See all of Rome and the Vatican in one day on this epic semi-private Rome sightseeing tour experience. Skip the line Colosseum and arena floor, skip the line Vatican Museums, tour ancient Rome, see the Pantheon, the Trevi Fountain and so much more besides on this combo full day Rome and Vatican tour which comes very close to being privately guided!
This semi-private "bucket list" tour of Rome (a term not used often enough, as Rome really does have so many must-sees) begins as you meet your expert local guide on Piazza Navona, a majestic square of unparalleled magnificence. After introductions, we stroll across the picturesque square so loved by Romans for it's street artists and musicians, while Bernini's remarkable Baroque fountains flow all around. The Fountain of the Four Rivers will wow even the most seasoned of travelers. Our next port of call is the Pantheon, an ancient architectural marvel built nearly 2,000 years ago as a Pagan temple to honor the Gods!
No visit to Rome is complete without a trip to the Trevi Fountain, immortalized in Fellini's classic film "La Dolce Vita" by none other than Anita Ekberg who decides to take an impromptu dip almost as nature intended. Be sure to toss three coins into the blue water before moving on to the monumental archaeology of ancient Rome and the Colosseum. At this point you will really appreciate the value of a semi-private tour as historic details and anecdotes peak before we turn our attentions towards the Rome of Emperors and gladiators.
At Trajan's triumphal column commemorating Emperor Hadrian's victory in Dacia, we rest awhile before your Roman Forum tour during which you will learn about the rise and fall of Rome.
Close by, the mighty Colosseum awaits. Skip the line Colosseum tickets facilitate a fascinating entrance through the remarkable Gladiator's Gate. After passing thereunder you will find yourself on the original arena floor where blood was spilt to please the people of Rome. Your expert guide will explain what it meant to be a gladiator and what the games meant to Romans. A curious relationship which always ended in death. Explore each level of the Colosseum and get all the must-see views before you bid farewell to your guide and wander around the Flavian Amphitheatre on your own if you so wish.
After a short break for lunch, we meet again in the afternoon close to the Vatican Museums. Your guide will lead you straight into the museums with skip the line Vatican tickets. See all the major works of art by Italian Renaissance masters and come face-to-face with the genius of Michelangelo. Time inside the magnificent Sistine Chapel is the absolute highlight here.
On St. Peter's Square, your guide will detail Vatican history with a remarkable backdrop. Upon conclusion of your Vatican tour you will be free to enjoy skip the line access to St. Peter's Basilica and see Michelangelo's beautiful Pieta’, Dome, and Baldacchino.
By choosing a small group tour of ten people or less, what you gain is the ability to ask questions, to dive deeper, to make requests that normally wouldn't be possible on a small group tour. Semi-private Rome in a Day is highly recommended for curious visitors who want much more than the standard "been there, took selfie" experience.