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Rome in 1 Day: Skip-the-Line Vatican, Colosseum & Ancient Rome Guided Tour

by Carrani Tours Duration 9h+ Free cancellation available No booking or credit card fees
per adult Price was $104 Discount price is $88

Discover the Eternal City's major highlights on a full-day guided tour. In the morning, explore the Vatican Museums and admire the Sistine Chapel. After lunch, step into Rome's ancient past as you discover monuments such as the monumental Colosseum, the triumphal Arch of Constantine, and the ruins of the Roman Forum.

Begin your day at the Vatican Museums, avoiding the long wait outside with skip-the-line entry. Your guide leads you through the museums and shows you the grand fresco sequences that mark the High Renaissance in Rome. Wander through the colorful Raphael Rooms—known for walls covered in Raphael's immortal frescoes—and step into the Sistine Chapel to get a firsthand view of the glorious ceiling painted by Michelangelo. From there, make your way into the vast nave of St. Peter's Basilica to discover this sacred pilgrimage site and place of worship.

In the afternoon, your exploration resumes as you uncover the archaeological treasures of ancient Rome. Imagine the clashing swords of gladiators and the drama of maritime battles on the arena floor of the Colosseum, and then stroll in the footsteps of Roman citizens as you walk through the Roman Forum to see its temples, streets, and centuries-old gathering places. Your final stop is at Palatine Hill, where you can roam among the ruined foundations of imperial palaces as you look out over the city from this lofty vantage point.

Discover the Eternal City's major highlights on a full-day guided tour. In the morning, explore the Vatican Museums and admire the Sistine Chapel. After lunch, step into Rome's ancient past as you discover monuments such as the monumental Colosseum, the triumphal Arch of Constantine, and the ruins of the Roman Forum.

Begin your day at the Vatican Museums, avoiding the long wait outside with skip-the-line entry. Your guide leads you through the museums and shows you the grand fresco sequences that mark the High Renaissance in Rome. Wander through the colorful Raphael Rooms—known for walls covered in Raphael's immortal frescoes—and step into the Sistine Chapel to get a firsthand view of the glorious ceiling painted by Michelangelo. From there, make your way into the vast nave of St. Peter's Basilica to discover this sacred pilgrimage site and place of worship.

In the afternoon, your exploration resumes as you uncover the archaeological treasures of ancient Rome. Imagine the clashing swords of gladiators and the drama of maritime battles on the arena floor of the Colosseum, and then stroll in the footsteps of Roman citizens as you walk through the Roman Forum to see its temples, streets, and centuries-old gathering places. Your final stop is at Palatine Hill, where you can roam among the ruined foundations of imperial palaces as you look out over the city from this lofty vantage point.

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8:30 AM, Skip-the-Line Tour in English

Duration 9h No booking or credit card fees

Live Commentary in English. Select this option for the tour without transportation. You will have a 2-hour break between the morning and afternoon tour to have lunch on your own.

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8:30 AM, Skip-the-Line Tour in Spanish

Duration 9h No booking or credit card fees

Live Commentary in Spanish. Select this option for the tour without transportation. You will have a 2-hour break between the morning and afternoon tour to have lunch on your own.

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It only takes 2 minutes

8:30 AM, Skip-the-Line Tour with Lunch & Hotel Pickup in English, includes Food Only

Duration 10h No booking or credit card fees

Live Commentary in English. Select this option for the tour plus pickup from your centrally located Rome hotel, transportation between the Vatican Museums and the Colosseum, and lunch in a traditional Roman restaurant. Hotel drop-off is not included.

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per adult Price was $187.51
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8:30 AM, Skip-the-Line Tour with Lunch & Hotel Pickup in Spanish, includes Food Only

Duration 10h No booking or credit card fees

Live Commentary in Spanish. Select this option for the tour plus pickup from your centrally located Rome hotel, transportation between the Vatican Museums and the Colosseum, and lunch in a traditional Roman restaurant. Hotel drop-off is not included.

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per adult Price was $187.51
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It only takes 2 minutes

Rome in 1 Day: Skip-the-Line Vatican, Colosseum & Ancient Rome Guided Tour

Activity Location

Vatican Museums

Viale Vaticano

Roma 00165

Meeting/Redemption Point
  • Bar L'Ottagono (Morning Part of the Tour - if option WITHOUT Hotel Pickup is selected)

    62 Piazza del Risorgimento

    Roma 00193

  • Arch of Constantine (Afternoon Part of the Tour)

    Via di San Gregorio

    Roma

  • Hotel Pickup (if option is selected)

    Rome


Highlights

  • VIP access to the Vatican Museums & St. Peter's Basilica

  • Chance to skip the long lines outside the Colosseum

  • Remarkable views of the Sistine Chapel's renowned ceiling

  • Opportunity to visit the Roman Forum & climb Palatine Hill

  • Informative & insightful commentary from an expert guide


Inclusions

  • Guided tour of the Vatican Museums, Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill

  • Admission fees

  • Skip-the-line entrance to Vatican Museums and Colosseum

  • Headset for tour commentary


Exclusions

  • Hotel drop-off

  • Beverages during lunch


Know Before You Book

  • Children 2 and younger are complimentary.

  • This activity is not wheelchair accessible.

  • If you book the option with hotel pickup, pickup is available from most centrally located Rome hotels beginning 30–60 minutes prior to your booked tour start time. You will be able to arrange pickup from your hotel or a nearby location when you call to confirm your reservation.

  • Hotel drop-off is not included; this tour ends near the Roman Forum.

  • If you book the option without hotel pickup, you must make your own way to the meeting point. Check-in is 20 minutes prior to the booked tour start time.

  • Due to shorter daylight, from October 28 the visit to the Palatine Hill will be replaced with an external explanation from the Capitoline Hill

  • Please inform Carrani Tours after booking if you have any special food requirements (if option with lunch is selected)


Rome in 1 Day: Skip-the-Line Vatican, Colosseum & Ancient Rome Guided Tour ratings based on 550 Verified Reviews

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4.1 out of 5

5/5 Jul 18, 2019

Very informative tour. The guides are very nice, David for Vatican and Matej for Colosseum they looked after the group very well.

5/5 Jul 17, 2019

Very informative and tour guides were excellent. It is a lot of walking so wear comfortable shoes and bring water