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Traverse Rome with your very own inside expert
While everyone knows that Rome is one of the most beautiful and romantic cities in the world, conquering this world-famous metropolitan on your own can be quite overwhelming. Getting lost in winding cobblestone streets, having to depend on busy (and unreliable!) public transportation and queuing for hours at the sights can be quite a buzzkill so allow us to take care of the logistics. With fast-track entry to the Eternal City’s must-see attractions and a local insider at the helm, you can rest assured that your "Rome in a Day Tour" will be unforgettable – and go without a hitch!
From the moment you meet us in our Vatican office, prepare to be pampered! With a friendly 5-star guide at your service, you’ll not waste any time digging into the rich, local culture. In just one day you’ll have the special opportunity to visit the Colosseum, the Vatican Museums, St. Peter’s Basilica, the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon and more – completely stress-free. We’ll give you the inside scoop on all of the innovations and intriguing tales of the Roman Empire – as well as fill you in on everything there is to love about modern Rome!
Explore the highlights of the Vatican
While one could easily spend a full day getting lost in the Vatican, we are here to whisk you past the long lines and make a beeline for the most extraordinary exhibits. During the course of our 2.5-hour journey through elaborate Vatican corridors and courtyards, you’ll feast your eyes on unexpected jewels around every corner. As we make our way through galleries of ancient Italian maps, gold-threaded tapestries, and spellbinding ‘chiaroscuro’ frescoes, your savvy raconteur will connect the dots between the art and history which culminated your very footsteps. Upon admiring priceless masterpieces, such as Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel, you’ll not only have an opportunity to discuss technique and subject matter, but also to learn about the artists themselves – their lives, inspirations, and even rivalries!
Our thorough exploration of the Vatican Museums will lead us straight to the entrance of St. Peter’s Basilica – the holiest of all Catholic shrines, which houses Michelangelo’s Pietà and Bernini’s bronze Baldachin. One of the largest churches in the world, this enormous sanctuary is tall enough to fit even the Statue of Liberty inside! Surrounded 10,000 square meters of mosaics, giant angelic sculptures, and marble patterned floors, you’ll surely be moved to examine each individual treasure with an open heart.
End your day where the Eternal City began
While this private tour offers ample space and time for customization, we’ve picked the best of the best sights to include in our suggested itinerary. Walk through the oldest functioning doors in all of Western civilization at the Pantheon, soak up the cinematic atmosphere and architecture in Piazza Navona, and toss a coin into the Trevi Fountain! Though lunch is not included in the tour price, there are innumerable options in the city center for a good bite to eat. Whether you’re in the mood for a nice sit-down meal or a casual on-the-go tasting, your cicerone will be there to recommend the best options.
A trip to Rome wouldn’t be complete without a humbling chance to stand inside the great Colosseum. While the amphitheater is notorious for its compelling (and often gruesome) history, we’re sure to surprise you with stories that have yet to be shared on the silver screen. We’ll spend our final hours together peeling back the layers of the city and delving into the very birthplace of the Empire – the Roman Forum. Find out why the small pasture between two hills was chosen, stand in the footsteps of great emperors, and revel in a time that once was. With our talented team-members and hand-selected city highlights, you’ll absorb as much Roman culture as possible in just one day!
What You'll See Along the Way
The Vatican Museums boasts one of the finest and most extensive art collections in the world; a wonderful blend of exquisite Renaissance masterpieces and fascinating Roman antiquities. The museums were founded by Pope Julius II in 1506 to showcase all the chefs-d'oeuvres accumulated by previous pontifices throughout history and today the collection attract almost 6 million visitors annually. On this tour we will show you the ultimate highlights of the sprawling museum complex, including the Sistine Chapel, the Pinecone Courtyard, the Gallery of Maps, the Belvedere Torso and much more.
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What Our Customers Say...
My wife and I did two tours with What a Life and both were phenomenal. Carlota took us through the Colosseum and Palatine Hill while Elaine did the honors for the Vatican. Both were fantastic: extremely knowledgeable, funny and enthusiastic. The guide is the key to a good tour and we couldn’t be happier with our guides. 5 stars!
My mom and I thoroughly enjoyed the full day in Rome experience. Our tour guide was Vasco. He was extremely knowledgeable and friendly. He shared both historical and current perspectives of Rome and it’s art and architecture. We both feel his tour is well worthwhile both for the experience and the value for the investment. The tour is 5 stars and definitely so is Vasco!