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.
Start at the Arch of Constantine, then move onto the colossal amphitheater that is the Coliseum, where fights between gladiators and beasts took place for the pleasure of 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.
One of the most striking features of the Roma Forum 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 the Vatican city. Home to countless Popes, there are few more uplifting sights than this spiritually enriching setting. The unmissable Sistine Chapel – with its sublime “Last Judgment” by Michelangelo – 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.
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 narrow backstreets of the city, 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 is difficult 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 largest squares in the city. 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.
On Sunday and religious holidays, the Vatican is closed. Due to the high request of the Wow Tour, we designed a Sunday in Rome experience withe the Capitoline Museum on 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 bronze originals of the She-Wolf and Marco Aurelio statue. Among the places to visit in Rome, it is on the top of the list also for its Picture Gallery, with masterpieces of Caravaggio among others who wrote Italian art history.
Pick up time is 15 minutes to half an hour before the tour starts, according to your location. To optimize your precious time, we pick you up from all hotels, apartments, and B&B located within a radius of 7 kilometers from the Pantheon. With a supplement, we will pick you up from the dock of your ship and bring you back to the port on time for your departure.
– Pick-up and drop-off from centrally-located hotels in Air-conditioned mini-van
– Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine guided visit
– Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel and St Peter Basilica guided visit
– Guided driven tour of Trevi fountain, Spanish Steps, Pantheon, Navona Square
– Intermediate transfers between Vatican and Colosseum
– Professional Certified Guide to all sites
– Skip the line tickets to all sites
– Fixed-menu lunch with starter, main course, and water
– 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)