Rome in a Day Tour Including Colosseum and Vatican Museums

Experience the top things to do in Rome

If you're only in the Eternal City for a few days, this Rome in a day tour includes the Vatican Museums, the Roman Colosseum, Piazza Navona, the Trevi Fountain & more. See Rome off the beaten path, the highlights and more on this full day excursion.


This tour will include some light hiking up hills, stairs and walking on uneven terrain.

7 h
max 15
from 20 reviews
1 Skip the Line Tickets!
2 Colosseum Tour
3 Gladiators, Emperors and Spectators
4 Arch of Constantine
5 Roman Forum
6 Arch of Titus
7 The Eternal Flame
8 Julius Caesar's Temple
9 Senate House
10 Trevi Fountain
11 Pantheon
12 Piazza Navona
13 Vatican Museums Tour
14 Gallery of the Candelabra
15 Gallery of the Tapestries
16 Sistine Chapel Tour
17 Michelangelo's Masterpieces
18 St. Peter's Basilica *
19 La Pietà by Michelangelo *
20 "Baldacchino" by Bernini *


Arena Floor
1st & 2nd Level
3rd, 4th & 5th Level
City Tours
Sistine Chapel
St. Peter's Basilica
Primary Galleries
At The Roman Guy, we believe in maximizing your precious and limited time on vacation in Italy. Even if you don't have a month to spend in Italy's capital city, it's still important you get to experience all the best things to do in Rome. If you're only in the Eternal City for a few days, consider doing a Rome in a day tour that includes the Vatican Museums, Roman Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps and Piazza Navona. Hit all these bucket list destinations with a friendly and professional English-speaking guide, transportation and skip the line tickets included. This 7-hour full day tour includes:
- Professional, English-speaking guide
- Comfortable, climate-controlled transfer to the Vatican
- Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica guided tour*
- Guided Colosseum Tour*
- Guided tour to Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps and Piazza Navona*
*The order of the itinerary may change, depending on the time of year, site openings and ticket availability. 

Skip the Line Roman Colosseum Tour

The first stop on this Rome in a day tour is the 2,000-year-old Roman Colosseum. We provide your skip the line Colosseum tickets, so there’s no need to wait around in long lines. This is your opportunity to learn about the Flavian Amphitheater (Colosseum) in dramatic detail from your expert guide.
On this tour, you will visit one of two possible exclusive access areas, either the Colosseum Arena Floor or the top levels of the Colosseum, depending on the availability of the reservation.
If your ticket permits a visit to the Colosseum Arena Floor on the day you are visiting, you will be able to stand where gladiators and wild animals once fought. Your guide will go into detail about the highly competitive and gruesome games that were fought right where you are standing. Then, look up to the stands and imagine what it must’ve felt like here when it was filled with up to 60,000 screaming spectators. Before moving onto the Roman Forum, see the first and second tiers. Just like in modern times, those with the highest status sat closest to the games. This way, they could see every (bloody) detail up close.
If your ticket permits a visit to the Colosseum Belvedere on the day you are visiting, you will be able to climb to the privileged access top levels of the Colosseum. Look out over the stunning views of Rome and experience the spectator area where thousands of plebians came to watch the gladiator games. We like to consider this area a hidden gem of the Colosseum, as not many tour groups get the opportunity to visit the top of this monument.

The Streets of Downtown Ancient Rome

Have you ever wondered what the fuss about the Roman Forum is? Nowadays, this area next to the Colosseum is full of sprawling ruins. However, back in the day, the Forum served as the political and commercial hub of the powerful Roman Empire. After skipping the line, breeze right on in and take a short walk through these important ruins and buildings.

Rome City Tour on Foot

After visiting the Colosseum, your Rome in a day tour continues with a Rome city tour of the most iconic piazzas, fountains and places in this awe-inspiring city. Stroll through the classic beautiful Piazza Navona, Pantheon and the oh-so-famous Trevi Fountain. Plus, you’ll see plenty of Rome off the beaten path because you’re under the wing of a local guide.

Guided Vatican Museums Tour

After a break for lunch (lunch is not included in the price of the tour), we drive you directly to the Vatican in a private, luxury vehicle. The perfect way to end your Rome in a Day tour, let us curate the best galleries and works of art among the nine miles of priceless treasures housed at the Vatican Museums. After skipping the regular line**, visit the Gallery of the Candelabra, Gallery of the Tapestries, Gallery of the Maps on the way to the Sistine Chapel.
**While you do not need to wait in the normal line, a shorter security line is still required for entrance. Short delays at the security check may occur during the busiest months, June and July. 

A Masterpiece of Breathtaking Proportions

Next up, experience the wonders of the Sistine Chapel in person. Perhaps even beyond the Roman Colosseum, Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel is the focal point of this Rome in a day tour. If you weren’t aware, a visit to the Sistine Chapel is included with your Skip the line Vatican tickets. It’s true, you’ve probably seen pictures of these stunning frescoes. However, without actually standing beneath these paintings and taking it all in, there’s no way to fully appreciate Michelangelo’s world-famous accomplishment. With more than 600 figures in all, these frescoes depict stories from the Old Testament.
The Sistine Chapel is a place of worship, so speaking inside is prohibited. We provide you with a map/handout for reference before entering the chapel, while your guide explains the significance of Michelangelo’s artwork. Use the map when you are inside for orientation. 
To enter the Vatican's Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica both men and women must cover their knees and shoulders. Otherwise, you may be refused entry to this portion of your Vatican tour. We understand the summers in Rome are hot - a great alternative is to bring a shawl/scarf/sweater with you. That way, you can cover your knees and shoulders when necessary.

The Palatial St. Peter’s Basilica

Except on Wednesday Mornings
Designed by Renaissance architects that include Bernini, Bramante and Michelangelo, St. Peter’s Basilica is the size of two American football fields and took 120 years to build. Skip the regular entrance and use a special door to continue your comprehensive tour of Rome. Among other things, see the statue of St. Peter's, La Pieta and of course the famed Baldacchino. Standing 95 feet tall, Bernini's Baldacchino sits right above the papal altar and beneath St. Peter's dome.
Remember, it isn’t possible to return to the Vatican Museums from St. Peter’s Basilica. If you want more time inside the museums, you must forgo the guided tour of the basilica. Also, if you’d like to stay in St. Peter's Basilica longer, don't leave with the guide to take photos in the piazza. Because the security line is long and re-entry on your own is not recommended, we suggest you stay inside St. Peter’s and explore on your own after the tour concludes.