Rome in a Day Small Group Tour with Vatican & Coliseum
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7.5 hours
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What You'll Do
  • Enter the Coliseum with special fast-track access
  • See the top sights of Rome’s historical center
  • Enjoy a scoop of homemade Italian gelato
  • Skip the lines waiting to enter the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica
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 Coliseum and Vatican Museums.
What to Expect
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. 

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.

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. 

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 Piazza Navona for a few photo ops.

After a break for lunch your local expert will accompany you in a taxi or bus to the Vatican, where you’ll also skip the long lines of people waiting to enter. Meet your Vatican expert here and delve into one of the world’s greatest collections of art. 

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 Raphael Rooms, sculpture galleries, and the world-famous Laocoön Group as well.

The tour ends as you’re left contemplating Michelangelo’s frescoes in the Sistine Chapel. From here you can choose between extending your stay in the Chapel and the Vatican Museums, or skip the lines once again and enter St. Peter’s Basilica directly from the Sistine Chapel. 
What's Included
  • Privileged express entrance to the Coliseum, Vatican Museums, and St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Transport from City Center to the Vatican
  • Homemade gelato
What's Not Included
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel transfers
  • Lunch
Cancellation Policy
Cancel up to 3 days in advance for a full refund
Meeting Point

Morning portion of the tour: In front of the Colosseo Metro stop (blue line) on the street level next to the news kiosk (not the upper level), directly across the street from the Coliseum From Termini station, take the blue line Metro toward Laurentina and get off at the Colosseo stop. Afternoon portion of the tour: After your lunch break, the second part of your tour will meet at 14:00 for a prompt 14:15 departure. Meet your guide at the green bar (called l'Ottagono) in the middle of Piazza del Risorgimento. This is the only bar/cafè located on the square, and is on the side of the square towards Via Crescensio, close to tram stop 19. The closest Metro stop is Ottaviano. Feel free to ask your guide for restaurant suggestions and directions to second meeting point. (Open in Google Maps)

Know Before You Go
• Your tour will end in St. Peter's Basilica, where you will have skip-the-line admission, although there will be no guide with you inside the church
• Unfortunately this tour is unable to accommodate guests with mobility impairments, and no wheelchairs or strollers are allowed on the tour
• St. Peter's Basilica and the Sistine Chapel are holy places and your attire must be appropriate for the visit. Both men and women are asked to wear clothing that covers at least the shoulders and knees.The tour operator cannot be held responsible for entry denied due to improper dress. Please note that as the Chapel is at the end of the Vatican visit, it is sufficient to bring extra covering with you to put on before entering the Vatican
• This tour takes place in groups no larger than 15 people

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