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Rome: Historic Center, Colosseum, Roman Forum & Vatican Tour

4.4 / 5

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Rome: Historic Center, Colosseum, Roman Forum & Vatican Tour

From US$ 156.18 per person

Join this tour to tick off all the must-see locations in Rome in just one day.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Duration 8.5 hours
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  • See all the must-see sights in Rome, including the Vatican Museums, Colosseum, and historic center
  • Skip the ticket lines to access the historic sites
  • Walk on the original Gladiatorial arena floor at the Colosseum
Full description
Meet your guide just steps away from the Colosseum and enjoy fast track entry to the arena floor. Marvel at the 360-degree view of the icon of Ancient Rome. Your guide will explain what really made a gladiator and what the games meant to real Romans. Enter the Roman Forum and see monuments dating back to the 7th century B.C.E.. Explore the magnificent Piazza Navona and be taken on an extended tour of the heart of Roman Dolce Vita. Catch the best of Baroque Rome including the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, and Piazza Venezia while taking in the bustling Roman atmosphere en route. Following a swift break for lunch, be transported to the Vatican Museums. See all the major works of art by masters such as Perugino, Giotto, Raphael, and of course Michelangelo. The time you will spend inside the magnificent Sistine Chapel will be an absolute highlight. On St. Peter's Square your guide will tell you about the origins of the Vatican City State and Swiss Guard. At the end of the tour, you will be free to enjoy skip-the-ticket-line access to the Basilica of St. Peter.
  • Skip-the-line tickets
  • Priority access to St Peter's Basilica
  • Guided tour
  • Transportation between historic center and the Vatican
  • Food and drinks
  • Lunch
  • Personal expenses
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

Meet for the first tour at 8:45 AM at Largo Gaetana Agnesi. From the Colosseo Metro Station Line B (Blue Line),take the escalator or stairs to the upper level.The representative will be holding a When in Rome Tours sign. Transportation is provided between the historic center and the Vatican. If you miss the transportation the meeting point is Via Sebastiano Veniero 19. The representative will be holding a When in Rome Tours sign. Meet at 2:45 PM for a 3:00 PM tour.

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What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Shorts
  • Baby strollers
  • Sleeveless shirts

Know before you go

  •  All visitors must pass through airport-style security. During high season the wait at security may be up to 30 minutes.
  •  Dress code for all tours entering the Vatican: Shoulders and knees must be covered for both men, women, and children. No refunds will be given if entry is refused due to lack of appropriate dress. No knives, weapons, or sharp objects will be permitted inside
  •  Bags/Luggage: Large backpacks or bags will not be allowed inside the Colosseum. There is no bag check area available, therefore please no not bring any large bags with you to the Colosseum. At the Vatican Museums there is a cloakroom where guests can store baggage and pick it up at the end of the tour
Customer reviews

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4.4 /5

based on 12 reviews

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We recently did the Rome in a Day tour, while the day was busy, we had an excellent time. Tour guides were knowledgeable, interesting and very helpful. Would recommend this tour, but if you have more time, take a couple of days, as the one day certainly was full on, but we loved it.

September 7, 2019

Very informative, tricky to locate meeting spot

I thought Sarah, our tour guide for Coloseum was great. She was so knowledgable. And the Vatican tour was great too. Wish the meeting spot was more specific and couldn't find them. Had to make phone calls, and from America, can be costly. The guide waited for us. Thank you. Another thing that is not told up front, we had to take a 10euro cab to get from Coloseum area tour to Vatican our Vatican tour. It wasn't a big deal, we just weren't expecting to do that.

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June 19, 2014

Excellent tour

We had a very good tour especially the one given by Giuliano at the Vatican. He was organized, knowledgable and thorough. His personality was wonderful as well. Sarah was good for the morning tour of Ancient Rome but was a little bit rushed. My only suggestion is to make it a little more clear regarding the meeting places. We showed up at the Piazza Venezia but since our guide was running late we had no idea if we were in the right spot at the piazza and didn't know what to actually look for. I would recommend being specific and saying to meet at the right side of the front steps and look for the guide to carrying a certain color umbrella. And for meeting at the office you should give clear detailed directions as it is tucked away in the alley and not that easy to find. But we had a good experience and would definitely recommend your company. Thanks.

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October 3, 2013

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