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Rome Shore Excursion Tour

  • Group Size:
    Group Size: Private
  • Language:
    Language: English
  • Duration:
    Duration: 9 hrs
  • Start:
    Start: 07:30 AM
  • Price:
    Price: From 1299 €
  • Cancelation:
    Cancellation: Free Cancellation*

Tour Overview

While Rome’s rich history and artifacts could enthrall for centuries, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to tailor a top-notch private tour for those who can only relish one day amongst its treasures. Admire must-see attractions, like the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, and Piazza Navona in the Historic center in addition to exclusive skip-the-line visits to the Vatican Museums, St Peter’s Basilica, and the Colosseum – all with your very own private guide!


Tour Highlights

  • Vatican Museums
  • Sistine Chapel
  • St. Peter’s Square
  • St Peter’s Basilica
  • Rome’s Historic Center
  • Trevi Fountain
  • Pantheon
  • Piazza Navona
  • Colosseum
  • Arch of Constantine
  • Roman Forum

What's included

  • Skip-the-line access to all sites
  • Expert English-speaking guide
  • Private customizable tour
  • All tickets and reservations
  • A private luxury vehicle for transfer
  • Transport costs

What you’ll See Along the Way

Vatican Museums

Each year approximately 6 million tourists travel the globe to venture within the walls of the Vatican City and admire the priceless collection housed by the Vatican Museums. Throughout the centuries, various popes have compiled over 70,000 artworks, 20,000 of which are on display to the public across 54 ornate galleries. We’ll guide you to the most magnificent sights, such as the Laocoon sculpture, the Gallery of the Maps, the Belvedere Torso, and the Sistine Chapel – amongst many more which are sure to inspire awe.

Sistine Chapel

Up to 20,000 people pass through the Apostolic Palace of the pope’s official residence every day to feast their eyes upon what many believe to be the most impeccable work of manmade art to ever exist: Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel ceiling. While his enormous painting of “the Last Judgment” on the altar wall is certainly a stunning side note, the ceiling itself is truly incomparable. From 1508 to 1512 Michelangelo labored over the fresco with meticulous technique, ensuring that his legendary masterpiece would live on for centuries.

St Peter’s Square

Though Gian Lorenzo Bernini offered innumerable artistic contributions to Rome during the Baroque Era, the colonnades of St Peter’s Square were certainly the largest – literally! The columns reach around from either side of the basilica creating an exquisite oblong sanctuary for pilgrims, tourists, and locals alike. Two large fountains jut crystal clear water while a central pedestal hoists an enormous Egyptian obelisk at the center of the plaza. An aerial view offers a different perspective from which St Peter’s Square resembles a keyhole, making a symbolic reference to the key handed to St Peter by Christ.

St Peter’s Basilica

After 120 years of construction - and the mass collaboration of big hitting Italian artists like Michelangelo, Raphael, and Bramante - the pinnacle of Renaissance architecture was complete. The massive dome of the holiest of all Catholic shrines towers above an extraordinary collection of intricate mosaics, angelic sculptures, and marble surfaces below. World famous works of art, including Michelangelo’s Pietà sculpture and Bernini’s bronze Baldachin, are among its most impressive highlights.

Rome’s Historic Center

Ancient history and modern life gracefully collide in the center of The Eternal City, where Renaissance palaces and Baroque fountains mingle in the shadow of 2,000-year-old temples amongst high-end fashion retailers, authentic eateries, and typical ice cream shops. Rome’s historic center runs along a bustling street called “Via del Corso” which stretches directly from Piazza del Popolo to Piazza Venezia. Along our journey, we’ll make stops at some of the city’s top highlights, including the Pantheon, Piazza Navona, and the Trevi Fountain.

Trevi Fountain

The Trevi Fountain is certainly one of Rome’s most adored attractions. With a height of 86 feet matched by a width of 161 feet, its great dimensions allow it to pump a generous amount of water through it’s circulating system each day – roughly 2,824,800 cubic feet of it! The fountain originally ran from the Ancient Roman Aqua Virgo aqueduct, but was refurbished and equipped with its current system in 1998. From 2014 to 2105, Italian fashion house Fendi donated $2.2 million to the restoration of the Trevi, in addition to the installation of a brand new LED illumination system – so, even after more than 250 years of existence, the fountain is as stunning as ever.

Pantheon

Though the emblematic façade of Rome’s Pantheon seems virtually ageless, it has in fact endured for nearly 2,000 years. The present version was erected by instruction of Emperor Hadrian in 126 AD. Its pristine condition is often attributed to its continued utilization throughout the centuries. Initially used as a Pagan temple, the structure was converted to a Christian church by Pope Boniface IV in 609 AD. Masses continue to be held there on Sundays and holy days of obligation. The “rain of rose petals” is one of the most popular events taking place here each year in which thousands of rose petals are dropped into the church from the dome’s 40-meter high oculus.

Piazza Navona

Piazza Navona is one of Rome’s grand showcase squares, where charming cafes, restaurants and pizzerias border the rectangular cobblestone area which was paved in the 15th century to make space for the famous market that was held there for over 300 years. Its oblong shape mimics that of Domitian’s 1st century stadium, which is now buried underneath. The Church of Sant’ Agnese in Agone towers over the piazza’s three dazzling fountains, the largest of which is Bernini’s majestic Fountain of Four Rivers. The cinematic atmosphere has been featured in many films, from 1960s classics to 21st century blockbusters.

Colosseum

The world’s largest amphitheater, the Colosseum, was completed nearly 2,000 years ago in 80 AD. Its construction was carried out by over 60,000 Jewish slaves under the command of the Flavian Dynasty as Vespasian, Titus, and Domitian would later utilize the entertainment arena for imperial propaganda. The “games” would sometimes run for 100 days at a time, with an ongoing display of exotic animal hunts, battle reenactments, and gladiatorial competitions. Members of every societal class were invited to attend the games for free and were even fed upon attendance. As the saying goes: “Give them bread and circuses” – referring to the idea of keeping citizens distracted and appeased.

Arch of Constantine

This grand triumphal arch, which stands between the Colosseum and Palatine Hill, was erected in 315 AD by order of the Roman Senate to commemorate Constantine I and his victory over Maxentius at the Battle of the Milvian Bridge. It spans across the ancient “Via Triumphalis”, or “triumphal road”, the route that was taken by emperors when they entered the city after a victory. It is stylistically unique amongst Rome’s arches as it is the only one that was pieced together with previously existing reliefs from 2nd century imperial monuments.

Roman Forum

Excavations at the Roman Forum, the area that is considered to be the very cradle of Ancient Rome, went on for over 100 years unveiling remains from a span of several centuries clustered together. The Temple of Saturn was constructed in 497 BC and the Temple to Antoninus Pius and Faustina (the only Roman temple dedicated to a married couple) followed in 141 AD. The Temple of the Vestal Virgins, however, has not been precisely dated. Standing strong amongst the temples and ruins are the triumphal arches of Septimius Severus (203 AD) and the Arch of Titus (82 AD) – withstanding the test of time through nearly 2,000 years as a testament to the greatness of the Roman Empire.

Tour Summary Get in the Know

Historic highlights include the Trevi Fountain, Pantheon & Piazza Navona with a Rome expert who has all the details

Take a break from your ocean journey and embark on an enlightening 9-hour shore excursion with What a Life Tours! We’ve curated an itinerary to help you get the most out of your day in Rome but, as this is a private tour, we’re always happy to tailor our plans to fit you and your loved ones. Climb on into your air-conditioned deluxe vehicle and relax your feet while your personal driver takes the helm. Begin to discover Rome from the moment you meet your friendly tour guide, a member of our handpicked five-star team, who will spend the day filling you in on everything you’ve ever wanted to know about the Eternal City. You’ll have a full day to quiz your private guide about the insider secrets of Rome, including suggestions on where to grab a bite to eat. Lunch is not included in the tour, but we can certainly steer you in the right direction!

Gather at Piazza della Rotonda in the shadow of the 2nd century Pantheon, the ancient Pagan temple that currently functions as a Christian church. Discover the highly advanced techniques that the Ancient Romans used when they constructed what remains to be the largest unsupported dome in the world and learn about the centuries of history that have unraveled on its premises. Wander through the modern metropolis past Renaissance palaces and Baroque fountains, making special stops at Piazza Navona and Rome’s iconic Trevi Fountain. This is your chance to capture that postcard-perfect picture and toss some coins inside – if you’re keen on the legends!

Gaze upon masterpieces by world-renowned artists and make a beeline to the best of the Vatican Museums & St. Peter’s Basilica

While visitors often queue up for hours to catch a glimpse of the Vatican Museums, we know that your time is valuable – so we organize everything in advance. Let us handle the tickets and whisk you straight past the lines to explore the fifth-largest art museum in the world. With over 20,000 works on display, one can easily feel overwhelmed at the prospect of covering it all. In actuality, it would take days to properly admire every single thing! Fortunately, your Rome expert knows all the ins and outs of the Vatican and can take you straight to the most impressive gems – so you can forget about navigating and truly absorb the beauty of the art-filled galleries and the Sistine Chapel!

As our Vatican adventure comes to an end, a new chapter begins in St. Peter’s Basilica. Stand in awe of the holiest of all Catholic shrines, regardless of your beliefs, as marble walls tower nearly 450 feet above you. Gold-painted trim, marble-patterned floors, and angelic sculptures orchestrate the unparalleled ambiance of the church, which houses some of the world’s most iconic artworks. Get the inside scoop about Michelangelo breaking into the church and Bernini’s artistic rivalry as you admire the famous sculpture of “La Pietà” and the bronze Baldachin, which stands tall above the main altar – all before venturing out into St. Peter’s Square!

Skip the lines and walk in the footsteps of Ancient Roman Emperors & Gladiators inside the Colosseum and Roman Forum

Step inside the zenith of Roman architecture and engineering and relish the great civilization that once ruled the world. The Flavian amphitheater, as it was originally known, once had the capacity to host 50,000 spectators at a time and now, 2,000 years later, it sees up to 6 million visitors per year. Built under the command of the Flavian dynasty, the entertainment arena was famously used to amuse and appease the masses. The hypogeum, the underground area beneath the stage floor, housed prison cells for slaves and exotic animals that were hoisted up to the crowds via highly advanced pulley systems and trap doors. Regardless of the gruesome and, what many consider to be, unethical battles that took place within its Travertine walls, the Colosseum is widely regarded as one of the world’s most impressive wonders – and you’ll see why!

Just a hop, skip, and a jump away from the Colosseum we’ll explore the very cradle of Rome, where Romulus and Remus founded the city millennia ago, in the Roman Forum. Stroll through the remains of Domitian’s Palace on Palatine Hill and roam the ruins of ancient temples, basilicas, and victory arches in the valley below. We’ll step into the Temple of Julius Caesar, inside of which the dictator’s grave is frequently covered with flowers, and admire the marble plaque that hangs on the wall outside honoring him as a deity. There is no better place in the world to ponder the greatness of the Roman Empire.

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Our tour of “Rome In A Day” was beyond pleasant and not hurried in any way. Maria our tour guide was attentive and a wealth of knowledge not just about the history of each visit but her knowledge of Art History proved to be an added bonus. Maria went at our pace and was thoughtful of our needs and wants regarding the day and the tour. She had a professional manner and got us through all the lines quickly and skipping the wait time where it was appropriate. Maria gave us trivia about each site visited you wouldn’t find in a normal tour. My sister had been to these places before on other tours and said this was the best tour by far for she was able to make every site interesting and you learned so much about history you do not read about in books. Maria knew the best places to take pictures or get a better perspective of what we were touring. What A Life Tours are first class and easy to arrange your day and tours. They were accessible and available to answer my questions. I highly recommend them and Maria when in Rome!”

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I explained to our coordinator Pips that we wanted to see Rome through the eyes of a Roman. WOW...did she deliver on our request! She matched us up with our guide Beatrice and we saw parts of Rome I would never have thought of. Places like the spot where Julius Caesar was murdered, the Jewish Ghetto, and such. Beatrice explained every day life in Rome, and what living in Rome is like. Beatrice should be sought out for your tour. I know we'll be sure to ask for her when we return. Thank you Pips for your help in arranging this great experience. Thank you Beatrice for your kindness, and thank you What a Life Tours for providing us the opportunity to see Rome from a totally different perspective.”

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