Rome in a Day: Full-Day Private Tour
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8 hrs Start Time:
Are you in town only for a day? Explore all of Rome’s major attractions in only 8 hours on this action-packed tour. With a private guide and skip-the-line access to all sights, your full-day adventure will be an unforgettable and a completely tailored experience from start to finish.
At a Glance Why You’ll Love It
With skip-the-line access to all sights visited, we’ll make the most of your day on this private tour of Rome.
Tick off all of the city’s must-sees including the Vatican, the Trevi Fountain, and the Colosseum.
Having the tour guide all to yourself means you’ll get plenty of customized attention.
Tour Summary Get in the Know
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 by 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. Walkthrough 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!
“We really lucked out. I spent many hours choosing the right tour group for our family of four. It all started with easy, direct communication from Joseph. He set everything up. Tours of Vatican, Sistine chapel, catacombs.. we chose to have him organize all our transportation as well. What a relief during these hot days! We started our day being introduced to Mario, our guide. He immediately captured our entire family. His knowledge, wit, humor and stories reached everyone in our group. He recognized when we needed a break, when we wanted to hear more and related questions we all could discuss together. Look no further if you are looking for a tour group that can accommodate all ages and interest!”
“Giuliano was the perfect guide, sweet, polite, passionate, and informative. We interacted with Giuliano on our own pace, asking questions, and allowing for elaboration. We were not quickly ushered on through the museums, as larger tourgroups were; we could take our time and see exactly what we wanted. Giulaino was absolutely the best tour guide ever! At the end of the day, we left as friends. We truly were able to see almost all of what Rome boasts... in one day! The Rome In A Day tour will leave you with memories that you will treasure for a lifetime!”
“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!”
“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!”
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