Rome in a Day is a complete city tour. Experience the top places to visit in Rome in just 8-hours, taking in as many Rome highlights as possible by car with an expert private guide!
It is the best way to get around in this busy town; by car! Your driver will take you to all the main Rome highlights.
This one-day in Rome tour is the perfect introduction to Rome, so be sure to discover the best Rome sites before you do anything else.
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Start at the Arch of Constantine, then move onto the colossal theater that is the Coliseum, where fights between gladiators and beasts took place to please bloodthirsty Roman Emperors.
Upwards of 50,000 spectators would gather beneath the cool awnings to witness the cruel battles unfold. Many kinds of events took place in the grand Coliseum arena, but we will leave the details to your private guide!
Now pass through the Roman Forums – the ancient marketplace where day-to-day life continued unabated for centuries with many a triumphal procession, public speech, gladiatorial march, and political campaign run in its surrounds. 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 the tales of your private guide as they recount stories of Julius Caesar, who orchestrated the construction in 46 B.C. Other Emperors continued to develop the space through to AD 608.
The Monuments of the Roma Forum
One of the Roma Forum’s most striking features is this Temple of Castor and Pollux; three 40-foot high Corinthian columns reach into the sky. The Temple of Antonius and Faustina is 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.
According to ancient legend, Romulus founded Rome on the Palatine hill in 753 B.C. Following his actions, the Emperors built their opulent homes for the rest of the civilization to enjoy. Take part in this tour of Rome in one day and walk in the same footsteps of Roman Emperors who lived more than 2,000 years before you, bringing more than two millennia of history to life.
Your next stop will be Vatican city. Home to countless Popes, there are few more uplifting sights than this spiritually enriching setting. With its sublime “Last Judgment” by Michelangelo, the unmissable Sistine Chapel might be one, as this masterpiece draws crowds from far and wide.
Despite there being much on offer, following your certified guide, you will leave the Vatican feeling educated and informed. 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.
St. Peter’s Basilica
Now, your tour of Rome in 1 day 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.
Remember to cover knees and shoulders before entering the Sistine Chapel and the St. Peter’s Basilica.
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 guide, you will wonder how they were ever able to complete the marvelous Spanish Steps.
Hidden down the city’s narrow backstreets, Fontana di Trevi is a secretive masterpiece and perhaps the most spectacular fountain in Rome. 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.
A true masterpiece among the places to visit in Rome included in your Rome in a Day tour: The Pantheon. 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.
Finish the perfect day in Rome with a trip to Navona square, one of the city’s largest 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 Navona is the atelier of artists who arrive to peddle their wares daily.
Between 1 pm and 2 pm, you will be offered lunch in a selected restaurant, as included in the tour price.
Sunday in Rome special tour
On Sunday and religious holidays, the Vatican is closed. 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 statue’s bronze originals. Among the places to visit in Rome, it is also on the top of the list for its Picture Gallery, with masterpieces of Caravaggio, among others who wrote Italian art history.
Pick up details and other info:
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. With a supplement, we will pick you up from your ship’s dock and bring you back to the port on time for your departure. The tour might start either with the Vatican Tour, the Fountains and Square Tour, and the Colosseum Tour. On request, it is possible to organize the tour at different times, based on the Vatican and Colosseum availability. The Pope may reserve the right to close Sistine Chapel and Basilica without notice. If we cannot plan the tour differently, the guide will explain the sites from the outside. Our agency always does everything possible to reorganize the visit with other times, to allow all guests to enjoy everything described above. 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.
Included in the tour:
- Courtesy pick-up from any centrally located hotel/apartment/B&B
- Driving guided tour of 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 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).