Rome in a Day is a package tour. A private driver will pick you up to bring you to the main Rome highlights like Vatican and Colosseum. With a private Rome guide, you can discover the TOP 10 THINGS TO DO IN ROME:
- Roman Colosseum
- Roman Forum
- Vatican Museum
- Sistine Chapel
- St. Peter’s Basilica
- Trevi Fountain
- Spanish Steps
- Navona Square
To summarize, this one-day Rome tour is the perfect introduction to Rome, and the best way to get around in this busy town is by car! This package Rome tour includes a delicious typical lunch. So be sure to discover the best Rome sites before you do anything else.
Included in “Rome in a Day” tour.
- Courtesy pick-up from any centrally located hotel/apartment/B&B
- Driving guided tour of Rome highlights: Trevi, Pantheon, Spanish Steps, and Navona
- Guided visit of Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica
- Guided visit of Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine
- Lunch in a typical restaurant (starter, main course, and water)
- Skip the line tickets to the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica
- Skip the line tickets to the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine
- Professional Rome guide
- Transfers between one site to the other
- Drop off back at your hotel, or any central location of your choice
- COVID 19 safety measures: face mask and hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff (social distancing from other visitors enforced: temperature checks for everybody entering museums and archaeological sites).
Pick up details
Pick-up time is 8:15 from your centrally located hotel/apartment/B&B. A central location is within a radius of 7 kilometers from the Pantheon. Furthermore, we can pick you up from your ship’s dock with a supplement and bring you back to the port on time for your departure. The tour might start with the Vatican Tour, the Fountains and Square Tour, or the Colosseum Tour.
On request, it is possible to organize the tour at different times, based on the Vatican and Coliseum availability.
What to expect: “Rome in a Day” itinerary
Start at the Arch of Constantine, then move onto the colossal theater, the Italian Colosseum, the most iconic Rome highlights. On the famous arena, fights between gladiators and beasts took place to please bloodthirsty Emperors.
Upwards of 50,000 spectators gathered beneath the enormous awnings to witness the cruel battles unfold. Many events took place in the grand Colosseum arena, but we leave the details to your private Rome guide!
After visiting the Colosseum, pass through the Roman Forums where day-to-day life continued unabated for centuries. Many a triumphal procession, public speech, gladiatorial march, and political campaign run in its surroundings. The rich archaeological history of the Roman Forum now attracts upwards of 4.5 million sightseers a year.
Then take in the Sacred Way, the route taken by victorious generals as they returned from battle in triumph. Listen to your private guide’s stories of Julius Caesar, who planned the construction of his Forum in 46 B.C. Other Emperors continued to develop the space through to AD 608.
The Monuments of the Roman Forum
Only with a Rome-certified guide can one understand Roman Forum’s most striking features, like temples and basilicas. One of them is this Temple of Castor and Pollux. The three 40-foot high Corinthian columns reach the sky. Equally important is the Temple of Antonius and Faustina, one of the few structures maintaining much of its original form, while the enormous Basilica of Maxentius preserves its impressive stature. Finally, the Arch of Titus is an excellent introduction to the panoramic hill of the Palatine.
Your Colosseum ticket includes the Palatine hill where, according to ancient legend, Romulus founded Rome on the Palatine hill in 753 B.C. Following his actions, other Emperors built their opulent homes for the rest of the civilization to enjoy. In the end, bring more than two millennia of history to life! Taking part in this tour of Rome in one day, with your private Rome guide, you will walk in the same footsteps of Roman Emperors who lived more than 2,000 years before us.
Your next stop will be Vatican city. Home to countless Popes, there are few more uplifting sights than this spiritually enriching setting. Among the galleries of the Vatican Museum, you will enjoy a unique collection of mosaics, ancient Greek and Roman sculptures, as well as the magnificent Raphael Rooms, once the official residence of the Pope himself.
Despite there being much on offer, following your certified guide, you will leave the Vatican feeling informed.
Following your Rome guide, you will reach the Sistine Chapel, one of Rome highlights. With its sublime “Last Judgment” by Michelangelo is the masterpiece drawing crowds from far and wide. Before entering the sacred room, where we all must be silent, your guide will explain its masterpieces.
Remember to cover knees and shoulders before entering the Sistine Chapel and the St. Peter’s Basilica, the last stop of the Vatican city tour.
St. Peter’s Basilica
After visiting the Vatican museums, you will continue onto the 16th century St. Peter’s Basilica. Thanks to your private guide, you will gain access through a hidden door. First, admire Michelangelo’s “Pietà,” then take in other highlights that include the Pope’s tombs before finally setting your gaze on the towering Basilica of St. Peter. It is the largest Christian Church in the world and guaranteed to amaze all who visit.
Just before ending your tour of the Vatican, you will enjoy the curved colonnades of St. Peter’s Square before a brief sighting of the Pope’s Balcony.
Next, proceed to Spanish Steps, one of the most famous places to visit in Rome. Admire the Church of Trinità dei Monti, which sits at the top of the renowned stairwell with the Fontana Della Barcaccia at its foot. As you stand and listen to your Rome private guide, you will wonder how they were ever able to complete the marvelous Spanish Steps.
Follow your Rome guide to the most spectacular fountain in Rome. Hidden down the city’s narrow backstreets, Fontana di Trevi is one of the most photographed Rome highlights. It stands at the end of one of the ancient aqueducts that supplied the Roman empire with water. This iconic setting attracts many visitors if only for them to toss a coin into Trevi Fountain waters to ensure their safe return to Rome at some stage in the future.
The Pantheon is a true masterpiece included in your “Rome in a Day tour” and among the best places to visit in Rome. Immaculately preserved and seemingly just a few centuries old, it isn’t easy to believe that the structure was finished in AD 128 by Emperor Hadrian. The square in front of the Pantheon is a gathering place for locals. Its decorative 16th-century fountain sits beneath an Egyptian obelisk.
To conclude the perfect day in Rome, you will visitNavona square, one of the city’s most prominent squares. This space is among the most famous Rome highlights for one primary reason: Bernini’s “Fountain of the Four Rivers.” Built to represent The Nile, The Ganges, The Danube, and Rio de la Plata. Piazza Meanwhile, note how Navona is the atelier of artists who arrive to peddle their wares daily.
Rome in a Day special Lunch
Between 1 pm and 2 pm, you will be offered lunch in a selected restaurant, as included in the tour price.
Sunday “Rome in a Day” special tour
On Sundays and religious holidays, the Vatican is closed. Nonetheless, and due to the Wow Tour’s high request, we designed a Sunday in Rome experience with the Capitoline Museum in its place. The Capitoline Museum looks onto the famous Capitoline Hill, a museum itself. On its top, you enjoy spectacular views over the Roman Forums!
The Capitoline Museum is very dear to the Romans. It houses magnificent sculptures reminding the city’s glorious past, like the She-Wolf and Marco Aurelio’s original bronze statue. Among the places to visit in Rome, it is indeed on the top of the list for its Picture Gallery, with masterpieces of Caravaggio, among others who wrote Italian art history.
Other info of “Rome in a Day” Tour
The Pope may reserve the right to close Sistine Chapel and Basilica without notice. Nevertheless, the Vatican guarantees access to the museums. Our agency always does everything possible to reorganize the visit with other times, to allow all guests to enjoy everything described above. On the contrary, the guide will explain the sites from the outside. It is not possible to bring large backpacks and bags and large umbrellas into the sites. Handbags, small backpacks, and foldable umbrellas are allowed. It is mandatory to cover shoulders and knees before entering the Basilica and the Sistine Chapel.