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Rome in a Day Group Tour with Colosseum and Vatican by Minivan

Get the essence of the Eternal City in one day of touring

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all inclusive price

PRICE

€ 129

GROUP SIZE

Max 15

DURATION

7 hours plus break

OVERVIEW

Rome, a lifetime is not enough: as this popular saying beautifully puts it, in Rome there is so much to see that it would take many years to see everything, and yet probably miss something. But what if you only have one day in Rome?

Thanks to our tour, carefully studied and designed after 20 years of experience in the field, you will be able to make the most out of your time in the Eternal City. 

Our groups, limited to a maximum of 15 people, are small and intimate in order to give you the best experience and to facilitate the interaction with your expert guide, who will be with you for 7 hours. Comfortably traveling by minivan, you will be able to maximise your touring time, without the hassle of trying to get from one site to another via taxi or public transportation.

Our Roman day starts early with a fascinating visit to the highlights of the Ancient City: on our tour, you will explore the imposing ruins of the Roman Forum and literally walk in the footsteps of emperors, senators, common people and slaves. Then you will proceed to the Colosseum and with the help of your expert guide, you will discover the secrets of Rome’s most iconic building and hear fascinating yet terrible stories about the people who lived and died there, thus gaining more insight on the history and the mentality of the ancient Romans.

You will then drive to the city centre, where your guide will take you on a magnificent stroll among the most beautiful squares and fountains of Rome: you will marvel at the majesty of the Pantheon, admire the beauty of Piazza Navona, with the famous Fountain of the Four Rivers, work of the master of the Baroque, Gianlorenzo Benini and also throw a coin in the Trevi Fountain.

After a reinvigorating lunch break, get ready to board our minivan again to reach the Vatican: with our skip the line tickets, you will be able to avoid the long lines and explore the Pope’s kingdom. Stroll around the beautiful Vatican Museums while listening to the engaging commentary of your guide, then get ready to end your exciting Roman day with the grand finale, featuring the gems of the Vatican: the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica. 

With its nearly 3,000 years of history since its foundation, 900 churches, over a hundred museums and an incalculable amount of works of art and archaeological sites, the Eternal City is a never-ending surprise and a source of inspiration to last a lifetime.

That’s why we believe that even if you are here only for one single day, you just can’t miss the most important sites of this amazing city and this is exactly what our Rome in A Day Group Tour is about. 

We carefully designed this tour so that you can get the very best of this extraordinary city in one day of touring, without feeling overwhelmed, comfortably traveling from site to site by minivan.

In the footsteps of senators and emperors: the Roman Forum

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live at the time of the Ancient Romans? The Roman Forum it’s probably the best place where you can imagine the life of our ancestors: as you walk on the ancient road, your guide will bring the ruins back to life for you and it will feel just like taking a trip back in time. On our tour, you will see the ruins of amazing buildings that are at the origin of our modern politics, such as the Senate, or the Rostra, where Cicero and many other orators gave their passionate speeches, sometimes paying with their own life the cost of defending their political views. You will also admire the majestic triumphal arches, built by the emperors to celebrate their victories. Each one of these magnificent arches has a fascinating story to tell: in front of the Arch of Titus, you will listen to the sad story of the sack of Jerusalem, while looking at the impressive Arch of Septimius Severus, you will learn about his military campaigns and the terrible story of his eldest son Caracalla, who killed his younger brother out of jealousy and power hunger. Discover the religious beliefs of the Romans and their rituals while exploring the House of the Vestal Virgins, or the Temple of Antoninus and Faustina, still perfectly preserved. You will also discover the close connection between power and religion, while entering the Temple of Julius Caesar, dictator when alive and god after his death.

The Colosseum: shows, blood and propaganda in Rome’s most famous building

Built by the Flavian dynasty at the end of the 1st century AD, the Colosseum is by far the most iconic building in Rome. Anxious to win back the love and the support of the people of Rome after Nero’s disgraceful reign, emperor Vespasian started the construction of the monument that was going to be the symbol of Rome for the next 2000 years. Financed with the treasures taken during the sack of Jerusalem, the Colosseum was built in an incredibly short amount of time: only 9 years, not only thanks to the famous ingenuity of the Romans, but also to the hard work of thousands of slaves. When he inaugurated the Colosseum in 80 AD, Vespasian’s eldest son Titus was determined to get off to a great start: he offered 100 days of shows during which thousands of animals and people were killed, just to entertain the nearly 65.000 bloodthirsty spectators sitting on the bleachers. 

Discover Rome’s most beautiful squares and fountains

In Rome, the art is not just caged among the walls of the museums: in Rome, art and history are literally around every corner and there’s no other place like the centre to truly appreciate how they are still nowadays part of the pulsating heart of the city.

On our tour, you will admire the Baroque splendor of the Trevi Fountain while listening to our guide’s fascinating stories: don’t forget to throw a coin in its magical waters, you might have a wish granted! 

Enter with us the majestic Pantheon and let yourself be amazed by the celebrated roman ingenuity: how did they build a dome that still nowadays holds the record of world’s largest dome built without reinforced concrete?

Finally, take a stroll in the beautiful Piazza Navona and marvel at the famous Fountain of the Four Rivers, work of Gianlorenzo Bernini, the master of the Baroque.

With the help of your guide, you will learn the stories behind the most beautiful squares, fountains and monuments, alongside with the many colorful legends of the tradition.

The Vatican: A journey through Art, Beauty and Spirituality in the Pope’s kingdom

With its 109 acres and only 1,000 citizens, the Vatican City is the smallest country in the whole world, but don’t let these numbers fool you: in its minuscule territory, the Vatican houses the 5th largest museum in the world and the world’s largest Catholic Basilica.

With the help of your expert guide, you will discover the most renowned treasures of this unique country. In the prestigious Vatican Museums, you will come face to face with the most celebrated statues of emperors, gods, muses and philosophers from the past. As you walk through galleries and courtyards, you will meet Apollo and marvel at its divine beauty, then you will admire the Laocoon and listen to the tragic destiny of the only man who tried to warn the Trojans not to trust the Trojan Horse. 

Walk through the celebrated Gallery of the Tapestries and the Gallery of Geographical Maps, before entering the Sistine Chapel and breathe in Michaelangelo’s timeless art.

The last part of your journey will be Saint Peter’s Basilica, where you will be touched by the beautiful Pietà, sculpted by 23 years old Michelangelo, out of a single block of Carrara marble, before you reach the main altar, crowned by Gianlorenzo Bernini’s precious bronze canopy. Did you know that, according to the tradition, the Apostle Peter is buried right under the altar where the Pope celebrates the mass? 

Join us on this unforgettable journey at the discovery of the millennia that shaped the Eternal City.

 

  • Ticket and reservation fees with preferential access so you don't wait in line.
  • Minivan to travel from one area to another.
  • Expert, fluent English-speaking guides who know and love the Eternal City.
  • Headsets for groups of six or more people, so you can always hear your guide.

Classic sights included in our itinerary:

  • The Sistine Chapel
  • The Vatican Museums
  • St. Peter's Basilica
  • Colosseum
  • Roman Forum
  • Trevi Fountain
  • Piazza Navona
  • Pantheon

Overlooked sights included in our itinerary:

  • Vestal Virgin Gardens and Statues
  • Arch of Titus
  • Arch of Septimius Severus
  • Temple of Romulus
  • The ancient Senate
  • The Arch of Constantine
  • The Statue of Laocoon
  • The Statue of Apollo
  • The Pinecone Courtyard
  • The Grave of St. Pope John Paul II

Near the entrance to the Ancient Roman Forum. Full details, including a map and photo, will be provided on booking.

We take you through the city center of Rome, some archaeological sites with steps and uneven surfaces and the Vatican Museums. Comfortable shoes and a bottle of water are recommended.

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Our strengths

Our guides are fluent in English and have a contagious passion for Rome's inspiring cultural heritage. Experts in their fields, they will immerse you in the hidden histories and intriguing lives of history's great protagonists. So much to see, so easy to miss out: with the help of our guides, visit the most absorbing sites and uncover the stories that have changed the world. Don't miss this fascinating journey!

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