Skip the Lines Rome in a Day Tour: Ancient Rome, Historic Centre & Vatican

Rome, Italy

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icon8 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Overview

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Check all of the top sights in Rome off your list in a single day. You'll make the most out of your visits to the Colosseum, Vatican Museums, the Pantheon, and the Roman Forum with in-depth guided commentary and skip-the-line access at each site. This tour is perfect for first-time visitors and those short on time.
  • Skip the line tickets to all sites
  • Save tons of time and hassle with prepaid admission
  • Squeeze all of Rome's important sites into one day
  • Guide provides engaging commentary as you travel

Skip the line tickets to the Colosseum, Roman Forum & Vatican
Hands-free headsets to hear your guide clearly
Transportation between sites visited
Lunch

Departure Point

Arch of Constantine, Via di San Gregorio, 00186 Roma RM, Italy

Return Details

St. Peter's Basilica, Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Città del Vaticano, Vatican City
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Colosseum
Your full-day tour starts at the Colosseum, where you’ll avoid the long lines of tourists that will be queuing up for entry and enter the ancient world’s greatest sports arena without any waiting around. Your guide will introduce you to the enthralling tales of gladiators and martyrs that made the Colosseum famous while exploring the remnants of their history together.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
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Roman Forum
Next you’ll head over to the Roman Forum to learn how the heart of Rome’s all-encompassing empire functioned and thrived. Forget battling through the crowds inside the Forum, your guide will lead you directly to a stunning lookout point. From there, you can take in the entire Forum complex, including the Senate House and the Temple of the Vestal Virgins. Your guide will make it easy to imagine how the Forum must have appeared 2,000 years ago with stories of war, politics, economics and religion that shaped the ancient city.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
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Pantheon
No walk through Ancient Rome would be complete without a visit to the Pantheon. This nearly 2,000-year-old building has the largest non-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.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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Trevi Fountain
Your tour through the Historic Centre continues with a stop at the stunning Trevi Fountain, which is the largest baroque fountain in Rome. Legend has it that if you toss a coin over your left shoulder into the Fountain you’ll return to Rome one day.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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Spanish Steps
Next stop is the Spanish Steps for a spot of people watching and plenty of photo opportunities. From here your guide will take you on the metro (if you have booked the walking option) to the Vatican, where you can take a break for lunch before entering the Vatican City.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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Vatican Museums
After lunch, your guide will take you to the Vatican, where you’ll skip the long lines of people waiting to enter. With your Vatican expert to guide you, you’ll delve into one of the world’s greatest art collections. This specially-curated Vatican tour highlights the best works in the vast collections here, giving you a broad understanding and appreciation of what you’re seeing. You’ll explore the sculpture galleries and the world-famous Laocoön Group before heading to the Sistine Chapel.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
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Sistine Chapel
The highlight of your Vatican tour is the Sistine Chapel, which is undoubtedly the most famous chapel in the world. You’ll learn about the paintings of Michelangelo (yes, he spent 8 years of his life painting here!) and his predecessors, who covered every inch of these walls and ceilings. You’ll hear about the history of the period, including the difficulties encountered between the patron, Pope Julius II and Michelangelo.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
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St. Peter's Basilica
Known as the greatest architectural masterpiece in Rome, St Peter's took over a century to complete. Your guide will tell you the story of the nine master architects who each carried the project forward until their deaths; including how that genius Michelangelo – again! – would be the one to finally complete the design for the most challenging aspect of the ambitious design - the great dome which is one of the most iconic images of Rome today. Inside St Peter’s you will visit a selection of the many ornate monuments, statues and mosaics (there are no paintings in the Basilica – find out why from your guide!), and stand in front of the sacred altar of St Peter, from where the Pope says mass on very special occasions.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a strong physical fitness level
  • Check-in closes 15 minutes prior to the departure time of the tour. Departures are on-time and there are no refunds or exchanges if you arrive after the departure time.
  • Due to security regulations at the Colosseum, each person on your booking is required to have his/her ID which shows both name and date of birth. Without this, you may not be permitted entry to the Colosseum.
  • Large bags, backpacks, and suitcases are not permitted in the Colosseum and Roman Forum, and there is no cloakroom to store them in. Knives and other dangerous materials will be confiscated. Please arrive to the meeting point as lightly as possible to avoid any problems with security.
  • A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements
  • Oversized bags, camera equipment, umbrellas and generally anything large will not be permitted inside the Vatican Museums, and will have to be checked in at the Vatican Deposit facility to be collected later. As there can be a line to the deposit facility at busy times, out of consideration to the other people on your tour we kindly request that you arrive to the tour as lightly as possible, to avoid any unnecessary delays.
  • Teenagers and Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Comfortable walking shoes are recommended
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers

Cancellation policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.Learn more about cancellations.

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