Private Tour

Rome in a Day Private Guided 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 have just one day to visit Rome.

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
  • St. Peter’s Basilica fast track entrance tickets
  • Tickets & reservation fees for skip the line access to the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill

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)
  • Meals & Drinks
  • Tips & Gratuities (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,  June 2, June 29, September 27, December 25 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.


Good to Know Before You Go

  • 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 guests with larger bags will not be allowed to enter. Thus, we recommend 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.
  • The itinerary includes uneven terrain and steps. We recommend wearing comfortable shoes.
  • 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
    The tour will only be reserved upon full payment in advance of the tour. We use industry leader Stripe for all card transactions.
  • Tour Voucher
    Within two business days of payment, we will email you a voucher with all the booking details including the meeting point and phone number. 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.

What size bag shall I bring?

The bag must fit into a tray a bit smaller than the trays at airport scanners. There is no bag storage at the Colosseum so bring the smallest bag you can to guarantee entry.

Can I visit the Sistine Chapel only?

No you can only access the Sistine Chapel walking through the Museums. The Sistine Chapel is part 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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Rome in a Day Private Guided Tour with Colosseum & Vatican