Private Tour

Rome in a Day Private Tour with Colosseum & Vatican

Art & History
Duration: 7 Hours
Languages: EN, ES, ZH, RU

Rome in a day is a private tour that takes you on a carefully sketched trip through the greatest moments and monuments of Rome’s 2500-year history. Your licensed local guide leads you on a fun and fact-filled itinerary that combines the highlights of Ancient Rome and the Vatican City. The perfect experience for those who only have a short time to see the sights and want maximum flexibility during their tour.

Perfect for:
  • First Timers
  • Art & History Lovers
Covid-19 Health & Safety Measures

What to Expect

Visit the two symbol sights of Rome, Colosseum and Vatican, on this hand-tailored route designed to gain the most experiences and memories in just one day! You will be treated to visit the greatest highlights of Rome from the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica to the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. With pre-reserved skip the line tickets and an expert guide on hand throughout the day this is the tour to get the most out from your limited and precious vacation time in the Eternal City.


Your day of exploration begins with a tailor-crafted itinerary through the Vatican Museums where you will be ushered past the crowds to the most and famous artworks housed here. The concentration of beauty and history is bewildering and the Museum is like a treasure chest stuffed with statues, paintings, tapestries and archaeological finds all exhibited in galleries where once some of the greatest artists and popes strolled. Your guide leads you on a carefully planned route of the 9-mile long Museums visiting handpicked ancient sculpture galleries, ornate courtyards, medieval map rooms and stunning tapestries.


On top of that, you’ll explore Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel, the crowning glory of the Museums. Learn the details of the painstaking labor behind this great work as your guide remarks on the incredible history behind it. Afterward stroll to St. Peter’s Basilica, the home to multiple marvels and masterpieces including Michelangelo’s Pieta and the magnificent altar. Bask before the ornate basilica and its impressive dome, one of the largest in the world.


Then skip the line into the ancient Roman world as you enter the Colosseum Rome’s most iconic symbol. Once inside, your expert guide will take you through the bloody past of the amphitheater as you hear tales of gladiators, mock sea-battles and executions. Next, stroll through the incredible ruins of the Roman Forum, which lay about 30 feet below the current level of the city.


You will learn about the ancient markets, basilicas, and temples; see the temple of the Vestal Virgins, see where the Senate was and where the most important figures in ancient times spent their days. Your guide will bring to life this ancient place so you can imagine what it was like to live in one of the most important places in history …two thousand years ago! But the adventure doesn’t end there. You will go even further back in time at the Palatine Hill where Rome was founded. See firsthand where Emperors lived in their palaces overlooking the Colosseum and Roman Forum.


  • Vatican Museums
  • Sistine Chapel
  • St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Colosseum: 1st and 2nd tiers
  • Roman Forum
  • Palatine Hill

What Is Included

  • Private licensed professional local guide
  • Tickets & reservation fees for skip the line access to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel with pre-reserved entry time
  • St. Peter’s Basilica fast track entrance tickets
  • Tickets & reservation fees for skip the line access to the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill with pre-reserved entry time

What Is Not Included

  • Transportation
  • If your group numbers more than 6, the Vatican requires that you rent earphones at the door for 3 Euro/person, paid directly on site (earphones prices may vary slightly without notice)
  • Food & drinks
  • Tips (optional)
  • Anything not expressly mentioned as included

Meeting Point

At an easy to find location near the entrance to the Museums. Full details provided upon booking.

Important Information

  • This private tour is available on request any day except on Good Friday, January 1, February 11, March  19, April 18,  June 2, June 29,  August 15, September 27, November 1, December 8 and December 26.
  • For safety reasons the Colosseum can accommodate up to 3,000 people at once. This could lead to delays in access to the site, even for visitors with pre-booked entrance tickets.
  • The Colosseum Administration has the faculty to close the site or parts of it without notice for events, strikes, weather conditions, or any other reason. In which case, we will offer an alternative itinerary.
  • St. Peter’s Basilica is an active church and can be subject to unscheduled last minute closures due to liturgical celebrations or unforeseen circumstances. If this occurs during your visit, you will be offered an extended itinerary within the Museums.
  • For safety reasons, both sites require visitors to pass through metal detectors before entering. While the general admission line is skipped, eventual lines at the metal detectors cannot be avoided.
  • Mandatory Covid-19 Rules – Traveler Requirements starting from August 6, 2021 until further notice:
    All participants who are over 6 years old are required to bring and wear a facemask.
    In accordance with government guidelines, during the service all participants must maintain a safety distance of 1 meter from other people.
    All participants who are over 12 years old must present one of the following: proof of full vaccination, proof of first vaccination administered at least 15 days before the activity starts, proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative Covid-19 PCR test taken no more than 48 hours before the activity starts.
    All participants who are over 12 years old must bring and present a valid government-issued photo ID (e.g. passport, driver’s license, etc.) matching the vaccination or test results.
    Those who will not present the required documents will not be entitled to any credit or refund. For more information about how the rules may apply to you, read here or consult the Italian embassy in your country.


Good to Know

  • Please note that the order in which we visit the Vatican and Colosseum will depend on the ticket availability to these sites at the time of booking.
  • All members of your party must present at both sites a valid proof of identification prior to entrance (copies of passports or ID on your phone will be fine).
  • Only small backpacks and regular-size handbags are allowed inside the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. As there are no storage facilities visitors with larger purses or bags will not be allowed to enter. To avoid possible denied entry, we strongly suggest traveling light and leave any unnecessary belongings at the hotel.
  • The Vatican has a strict dress code. Men and women must have their shoulders and knees covered at all times. Access to the Museums will be granted only to appropriately dressed visitors (sleeveless and low-cut garments, shorts, mini-skirts and hats are not permitted).
  • The Vatican Museum reserve the right to deny entrance to any individual not adhering to their entrance rules and restrictions including, but not limited to, providing proper identification and conformance to its dress code.
  • This tour involves a fair amount of walking, comfortable shoes are recommended
  • This tour is not suitable for wheelchair users or those with impaired mobility.

How to Book Your Private Tour

  • Send Us Your Inquiry
    Fill out the tour inquiry form and we will respond with availability and price quote.
  • Payment Policy
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  • Tour Voucher
    Within two business days of payment, we will email you a voucher with all the booking details. Such email constitutes your proof of purchase.

Tour FAQs

Do we stop for lunch?

Yes-you will be responsible to cover the cost. Your personal guide will be happy to provide you with personalized recommendations depending on what your tastes are. Some people like to grab a quick pizza or a snack, and some people like to sit down for a relaxing meal. Either is an option, but just know that if you sit down for a relaxing meal you might have to move faster to get in the rest of the sights.

Is this tour suitable for young children?

Our experienced guides are passionate storytellers and specialize in bringing the sights to life for young and old alike. However, this tour is recommended for children 10 years and older, but you know your kids best to determine if the tour would be appropriate.

When will my credit card be charged?

Your card will be charged once we have confirmed the availability of our guide and any museum tickets for your requested date and time. If for some reason we are unable to confirm your tour, we will notify you and your card will not be charged.

Can I visit the Sistine Chapel only?

No you can only access the Sistine Chapel walking through the Museums. The Sistine Chapel is actually at the far end of the Vatican Museums and as such, can only be entered through the Vatican Museums.

Would you like to personalize this tour?

If you would like us to put together a bespoke tour tailored to your needs, our dedicated trip planning specialists are on hand to help you develop an experience that will be just right for you and yours.

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