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- Fully private Rome tour and entire Vatican City tour in seven hours.

"Rome in a Day: Private" full day tour with one of our expert guides packs all the most important things to see in Rome in approximately seven (7) hours of history, art, architecture, and archaeology, with a couple of refreshment stops along the way. Colosseum, Roman Forum, Circus Maximus, Palatine Hill, Imperial Fora, Piazza Venezia, Capitoline Hill, Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona, Pantheon, and Campo de' Fiori in the morning, and a fact filled Vatican afternoon comprising the magnificent Vatican museums, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Church, and St. Peter's Square.


09:30 AM (recommended start time): Inside the Colosseum you'll be told about it's origins and speedy construction, then discuss a selection of accounts from literature describing the daily carnage. Who ran the shows? How many people died there? Was it really flooded for mock naval battles? Where did the animals come from? Did people really need a ticket to get in? What about snacks? All these questions and many more will be answered as you look out across the iconic structure and try to unite the scenes we all know and love in Ridley Scott's film "Gladiator" with bare facts gleaned from historians.

An explanation of the Colossus of Nero and Arch of Constantine in the Valley of the Colosseum is given before a tour of the ancient Roman Forum and Capitoline Hill, which includes all the main basilicas and temples in the area as well as sites where criminals and enemies of the state were thrown to their deaths, from the forboding Tarpeian rock, and in other cases, the Gemonian stairs.

A walk into the centro storico with breaks on Piazza Navona, beside the Trevi fountain, and in front of the ancient Pantheon follow, during which your guide will relate the fascinating story of Rome's Field of Mars.


14:00 PM (recommended start time): The Vatican Museums, Belvedere Courtyard, Room of the Muses, Round Room, Greek Cross Room, Gallery of Tapestries, Gallery of Maps, Raphael Rooms, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Square, St. Peter's Basilica. It's a comprehensive half day tour of the Vatican City which will change the way you appreciate art and architecture forever!

Do remember that the above is a suggested itinerary only. If you wish to exclude some sites or include others, we can allocate a guide to suit your specific needs. Please let us know if you would like a custom itinerary. With the above itinerary, you will see all the major sites and piazzas in Rome, and this will be done with a depth of information.

"Rome in a Day: Private" is fundamentally a walking tour, however, one or two short taxi rides may be necessary which are not included in tour cost above.

For security reasons, backpacks, rucksacks, large handbags, luggage etc. are banned inside the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill.

Before e-mailing us about availability and cost, please read this page.

  • Priority skip the line Colosseum tickets

  • Licensed private Rome tour guide

  • Private Colosseum inside tour

  • Private Roman Forum tour

  • Private ancient Rome tour

  • Private Rome city center tour

  • Priority skip the line Vatican tickets

  • Licensed private Vatican tour guide

  • Private Vatican City tour

  • Private Vatican Museums tour

  • Private Sistine Chapel tour

  • Private Vatacombs tour

  • Private St. Peter's Basilica tour

  • None!
Dress Code

Inside the Vatican City, for both ladies and men, knees and shoulders must be covered. No exceptions.

Important Information
  • Tour runs daily excluding Sundays.
  • Tour does not run on public holidays.
  • Sturdy, comfortable footwear advised.
7 hours
Meeting Point
Please let us know your preferred start time. On site meeting points. Your guide will meet you at your hotel if you request it when you book. Full details in booking confirmation voucher.

Following payment, you will be e-mailed a confirmation voucher with comprehensive booking details therein. Payment made will be clarified, and clearly explained tour meeting point info plus maps included for you to find your way in Rome. Please print your voucher and bring it with you at the start of the tour.

When In Rome Tours Promise

** Vatican Museums & Colosseum - Roman Forum - Palatine Hill tickets included!

No hidden costs, English speaking guides, personalized assistance, free Rome orientation & local maps at our customer service center when you check in for your Vatican tour. Amenities include intranet points, lounge, wi-fi, rest rooms, refreshments, and a Roman gladiator photo shoot!

Rated: 5/5 - Rome Tour
William (09 September, 2014 - 07:44pm)

"We just finished our tour with Luigi, and we couldn't even wait until we got home to write you and tell you how fantastic he was!!! What an incredible guide, genuine and so thorough in his knowledge of Rome and Italy's history. We couldn't have asked for anyone better. Thank you so much for the last minute change and of course for giving us one of your best. We will certainly recommend any and all of our friends coming to Rome to When In Rome for their tours! Sincerely, Wil and Fiona"

Rated: 5/5 - Great day in Rome with Chiara
Tonya (07 July, 2014 - 05:59pm)

"It was very apparent that Kiara truly loves the history of Rome it showed through her enthusiasm and knowledge of the history and archeology of Roma. Chiara is entertaining and held our attention, which left us wanting to learn more. She was clearly the most enthusiastic guide among all the other guides that we were surrounded by. She was engaging with locals, other guides and most of all, our group. We spent the day with Chiara for our 7-hour tour of Rome and our group of 5 gives our Highest recommendation!"

Rated: 5/5 - Rome tour 6th Sept
Bruce (21 September, 2013 - 07:34am)

"We've just got back to Australia after cruising around the Western and Eastern Mediterranean and doing tours in many cities. The tour in Rome was outstanding and was far and away the best tour we undertook on the trip. Chiara was sensational and we felt very lucky to have her guide us for our rushed visit to Rome. I cannot thank you guys enough for organising the day for us."

Cancellation Policy

All cancellations must be received in writing. Cancellation requests by telephone only are not accepted, but you may call us to confirm that you have submitted a cancellation request to us in writing. If you cancel your booking greater than seven (7) days before the scheduled tour departure, you will be entitled to a full refund less a 10 Euro cancellation fee per transaction. If you cancel your booking less than seven (7) days before the scheduled tour departure, you will be entitled to a full refund less a 20% cancellation fee per transaction. No refunds will be issued for cancellation requests received less than 24 hours before the scheduled tour departure. Similarly, no refunds will be issued for failure to cancel (no show), or failure to arrive at the designated meeting point at the departure time displayed in your booking confirmation. When In Rome Tours SRL may not be held responsible for acts of god, nor alterations to tours made necessary by unforeseen or unannounced closure of all or part of venues including monuments in the tour package. In the event of such closings, When In Rome Tours SRL will not reimburse the package, but may honor the ticket on another day.

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