rome’s noble citizens during the time of the Republic, and later, exclusively the emperor. Today, you can still see remains of some of the imperial palace's former splendor.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Roman Forum

Next you’ll head 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 your guide will lead you directly to a stunning overlook. From there you can take in the entire Forum complex including the Senate House and the Temple of the Vestal Virgins. It will be easy to imagine how the Forum must have appeared 2,000 years ago as you hear stories of war, politics, economics, and religion that shaped the ancient city.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Pantheon

No walk through ancient Rome would be complete without a visit to the Pantheon. This nearly 2,000-year-old building has the largest un-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.

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Trevi Fountain

Jumping ahead in history, you’ll be treated to a delicious gelato as you stroll through streets made famous by films including Roman Holiday, stopping at the Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps for a few photo ops. A metro ride from the Spanish Steps and a 30- minute break for lunch preceeds the Vatican visit.

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Spanish Steps

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 (if you have booked the walking option) to the Vatican, where you can take a break for lunch before entering the Vatican City.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Vatican Museums

This specially-curated Vatican tour highlights the best works in the vast collections to give you a broad understanding and appreciation of what you’re seeing. You’ll take in the sculpture galleries and the world-famous Laocoön Group as well.

Duration: 2 hour

Stop At: Sistine Chapel

The highlight of your Vatican tour is the Sistine Chapel, which is undoubtedly the most famous chapel in the world. You’ll learn about the paintings of Michelangelo (yes, he spent 8 years of his life painting here!) and his predecessors, who covered every inch of these walls and ceilings. You’ll hear about the history of the period, including the difficulties encountered between the patron, Pope Julius II and Michelangelo.

Duration: 30 minutes
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