Rome in One Day: Colosseum, Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica Private Tour

Rome, Italy

Experience Rating
icon6 hours  (Approx.)
Pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English and 4 more

Tight on time in Rome? Experience the best of Italy’s capital in one day on this private 7-hour tour of four city must-sees, with skip-the-line admission at each. Enjoy priority access to the Colosseum and Roman Forum, exploring their classical ruins and history. After lunch (own expense), enjoy fast-track admission to St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museums, viewing the museums' highlights and showpiece: Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel. An art historian guide and admission fees included.
  • Private 7-hour Rome in one day tour with art historian guide
  • Avoid the main admission lines at four Rome highlights
  • Visit the Colosseum and Roman Forum in the morning
  • Take a break for lunch (own expense)
  • See the best of the Vatican Museums, including the Sistine Chapel
  • Explore St. Peter’s Basilica after the museum tour
  • All admission fees included

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

A private, art historian guide and priority entry to four top Rome attractions make this tour stand out.

Professional art historian guide
Guaranteed to skip the long lines
Private tour
Food and drinks
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Transportation to/from attractions

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
The guide will wait you in Piazza Colosseo at the Costantine Arch, near the main entrance of the Colosseum

Departure Time

9:00 AM
Meet your art historian guide in central Rome and begin your private 7-hour tour.

As you set off, hear about Rome’s history from your guide, and arrive at the UNESCO-listed Colosseum, the world’s largest ancient Roman amphitheater. Use your skip-the-line ticket to avoid the main admission line, and go inside with your guide. See the main areas of the 2,000-year-old stadium, once the stage for gladiatorial and sporting events, and take in the tiers of seats, estimated to have held 70,000 spectators.

Next, walk to the neighboring Roman Forum, once the social, political, and commercial epicenter of ancient Rome. Check out the timeworn ruins of temples, streets, and monuments, and learn about their purpose from your guide.

After time for lunch (own expense), hop aboard public transport and travel to the Vatican Museums for the afternoon. Show your priority-access ticket and explore the highlights of the collections with your guide. See everything from ancient Greek and Roman statuary to Renaissance masterpieces by artists such as Raphael, all of them amassed by popes through the centuries, and forming one of the world’s greatest art collections.

Finish with a visit to the museums’ crowning glory: the Sistine Chapel. Step inside this extraordinary chapel, and gaze at Michelangelo’s world-famous ceiling frescoes depicting scenes from the biblical Creation, painted between 1508 and 1512.

Finally, walk to the neighboring St. Peter’s Basilica, the magnificent church on St. Peter’s Square said to stand where St. Peter is buried. Head inside to admire the ornate interior and see La Pietà, an early Michelangelo sculpture, and other treasures, including Bernini’s bronze baldachin altar canopy.

After taking your leave, your full-day tour concludes in central Rome when you part ways with your guide.
Stop At:  
Sistine Chapel
Admire the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican City State, where the pope's official residence is located. Originally it worked like the chapel of the Vatican fort and was known like Cappella Magna. Its name comes from Pope Sixtus IV who ordered its restoration between 1473 and 1481. Since that time this chapel has served to celebrate papal acts and ceremonies of the Catholic Church.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Vatican Museums
Discover one of the most beautiful museum in the world with an expert guide. you will see also the famous Raphael rooms and Sistine chapel
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Meet your guide neat the main entrance of the colosseum Located just east of the Roman Forum, the massive stone amphitheater known as the Colosseum was commissioned around A.D. 70-72 by Emperor Vespasian of the Flavian dynasty as a gift to the Roman people Measuring some 620 by 513 feet (190 by 155 meters), the Colosseum was the largest amphitheater in the Roman world. The Colosseum saw some four centuries of active use, until the struggles of the Western Roman Empire and the gradual change in public tastes put an end to gladiatorial combats and other large public entertainments by the 6th century
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • A maximum of 10 people per booking
  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Cancellation policy

If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.Learn more about cancellations.


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