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Rome in a Day: Skip-the-Line Colosseum, Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel, Gelato, Small Group

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Activity Schedule

  • When does it run?

    Monday to Friday

  • Duration

    7 hours 30 minutes (includes 1 hour 15 minutes break between Rome tour and Vatican tour)

  • Start time


  • Meeting Point

    Meet your guide at the entrance of Colle Oppio Park on the corner of Via di Terme di Tito and Via Nicola Salvi.

    The entrance to the park is opposite The Oppio Caffe. If arriving by metro, please note that there are two entrances/exits for the metro and the Park where we meet is located on the street above the metro station. You will need to take the stairs up from inside the metro station to reach the street above. Exiting the metro on the upper street level, turn to face the Colosseum and then walk to your left 150 meters and you will find the Oppio Caffe on the corner and the entrance to the Colle Oppio Park just opposite.

    So there’s no last-minute rush please arrive at the start point 15 mins early.

  • Ending Point

    Vatican Museums, Rome

Key Highlights

  • Covers all the major Rome and Vatican attractions in a day
  • Ideal for those who have limited time to discover Rome
  • Enjoy a gelato while taking a stroll on the streets of Rome
  • An English speaking, expert guide will accompany you at all times
  • Small group of 10 allows for more interaction with the guide


If you have limited time in Rome, then this tour is designed just for you. See the major attractions in Rome and Vatican City with convenient, skip-the-line access. This comprehensive tour takes you to the Colosseum, Roman Forum, the Pantheon, the Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona, Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel and a host of other Rome attractions.

Join the expert, English speaking guides who will take you from the ancient roots of the Eternal City while giving you interesting insights and anecdotes. Your day begins at the Colosseum, where you will head straight into this majestic Roman Empire structure with skip-the-line tickets. An architectural and engineering wonder of the ancient world, the Colosseum bears witness to both the glory and brutality of the Roman Empire.

Moving on to the Roman Forum, savour the breath-taking views from outside a stunning vantage point, where you will spot the Senate and the Temple of the Vestal Virgins. Listen to the history of the sites as your guide regales you with how Rome became the heart of a vast empire.

Next up, you will stop at the Pantheon, one of Rome's most enduring monuments. It is an embodiment of the highest Roman building technology and of its purest architectural taste. While you admire its largest unreinforced concrete dome, hear stories about how it was built and why has it inspired other famous buildings like the St Peter’s Basilica and the US Capitol Building.

Enjoy a delicious gelato as you will stroll through the streets made famous by films like Roman Holiday, stopping at the Trevi Fountain and Piazza Navona & Bernini’s Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi for photo opportunities. The final stop in the tour is the iconic Vatican where you can skip the lines to delve into one of world’s greatest collections of art. Visit the Raphael Rooms, ancient sculpture galleries and the stunning Hellenistic ‘Laocoon’. See Michelangelo’s frescoes in the Sistine Chapel along with mosaics on the floor and intricate frescoes on the wall painted by the early Renaissance artists.

Post your visit to the Sistine Chapel, you can either spend more time in the Vatican Museums or follow your guide and gain direct access to St Peter’s Basilica with skip the line tickets. You can spend as much time as your wish at the Basilica and explore the Papal Crypts, or climb the dome to the highest man-made point in Rome, with the tour finally ending at St. Peter’s Square

About the Supplier: Walks offers exclusive small group tours across 13 locations and special access to some of the world’s most iconic landmarks and attractions as well as unique cultural experiences.


  • Privileged express entrance to the Colosseum, Vatican Museum and St Peter’s Basilica
  • Transportation between sites via taxi or bus
  • Expert tour guide


  • Gratuities
  • Hotel transfers 
  • Lunch

Please note

Voucher information: No need to print! You can show your voucher on your smartphone or other devices. (But if you’d rather print a copy – that’s fine too!)

Avoid bringing large purses, bags, or backpacks as there will be security checks while entering the attractions.

Since we would visit a place of worship, shoulders and knees must be covered.

Your afternoon tour will end at St Peter's Basilica, where you will have skip the line entrance to get inside, though there is no guided explanation inside the church.

We ask all guests (including children) bring ID on the day of their tour.

Group size: 18

Wheelchair Accessibility: No, unfortunately due to the nature of this tour it is not suitable for guests with mobility impairments, or for wheelchairs or strollers.

You may need to wear a mask or provide proof of vaccination to enter certain venues. Please refer to Italy government guidelines for the most up to date information.

The Colosseum is subject to occasional closures. If modifications are needed and time permits, we will reach out to you prior to your tour. For last-minute closures, modifications may be communicated at the tour start time.

Due to the religious nature of the Vatican Museums, all individuals regardless of gender must cover their shoulders and knees. You can bring extra covering (scarves, etc) to put on just before entering the Vatican.

All guests must pass through security at the Colosseum and Vatican Museums. No weapons or large items will be permitted.

This is a walking tour. Guests should be able to walk at a moderate pace without difficulty.

Customer Reviews

  • Chad Nowicki

    Amazing! Our guide was so knowledgeable!

    United States 11/12/2018
  • Mrs Martin

    This tour was with Walks of Italy - Our tour guide Guilia was very informative & knowledgeable, the use of headsets & radio's was helpful to be able to hear what she was saying especially when we were in noisy situations. The stop for Gelato was very welcome & perfectly timed. In the afternoon we were asked to meet up at 1:30pm instead of 2pm, giving us only an hour for lunch which made this feel slightly rushed. I would recommend this tour as a good introduction to the sites listed above.

    United Kingdom 09/24/2018
  • Gemma gray

    Great service, friendly staff, great price, perfect place

    United Kingdom 09/13/2018

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